Little Annie Fanny

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Little Annie Fanny
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Little Annie Fanny Volume 1
Author(s) Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder
Current status / schedule Concluded
Launch date October 1962
End date December 1998
Publisher(s) Playboy
Genre(s) Comedy, Adult

Little Annie Fanny is a comic series created by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder that debuted in the October 1962 issue of the men's magazine Playboy.[1][2] The title of the strip is a parody of that of Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie. The comic follows the escapades of Annie Fanny, a tall, blond, statuesque young woman who finds herself in trouble and naked in almost every episode. The feature ran sporadically from 1962 to 1988. It had a short-lived rebirth in 1998.

Creation[edit]

After leaving Mad, Kurtzman and Elder with other colleagues created Trump and later Humbug. Both failed. A third attempt at a satirical comic magazine, Help! featured an episode where the main character, Goodman Beaver, attended a night of debauchery at the Playboy Mansion with the characters of Archie Comics. Archie Comics sued and won, but the cartoon caught the eye of Hugh Hefner. The comic was retooled where the male Candide-type character of Goodman Beaver was transformed into the ultra-bosomy and leggy female, Annie Fanny—a parody of Little Orphan Annie—something that was done years before in Mad magazine. Annie was also a mixture of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and blondes of the era.

Synopsis[edit]

The concept is that the title character is a busty and naïve waif who continually finds herself in various bizarre situations where lusty men continually attempt to sexually molest or exploit her.

Most storylines would revolve around topical events and popular culture. Thus, a mid-1960s Annie episode would satirize Beatlemania, whereas a late-1970s installment might place the heroine inside a glittering disco. Topics in the news, such as streaking, nudist resorts, or gay liberation, were invariably pounced upon by Kurtzman and company.

Publication history[edit]

Little Annie Fanny made its publication debut in the October 1962 issue of Playboy.[3] The strip boasted lavish production values and fully painted panels of great detail, and as such was the first fully painted feature in American comics.[3] Though successful, it was time-consuming for Kurtzman, and the amount of work required a steady rotation of assistants. Kurtzman's primary collaborator was fellow Mad Magazine alumnus Elder, but over the years, artwork was also provided by Jack Davis, Frank Frazetta, Russ Heath, and Al Jaffee.[3]

Little Annie Fanny initially started as a monthly feature in 1962 and 1963, but quickly fell off, publishing six to seven episodes per in year in the late 1960s. By the 1970s, only four to five episodes were published annually in the monthly magazine, and only one to two per year in the 1980s. Kurtzman ended the strip in 1988, claiming he had run out of story material, and died in 1993. The comic attempted a revival in 1998 with art by Ray Lago and Bill Schorr, with several episodes published before it was discontinued.[3]

Episodes[edit]

