Landmark Adventure Strip
Creating an atmosphere of suspense in this strip, Dale Messick set the stage for adventure and romance for her heroine, reporter Brenda Starr. Plying her skills as a storyteller, Messick chronicled Brenda's pursuit of jewel thieves, search for a missing model, and longtime romance with the mysterious inventor Basil St. John. Messick's worthy female counterpart to male heroes marked a milestone among comics by women. At its peak, the strip ran in 250 newspapers.