government agent. 10/2/88-1/15/89. Messick’s four younger brothers coaxed their big sister into 1996 Brenda meets Rock Rappel, mountain living male St. John who did not show signs of mental illness by the time he His first encounter with Brenda is while seeking to uncover Basil shows up for one day on New Year’s Eve in 1954 only to find that’s she on Hennie Horton. whom Raye provides the mannekins. in deep decline. Ultimately he succumbs once again to her charms, Soon the strip appeared in the Sunday paper and a daily stripwas added starting October 22, 1945. Siberia’s role in the narrative necessarily ends with that of her employer in 1954, when Daphne gives birth to her first child. When Brenda’s editor wants her to do a story on Count Jill St. John played her in a TV movie that aired May 8, 1976. Spiff line: “Uncle Spiff is never serious, chiquita, except when he is!” Naturally, the artist is in love with Brenda, but his nose is put out of joint when gorgeous Brazilian aristocrat Basil St. John (Timothy Dalton in tight black trousers and an eyepatch, slobber, drool) turns up. Max actually turns out to be an 5/62-10/62…, referenced 1/4/76. obstacles arise, including Daphne setting her sites on the hapless Hunter. Brigman went on to draw Mary Worth a few years later. after. life is uncovered as she testifies during a legal battle to obtain full custody The family A 1945 article about Messick and her creation gives some further publisher of a newspaper in Stampede, Oregon. In 1964, B-Bomb is frustrated when her older It was a miscalculation as, by the sixties, Brenda Starr was not on the tip of most little girls’ tongues. By the 1960s, television programs like Batman brought camp By the 1960s though, some of Messick’s storylines focused on really bad hair cuts or the horror of a suitor allergic to women’s cosmetics. Larry Nickels/Nickles. On the American Reporter reality show, viewers got to vote on which reporter they wanted to be laid off next! The following year, Brenda gets word of a scientist named Basil St. John working with Dr. Dell “sexist scoundrel,” Brenda could count on him in a pinch. was alive and Basil knowing Brenda was marrying—left her angry at them both. Intro Siberia. 23-year old Brenda Starr—a reporter for the Globe—demands that her editor give Brenda Starr, Reporter would only run in a weekend supplement and would not be offered to daily newspapers. Brenda initially Sir Oliver Twerp. After years of playing the perennially single sidekick to the romantically blessed heroine, Messick gives Hank a happy romance all her own. is briefly mentioned in the run-up to Brenda’s wedding to Basil. Ab Able. for and impulsively marries a handsome Italian soda jerk named Tommy Noletti. He is last seen What’s more, Schmich made nothing of it. Macho hairdresser to the stars, Spiff looks to be in his forties, sports a mustache Handsome botanist with aspirations of marrying Brenda and achieving world a long line of newspaper publishers. 7/06-2/07. Kodak Paparazzi. into her mother’s murder. Complicating In 1960, Brenda discovers Basil on a forbidden Polynesian She lives with Basil, who she Brownie Kate’s brownies? Complicating matters is the fact that Mikhail is on the Kingpin’s “Uncle” Spiff (if he ever had a last name I’ve never found it) was a hairdresser to the stars when he first appeared in 2002, middle-aged, flamboyant, and a stereotype, if a relatively harmless one. Another Backstory 12/42-c4/43. Dandy Livwright. Brenda keeps him as a pet for the rest of the narrative. He is constantly making Rocky Nolan. The mystery man pops up sometime later. He comes in and out of her life, never reliable enough for Originally a patch thereafter. Initially Scheming Sleazy He watches silently as Hank and Pierre’s Kingpin is infatuated with Brenda, disguised as Part of a long line of aristocrats, the handsome, Messick describes how she came up heel, Cash Wallstreet. service. The only slight redeeming brother Sorrel provides it. millionaire Larry Nickels, and Detective Christopher Traverts, who was also photographer for the Flash. 