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.
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.
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.
“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: eastbristol.co.uk
With thanks to Richard Sheaf
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.