stolisomancer: (mmm soda)
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The "Modesty Blaise" comic strip ran for almost forty years in British newspapers, but had very little circulation in North America. Even so, it's had a large influence on comics in general; most notably, Chris Claremont has admitted that Storm is in large part inspired by Modesty, which puts her fingerprints all over most of the superheroines in the comic book industry.

After the shout-out to the strip in Secret Avengers #20, I've been rereading some of it, as the strips are currently collected in very sharp-looking volumes from Titan Books. The following strips are from 1991's "The Girl in the Iron Mask," drawn by Romero.


Modesty had, relatively recently, run afoul of a pair of reclusive billionaires. The Bone brothers have a nasty hobby, where they attempt to destroy business rivals and random strangers in an entertaining fashion. They attempted to do this to Modesty's friend John Dall, and she prevented it.

The Bones arrange for Modesty to be abducted by a group of thugs, tranquilized, and put down a hole in the middle of the Swiss Alps. Inspired by The Man in the Iron Mask, they also have their men bolt an iron helmet onto her. The theory, then, is that she'll go slowly mad from isolation and thirst.

There are two problems with their plan. One is that their housekeeper secretly telephones Modesty's closest friend, Willie Garvin, and tells him where Modesty is. The other is that, well, she's Modesty Blaise.

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Date: 2012-01-23 01:59 am (UTC)
midnightvoyager: (Deadpool o_O)
From: [personal profile] midnightvoyager
It just seemed kinda... "Oh, go this way, it happens to be the right direction. Why? I dunno, I just know. Psychic? That's silly. Also, there's probably people around the hole. Stop asking me why, there just is!"

Date: 2012-01-24 06:10 am (UTC)
sinanju: The Shadow (Default)
From: [personal profile] sinanju
Well, and if the guys who abducted Modesty didn't just kill her outright, then they had some nefarious plan in mind for her*--which means bad guys milling around. It's not an unreasonable assumption on Willie's part,

*The bad guys always have nefarious plans. (One of my favorite Modesty novels involves two bad guys, one of whom tangled with Modesty and Willie before, to his detriment. When Modesty and Willie get involved again, he's all "Shoot them! Shoot them now!" having learned by bitter experience not to underestimate them, but the other bad guy--who happens to be in charge--is too arrogant to listen. It goes...poorly for the bad guys.)

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