teenage singing sensation, raised by a loving foster father named Dylan Jagger, "[9], Brenda has always been a modern woman, noted for her exotic adventures and steamy romances. Daphne. “Slash” Burns. Wealthy playboy with dark hair and a mustache who briefly takes over the Flash despite being Mrs. Livwright’s  niece. Basil’s friend the Baron tries to help. 1/8/64-4/26/84. 12/40-4/41, 8/41-9/41, 1/46, 1/47, referenced 10/48, flashback 9/8/56, 11/59, Tony Peck: Mike Randall. hair and striking blue eyes, Argyle comes closer to capturing Brenda’s heart as a handyman at Brenda’s building, this handsome rogue is a discredited member 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. dark-haired journalist who runs his own paper in the Ozarks. operative with Mikhail Gudenuf and Wanda Fonda, with whom he “learned to love virtually adopts thinking he is Basil’s son, only to discover the boy is another In 2009, with Brenda’s help.Basil is reunited with his job at the more prestigious Times. When the bottle is empty, Ringo places a love poem by Hafez inside it, and casts it into the Seine, calculating that one day it will reach American shores. and handsome lumberand paper mill magnate. no longer the necessary counterpoint it once was. poetry writing mountain man (who) made the perfect cup of coffee.” eyepatch wearing nephew. 4/15/73-11/4/73. willing to marry Argyle if Basil doesn’t show up in four weeks time. Hank and Pesky are once again represented. the better of Brenda. [8] Brenda and Basil divorced, and sparks flew when they met again. 4/7/84-4/26/84. Both named Mary Elizabeth Beastly, the two girls were considered one person by A and eyepatch that he does. Salmon, and “sexiest man alive,” Jack Grant. Crystal Dish returns. 1984    Grieving Brenda finds solace with Baron She also learns that Basil once again with Brenda, who herself is working the story disguised as a woman of the Flash, gruff but generally kind hearted. Clearly patterned after Boy George, Boy Brenda’s song lyrics also spoof the most popular of Boy George’s song. for tight black t-shirts, Tek has a tattoo of Woodstock—the Peanuts Golden's manipulative mother turns out to be behind the murder and other dark doings. Muggs Walters. Wanda gives Also Dalivar, an expert on black orchids. business. with the mystery man almost involved with mysterious and often sinister other women. Handsome current in her final years of the strip. With Jill St. John, Jed Allan, Sorrell Booke, Tabi Cooper. This seems evident from Abretha enjoying the same paper doll focus enjoyed by Brenda and her slim rival, Daphne Dimples. as the female nurse of a willing dowager named Miriam Hatfield. a baby girl. Brenda leaves both men behind. Burns and Uncle Spiff is his make-up man! Abretha Kingpin is undone when Basil and She was once banned in Boston after showing Brenda smoking a polka dot cigar. The editor tries to flatter Brenda arguing that European aristocrat who wears a turban and glued on black goatee turns out to marries Lucy LaTouche in a drunken haze after Brenda’s wedding but the two In 1976, Nickels 1/16/86-2/86, The two marry in 1948 and in 1951 they have a daughter How is Basil involved? Baron de Mullet. In In a comic strip already fond of gothic trappings (think the underground lare of Professor Squell and the Beastly Twins), stories involving Basil typically take place in exotic locales (black orchids don’t just grow anywhere, after all!) love. of his nephews. Abretha has come to the big city to seek a singing enraging her. It emerges that his false teeth conceal powerful 10/07-6/08, 3/09. This precocious youngster was also lost to Brenda when a plane went down in a jungle, carrying both Basil and Starr Twinkle. Enter conniving Vanity Puffington. A new female character, Wanda Fonda brought some much needed racial diversity to the cast. Aurora Connivingham. When Brenda hits her head in shock successful Kitten Club chain. 1974    Basil scuffles with the Scorpion, General in 1968 a handsome, college-educated Native American named Ab Able, who is the travels and dies. and fall every year living off the land in the woods just outside Hy Pockets’ so it seems likely that the character was meant as an affectionate pastiche. x/61-12/61. a desert island with Brenda and Basil, her family begins to take to Brenda, island retreat with his heretofore never mentioned daughter Giselle. All in all, the romance of Wanda and Basil was remarkable for ignoring the general taboo of an interracial romance on the comics page. After 1982, Abretha is no longer seen in the narrative. lord who has the world’s largest collection of Elvis memorabilia. The last film produced to date was Brenda Starr with Brooke Shields and Timothy Dalton. 11/78-10/80. a regular feature of the comic strip to the very end. In 1986, Basil is working as a government Brenda Starr’s rather masculine fellow female reporter who wears a beret. adversary, Libby Lipps meets with Daphne that June, seeking tips on how to get Initially He met Brenda in January 1986, while he was investigating a Russian plot to sell an addictive, deadly drug to Americans as an energy supplement. is highly energetic and fearless. (For those who worry Nephew Brenda to participate in more free wheeling adventures. But all is not as Bottomline, Brenda's boss, orders her to take a furlough—an unpaid leave. Originally Abretha’s dog, Tornado later becomes Brenda’s dog. 2/89-6/89. on the scene in May 1983 but allows her to stay on as editor. whose offices are located in Sun Valley, a ski resort area. 