It's been a bad year for women on the funny pages. First Little Orphan Annie goes down in flames, (booo!) then Cathy kicks it (hooray!) and now Brenda Starr is being retired. I liked Brenda Starr a lot more than, say, Apartment 3G; for one thing it occasionally had some action. For another thing, Brenda's love interest, Basil St. John, was a weird guy with an eyepatch who would always pop up in bizarre situations when you least expected him. And third, I'm a sucker for that 1940s "girl reporter" schtick (although Lois Lane will always be first in my heart; sorry Brenda).

Now all we have to remember Brenda Starr by is a very bad movie starring Brooke Shields from 1989: