The redheaded comic heroine, whose first appearance came in a June 1940 Chicago Tribune insert, is putting the notebook away for good next month. Tribune Media Services, which owns Brenda Starr, announced Thursday that it's ending the feature's newspaper syndication.Read more
Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman said they've decided it was time to end their work on the seven-day-a-week strip which appears in about three dozen newspapers. The final episode of the soap opera cartoon created by the late Dale Messick will be published Jan. 2.
Always sad to see any action heroine - especially one with such a lengthy pedigree as Ms. Starr - bite the dust. Admittedly, most people are likely familiar with her solely through the fairly-crappy movie, starring Brooke Shields and Timothy Dalton. According to the story, the strip now only appears in about three dozen newspapers, down from 250 at its peak.