Torchy Brown

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    Torchy Brown first appeared in the Pittsburgh Courier in the 1937-38 comic strip Dixie to Harlem drawn by the first Black Female Cartoonist, Jackie Ormes, and was later syndicated around the country until it's end in 1940; the strip was resurrected in 1950's Torchy and the Heartbeats. Since, Torchy Brown, the feisty and independent singer and dancer, has appeared in her own TPB and several hardcover tributes to her creator, Jackie Ormes.

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    Torchy Brown last edited by fesak on 04/30/22 06:29AM View full history


    The emergence of Torchy Brown marked the first appearance of an independent African-American woman in a nationally syndicated comic strip.  Torchy's self-reliance drove her to leave her Mississippi home at an early age and pursue her dreams of performing on stage, ultimately becoming a staple act at Harlem's Cotton Club.  Torchy Brown's creator, Jackie Ormes, is widely-regarded as the first Black Female cartoonist and is also the creator of 'Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger'. 

    Torchy Brown was made into a popular paper doll in 1947.  In keeping with Torchy Brown's forward-thinking themes, the character often tackled hot-button issues like racism, pollution, and social injustic in a comedic and approachable way.  Because Torchy's syndication was largely limited to papers with circulation extended only to Black constituents, the character has only recently gained long overdue widespread attention.


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