from The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics
Edited by Bill Blackbeard and Martin Williams
(The Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1977)
Little Joe was a Sunday feature by Ed Leffingwell, Harold Gray's cousin, assistant, and letterer on Little Orphan Annie. The story concerned a thirteen-year old on a modern cattle ranch owned by his widowed mother and managed by Utah, a cowhand with a shady past. Gray himself wrote and drew much of the strip. When Ed Leffingwell died, his brother, Robert, who also assisted Gray, took over as Joe's nominal author. The strip continued into the late 1950's in both the Chicago Tribune and New York Sunday News comic sections.