Camera-ready comic art drawing for Brenda Starr

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Brenda Starr comic strip shows Brenda engaging in deception in order to investigate her story, while using her colleague Kelly as her agent.
Dalia "Dale" Messick (1906-2005), a female comic artist, changed her name from Dalia in order to be recognized for her work, and to fit societal norms. The strip about an adventurous female reporter was debuted in 1940. Its popularity came with industry criticism, particularly from women journalists who reacted to the artist's embellishments of the profession. Nonetheless Messick produced the strip until 1980 and then began developing other comic strips for local publications in California.
Brenda Starr (1940-2011) was a comic strip that portrayed the life of a contemporary female newspaper reporter. The title character was shown in adventurous stories at work and at home. She participated in persistent journalism and dramatic romances. After many years Brenda married her periodical love interest, Basil St. John. The story was eventually recreated as a television movie in 1976 and as a film in 1992.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
graphic artist
Messick, Dale
Tribune Printing Company
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall color)
overall: 19.2 cm x 56.1 cm; 7 9/16 in x 22 3/32 in
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Cultures & Communities
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Joseph Gura, Jr. (through Carl Sandberg IV)

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