Ed Verdier was the comic artist who drew the newspaper strip 'Little Annie Rooney' (which was a hit film in 1925) from 1927 until 1929, when newspaper tycoon Hearst replaced him with Ben Batsford, who himself was replaced by Darrell McClure a year later. 'Little Annie Rooney' was deviced to rival the strip 'Little Orphan Annie', which was run by the Chicago Tribune Syndicate.
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