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Following the sudden death of Jim Holdaway in 1970, Erich Romero took over the art job on the "Modesty Blaise" strip for much of the rest of its run. In 1972's "The Bluebeard Affair," Romero had not yet evolved into the pin-up artist he was in the later strips, and while he never misses a chance to draw a good-looking woman, he comes off here more like he's trying to mimic Holdaway's style. It's interesting to see his early work, since this is, after all, the "Axa" guy.

This arc is collected in the Titan Books volume The Gallows Bird, along with "The Iron God" and "The Hanging Judge."

20 comic strips, after the cut )
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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.

a few dozen comic strips after the cut )

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