Little Annie Fanny
Little Annie Fanny is a long running comic strip created by Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder for Playboy. Vaguely inspired by the comic strip Little Orphan Annie (and directly descended from Kurtzman's optimistic and squeaky clean Goodman Beaver character), it first appeared in the October 1962 issue of Playboy.
The main story formula is that the title character is a busty and naïve waif who continually finds herself in various and 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 attempt to satirize Beatlemania, whereas a late-1970s installment might place the heroine inside a glittering disco. Sexual angles in the news, such as streaking, nudist colonies, or gay liberation were invariably pounced upon by Kurtzman & Co.
The strip, which boasted lavish production values and fully painted panels, was a great success, but very time-consuming for Kurtzman. 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, Russ Heath, and Al Jaffee (all of whom also worked at Mad), and others. This same group of artists had worked together on Trump (magazine), a lavish humor publication that had been fleetingly bankrolled by Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner.
Kurtzman ended the strip in 1988 when he felt he had run out of story material. The comic was revived in 1998 with art by Ray Lago and Bill Schorr, and appears sporadically in Playboy.
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 the movie was never released.
- 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.
- Playboy's Little Annie Fanny: Volume 1, 1962-1970. Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse Comics, 2001, ISBN 1-56971-519-X
- Playboy's Little Annie Fanny: Volume 2, 1970-1988, Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse Comics, 2001, ISBN 1-56971-520-3
- Children's TV Producer Gets Playboy Contract. The Ottawa Citizen Arts section. alswaiter.net (2000-03-25). Retrieved on 2008-04-02.