Brenda Starr

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Brenda Starr (Reporter) by Dale Messick (0150-) 1st Appearance June 30th, 1940 - Brenda Starr was something entirely new on the comics scene when it first appeared on June 30, 1940. Here was a strip with a strong career-minded heroine who was the center of the adventure, not just the victim of it. The creation of Dale Messick was to become a role-model of the jetset girl.  Brenda Starr was a great continuity strip with an extraordinary combination of soap opera (usually in one of Brenda's many love affairs) and adventure (through her around-the-world assignments). The love of her life, Basil St. John was an off-and-on affair marred by the tragedy of his flawed physical condition, and his own reluctance to commit to Brenda. The strip took full advantage of the feminist movement in the 60’s to portray Brenda as the prototypical autonomous female of the age and continues to today.  In my mind, Brenda Starr has a thinner following that the quality of the strip deserves. The Paper doll strips of the the 1940's & 50's are classic and very highly sought-after. Continuity runs from the early era are also quite rare, because the early strips were usually printed in Comic-book style insert format. Those inserts are rarely broken up and sell at a premium on their own. Thus the difficulty in obtaining continuous sets. Dailies sell quite well also. (Note - Brenda Starr started in the Chicago Tribune Comic Book - for my listings of those follow this link )
Sunday Comics Links ---> Brenda Starr - Sundays Brenda Starr - Dailies

Sunday Comics

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
S0150-0001 1940 - 4HT-Pairs G/G/G $20.00 First Year, On reverse Hy Score(4HT) (10/20-11/3, 12/22)
S0150-0002 1941/12/07 - F FR-G/FR-G/VG $15.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Gumps(H), Tiny Tim(H)
S0150-0003 1941/12/21 - F VG/G/VG $25.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse BW Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
S0150-0004 1941 - 12HT-Pairs G/G/G $48.00 On reverse Hy Score(3HT), Streamer Kelly(8HT), Daniel Boone(1HT) (2/9, 2/16, 5/25, 6/15, 7/13, 8/31, 9/28, 10/12, 11/2, 11/9, 11/30. 12/21)
S0150-0005 1942/05/10 - F G/G/G-VG $20.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Gasoline Alley(H), Sweeney & Son(H)
S0150-0006 1942 - 22HT-Pairs G/G/G $66.00 On reverse Streamer Kelly(21HT), (1/4, 2/8, 2/22, 4/5-4/26, 5/31-6/14, 7/12, 8/30, 9/6, 9/20, 9/27, 11/8, 11/22, 11/29, 12/13-12/27 +1)
S0150-0007 1943/12/19 - H G/G/G $7.00 w/Paper Doll, No reverse
S0150-0008 1943 - 13H, 1TH, 4HT-Pairs G/G/G $53.00 On reverse Streamer Kelly(4HT), Fritzi Ritz(2H), Gertie O'Grady(2Q), Rocky(1Q), Mr.Ex(2Q), Vesta West(2Q), Speed Berry(2Q), Streamer Kelly(1Q), Joe Palooka(1H, 1TH), Mickey Finn(2TH), Dixie Dugan(1TH)(1/3, 2/7, 2/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/16-5/30, 6/13, 6/27, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 11/21-12/5 12/26)
S0150-0009 1944 - 4TH G/G/G $8.00 On reverse Mary Worth(1TH), Ella Cinders(1TH), Gasoline Alley(1TH) (4/2, 4/9, 7/16, 11/5)
S0150-0010 1945/06/10 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Nabisco ad(HT), On reverse Terry & the Pirates by Milton Caniff
S0150-0011 1945/06/17 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Lifebuoy ad(HT), On reverse Moon Mullins(HT), Oxydol ad(HT)
S0150-0012 1945/06/24 - T G-VG/G/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Ivory Soap ad(HT), On reverse Terry & the Pirates by Milton Caniff
S0150-0013 1945/07/08 - T G/FR-G/G $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Lifebuoy ad(HT), On reverse Terry & the Pirates(T)
S0150-0014 1945/07/22 - T FR-G/G/FR $5.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Bit-O-Honey ad(HT), On reverse Dick Tracy(T)
S0150-0015 1945/07/29 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Teel ad(HT), On reverse Gasoline Alley(HT), Smitty(HT)
