TreasuryCast #32 – Annie


It’s a hard knock life for TreasuryCast, with Rob welcoming fellow podcaster Emily Scott to discuss the Marvel Comics adaptation of 1982’s ANNIE!

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7 responses to “TreasuryCast #32 – Annie

  1. I’m only bringing this up because I was listening to a podcast about SUPERGIRL and in junction, they mentioned just how long GHOSTBUSTERS ran in the theaters… leaving me speechless. GHOSTBUSTERS was in the theaters though for a lot longer than four months. According to BOX OFFICE MOJO, the last week ended with it earning another $699,366, placing it No. 15 at the US box office. In total, it sold 68 million tickets and $221 million dollars.

    Premiere: June 8, 1984

    Last week: December 28, 1984-January 3, 1985

  2. Thanks to you both for a terrific companion show to this week’s Film and Water. The book looks pretty sweet but for me, a musical adaptation without even the lyrics? Bonkers. I always assumed this common business was a right matter rather than a storytelling decision.

  3. It’s a credit to both the host and his esteemed guest that you made a show about a treasury edition I never read and, frankly, have little desire to read, thoroughly enjoyable.
    On the art, based on the samples you provided, I agree that Marvel just put some old hands on the job to turn in a competently-done product – nothing flashy, but not bad, either. One thing that surprises me, though, is that in many of the panels the backgrounds tend to look better than the figure-work – surprising because of Colletta’s notoriety for simplifying or even erasing backgrounds to meet deadlines. That doesn’t seem to be the case here.

    And, yeah, that house ad with the Hulk is a serious mismatch. Especially since at the time (late 1982), Marvel had a house ad featuring Kitty Pryde with a similar slogan that would have been perfect for this book: here’s a link to the image.

  4. Fun episode! Cindy has the 2-issue regular comic series, but not this Treasury. If I see it out in the wild, I’d definitely pick it up to add to her Annie collection.

    That Hulk ad…I can’t remember what the treasury was, but it actually kept me from buying it! I think it may have been the second Superman vs. Spider-Man book? I was a weenie, but that ad was just…scary! I watched the Hulk every week on TV, but something about that giant face, and those bulging eyes and teeth…UGH. Bad marketing move, Marvel. Especially in an Annie comic!


  5. I enjoyed the show, even though the Annie treasury is one of the few treasuries this 70s baby has been able to resist. I enjoyed the discussion about how exactly Marvel would adapt a musical. From the show, I guess Tom DeFalco did a good job. I read an interview where George Perez said working on Marvel’s aborted attempt to adapt the awful Sgt. Pepper movie was one of the worst jobs of his career.

    I wonder if the superb coloring you mentioned was because the treasury began its life as a Marvel Super Special. I only have a handful and I think they were printed on better paper than regular comics, so Marvel may have expanded the color palette. Just a thought.

    I’ll admit that I have a little nerd rage for the Annie treasury. Of all the movie adaptations Marvel could have blown up to treasury size, they didn’t do For Your Eyes Only or Octopussy? Yeah, the adaptations weren’t that great, but how cool would it have been to have a James Bond treasury? If the extras were included at treasury size, so much the better!

    Finally, I did own the Annie soundtrack for about five minutes before I donated it to Goodwill. I got it in an eBay lot with the Batman Book & Record set that had Gorilla City/Scarecrow’s Corpse. Annie and Batman….there’s a pairing for you.

  6. I’m glad you mentioned the coloring on this book, Rob. I don’t think I would have taken the time to notice it myself. Mortimer and Coletta are perfectly serviceable, and ideal for a non-comics reading audience, but the coloring raised the quality of the pages.

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