Globetrotting Redheaded Comics Reporter Brenda Starr Leaving the Biz in January

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CHICAGO, IL.- No more late nights or looming deadlines for globetrotting reporter Brenda Starr. The redheaded comic heroine, whose first appearance came in a June 1940 Chicago Tribune insert, is putting the notebook away for good next month. Tribune Media Services, which owns Brenda Starr, announced Thursday that it’s ending the feature’s newspaper syndication. Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman said they’ve decided it was time to end their work on the seven-day-a-week strip which appears in about three dozen newspapers. The final episode of the soap opera cartoon created by the late Dale Messick will be published Jan. 2. “It’s been an incredible privilege to be able to live life through this medium all these years,” said Schmich, who has written the comic for 25 years. “I’m