S0150-0016 1945/08/12 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Pepsi ad(HT), On reverse Moon Mullins(HT), Gumps(HT)
S0150-0017 1945/08/19 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Tiny Tim(HT), On reverse Gasoline Alley(HT), Vaseline ad(HT)
S0150-0018 1945/08/19 - HT G/G/VG $5.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Gasoline Alley(HT)
S0150-0019 1945/08/26 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Fitch's ad(HT), On reverse Gasoline Alley(HT), Smitty(HT)
S0150-0020 1945/09/02 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Bit-o-Honey ad(HT), On reverse Sweeney & Son(HT), Tiny Tim(HT)
S0150-0021 1945/09/09 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Cheerios ad(HT), On reverse Gasoline Alley(HT), Smitty(HT)
S0150-0022 1945/09/16 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Teel ad(HT), On reverse Little Orphan Annie(HT), Gumps(HT)
S0150-0023 1945/09/23 - T VG/VG/VG $7.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Paper Doll & Ponds ad(HT), On reverse Gasoline Alley(HT), Smitty(HT)
S0150-0024 1945 - 1TH FR-G/FR-G/G $1.00 On reverse Abbie an' Slats(TH) (4/15)
S0150-0025 1946/11/10 - H G/G/G $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Little Orphan Annie(H)
S0150-0026 1946/11/17 - H FR-G/FR-G/G $8.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Joe Palooka(T)
S0150-0027 1946/11/24 - H G/G/G $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Texas Slim(TH)
S0150-0028 1946 - 3TH G/G/G $3.00 On reverse Gasoline Alley(2TH), Little Orphan Annie(1H)(2/17, 3/31, 4/28)
S0150-0029 1947/03/09 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse John West(TH)
S0150-0030 1947/03/16 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Winnie Winkle(TH)
S0150-0031 1947/03/23 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Harold Teen(TH)
S0150-0032 1947/04/06 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Dick Tracy(H)
S0150-0033 1947/04/13 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Texas Slim(TH)
S0150-0034 1947/04/20 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Smitty(TH)
S0150-0035 1947/04/27 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Terry & the Pirates(H)
S0150-0036 1947/05/04 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Harold Teen(TH)
S0150-0037 1947/05/11 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Texas Slim(TH)
S0150-0038 1947/05/18 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Winnie Winkle(TH)
S0150-0039 1947/05/25 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Ned Handy(TH)
S0150-0040 1947/06/08 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Winnie Winkle(TH)
S0150-0041 1947/08/03 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Winnie Winkle(TH)
S0150-0042 1947/09/28 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Aggie Mack(TH)
S0150-0043 1947/10/05 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Moon Mullins(TH)
S0150-0044 1947/11/23 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse The Ripples(H)
S0150-0045 1947/12/07 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Texas Slim(TH)
S0150-0046 1947 - 24TH G/G/VG $24.00 On reverse Moon Mullins(6TH), The Ripples(5TH), Aggie Mack(4TH), Winnie Winkle(2TH), Texas Slim(3TH), Harold Teen(1TH), Gumps(1TH) (2/16-3/2, 5/4,6/1, 6/15, 6/29-7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21, 10/12-11/16, 11/30, 12/28)
S0150-0047 1948/01/18 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Winnie Winkle(TH)
S0150-0048 1948/02/01 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Winnie Winkle(TH)
S0150-0049 1948/02/15 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Terry & the Pirates(H)
S0150-0050 1948/02/22 - H G/G/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Terry & the Pirates(H)
S0150-0051 1948/02/29 - H FR/FR/VG $4.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Gumps(TH)
S0150-0052 1948/06/06 - H VG/VG/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Smitty(TH)
