We were shocked by the recent announcement that the comic strip Little Orphan Annie would no longer be running in newspapers' funny pages. This was mostly because we had no idea that Little Orphan Annie had still been running on newspapers' funny pages.
Something else we didn't know was that in the last decades of the 20th century, there were several attempts at updating the strip to make it trendier and more appealing to a younger demographic. Thankfully most of these efforts were short-lived and quickly forgotten. Somebody, however, forget to burn every last copy of a rare, bound collection of these makeovers, and we got hold of it.
Seen here is Annie in the mid-70s; an awkward and embarrassing era for pretty much everybody, historic comic characters especially. The kindest thing you can say about this version is that at least the long sideburns Daddy Warbucks had for a while and Sandy's hippie-dog red bandana are gone.
The Ant Farmer's Almanac has obtained a copy of what we believe to be a possible cover design for Sarah Palin's forthcoming memoir Going Rogue: An American Life. While this may not be the cover that gets used, we have been assured that it was near the top of the pile on the art director's desk.