Little Annie Fanny

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Little Annie Fanny
Littleanniefanny.jpg
Little Annie Fanny Volume 1
Author(s)Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder
Current status / scheduleConcluded
Launch dateOctober 1962
End dateDecember 1998
Publisher(s)Playboy
Genre(s)Comedy, Adult
 
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Little Annie Fanny
Littleanniefanny.jpg
Little Annie Fanny Volume 1
Author(s)Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder
Current status / scheduleConcluded
Launch dateOctober 1962
End dateDecember 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 Will 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]

DateTitle
1962
OctoberMadison Avenue
NovemberPlaying Doctor
December 0Christmas Office Party
1963
JanuarySugardaddy Bigbucks
MarchFilms, Italian Style
AprilThe Unhappy Comic
MayKennedy Jokes
JulyFifty Mile Hike
SeptemberThe Artist
NovemberThe Talent Contest
DecemberYuletide One-Upmanship
1964
JanuaryThe Set Jets to South America
AprilAnnie Joins the Peace Corps
JulyAlone on a Desert Isle
SeptemberLost at Sea
OctoberGun Fun
DecemberAstronaut Annie
1965
JanuaryFrom Annie with Love
FebruaryThunderballing
MayThe Topless Suit Case
JulyThe Surfers
OctoberSeven Days with Mae
DecemberAnnie Meets the Bleatles
1966
JanuaryBattbarton's Holiday Spirit
MarchOn the Brooklyn B.M.T
MayAnnie in TV Wasteland
JulyAnnie Under the Sheets
SeptemberEuphoria-in-the-Pines Resort
OctoberHoopadedoo Show
DecemberGreenback Busters
1967
JanuaryHigh Camp
MayLas Vegas Kidnapping
AugustAmericans in Paris
SeptemberThe Ultimate Kick
DecemberBooby Doll
1968
JanuaryThe Master-tester Institute
MarchUnionized Cruise Ship
JuneAnnie at the Olympics
DecemberThe Real Howard Hews
1969
FebruaryDiscotheques
AprilAnnie the Actress
JulySee-Through Dress
OctoberLiving Theatre
DecemberAstrology
1970
JanuaryMarijuana
MayNude Therapy
JulyUnderground Press
SeptemberWomen's Lib
OctoberUnisex
DecemberAphrodisiacs
1971
JanuaryHippie Commune
AprilThis Exploits Women
JuneBurglar Alarm
SeptemberHealth Spa
DecemberBody Language
1972
JuneSwingers
SeptemberViolence in America
NovemberRalph Raider
1973
JanuaryBachelor Pad
JuneWatchdog
AugustBobby Fishey
NovemberHenry Kissingbug
1974
JanuaryMafia
JuneFreak Rock
DecemberSingles Apartments
1975
MarchAcupunture
MaySt. Tropez
AugustEcology
1976
JanuaryThe Gay Scene
AugustTennis
DecemberHeadstone, Part I
1977
JanuaryHeadstone, Part II
AprilDisco Music
AugustSex Shop
DecemberMuscle Builders, Part I
1978
JanuaryMuscle Builders, Part II
MarchC.B. Radio
MayVan-In
AugustJogging
OctoberSpecial Effects
1979
JanuaryThe Ski Lodge
AprilTopless Bar
AugustFrisbee Golf
NovemberPluto's Retreat
DecemberStudio Fifty-Fourplay
1980
JanuaryDallas Cowgals Cheerleaders
MaySkydiving
August1980 Democratic National Convention 0
1981
JanuaryMale Strippers
AprilGilley's Club
DecemberComputers
1982
JanuaryIsolation Tanks
MarchJamaica
JuneMud Wrestling
OctoberAnnie's Twentieth Anniversary
DecemberLove Boat
1983
JanuaryHot Tubbing
AugustLoveland
1984
JanuaryRaiders of the Temple of Voom
1985
JanuaryOpera Diva
SeptemberCohan the Barbarian
1986
MayPro Wrestling
1987
JanuaryMassage School
JuneAliens
1988
JanuaryJimmy and Tammy
SeptemberWoodsy Alvin
1998
AugustThe Unnatural Enquirer
DecemberTwas 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]

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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