S0150-0053 1948/11/21 - H VG/VG/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Timmy(TH)
S0150-0054 1948 - 4TH, 5HT G/G/VG $6.50 On reverse Winnie Winkle(1HT), Sweeney & Son(1HT), Texas Slim(1TH), Ned Handy(1TH) (1/4, 1/25, 2/8, 3/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19, 12/26)
S0150-0056 1949 - 3TH, 2HT G/G/G-VG $4.00 On reverse L'il Abner(1TH), Tiny Tim(1TH), Gasoline Alley(1TH) (2/20, 8/28, 9/4, 9/11, 11/20)
S0150-0057 1950/08/27 - H VG/VG/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Winnie Winkle(TH)
S0150-0058 1950/12/17 - H VG/VG/VG $10.00 w/Paper Doll, On reverse Little King(TH)
S0150-0059 1950 - 11TH, 2HT VG/G-VG/VG-EX $12.00 On reverse Smilin' Jack(1TH), Moon Mullins(1TH), Dawn O'Day(1TH), Timmy(1TH) (2/5, 2/12, 3/19, 4/2-4/30, 8/13, 8/27, 10/29, 11/12, 12/31)
S0150-0060 1951 - 9TH G/G/G $6.00 On reverse Moon Mullins(2TH), Little Orphan Annie(1H), Smokey Stover(2TH), Bringing Up Father(1H), L'il Abner(1TH), Gumps(1TH), Jed Cooper(1TH), Smilin' Jack(1TH) (1/14-1/21, 2/25, 3/4, 4/29, 9/9-9/30)
S0150-0061 1952 - 6TH G/G/G $4.00 On reverse Blondie(1H), Mark Trail(1TH), L'il Abner(1TH), Rex Morgan MD(1TH) (1/6, 4/6, 4/13, 12/14-12/28)
S0150-0062 1953 - 1TH G/G/VG $1.00 No reverse (8/9)
S0150-0063 1954/08/29 - T G-VG/G/VG $3.00 Half-Tab on Tab w/Beech-Nut ad featuring Eddie Matthews Baseball Hall-of-Famer(HT), On reverse Terry & The Pirates
S0150-0064 1954 - 12T, 1HT G-VG/G/VG $18.75 On reverse Terry & The Pirates(1T), Winnie Winkle(2T), Smilin' Jack(6HT), Tiny Tim(5HT), Movie ad "Vera Cruz" w/Burt Lancaster & Gary Cooper (5/15-5/29, 8/29, 9/19-10/17, 11/7, 11/21, 12/19, 12/26)
S0150-0065 1955 - 1T, 15TH G/G/G-VG $17.00 On reverse Terry & The Pirates(1T), Moon Mullins(1TH), Grandma(10TH), Thimble Theatre(1TH) (3/27, 4/10, 5/1, 5/29, 6/5, 7/3-8/21, 9/4, 9/11, 11/20)
S0150-0066 1956 - 8T, 11TH G-VG/G/VG $20.00 On reverse Moon Mullins(3TH), Smity(1HT), Caesar(1TH), Smilin' Jack(2TH), Gasoline Alley(1TH) (2/5-2/26, 3/11, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/13, 6/3, 6/17, 7/1-7/15, 7/29, 8/5, 9/23, 9/30, 12/9)
S0150-0067 1957 - 2T, 17TH G/G/G $15.75 On reverse Moon Mullins(1TH), Winnie Winkle(1TH), Dennis the Menace(1TH), Terry & the Pirates(1T), Dondi(1T) (2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/17, 3/31, 5/5, 5/19, 6/16, 6/23, 7/28, 8/25, 9/16, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1, 12/15, 12/22)
S0150-0068 1958 - 13TH G/G/G $9.75 On reverse Beetle Bailey(1TH) (1/12, 2/16, 4/20, 5/11-5/25, 6/15, 7/6-7/20, 8/17-8/31)
S0150-0069 1959 - 2T, 4TH G/G/G $7.75 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(2T) (2/8, 2/15, 5/17, 11/1, 12/20, 12/27)
S0150-0070 1960 - 15T, 1TH G/G/G $23.25 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(15T) (4/3, 5/8, 8/14, 8/21, 9/11, 9/25, 10/16-11/6, 11/20-12/25)
S0150-0071 1961 - 22T G/G/G $33.00 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(22T) (1/1-1/29, 2/12-4/9, 4/23-5/21, 7/30, 8/6, 9/17)
S0150-0072 1962 - 22T, 6TH G/G/G $37.00 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(22T), Aggie Mack(1TH), L'il Abner(1TH), Morty Meekle(1TH), Dixie Dugan(1TH), Jackson Twins(1TH) (3/11, 4/1, 4/22, 4/29, 5/20, 6/3-8/12, 8/26, 9/9, 9/23-11/4, 11/25, 12/2, 12/16)
S0150-0073 1963 - 1T, 12TH G/G/G $9.75 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(1T), Mary Worth(1TH), Bugs Bunny(2TH), Rex Morgan(1TH), Abbie an' Slats(4TH) (1/6, 2/3, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26, 6/23, 8/11, 8/25, 10/27, 11/17, 12/15, 12/29)
S0150-0074 1964 - 24T, 4TH G/G/G $39.00 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(24T) (1/5, 1/26-2/9, 3/1, 3/8, 3/22, 3/29, 4/12, 5/10, 5/17, 5/31, 6/28, 7/5, 8/9, 8/16, 9/20, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8-12/27)
S0150-0075 1965 - 7T, 5TH G/G/G $13.75 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(2T), Beetle Bailey(1TH), Winnie Winkle(2TH), L'il Abner(1TH) (1/24-2/7, 3/7, 3/14, 4/4, 6/13, 11/7-11/28, 12/12)
