The Cartoon Museum in London sounds like it is well worth a visit, not least of all because it contains some Holdaway Modesty Blaise originals.
"The museum was established to preserve the best of British cartoons, caricatures and comics and to make the creativity of cartoon artists past and present accessible to people of all ages, and it does just that.
The origins of British cartooning are set out here, beginning with the work of Hogarth, Gillray and Cruikshank, and travelling through decades and centuries right up to the present, with examples from the finest British contemporary political cartoonists, such as Matt, Steve Bell and Peter Brookes.
There are original works by Thelwell; Thurber; Giles; Norman Pett, who created Jane; Jim Holdaway, who gave Modesty Blaise her start in life; and Reg Smythe's unforgettable Andy Capp and Flo."
You can read more about it in this article from Adelaide Now.
Loopy Dave continues to produce gorgeous new covers for Agent X9:
Many fans will be happy to see Modesty in a bikini, and I think the artist has also done a great job with the composition - I love the boat seen through the wheel. But I can't help wondering why she doesn't wear her sunglasses... .
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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