Comic artist and editor John Allard in 2014. Photo: Ant Jones

In Memoriam: “Garth” Artist and editor John Allard

We’re sorry to report the passing of Garth artist and former Daily Mirror strip editor John Allard, an unsung hero in the character’s success, not just in Britain, but in terms of his popularity wherever his adventures were re-published across the globe, including Australia and India. John played such an important part in not onlyContinue reading In Memoriam: “Garth” Artist and editor John Allard

Comics Revue - August 2018 SNIP

Daily Mirror comic star Garth adventures continue in latest Comics Revue magazine

The August 2018 issue of Comics Revue is on sale now, with a cover by Jeremy MacPherson featuring Flash Gordon. This issue includes another Garth story by Modesty Blaise creator Peter O’Donnell, “Garth in Hollywood”, drawn by Steve Dowling and John Allard, first published in 1953. Published by Rick Norwood, each bi-monthly issue of ComicsContinue reading Daily Mirror comic star Garth adventures continue in latest Comics Revue magazine

Remembering the Daily Mirror strip “Romeo Brown”, the work of Alfred Mazure, Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway

Before Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway collaborated on Modesty Blaise, they worked together on a very different, humorous series, Romeo Brown, published in the Daily Mirror between 1954 and 1963 – a newspaper strip now little known in the UK, despite a following in Europe. Very much in the style of Norman Pett’s Jane stripContinue reading Remembering the Daily Mirror strip “Romeo Brown”, the work of Alfred Mazure, Peter O’Donnell and Jim Holdaway

The Modesty Blaise Companion Expanded Edition - Cover - SNIP

Book Palace announces updated, limited edition Modesty Blaise Companion

British specialist publisher Book Palace is to publish an update to its hugely-successful Modesty Blaise Companion later this year, with additional pages, as a limited edition. The first edition of their Companion published in 2005 sold out very quickly and now sells at high premiums on the secondary market. Fans have been clamouring for aContinue reading Book Palace announces updated, limited edition Modesty Blaise Companion

Modesty Blaise - an episode throw “The Long Lever”

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

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