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Harold Gray

Born: January 20, 1894, in Kankakee, Illinois
Connection to Illinois: Gray was born in Kankakee. He grew up on a farm in Illinois and worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune before enlisting in the military for World War I. After being discharged, he returned to the Tribune and stayed until 1919 when he left to freelance in commercial art. In 1923, he returned to the Tribune again and lived in Lombard. He lived in Illinois until 1929.

Biography: Harold Gray debuted Little Orphan Annie on August 5, 1924 and continued to write and draw the comic strip for forty-four years, until his death in 1968.


Primary Literary Genre(s): C:Adult; Fiction; Illustrator

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Complete Little Orphan Annie Volume 1
ISBN: 1600101402 OCLC: 213447289

IDW Publishing 2008

Introducing two of the strip's most incredible characters: The Asp - who has sometimes been likened to the Grim Reaper - and Mr. Am - who has been said might be a representation of the Almighty. Harold Gray is at the top of his game as he also introduces the mysterious Shanghai Peg and the frightening villain Boris Sirob, who actually kills both Daddy Warbucks and The Asp. Daddy dead? Wait until you read this one! Includes all dailies and color Sundays from October 1, 1936 through June 8, 1938.