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Monday, May 17, 2010

MODESTY BLAISE ~ DC GRAPHIC NOVEL!

MODESTY BLAISE ~ DC GRAPHIC NOVEL!

I JUST PICKED UP A COPY OF THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM EBAY, BUT BACK IN 2007, VIA HIS GUNS IN THE GUTTER BLOG, CHRIS MILLS GAVE US THE RUNDOWN ON THIS TALE FEATURING DICK GIORDANO’S TAKE ON THE ICONIC HEROINE . . .


Originally announced as a miniseries by DC Comics, this adaptation of the first Modesty Blaise prose novel by creator/author Peter O'Donnell and veteran comics artist Dick Giordano, was ultimately released in trade paperback form as an original graphic novel.


The character of international adventuress Modesty Blaise first appeared in a British newspaper strip in 1963, written by O'Donnell and illustrated by Jim Holdaway. The strip ran until 2001, with O'Donnell always scripting, and featuring extremely fine art by a number of talented British and European artists. (Many of these strips have been reprinted over the years, and I'll get around to reviewing some of those reprint collections here eventually.)


In 1966, a big-budget feature film was produced, with the first-draft screenplay by O'Donnell. Unfortunately, the movie, which starred model Monica Vitti and Terence Stamp (The Limey), was something of a campy, incoherent disaster, but cunning O'Donnell turned a sow's ear into a silk purse by adapting his original script into prose, which kicked off a highly-regarded series of Modesty Blaise adventure novels, including Sabre-Tooth, I, Lucifer, The Impossible Virgin and The Xanadu Talisman.


This 1994 graphic novel is based on the first book, Modesty Blaise, and it's a globe-trotting action-adventure story in the finest tradition of the genre.


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