Messick, Dale
Dale Messick was born Dalia Messick in South Bend, Indiana, in 1906 unto a seamstress and commercial artist. After studying briefly at the Ray Commercial Art School in Chicago, Messick began working for a greeting card company while assembling a portfolio of comic strips in her spare time. Although she was not the first female comic strip creator, Messick went on to become the first female syndicated comic strip artist in the United States and is ultimately best known as the creator of the Brenda Starr comic strip, which at its peak in the 1950’s ran in 250 newspapers. In 1975, Messick was honored with the National Cartoonists Society's Story Comic Book Award, and in 1997 received the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award. Following her retirement in 1980, Messick moved to California to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren, where she remained until her death in 2005.

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