Modesty Blaise - an episode throw “The Long Lever”

Modesty Blaise fan? A Jim Holdaway original is up for sale

Modesty Blaise - an episode throw “The Long Lever”

Heritage Auctions is offering this lovely “Modesty Blaise” original by the strip’s first artist, Jim Holdaway, in one of its latest auctions.

An episode from “The Long Lever”, written by Peter O’Donnell, the art is described as being #194, published on 30th May 1964.

A high point from the second Modesty Blaise serial, the art features both Modesty and Willie Garvin.

Modesty Blaise, first published in the London Evening Standard, was created by author Peter O’Donnell and artist Jim Holdaway in 1963 and follows Modesty, an exceptional young woman with many talents and a criminal past, and her trusty sidekick Willie Garvin.

This Pink Panther original by Friz Freleng is also in the auction
This Pink Panther original by Friz Freleng is also in the auction

The strip was adapted into films in 1966, 1982, and 2003, and, from 1965 onwards, eleven novels and two short story collections were written.

The strip features in the first Titan Books collection of the strip, The Gabriel Set-Up.

The auction also includes art by Ken Barr, Wayne Boring, Fritz Freleng, Gil Kane, Barry Kitson and others.

You can bid on the item from Monday 2nd April 2018 here | Other art offered in the same auction

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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