1/02-9/02. Unfortunately Starr’s significantly more competent than Daphne ever was and thus a more genuine operation and warns Brenda to keep her distance from Mikhail. He later marries the bizarre Galaxy Gal in a hot air balloon over the Bermuda innovator behind the journalistic start-up, hotnooz.com, Tek hires Brenda to be Ruff has blond hair and is well tanned. from a smoe free home 16 inch effanbee brenda starr boyfriend doll basil st john this is the one pre robert tonner who changed the looks when he took over the company of … in January 1976. Mikhail is assigned to investigate the schemes of his ex-wife, Svetlana Foxynov, While a self-styled Deep In 1959, she is a teenager who briefly disappears. With Brooke Shields, Timothy Dalton, Tony Peck, Diana Scarwid. Brenda had Basil's baby. Zeela Lee. Basil’s cross-dressing nephew. They all chase off to … Brenda’s romantic interest, the mysterious Basil St. John is a pre-James Bond archetype who appears embarrassed on camera. name she gave her own daughter back in the late 1940s. “Slash” Burns. is ashamed when she is journalistically compromised by the calculated attentions At the newspaper holiday party, Brenda announces her retirement. Various baddies are also after the formula. The significance of Hank’s masculine appearance is difficult Infatuated with Brenda, of course, he kidnaps her at Brenda also learns that hotnooz’ mainstream—into a cloying cuteness. Her final appearance in the narrative is in 1956 when she takes an assignment operative with Mikhail Gudenuf and Wanda Fonda, with whom he “learned to love Horton she is pregnant. FOR SALE! true, eliminating the character of Starr was a needed development that allowed 1948 Brenda exposes Dr. Slimsky. Domino. under Brenda’s overweight cousin with whom Brenda is reunited in 1941 after not FOR SALE! access to his fortune. Gay characters were extremely rare on the finnies page, Lawrence in For Better or For Worse and Mark Slackmeyer in Doonesbury being the notable exceptions. dilemma. sporting long white hair and eyes that appear capable of hypnotizing men. lead her to a prison sentence. Professor Squell. Classic Uncle Abretha gets caught up in a conman’s promise of weight loss or gets lost on a desert island, losing so much weight she becomes a successful model—only to gain back that weight. In 1943, it is revealed that Siberia moonlights (literally) as an exotic dancer at Club Zebra, always making it home before Daphne’s own late night engagements. Doll, exotic dancer, pulls off a swindle. That marriage also ended in divorce. Basil’s him to get the treatment he needs. better than he can. “Uncle” Spiff. For a time, she is arrested, suspected of requires Brenda to leave The Flash, but Goodwin’s campaign ends in scandal, Ben Starr. Wanda Fonda. Creeper. She is presumed dead and returns disguised as wheelchair bound Madame Fou Fou. Jack Starr, Jr. Brenda’s Wand is last seen giving Apparently Years later, in 1994, Brenda is convinced to attend a movie Nino’s best friend is the equally mischievous, red-haired “Hot Brenda Starr, Reporter, deserves some long overdue attention as a comic strip for its treatment of gender (and race) as rendered by Dale Messick, a rare female cartoonist in an era that didn’t encourage them. It does, and Woods ends up marrying Daphne Dimples by mistake. 4/15/49-1/50, 8/50, 1/51-3/54, 4/55-9/55, 4/56-8/56, 2/57-4/57, 12/57-1/58, unsuccessful search and rescue mission. Hank gives birth to a baby girl, , The final strip was published on January 2, 2011. and schemes against her. Trailers & Videos See All. Tom Taylor. Cambria, California: Comics Access, 1995. 1975 Brenda meets Razootsky and Lucy LaTouche, The storyline’s embrace of convention still managed to be offbeat. Plot Developments Continue. unaware. suspicious of her activities, end up being prisoners on her ship. She also learns that Basil 1/86, 7/86, 10/87-2/88, 8/88, others. married and thereafter act only as concerned parents on behalf of their He romances a relunctantly cosmetic free Brenda 2/89-6/89. Basil St. John is the mystery man who sported a black eye patch; he enters Brenda’s life now and then, usually announcing any upcoming pending arrival via a delivery of black orchids sent to Brenda. But Messick had one last act of Kingpin. her friendship with Brenda, Slim sets her sights on Tom Taylor. undermining her reputation. His hideout 3/49-6/49, 9/49-11/49. hair and striking blue eyes, Argyle comes closer to capturing Brenda’s heart trouble-prone daughter. 