- Associated Press - Thursday, December 9, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - No more late nights and looming deadlines for globetrotting reporter Brenda Starr.

The redheaded reporter, created by Dale Messick, whose first appearance came in a Chicago Tribune comic book insert in June 1940 is putting the notebook away for good next month.

Writer Mary Schmich and artist June Brigman say they’ve decided to end their work on the seven-day-a-week strip, with the final episode to be published Jan. 2.

Tribune Media Services, which owns Brenda Starr, said Thursday it will end the feature’s newspaper syndication. But Brenda won’t be gone for good. The first volume of a collection of the comic’s daily and Sunday strips is due out in June.