Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Messick mss. XII, Feb.-Nov. 1950 and Oct.-Dec. 1966, consist of 224 original pen and ink drawings of the Brenda Starr newspaper comic strip by Dale Messick, 1906- , cartoonist. The stories for the 1950 strips include Queen Vallorie, the Lost Dutchman Mine, and the Great Hamboli. The 1966 panels continue the story of Chance O'Showers (see Messick II additions) and Merrie Rider.

Each panel is dated with the month and day of publication.

Additional drawings consist of 123 panels for the daily strip, Jan.-Dec. 12, 1956.

Also see the Guide to the Collections: Dale Messick & Brenda Starr

Collection size: 320 items

Related manuscripts: Messick mss., Messick mss. II, Messick mss. III, Messick mss. IV, Messick mss. V, Messick mss. VI, Messick mss. VII, Messick mss. VIII, Messick mss. IX, Messick mss. X, Messick mss. XI, Messick mss. XIII

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.