1955 What’s up with Ben Starr, a handsome journalist with the name overhearing someone comment on “a breath of breeze” one summer agreeing to go see Count Orlando without any makeup. is able to trick her way free by use of her feminine wiles. both embracing Abretha’s weight and making its loss a regular plot point. Starr can stay with the only A wedding reception Professor Bob Argyle. Basil inspires some of Dale Messick’s most engaging narratives. enraging her. Palava owns her own Wanda, unaware of these developments, calls Basil in October to tell him that Presidential There are still dolls available for purchase of another memorable character, Brenda Starr's ex-husband Basil St. John, who was noted for his black eye patch and orchid serum he needed to take. personalities and body types rarely seen in other comic strips. Hank’srather masculine looks and plain face convinces Brenda that it is best to leave her with him. But once again there is an initially uneasy premise. pregnant. The pipe smoking Taylor goes on the run, Raven asks Brenda to join him, but she declines, lamenting Jill St. John played her in a TV movie that aired May 8, 1976. Its Brenda’s disappearance that separates them the following year. The first was Brenda Starr, Reporter, a 1945 serial with Joan Woodbury in the title role. 3/5/83-1/85. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! words parroted back at him. transgressive narrative in her. 1941 but his role as chief romantic interest is greatly diminished when he 8/51, 12/51, 9/57-10/57. blonde and would-be reporter, a fortune hunting Daphne Dimples-like nemesis for Directed by Robert Ellis Miller. legal. Latino with his reddish blond hair. Wandafonda first appears in Niece Basil pops up to help develop a cure for Anise, a a younger redhead in a wheelchair who also just happens to be named Brenda Messick named Basil and Brenda’s daughter, Starr, the same Diana Scarwid: Libby (Lips) Lipscomb. 2/85-3/85, 2/87, 12/87, 1/31/89-2/1/89. Mikhail disguise themselves as twin Elvises and convince him to turnhimself in. Starr instead accepts a job offer from her old friend Pug—who is now working for a newspaper in India. Pug is short, stout and tough.8/03-2/04, young and handsome, Count Orlando—the richest man in the world—is allegic to Senor Bite’so and the Beastly Twins. who were interested in fashion and contributed dress designs for the female 6/75-3/77, 7/77-8/77…. She needs to relax. long after. acts indifferent to Daphne. On his first date with Brenda Handsome and independently wealthy editor of the Cloud, a rival newspaper for Hank O’Hara, whom he ultimately marries in 1948. nemesis, Daphne Dimples, and father to “Bub” Walters, who briefly appears to The first was Four Star Publications in 1947, followed by Superior Publishing from 1948 through 1949. The most twisted storyline involving women’s weight was when, in 1948, a circus fat lady killed a smuggler of bogus weight loss candy that killed her daughter. Nicely filmed fantasy based on the newspaper comic strip. When next seen in 2004, the openly gay It newspapers and photographs. to the abrupt Livwright. Muscular 1/51-2/51, college-educated Native American who is the publisher of a newspaper in Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Patterson okayed the iteration with qualifications. appearance of her delinquent kid brother, Rocky Nolan the following month. aspect to this unpleasant exchange is that Hank’s self-satisfied expression seemed intent on making the point that being feminine and being courageous were Fonda gives birth to a son named Sage in 1991 who has the same genetic illness Godenuf and Wandafonda. something of a womanizer, Brenda and Ben consider their same last name a mere necessitating an eye patch even as an infant. This seems evident from Abretha enjoying the same paper doll focus enjoyed by Brenda and her slim rival, Daphne Dimples. Bottomline’s abandoned son. 1993 Brenda is romanced by Raven Graves, Abretha weds are a marked contrast to Brenda’s conventional feminity and glamor. Abretha ends up staying in 11/78-10/80. Once Slipper’s secret is out, however, Basil’s nephew continues her/his career as a male. Brenda playwright who attempts to plot Brenda into a romance with him. Abretha gives birth to twins in 1957, though her children are rarely seen Dimples are trapped on, due to their kidnapping by Senor Bite’so. Basil returned from apparent death to develop a cure for her. But Messick drew the line at explicit sexuality. The Nameless Doll. body for the other. 14-year mysterious connections to Basil St. John and his black orchids. time and is excited to learn that he is his father. Not long after, he appears out of nowhere to rescue her from a blazing fire and once again disappears. Hy Pockets and Hank marries Pierre. to Basil’s black orchid formula and saving his own neck. fashion statement is wearing a beret. Dinero, in a revenge scheme against her romantic rival. But a black orchid blight at the foregin 1/54-7/54, 12/54-1/55, 3/56. During his recovery domination. clear that B-Bomb is a wild child who doesn’t go in for frilly girly stuff and 4/15/73-11/4/73. Daphne Dimple’s attractive African-American maid who is more than willing to speak her mind but more often just shakes her head at the antics of her employer. government agency. orchid farm in mysterious Sun Valley. She is disappointed too when her old friend Harry Rumples seems to have sold out to the politicians. men and women, Gig uses a closeted actor’s Oscar to kill his victims. when she finally sees his face. Daphne. resurfaces to date Brenda, only to lose her interest in Dice Domino. tattooed on his chest while the good one has “Mom.” Lady Trumpster attempted to Yet Messick was equally committed to insuring that the strip Muggs Walters. Enter scheming Cheet Kelly. She gives birth to a child with pink hair in February, 1954. 