Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Messick mss. IV, 1945 and 1948, consist of 78 original pen and ink drawings of the Brenda Starr newspaper comic strip by Dale Messick, 1906- , cartoonist.

The 1945 strips are for the Sunday comics, June 23-Oct. 20, and include the story of Brenda's "green gams." The 1948 drawings, for the daily strip only, include three stories, all of which appear incomplete. 1) Mar. 15-Apr. 17, story of Dr. Slimski and "Tropikinia"; 2) July 6-Aug 2, story of Brenda and a songwriter; 3) Nov. 22-27, conclusion of a story about a character named Awful Natural. Each of the daily cartoons is dated with month and day of its newspaper appearance.

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

Collection size: 78 items

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