"I'm a half-assed celebrity -- everyone knows Brenda Starr but nobody knows me," laughs cartoonist Dale Messick. "I still get fan letters after all these years -- five or 10 a week. They all want a sketch and an autograph because people collect these things. People collect anything. That's why I never take my [dental] bridge out -- they might collect bridges!"
Messick is the creator of intrepid, fire-haired comic-strip news reporter Brenda Starr--an enduring conflux of stouthearted vixen, uber-frau, and svelte, impeccably coiffed career woman with a penchant for breaking news and difficult men.