Back to Blaise:
Peter O’Donnell’s Celluloid Heroine
by Nathaniel Poggiali
Modesty Blaise: striking, sophisticated, and lethal, she retired as head of a criminal organization with her devoted right-hand Willie Garvin; wealthy and bored, the two freelance for Sir Gerald Tarrant of Special Intelligence, accepting only the most dangerous assignments. Modesty and Willie made their first appearance on the comic pages of the London Evening Standard in May 1963, and proved so popular that their creator, Peter O’Donnell, continued to feature them in stories for 38 years. Though the comics continued over several decades, a related book series was just as important in keeping the characters alive. O’Donnell’s debut novel, Modesty Blaise (1965; Souvenir Press), was based on a story for an unsuccessful action spoof directed by Joseph Losey.
O’Donnell, Peter. Interview. Comic Media 2.2 (Jan. 1973): 4-16. Print.
---. Modesty Blaise. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1965. Print.