'Brenda Starr' comic comes to an end
December 10th, 2010
10:09 AM ET

'Brenda Starr' comic comes to an end

The news business is suffering a loss: “Brenda Starr, Reporter” will meet her final deadline right after the New Year, according to Tribune Media Services. “Starr” writer (and Chicago Tribune columnist) Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman have decided to part ways with the seven-day-a-week comic.

Instead of finding replacements, the strip’s owner, Tribune Media Services, will draw Starr’s story to a close with a final run in newspapers on Sunday, January 2, 2011.

But Starr hung in there for 70 years, having got her start in a Chicago Tribune comic book insert on June 30, 1940. (The curvaceous character was originally created by New York greeting-card artist Dale Messick.)

According to the statement, the comic strip was a standout not only for featuring a career-focused woman in a heavily male comic world, but also because the writing and artistic team behind Brenda Starr was populated by women throughout seven decades, right on up to Schmich and Brigman.

"When I inherited Brenda, she was much weepier, much girlier," Schmich told the Chicago Tribune. "I shifted her away from that, but I can't shift her away entirely...There's a little bit of ditziness in Brenda that's always been there, and however tough-minded I might make her, she's always going to be a little ditzy.”

As to why Schmich decided it was time to move on from Brenda's comical world, the writer told the Tribune that her mother’s recent passing made her “more aware of time.”

"I've done this for 25 years and a comic strip like this is a very funny form to write in,” she told the Tribune. “It's very difficult to advance the character, to advance the story. My life has advanced so much in 25 years. It just felt weird to me to continue to write a story and a character that could not."

Take heart, Starr fans: Tribune Media Services plans to publish a series of books featuring our favorite reporter with Hermes Press. The first volume of the books - which will be landscape, hardcover collections of the comic strips - will be published in June, 2011 and will be distributed worldwide.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. spock

    brenda who?

    December 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    I wonder if they'll give her a "happily ever after" with that guy with the eye patch she's always been in love with?

    December 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. patti

    Sorry I meant it.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. patti

    Ht was a cute comic in the paper.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. heycarrieann

    I hate to see this comic come to an end. I grew up reading Brenda Starr, every Sunday without fail. She will be missed:(

    December 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Angela

    I'm four years older than Brenda Starr, and when I was a little girl, I thought if she can do it, I can do it! She was always an inspiration to me.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brynda s ray

    My mother named me after brenda, just changed the spelling! it is like losing a link with mama. how sad.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David Brooks

    And this is news why?

    December 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Because a 70 year old comic is ending. Heck the end of Lost got more attention then this, and that was only six years. If you don't want to hear about entertainment news, stay out of this section.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pat Rooney, Philadelphia, PA

    Je suis desolee that Brenda Starr will end her run at the Chicago Tribune. Having been a red-haired reporter for as long as Brenda, I have identified with her to the point that my male colleagues referred to me as "Brenda Starr." I even have a small gold chain featuring a "star," which I bought to honor her. Frequently, folks have asked me what it signifies ...I am proud to say "It's my Brenda Starr."

    December 10, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. N

    Time to Rip Her To Shreds!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. portalpunk

    I am famous, I made the quote board on CNN's entertainment main page for my quote on Michael Buble'. trolls rule!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
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    December 10, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |

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