The Violence and Villains of Little Orphan Annie

The Sounding Board

Mr. Mack, as we find out, is completely ruthless. As is the case with many of Gray's villains from this point on, there's not a single shred of decency to be found in that person. This makes it quite easy for Gray to set up the basic structure of good vs. evil; with evil to be soundly and justly defeated. In a way, comic book artist/writer Steve Ditko is a proponent of Gray's formulaic story technique. Ditko's character, Mr. A, is a completely good (white) character with scrupulously clean morals. The villains he faces are completely and unequivocally evil (black) characters, much in the same vein as Gray depicts.

Gray's White Hero

Ditko's White Hero

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