Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Messick mss. IX, Aug. 3-Dec. 30, 1948, Apr. 14-Oct. 1, 1949, and Jan. 29, 1951-Jan. 3, 1953, consist of 602 original pen and ink drawings of the Brenda Starr newspaper comic strip by Dale Messick, 1906- , cartoonist.

Numerous individual dates are lacking, as well as extended periods in late November and December 1948, the entire period between May 8 and August 15, 1949, from November 11, 1951 through January 6, 1952, and from June 11 through August 24, 1952 [except for the presence of panels for July 5 and 8]. All stories represented are incomplete.

Two panels, Sept. 13 and 14, 1948, are present in printed form only.

Each panel is dated with month and day of its appearance in print.

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

Collection size: 604 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. 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.