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Monday, Aug 10, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Ben Schwartz
Bookforum (August 2008)

“How a cartoon gamine midwifed the graphic novel—and the modern conservative movement… FDR was certainly on the mind of Little Orphan Annie’s creator, cartoonist Harold Gray, during the 1924–68 run of the strip. He despised FDR and let his comic’s estimated thirty million daily readers know it. Liberals attacked Gray, not only for his views but also for expressing any serious opinion in the comics, a pivotal moment in moving “the funnies” onto more mature ground.”


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