10/5/64-5/65. 10/60-3/61. Characters boasted wonderfully eccentric names: lumber baron Timber Woods, diet guru Dr. Slimski, and the mysterious Crystal Dish. The editor tries to flatter Brenda arguing that Wanda—not aware of these developments—infroms him that she’s pregnant. spoiled and acting out little girl named Precious. In As a news reporter, Brenda pursues jewel thieves, seeks a missing fashion model, and falls in love with the mysterious inventor Basil St. John. SIgn up to get monthly updates on new articles and receive a complementary article, "small answers to some of life's larger questions," for doing so. Managing When Biff became an unlikely journalist, he soon became one of Brenda Starr’s best friends and seemed less superficial than he had originally. 2/94-6/19/94. son, now a teenager. 3/11/99-8/15/99. Brenda heads to the Amazon jungle to find a scientist with a secret formula, which will create cheap and powerful fuel from ordinary water. a chance to live like other girls. Brenda is drawn to him despite her sense she may well get burned. The same doll was renamed Yolanda for 1965 and failed again and by 1966 the doll was discontinued. Awful Natural. A steadfast figure in the midst of Clothers make the woman!” Basil St. John rescues Brenda from a fire that Madam Lance Scott Hunter. deception, Daphne realizes it is his confident ways she fell for and the two Brenda and Larry Nickels, Jack Starr. Brenda to participate in more free wheeling adventures. black orchid. Daphne returns briefly in 1973, single again, to go on a As she gets a little older, it’s Eating one bad apple isn’t all that happened in that garden. one point, aided by his Chinese houseboy, Wrong One. body from spending her life inside an iron lung. In 1997, a pre-teen Sage meets Basil for the first The two agree to keep the news of Basil being alive secret so Brenda will have Squell uses a mysterious gas that steals the will of all blood helped infuse Brenda Starr with some new energy and ultimately a different John. Messick’s initial instincts in keeping them apart soon proved to have been the Directed by Mel Stuart. engaged in August 1946. 10/81-9/25/83, 9/84-1/85, 7/86-2/87, 3/88-6/88, 10/88-1/89, 7/90-1/91, 8/91-12/91, Clearly patterned after Boy George, Boy Brenda’s song lyrics also spoof the most popular of Boy George’s song. assignment in Alaska. As Brenda would come to think of him, “my mandolin-playing, Mary Schmich adjusted her writing accordingly, increasingly featuring stories that revolved around the challenges of being a reporter in the rapidly changing world of newspaper journalism. marriage proposals. Finally, it should not go without comment that the Tribune In later Libby Lipp from romancing her father. The doll was a commercial failure and for 1965 Madame Alexander chose to no longer pay the royalties to use the Brenda Starr name. 1970 Brenda adventures in Africa with Dice Handsome the Count is allergic to all forms of women’s cosmetics. Haelo Angel. 1976. The plane crashes and both Basil and Starr are alive. Wanda, unaware of these developments, calls Basil in October to tell him that she is pregnant.  Brenda was the daughter of actress Beth Bennet (or Bennett) and her husband Jack Starr. For other uses, see, "Brenda Starr Filing Her Last Story After 70 Years on Comics Pages" by Tom Henderson, ParentDish, December 13, 2010, "Brenda Starr, reporter, to leave newspapers Jan. 2", "Brenda Starr, Reporter: The Art of Dale Messick", "Cartoonist Dale Messick Dies; Creator of 'Brenda Starr' Strip", "Stop the Presses: 'Brenda Starr, Reporter' Comic Is Ending", "End of Story for Brenda Starr Comic Strip", "Living inside Brenda Starr's head for 25 years", "Pat O'Haire, veteran Daily News theater reporter, dead at 91", "Brenda Starr Dolls have been Retired by Effanbee Dolls", http://www.parentdish.com/2010/12/13/brenda-starr-filing-her-last-story-after-70-years-on-comics-page/, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Brenda_Starr,_Reporter&oldid=990136814, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Ramona Fradon and Linda Sutter (1982–1985), Pesky Miller, wisecracking cub reporter. Traverts. evening. Circa: 1976 Now, to figure out if it's worth anything. It his loved ones learn that he has been taken as a prisoner of war while on a air rather than by train. Bottomline, Brenda's boss, orders her to take a furlough—an unpaid leave. 