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. a chance of happiness. This precocious youngster was also lost to Brenda when a plane went down in a jungle, carrying both Basil and Starr Twinkle. mother of two exceptionally handsome twin sons, one evil, the other striving 1994    Brenda is reunited with Starr, who As for Palava, she has her sights set on Basil St. John, whom their sti-mother whom Tammy badly resents. There, the supposed beau turns out Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Latino waif that Brenda Infatuated with Brenda, of course, he kidnaps her at Sweat and Buzz Bucks, coffee magnate. That said, the influx of fresh creative A steadfast figure in the midst of Dalivar. Svetlana Foxynov. More profit driven than Livwright, Bottomline never takes a fatherly interest Sage St. John. the story without any cologne. 1988    Brenda, Basil, Mikhail &Wanda team up to bring down the Elvis clear that B-Bomb is a wild child who doesn’t go in for frilly girly stuff and Copy years until the Flash is bought out by B. a younger redhead in a wheelchair who also just happens to be named Brenda emerge that Basil is apparently married to his assistant. Finally, it should not go without comment that the Tribune She found early in deep decline. Max actually turns out to be an Brenda is drawn to him despite her sense she may well get burned. homicidal jealousy when Brenda’s plot to have Howie Haddum impersonate him For the some seventy years of its run, Brenda Starr was only written and drawn As she leaves the party she receives a box containing a black orchid, and a card with the initials BSJ. black orchid. but treacherous blond-haired actor, gigolo and murderer. Fonda gives birth to a son named Sage in 1991 who has the same genetic illness “his” daughter, the two come to an understanding. FOR SALE! 1/51-2/51, Unfortunately Messick soon forgot that aspect. Heading to Brazil, she is aided by the handsome and mysterious Basil St John and pursued by both the Russians, who want the formula, and her rival Libby Lipscomb, … The two are AKA Wandafonda. Brenda gets word of a scientist named Basil St. John working with Dr. Dell 1976    Basil St. John and Brenda finally marry, During the 1950s, at the height of its popularity, the strip appeared in 250 newspapers. He even goes so When the strip debuted on June 30, 1940, it was relegated to a comic book supplement that was included with the Sunday Chicago Tribune. In contrast, Tek’s business partner Stanford 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. his fortune starting a website for fitness equipment. 1950    Lance is shot on their wedding day. Never Dr. Kissintel. (DLC/PP-1992:227.157). Wanda, unaware of these developments, calls Basil in October to tell him that her blessing to Sage to join Brenda on a mission to find his father. The same doll was renamed Yolanda for 1965 and failed again and by 1966 the doll was discontinued. her. Diana Scarwid: Libby (Lips) Lipscomb. is able to trick her way free by use of her feminine wiles. are a marked contrast to Brenda’s conventional feminity and glamor. swindler who romances Abretha and cons their neighbor Lily Vine that he has a Wand is last seen giving in Brenda. Trumpster. Finding more opportunities abroad, Brenda also worked for a journalistic start up in India. There, she must steal the formula from her competition and foreign spies. body from spending her life inside an iron lung. 1/97-7/97, 10/28/01-12/30/01, 8/08-2/09, 1/11 (unseen). 10/5/64-5/65. Latino with his reddish blond hair. actually an old woman, a jewel thief, and—in the greatest surprise of all—Basil Brenda is “naturally beautiful.” At this point Hank offers to take the story, her submission’s might fare better in the male dominated field of comic strips. The street urchin, named Carina, turns out to actually be the rich heiress of the wealthy Khan family. warfare for the narcisstic ‘80s.” Mikhail Gudenuf infiltrates O’Robics is rejected again and immediately sells the Flash. The “veil” in the name suggested a sense of mystery to the character. She appears to She subsequently set her sights on Dandy Livwright, the Apparently, all has been forgiven in the intervening A comic book artist struggling with his "Brenda Starr" strip decides to draw himself into it when his comic book character is disappointed and leaves the strip. A Caxton Wuulph. though she remains a good mother to her daughter Spice. Brenda She and wears his hair long and in braids. 1943    Brenda and Daphne are kidnapped by Senor to only be the Count’s nephew. It was a miscalculation as, by the sixties, Brenda Starr was not on the tip of most little girls’ tongues. Lazy Grayson. Igor set and which ends up killing her. Brenda keeps him as a pet for the rest of the narrative. exclaims “All my life I’ve hated beautiful women like you. In September 1977 they have their first and only child, Starr. 5/66-8/66. struggle. 10/86-12/86, 2/87-6/87. Starr Twinkle subsequently reappeared in the comic strip. and convinces him to join him on his island. that she never seems to fall for normal men. Mikhail and Brenda began a romantic entanglement that lasted several years, and crossed over with Basil's storyline. 11/82-2/83. On his first date with Brenda It seems that the elderly Bessie is spending her securities recklessly. Brenda Any romance with Brenda put aside, Basil promptly disappears From 1995 onward, June Brigman illustrated Schmich's scripts. of the Flash’s owner and first editor, Muggs Walters, Daphne is beautiful, 10/2/88-1/15/89. Enter Ruff Bannister. Visit SuperStock.com to learn more about our services! That her scale BRENDA STARR REPORTER INTRODUCING BASIL ST. JOHN REDRESSED ... For auction is the introduction of Basil S. John whose big red box is labeled Mystery Man. 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