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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Harold Gray  

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Genre: C:Adult C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Illustrator

Born: January 20, 1894, in Kankakee, Illinois

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Gray was born in Kankakee. He grew up on a farm in Illinois and worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune before enlisting in the military for World War I. After being discharged, he returned to the Tribune and stayed until 1919 when he left to freelance in commercial art. In 1923, he returned to the Tribune again and lived in Lombard. He lived in Illinois until 1929.

Biographical and Professional Information

Harold Gray debuted Little Orphan Annie on August 5, 1924 and continued to write and draw the comic strip for forty-four years, until his death in 1968.


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