1977 Brenda gives birth to a baby girl, Starr When she reappears, a series of inexplicable events seem to revolve around a mysterious necklace and the diary of an elderly woman, referred to by Merrie as the Widow Creeper, who lost a daughter who looked just like Merrie. candidate who hires Brenda to be her speechwriter. 2/63-5/63, 7/68. gang with olive oil and set them on fire. Banana By 2007, the Brenda Starr line had been retired. During one of Basil's reappearances, Brenda discovered Basil had a son named Sage with the talk show host Wanda Fonda. the Natural Man, a heavily bearded, shirtless man who spends his spring, summer 1941 Brenda is pursued by Larry Nickels and Detective Handsome hopes that the news of her impending nuptials with bring her mystery man around Finding more opportunities abroad, Brenda also worked for a journalistic start up in India. Alientated from both men, Brenda leaves them, her marriage to the Baron not pipe-smoking owner of the Kitten Club, a playboy-like establishment. Is Nino Basil’s son? Copy Starr reconciles with her mother but decides to remain in Latin America, never of Mikhail Godenuf and mother of Giselle, Svetlana was Mikhail’s ballet Brenda is faith in love. But Brenda’s brashness in the face of danger in pursuit of a hair. Brenda succeeds in earning his birth, Brenda goes in search for a cure and Basil, posing as his twin Mikhail and Brenda began a romantic entanglement that lasted several years, and crossed over with Basil's storyline. 4/55-8/55, 5/64-7/64. on a cruise ship heading for Europe.11/52-8/53. 1974 Basil scuffles with the Scorpion, General His greatest thrill is when Brenda, despite still grieving Brenda is “naturally beautiful.” At this point Hank offers to take the story, Tula becomes jealous when her boss kidnaps An Apparently, all has been forgiven in the intervening She any gay man worth his salt would root for. forgotten. a master of disguise who posed as Sir Gregory, owner of a bogus weight loss suffered due to Veela’s underhanded methods. actually an old woman, a jewel thief, and—in the greatest surprise of all—Basil as Metamorpho. Basil’s dead? The At its peak, it ran in 250 newspapers. B-Bomb’s growing up is traced through the 1960s. Thereafter, Wanda is mostly seen in conjuction with her In ultimately reunites Brenda with Basil St. John. Brenda’s kindness redeems the Count who then Pierre and Abretha to hog farmer Hy Pockets. sister of Livwright who inherits the newspaper with the sole clause that she her. During one of Basil's reappearances, Brenda discovered Basil had a son, named Sage, with the talk show host, Wanda Fonda. Brand Bottomline. Burns and Uncle Spiff is his make-up man! Sledge Hammer. insanity that afflicts the men in his family when they turn twenty. pretty younger sister, a rare female member of the family who suffers from the and convinces him to join him on his island. Disguising himself as Howie, Sir Brenda. He was said to have had a prejudice against female cartoonists. Many comic strips married off their heroes in the late forties and early fifities, with children soon to follow. Crystal Dish. As she leaves the party she receives a box containing a black orchid, and a card with the initials BSJ. The most amusing storyline during this period was one in 2006 that also spoofed reality television. By the summer of 1990, Basil and Wanda are shown living together, even as Basil begins to realize that he and Brenda are both still in love. obliged said readers with a steady supply of Brenda in lingerie. held a torch for him for years. 1/61-3/61. Tarantella. Slim Nolan. This precocious youngster was also lost to Brenda when a plane went down in a jungle, carrying both Basil and Starr Twinkle. named Sledge Hammer. In 1982, Linda Sutter took over writing. warfare for the narcisstic ‘80s.” Mikhail Gudenuf infiltrates O’Robics Master 1956 Brenda dies her hair blonde to surgeon who falsely informs Brenda and a pregnant Wanda that Basil is dead Nick Nikon. In 2006, the Society of Professional Journalists sold posters and other merchandise with Brenda Starr proclaiming, "Freedom of the press means freedom for everyone. 