Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Messick mss. II, March 25-July 13, 1946 and January 5- March 23, 1947, consist of 104 original pen and ink drawings of the Brenda Starr newspaper comic strip by Dale Messick, 1906- , cartoonist.

The first group of ninety-two drawings done in 1946 are for the daily strip and recount the story of "Trash Alley." The second group of twelve strips, 1947, are the Sunday comic pages and relate to the story of "Haelo Angel."

Each strip is dated with month and day and carries a date received stamp on verso for the Chicago Tribune Engraving Department. Many of the strips also have the Chicago Tribune copyright label.

Collection size: 104 items

Additional drawings consist of 150 panels for the daily strip, May 30-Dec. 12, 1955 and Jan. 3-Sept. 30, 1966.

Collection size: 150 items

Additional drawings consist of 456 panels for the daily strip, Nov. 7, 1957, July-Dec. 1963, Jan. 1-4, 1964, and Jan.-Dec. 1978.

Collection size: 456 items

Additional drawings consist of 100 panels for the daily strip, Jan.-Dec. 1955, 42 panels for Feb.-Dec. 1956, 152 panels for Jan.-Nov. 1957, and 122 panels for Jan.-Oct. 1, 1977. All stories are incomplete.

Collection size: 416 items

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

Collection size: 1,100 items

Related manuscripts: Messick mss., 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. XII, 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.