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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Dale Messick (1906–2005). Brenda Starr. "This Basil St. John Must Be Quite a Man," August 13, 1965. Ink over pencil with blue pencil, scraping out and paste-ons. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (008.00.00)

Landmark Adventure Strip

Zooming in on her key character Brenda Starr, Dale Messick pulls readers into her heroine's world of adventure and romance. As a news reporter, Brenda pursues jewel thieves, seeks a missing fashion model, and falls in love with the mysterious inventor Basil St. John. Featuring a worthy female counterpart to male heroes in adventure strips, Brenda Starr marked a milestone among strips by women. At its peak, it ran in 250 newspapers.