Four Color #52 - Little Orphan Annie
(September 1944)

Dell, 1942 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
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Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Brand
A Dell Book
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Issue Notes

Indicia title is "LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE, No. 52." No code number. Copyright 1938 by Chicago Tribune-N.Y. News Syndicate, Inc.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Little Orphan Annie / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
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Inks
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Colors
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Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray (signed)
Pencils
Harold Gray (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ah-h! There! Whew! Look at that roll-
Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Rose Chance; Ace Chance; Shanghai; Mrs. Alden; Bindle Al
Synopsis
Rose Chance's husband Ace steals money from his wife's business in order to gamble. In a high-stakes poker game Ace shoots a pro gambler and is arrested.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

Indexer Notes

Story begins on the inside front cover in black, red, and white.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray (signed)
Pencils
Harold Gray (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well, It's all worked out as even you could have predicted-
Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Ace Chance; Rose Chance; Shanghai; Jack
Synopsis
Jack, who's secretly in love with Rose Chance, goes to great lengths to make sure that the man Ace Chance shot lives and that Ace will get good legal defense.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) daily newspaper strips from 1938.07.02, 1938.07.04-1938.07.09, 1938.07.11-1938.07.15

Indexer Notes

The dates are on the strips.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray (signed)
Pencils
Harold Gray (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All I hear is what a hero you are-
Characters
Little Orphan Annie (cameo); Ace Chance; Rose Chance (cameo); Jack; Bindle Al
Synopsis
Jack and Ace get into a brawl, which Jack wins. Ace goes to work as a manual laborer for Jack's trucking company. Bindle Al comes to talk to Jack.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938.07.16, 1938.07.17, 1938.07.21-1938.07.24

Indexer Notes

Dates are on the strips.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray (signed)
Pencils
Harold Gray (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ace is looking a lot better than he used to-
Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Ace Chance; Mary Chance; Jack; Shanghai
Synopsis
A truck axle falls on Ace's foot, smashing it. During his recovery, Jack makes him the bookkeeper and Ace has to fight temptation when dealing with cash.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray (signed)
Pencils
Harold Gray (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Fool! Fool! Fool! Jack, for trusting anyone...
Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Ace Chance; Mrs. Alden; Rose Chance; Jack; Shanghai
Synopsis
Ace is accused of theft when Jack's company's office is robbed, but Jack stands behind him and the real robber is picked up by the police.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray
Inks
Harold Gray
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So you've got over the idea that you want to beat Jack's ears off, eh?
Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Ace Chance; Rose Chance; Shanghai; Mrs. Alden; Jack; Uriah Gudge
Synopsis
A random comment by Ace Chance about something he saw 30 years ago in Springfield sets Annie and Shanghai investigating whether it has any connection to the death of Mrs. Alden's husband then. Uriah Gudge sets up a trucking company to take Jack's business--by fair means or foul.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

[Hm-m--The boys tell me you're an expert driver, Grump"] (Table of Contents: 7)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray
Inks
Harold Gray
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Shanghai; Uriah Gudge; Jack; Ace Chance; Rose Chance; Mrs. Alden (cameo)
Synopsis
Jack sets a trap for Gudge's murderous truckers. After one of Gudge's trucks crashes off a high bridge, Gudge meets Ace Chance to see if he can buy information. Ace pretends to go along with Gudge, but has plans of his own.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

[Ha! Ha! Ha! Well, how does it feel to take a beating?"] (Table of Contents: 8)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray (signed)
Pencils
Harold Gray (signed)
Inks
Harold Gray (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Uriah Gudge; Jack; Shanghai; Ace Chance; Mrs. Alden;
Synopsis
Ace appears to betray Jack to Gudge. Gudge sets up a plan to hijack a half-million dollar load on the road and kill Jack at the same time. Ace drugs Jack and drives the truck himself. He crushes the thugs' car with his truck but is killed by their machine gun fire. Gudge disappears mysteriously and Shanghai busies himself filling in an old well in the orchard.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938.09.22-1938.10.17?

Indexer Notes

Dates are on some, but not all of the strips.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Little Orphan Annie / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Harold Gray
Pencils
Harold Gray
Inks
Harold Gray
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ha! Ha! Ha! Hey! Listen to this
Characters
Little Orphan Annie; Sandy (dog); Jack; Rose Chance; Shanghai; Mrs. Alden
Synopsis
Gudge is still missing and Shanghai finishes filling in the well. Shanghai ties up loose ends and silently leaves one night to go to sea. Before he leaves, he sends an anonymous letter to the police, telling them to "Look in the bottom of the old well." The police have their hands full trying to dig out the well and the public speculates on what happened to Gudge.
Reprints
  • from Little Orphan Annie (News-Tribune Syndicate) newspaper strips from 1938

Indexer Notes

Story continues on inside back cover in black, red, and white and concludes on the back cover in color. Last strip is dated November 20, 1938.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Little Orphan Annie
  2. 1. ["Ah-h! There! Whew! Look at that roll-"]
    Little Orphan Annie
  3. 2. ["Well, It's all worked out as even you could have predicted-"]
    Little Orphan Annie
  4. 3. ["All I hear is what a hero you are-"]
    Little Orphan Annie
  5. 4. ["Ace is looking a lot better than he used to-"]
    Little Orphan Annie
  6. 5. ["Fool! Fool! Fool! Jack, for trusting anyone..."]
    Little Orphan Annie
  7. 6. ["So you've got over the idea that you want to beat Jack's ears off, eh?"]
    Little Orphan Annie
  8. 7. [Hm-m--The boys tell me you're an expert driver, Grump"]
    Little Orphan Annie
  9. 8. [Ha! Ha! Ha! Well, how does it feel to take a beating?"]
    Little Orphan Annie
  10. 9. ["Ha! Ha! Ha! Hey! Listen to this"]
    Little Orphan Annie
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