Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Messick mss. III, Jan. 7-March 15, 1946 and Jan. 6- March 22, 1947, consist of 112 original pen and ink drawings for the comic strip Brenda Starr by Dale Messick, 1906- , cartoonist.

The first group drawn in 1946 contains fifty-eight strips for the daily newspapers and is the story in which Brenda Starr first meets the "mystery man," Basil St. John.

The second group is the story of Haelo Angel drawn also for the daily papers and contains 54 strips. Strips for March 3-March 15 are lacking.

Each strip is dated with the month and day on which it appeared.

Collection size: 112 items

Additional drawings consist of 34 panels for Jan. 13-Mar. 6, 1948 and 72 panels for Jan. 1-Apr. 13, 1949. Both groups are incomplete.

Collection size: 106 items

Additional drawings consist of Sunday panels, July 3, 1949-Sept. 3, 1950, lacking only Nov. 27, 1949, and for Dec. 24 and 31, 1950.

Collection size: 62 items

Additional drawings consist of five daily panels for February 1949 and 149 dailies for July 3-December 30, 1967.

Collection size: 154 items

Additional drawings consist of seventeen Sunday panels for Jan. 25-Dec. 27, 1970.

Collection size: 17 items

Additional drawings consist of panels for Apr. 15, 1949, Setp.-Dec. 1950, and Jan. 4, 11, and 18, 1970.

Collection size: 9 items

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

Collection size: 450 items

Related manuscripts: Messick mss., Messick mss. II, 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.