Date Title
1962
October Madison Avenue
November Playing Doctor
December 0 Christmas Office Party
1963
January Sugardaddy Bigbucks
March Films, Italian Style
April The Unhappy Comic
May Kennedy Jokes
July Fifty Mile Hike
September The Artist
November The Talent Contest
December Yuletide One-Upmanship
1964
January The Set Jets to South America
April Annie Joins the Peace Corps
July Alone on a Desert Isle
September Lost at Sea
October Gun Fun
December Astronaut Annie
1965
January From Annie with Love
February Thunderballing
May The Topless Suit Case
July The Surfers
October Seven Days with Mae
December Annie Meets the Bleatles
1966
January Battbarton's Holiday Spirit
March On the Brooklyn B.M.T
May Annie in TV Wasteland
July Annie Under the Sheets
September Euphoria-in-the-Pines Resort
October Hoopadedoo Show
December Greenback Busters
1967
January High Camp
May Las Vegas Kidnapping
August Americans in Paris
September The Ultimate Kick
December Booby Doll
1968
January The Master-tester Institute
March Unionized Cruise Ship
June Annie at the Olympics
December The Real Howard Hews
1969
February Discotheques
April Annie the Actress
July See-Through Dress
October Living Theatre
December Astrology
1970
January Marijuana
May Nude Therapy
July Underground Press
September Women's Lib
October Unisex
December Aphrodisiacs
1971
January Hippie Commune
April This Exploits Women
June Burglar Alarm
September Health Spa
December Body Language
1972
June Swingers
September Violence in America
November Ralph Raider
1973
January Bachelor Pad
June Watchdog
August Bobby Fishey
November Henry Kissingbug
1974
January Mafia
June Freak Rock
December Singles Apartments
1975
March Acupunture
May St. Tropez
August Ecology
1976
January The Gay Scene
August Tennis
December Headstone, Part I
1977
January Headstone, Part II
April Disco Music
August Sex Shop
December Muscle Builders, Part I
1978
January Muscle Builders, Part II
March C.B. Radio
May Van-In
August Jogging
October Special Effects
1979
January The Ski Lodge
April Topless Bar
August Frisbee Golf
November Pluto's Retreat
December Studio Fifty-Fourplay
1980
January Dallas Cowgals Cheerleaders
May Skydiving
August 1980 Democratic National Convention 0
1981
January Male Strippers
April Gilley's Club
December Computers
1982
January Isolation Tanks
March Jamaica
June Mud Wrestling
October Annie's Twentieth Anniversary
December Love Boat
1983
January Hot Tubbing
August Loveland
1984
January Raiders of the Temple of Voom
1985
January Opera Diva
September Cohan the Barbarian
1986
May Pro Wrestling
1987
January Massage School
June Aliens
1988
January Jimmy and Tammy
September Woodsy Alvin
1998
August The Unnatural Enquirer
December Twas The Night Before Christmas

Accolades[edit]

The character was ranked 58th in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.[4]

Attempted adaptations[edit]

The December 1978 issue of Playboy mentioned a "world-wide search for the actress who will portray Little Annie Fanny in a live-action movie..." but no film was ultimately made.

In 2000, Mainframe Entertainment was approached by Playboy to create a CGI animated series based on Little Annie Fanny, but no series was produced.[5][6]

Links to other comics[edit]

  • The feature's logo was an imitation of the one used in Sunday installments of Little Orphan Annie. Two of the supporting characters — Sugardaddy Bigbucks and the Wasp — were direct parodies of Daddy Warbucks and his longtime henchman, the Asp.
  • In 1969, the British edition of Penthouse magazine launched the strip Oh, Wicked Wanda which was similar in vein, featuring storylines of a sexual and satirical nature. A character resembling Annie Fanny often appeared: in the opening episode she can be seen chained to a wall, one of her breasts blowing out like a balloon after being pierced by Wanda's lesbian lover Candyfloss.
  • In an article in Mad Magazine presenting hypothetical magazines from other planets, a spoof of Playboy includes a cartoon feature: "Little Annie's Seven Fannies"

Book collections[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Worth, Stephen (March 18, 2008). "Pinups: Kurtzman and Elder's Little Annie Fanny". ASIFA-Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 26, 2007. 
  2. ^ Harvey, Robert C. (1996). The Art of the Comic Book: An Aesthetic History (Illustrated ed.). University Press of Mississippi. p. 140. ISBN 0878057587. "...in 1962, with his old classmate Will Elder at his elbow, he settled in at Playboy to produce the most lavish color comic strip of all time, Little Annie Fanny, a satire of hip society and sexual mores." 
  3. ^ a b c d Little Annie Fanny at Don Markstein's Toonopedia.
  4. ^ Frankenhoff, Brent (2011). Comics Buyer's Guide Presents: 100 Sexiest Women in Comics. Krause Publications. p. 40. ISBN 1-4402-2988-0. 
  5. ^ Internet Archive of Playback article (April 17, 2000). "Film and Television Production". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. 
  6. ^ The Ottawa Citizen (March 25, 2000). "Children's TV Producer Gets Playboy Contract". 

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