Modesty Blaise strip art under the hammer for charity

Modesty Blaise art
East Bristol Auctions will be selling a number of Modesty Blaise strips on Saturday 21st October, to raise funds for a dedicated local charity.

Anna Gow, a fund-raiser for St. Peter’s Hospice, Bristol, rcently donated the Hospice a set of six original Modesty Blaise London Evening Standard strips that had  belonged to the late Paul Woods, a longtime fan of the series.

Modesty Blaise art

Modesty Blaise art

He’d chosen them to represent favourite aspects of the strip characters, and to represent the work of all five artists who drewpublished episodes of Peter O’Donnell’s much-loved adventure strip over the years – Jim Holdaway, Spanish artist Enrique Badía Romero, John M. Burns, Patrick Wright and Neville Colvin.

Modesty Blaise art

They will be going up for auction on Saturday 21st October, as part of East Bristol Auctions latest Games, Trains & Automobiles sale, which also includes a Corgi Man from U.N.C.L.E. car, a The Saint car, a copy of the Escape from Colditz game, Robotech action figures and much more.

All of their items can be bid for on online via and the catalogue for the relevant sale is also available to view on the auction house site.

“The Hospice provided fantastic care and support to Paul during his last year,” says  Anna, who has reached out to numerous Modesty Blaise fan groups to promote the auction “and I would naturally like the panels to fetch a good price for the Hospice funds.

“But equally importantly, I really want those panels to go to someone who enjoys and admires the work of Peter O’Donell as much as Paul did.”

• East Bristol Auctions:

Directly bid on the strips here on – current bid at £360

With thanks to Richard Sheaf

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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