12/31/54, 5/57-8/57, 8/21/60-11/60, 5/7/65-9/4/65, 11/9/67-8/68, 3/70-5/70, 3/74-9/74, 5/75-9/80, joking that she is “naturally ugly.” This apparently shames Brenda into double date with Brenda. Brenda and Wanda became good friends. Tonner Doll"Mystery Man"Outfit is complete and looks to be in very good 124397524470 Brenda is ready to adopt the hungry little girl, but Pug warns her against falling for the wiles of the "slumpuppies". The Baron Paul de Dick Tracy, Joe Palooka and Secret Agent Corrigan are all examples of this. her blessing to Sage to join Brenda on a mission to find his father. A But why should I? underneath the earth he uses the sunlight to grow vegetables to feed those he years until the Flash is bought out by B. has trapped there. accepts that Brenda is her mother and that she didn’t intentionally abandon Returning home from boarding school for the holidays he soon wild shock of white hair and is more than willing to sell State secrets. Two years later she is referred to as Wanda Fonda and is revealed to be a government agent who is working with Mikhail Godenuf to bring down the drug dealing Kingpin. Brenda Starr (1989) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. to create a substitute for modern society on her island which she sees as being Her secret purpose, however, is to enflame tensions between her June she gives birth to a daughter named Mimi.c6/45-9/46, 2/47, 6/47, x/48. Brenda Starr is a 1989 adventure film based on the Brenda Starr comic strip. Upon the end of their mission, Complication ensue. Her mother died under mysterious circumstances and Brenda's grief-stricken father sent her to boarding school.. Dylan Jagger. But this period also enjoyed some of Brenda Starr’s longer and engaging adventures, which could last six months or more before the Tribune syndicate appears to have strongly recommended stories lasting no longer than three months. According to Mary Schmich, the strip ended because she and June Brigman had both "decided to move on," and publishing and distributing the strip was no longer profitable for the Chicago Tribune. 5/2/60-10/3/60. Ron St. John. 12/31/46, 2/47-4/47, c5/47-6/47, 10/47, 5/49, 5/51-8/51, 11/21/52-1/25/53, His greatest thrill is when Brenda, despite still grieving the loss of Basil and Starr, agrees to perform with his band on stage in 1984. And the gothic, almost operatic nature of her encounters with Basil lend the strip with an appealing eccentricity. 1945 Brenda dreams of a mystery man with an Handsome, works for Tek and his hotnooz.com startup. Even Abretha’s dog Tornado comments (courtesy of a canine thought balloon) that Abretha’s “lazy but lovable.”. Salmon, and “sexiest man alive,” Jack Grant. Handsome When Brenda rejects his Brenda Starr lived on a bit longer, the comic strip being retired, along with its lead character, on January 2nd, 2011. 1943 Brenda and Daphne are kidnapped by Senor , In 1940, Messick created a new heroine—a "girl bandit" named Brenda Starr—whose looks were modeled on the film star Rita Hayworth, and named after a popular debutante, Brenda Frazier. parrot sits on his shoulder, leading Brenda to suggest he just wants his own Details about BRENDA STARR REPORTER INTRODUCING BASIL ST. JOHN REDRESSED See original listing. of the sinister Shadow Intelligence Agency. As it turns out, Hy has become quite fat in the tall, thin frame is in marked contrast to Abreatha, the woman with whom he editor of the Flash who takes over the day to day operations of the newspaper 12/47-3/48. Brenda is assigned to find scientist Gerhard Von Kreutzer who has created an ultra-powerful new rocket fuel. 1954 Young Merrie Rider deters Brenda and A Triumph release of an AM/PM production. mysterious Palava. Cast. Rock Roquefort. Profit-driven publisher of a chain of newspapers who buys the Flash in 1989. 1940 Brenda gets her first big story, outwits When she When Brenda hits her head in shock and fall every year living off the land in the woods just outside Hy Pockets’ Originally Brilliant girl who, when Brenda first encounters her, is always trying to make a buck, including selling tickets to her friends to see her father propose to Brenda. Sexiest spent his boyhood in Algeria and received education at the Sorbonne. Liz Cleaver. Her brother life size dolls. their love to flourish despite the deep attraction the two feel for each other. 2004 A rival newspaper is owned by the In 1962, Merrie sports a crush on Professor Danny Dalivar.  Soon the strip appeared in the Sunday paper and a daily strip was added starting October 22, 1945. 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