Wednesday, September 3, 2014

29 Faces #3 Binky Starr, Brenda Starr, Reporter's Sister (Play along with me here)

After I finished drawing this face, it kind of reminded me of one of the first female cartoon characters I thought was so cool when I was a girl: Brenda Star, Reporter. So I did  a little research and copied the following quote from Wikipedia concerning one of the first inroads for a female cartoonist. It wasn't easy back then for women doing art in a male dominated profession but this one persevered:
     "A greeting card illustrator for the Chicago Tribune Syndicate, Dale Messick created Brenda Starr, Reporter following the rejection of a female pirate-based comic strip that she had previously submitted.[5] The character name, Brenda Starr, was based on Brenda Frazier, a debutante of the 1930s, while her appearance was based on the movie actress Rita Hayworth.[5] The strip initially encountered resistance from Tribune editor Joseph Medill Patterson because its creator was a woman.[2] After the strip was established, other instances of resistance were reported. "Whenever Ms. Messick drew in cleavage or a navel, the syndicate would erase it. She was once banned in Boston after showing Brenda smoking a polka-dot cigar.""[6]


  1. Another nice face. I read Brenda Starr Reported comic strip as a kid and I always assumed the creator was a man. Dale can be a male or female name. Interesting. :)

  2. Thank you! I, too, read it when I was a kid and couldn't get enough of a strip devoted to the female slant. I thought it was by a male too! I checked out your Cotton Picker blog and was tickled to find your vegan recipes. I'm not one yet but I'm heading that way and have been collecting recipes on Pinterest.


Welcome to my art blog!

Happy Birthday July