Creeping out of the DC Thomson archives for the first time in over 40 years, the fondly-remembered girls comic Spellbound returns this Hallowe’en to cast its spell in a spine-tingling new, digital graphic novel collection.
Exhumed from the vaults and resurrected in a 116-page volume are two spellbinding titles from the classic British supernatural thriller comic, published by DC Thomson from 1976 to 1977, a title that pre-dates the better known title Misty, published by IPC.
With a new introduction and a selection of fear-filled text features from the archives, classic chills and thrills await inside this digital collection, which also includes brand new Spellbound stories to enthral and transfix brave – or unwary – readers!
After you’ve enjoyed a two-page introduction to the title’s history, and a short all-new tale by Daniel McGachey and Lauren Knight setting the scene, delve into a selection of the strangest, most sinister tales told by the enigmatic Damian Darke – Spellbound‘s “Master of Mystery”, which include stories featuring art by Brian Lewis, among others.
It’s a great mix of vintage cautionary tales offering plenty of fear-filled scares, with some smashing art to boot.
Then, get entangled in the enchanting serial “I Don’t Want to be a Witch“, the story of Celia Winters, a reluctant teen spell-caster, collected in its entirety for the first time ever – which is followed by the launch of an all-new story starring Sophia Winters, her daughter. This tale comes from Commando writer Georgia Standen Battle, with art by Anna Morozova.
Given that the new “I Don’t Want To be a Witch” story ends on a cliffhanger, let’s hope we’re not kept waiting too long for the next collection…
The web interface for the digital edition is pretty good, enabling bookmarking and more. There’s no indication there’s an app-based version for mobile devices, even though DC Thomson uses PageSuite for a number of its digital products, including Beano.
Perhaps aware reaching the nostalgia market for girls comics is significantly more of a challenge than boys titles, this Spellbound collection is a digital only release for now, although a comment on the related “Damian Darke” Twitter account suggest future print editions have not been ruled out.
For just under £7 for a 116-page collection, complete with a nifty cover gallery as well as the stories, old and new, I’d say this is a digital anthology well worth checking out.
Spellbound, Damian Darke and all art featured © DC Thomson