S0150-0076 1966 - 7T, 4TH, 1Q G/G/G $13.75 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(4T), Rick O'Shay(2HT), Aggie Mack(2HT), Mutt & Jeff(1TH), Winnie Winkle(1TH)  (1/16, 2/6, 3/20, 4/10, 6/6, 9/11, 10/30-11/27, 12/18)
S0150-0077 1967 - 28T, 4TH G/G/G $45.00 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(26T), Gasoline Alley(1TH)   (1/15, 1/29, 2/5-2/19, 6/4-8/20, 9/3, 9/17, 10/8-12/31)
S0150-0078 1968 - 5T, 10TH G/G/G $14.75 On reverse L'il Abner(2TH), Judge Parker(1TH)  (1/7-1/21, 2/4, 2/11, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9, 6/23, 6/30, 10/20, 10/27, 11/24, 12/8, 12/29)
S0150-0079 1969 - 5TH G/G/G $3.50 On reverse Ponytail(1TH), Penny(1TH), Judge Parker(1TH)  (8/3, 8/24, 9/28, 11/23, 12/14)
S0150-0080 1970 - 3T G/G/G $4.50 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(3T)  (2/22, 3/22, 4/5)
S0150-0081 1971 - 1T, 1TH G/G/G $2.00 On reverse Terry & the Pirates(1T)  (2/7, 10/31)
S0150-0082 1972 - 1T G/G/VG $1.00 On reverse Blondie(1T)  (8/13)
S0150-0083 1973-84 - 2TH G/G/G $1.00 On reverse Half-Hitch(1H), Ziggy(1TH) (1973:6/17, 1984:9/16)

Daily Comics Sets

Item # Title Date-# Size* Condition* Price Notes
D0150-0001 Brenda Starr 1945 - 36 4C G $10.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0002 Brenda Starr 1946 - 191 4C G $50.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0003 Brenda Starr 1947/06 - 25 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0004 Brenda Starr 1947 - 203 4C G $53.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0005 Brenda Starr 1948 - 152 4C G $40.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0006 Brenda Starr 1949 - 213 4C G $57.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0007 Brenda Starr 1950/04 - 24 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0008 Brenda Starr 1950 - 201 4C G $53.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0009 Brenda Starr 1951/03 - 27 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0010 Brenda Starr 1951/04 - 25 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0011 Brenda Starr 1951/11 - 26 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0012 Brenda Starr 1951/12 - 24 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0013 Brenda Starr 1951 - 161 4C G $42.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0014 Brenda Starr 1952 - 187 4C G $50.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0015 Brenda Starr 1953 - 120 4C G $35.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0016 Brenda Starr 1955/07 - 28 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0017 Brenda Starr 1955 - 39 4C G $11.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0018 Brenda Starr 1956 - 57 4C G $17.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0019 Brenda Starr 1957 - 19 4C G $5.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0020 Brenda Starr 1962/09 - 25 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0021 Brenda Starr 1962/10 - 28 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0022 Brenda Starr 1963 - 119 4C G $35.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0023 Brenda Starr 1964/03 - 26 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0024 Brenda Starr 1964/04 - 26 4C G $8.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0025 Brenda Starr 1964 - 56 4C G $17.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0026 Brenda Starr 1966 - 51 4C G $15.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0027 Brenda Starr 1967 - 147 4C G $39.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0028 Brenda Starr 1968 - 193 4C G $51.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0029 Brenda Starr 1970 - 17 4C G $4.00 by Dale Messick
D0150-0030 Brenda Starr 1973 - 17 4C G $4.00 by Dale Messick
Sunday Comics Links ---> Brenda Starr - Sundays Brenda Starr - Dailies

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