Facing the Music
This strip from Torchy in Heartbeats focuses on the romance between title character "Torchy," and her gifted musician boyfriend Earl. Jackie Ormes demonstrates her well-honed skill in creating engaging characters, building drama, and advancing a story in this example of her fourth and last comic. Running from 1940–1954, it represents a refined revival of her first strip, "Torchy Brown in 'Dixie to Harlem,'" which ran between 1937–1938. In creating career-oriented, ground-breaking African American female characters, Ormes eased the way for successors. Like many peers, Ormes also produced character paper dolls to accompany her comic.