DC Thomson Media launched social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook for its DCT Heritage Comics imprint at the beginning of the month – and one classic comic getting attention on both services is the fondly-remembered 1970s girls title Spellbound.
Launched in September 1976, DC Thomson’s weekly fantasy comic preceded the better known Fleetway title Misty, launched in 1978, but lasted just 69 issues before merging with sister paper, Debbie.
Despite its relatively short run, the comic featured some memorable strips, most with a supernatural or paranormal twist.
These included “Marina“, about a young gipsy girl who could see the future, who had been adopted as the mascot of a motor racing team, and “The Mask of Menace“, in which a girl discovers a sinister artifact in the geography room of her boarding school.
Also part of the mix were short stories, mostly centring on tragic romances, introduced by one Damian Darke and Miss Hatherleigh, custodian of Cremond Castle.
Given ComicScene magazine’s coverage of recent DCT Heritage Comics releases and Commando, it’s no surprise their upcoming Issue Nine, which extends the title’s comics content, got a shout-out in return – but DCT staff went one step further, highlighting the work of artist Anna Morozova, and teasing “We’ve been working with her on something spooky too…”
Might numerous Spellbound mentions suggest a collection or something more is on its way, following on the heels of recent Ramsey’s Raiders and Starblazer reprints?
Anna Morozova graduated with MDes in Comics and Graphic Novels from the University of Dundee last year and has already been commissioned by 2000 AD, to draw the “Future Shocks” story “Juncture”, written by Andi Ewington, as well as drawing a strip for #11 of the Comichaus anthology, and, more recently, the free Great War Dundee Comic (available online here).
Born in Russia and growing up in Estonia before moving to Dundee, Anna told The Herald earlier this year she hadn’t considered art as a career until a few years ago.
“I felt it was worth giving art another chance and Dundee was ideal due to its role in the history of British comics,” she said.
One Spellbound strip of particular note is “Supercats“, a science fiction strip drawn by Spanish comics artist Enrique Romero, centring an all-female team of spacefaring superheroes who crewed the spaceship Lynx.
Given the work Anna has previously published on her social media, it would certainly be interesting to see her take on that strip!
UPDATE: Since we posted this story earlier today, a Twitter account belonging to “Damian Darke” (@DarkeDamian) has surfaced, tweets suggesting that we should be looking out for something Spellbound-related very soon – the account also noting the original comic featured the art of the brilliant Brian Lewis.
“For four long decades nothing has stirred in these shadows except memories,” Damian noted in his first tweet. “But now, a sigh, a shiver, a whisper as of dark wings beating or, perhaps, of pages fluttering in some vast and echoing library… and as Hallowe’en approaches, something awakens…”
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