Cover Reveal: A New Look for Misty

2000AD/Rebellion's upcoming collection of two Misty stories utilises art by Shirley Bellwood originally used for the cover of the 1980 Misty Holiday Special
2000AD/Rebellion’s upcoming collection of two Misty stories utilises art by Shirley Bellwood originally used for the cover of the 1980 Misty Holiday Special

A classic horror comic from the 1970s that was aimed at young girls is seeing the light of day once again thanks to 2000AD publisher Rebellion – and the publisher has just revealed the cover for the collection of strips from Misty.

As we’ve previously reported, Rebellion, with the cooperation of rights-holders Egmont, is to reprint Misty content from creators who are also well known for their 2000AD work, beginning with work by the SF title’s first editor, Pat Mills, who has campaigned for years to get these strips back into print.

The first volume of Misty material, featuring “Moonchild” by Pat Mills and artist John Armstrong and “The Four Faces of Eve” by Malcolm Shaw and Brian Delaney, will be published this September.

The cover for the collection uses classic artwork used for the cover of the 1980 Holiday Special by Misty regular Shirley Bellwood, who sadly passed away earlier this year, with design work by 2000AD lead design droid Sam Gretton.

First published in February 1978 and intended as ‘2000AD for girls’, Misty was a weekly anthology horror comic that featured such as “The Sentinels” which saw the years 1978 and 1940 linked via two empty tower blocks, and “Moonchild” about a girl with telekinetic powers.

Over 101 issues between 4th February 1978 and 12th January 1980, Misty’s darker tone, strong visuals, and more sophisticated stories with an emphasis on the supernatural and horror went down a storm with its readers. The comic merged with Tammy in early 1980.

One Summer Special was also published, in 1978, two Holiday Specials (1979-1980), eight Annuals (1979-1986) and a monthly ‘Best of’ series that ran for eight issues in 1986.

A fan-created Misty Hallowe’en special was also published by the team behind misty comic.co.uk in 2006, featuring strips by creators such as Garen Ewing, Jenika Offreda, Terry Wiley and many others. Another special was released in 2009, featuring art by Smuzz, Bill Storie (aka Mike Nicoll) and more.

Fans of Misty have been campaigning for a number of years for the classic strips to be reprinted.

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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