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Brenda Star The First Women Of Comics

October 13th, 2011 by admin

Brenda Starr, ace reporter and one of the original comic book heroines first appeared in 1940. Created by writer Dale Messick, the comic was initially published under the name “Brenda Starr, Reporter” and told the story of the fearless red-head and her many adventures as a journalist for the fictional newspaper “The Flash”.

A far cry from the ‘damsels in distress’ women featured in the comics at that time, Brenda was the prototype of today’s working woman. During her long run in the comics, Brenda traveled to exotic locales, had many romantic misadventures and eventually married the mysterious eye-patched lothario Basil St. John, although later that relationship ended in divorce. True to her free-spirited roots, Brenda remained fiercely independent and willing to do whatever she had to in order to get the story. Eventually, the character received a promotion of sorts and moved from reporter to editor. After Dale Messick retired from writing the comic in the early ’80s, various writers and artists continued Brenda’s adventures through the life of the comic.

Brenda finished her syndicated run in January 2011. But even as the strip ended, Brenda will still be remembered as one of the most daring heroines in comics.

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