The March 2009 issue of Crikey! magazine will feature a new inverview with Romero on his work on the Modesty Blaise strip. This will be the ninth issue of Crikey! To date there have been eight issues and one companion magazine (Super Spies and Secret Agents). The editor of the magazine has been kind enough to share with us a sneak preview of the cover:
For those of you wishing to pre-order, you can do so by going to the Crikey! website and pay via PayPal on the subscription page, or, send a cheque (pounds sterling) payable to Sequential Media to: 13 Rosethorns Close Gladewood Middleton Manchester M24 6TP stating issue 9 (so that you're not sent the current issue). Postage free within the UK; international buyers should follow the pricing guide on the website. Back issues are also available -- and Issue 5 has a piece on Frank Hampson.
Thanks to the editor of Crikey! for the preview. .
Modesty Blaise is a literary and cultural icon. Created by author Peter O'Donnell in the 1960s, first as a comic strip heroine and then more fully developed in a series of novels, she is often referred to as a 'female James Bond.' Though less well known than 007, she is a far more complex and fascinating character. If you have never read the books... run out and get one! And join the worldwide group of Modesty Blaise fans.
For those of you who are new to Modesty Blaise... there are many of us who could happily argue forever about which are better, the books or the comic strip. What it seems to come down to is which one people have a personal preference for, books or comics. Happily, both are being reprinted: the books by Souvenir Press (although the older ones are already out of print - check Abebooks if you can't find them) and Titan books. Reading this blog, you'll see how much of an influence Modesty has had on mainstream culture. She has also inspired a great deal of artwork (don't be put off by some of the less-than-stellar book covers!) and music.
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