Misty (comics)

Misty  was a British comic for girls published by Fleetway in London from 4 February 1978 until 19 January 1980, when it merged with  Tammy  . (The name continued as  Tammy and Misty  until 1984.)  Misty  was a collection of many small strips, with the stories themselves being long or four pages long. As well as the weekly comic, Christmas annuals were also published.

While there were similarities with its Fleetway stablemates  Tammy  and  Jinty  , each comic had its own focus, with  Misty  concentrating on supernatural and horror stories. These consist of complete stories, text stories, and serials. Complete stories Focused on come-uppances, monsters and other threats, tales of sorrow lightheartedness gold, and Some made the point without supernatural Their Elements, Such As  Mr Walenski’s Secret  and  Sticks and Stones  . Text stories were originally new stories, but later shifted to retellings of British ghost stories, some of which were submitted by readers.

Misty  HAD no regular characters except for the cartoon witch,  Miss T  . This cartoon attracted debate between readers and their comic relief weakened or complementary to the dark tones of  Misty  . After the Merger,  Miss T  joined the Edie Strip in  Tammy  , which eventually became the  Crayzees  when Snoopa joined the  Tammy  and  Jinty Merger  on November 28, 1981, and continued until the  Tammy  and  Princess  Merger on April 7, 1984. “The Cult of the Cat “and” The Black Widow “Were the only  Misty  stories to-have sequels, ALTHOUGH the sequel for the lathing Was published in Tammy  .

The  Misty  back catalog is now owned by Rebellion Developments , which has reprinted  Moonchild  and  The Four Faces of Eve  , and is due to republish further series of  The Treasury of British Comics  .  [1]  In October 2017 Rebellion published a  Scream! & Misty Halloween Special  , which contains all-new stories featuring characters from those comics.

Creators featured in  Misty 

Artists

Artists featured in the pages of  Misty  included John Armstrong , artist we  Moonchild  (though best Known for drawing Bella in  Tammy  ), Joe Collins, artist is  Miss T  , Brian Delaney, John Richardson, Badia, Jesus Redondo, Ken Houghton, Peter Wilkes, Eduardo Feito, Bob Harvey, Honiera Romeu, Barrera Gesali, and Mario Capaldi.

Writers

Writers featured included Pat Mills , Malcolm Shaw, and (possibly) Barry Clements. Mills is credited with  Moonchild  and  Hush, Hush, Sweet Rachel  , and Shaw with  The Sentinels.

List of strips and stories

  • Moonchild  – Rosemary Black possesses the power of telekinesis , like her grandmother before her, as shown by a crescent moon on her forehead. Her harsh mother is jealous of the power and forbids Rosemary to use it.
  • Raggsy Doll  – A girl is to inherit a fortune. When her aunt hears of this, she sends her niece a cursed doll.
  • Miss T  – A comic strip about a witch.
  • Cilla the Chiller  – recurring strip about schoolgirl ghost. This strip was notable for being more humorous and light-hearted than others in the comic.
  • School of the Lost  – a boarding school that demands a special tribute for the ongoing success of parents who send their daughters to it.
  • Whistle and I’ll Come  – a ghost dog companion.
  • The Cats of Carey Street  – a feline fightback against council development.
  • End of the Line  – Ann’s father was one of a group of engineers believed to have been killed while working on an extension to the London Underground . She learns that they have actually entered an era and are being held underground by an evil Victorian.
  • The Black Widow  – Mrs Webb is coming to her husband’s death and taking over the world by using two schoolgirls and her brainwashed accomplishments.  Spider-Woman  in the Tammy & Misty merger was a sequel.
  • The Four Faces of Eve  – Eve Marshall develops amnesia after an accident, and is unable to understand why her parents have become hateful towards her. She eventually became a member of the body of the body, and her “parents” are really the scientists in charge of the experiment.
  • When The Lights Go out!  – a girl mis-behaves in a relative’s shop and gets turned into a shoproom dummy as a consequence.
  • Hush, Hush, Sweet Rachel  – Lisa finds she is the reincarnation of a four-year-old called Rachel who died in a fire.
  • Journey into Fear  – Kevin and Janice Frazer become pawns in an evil car’s game to relive its past as a gangster’s car.
  • Moodring  – A moody teenage girl receives a magic mood ring .
  • Hangman’s Alley  – Maidservant Melinda Walpole was wrongly executed for stealing a necklace from her mistress. Now Melinda has returned to a witty, malicious ghost, who wants to take her revenge on Jacey’s hapless sister Mel for no other reason that Mel looks exactly like Melinda. Jacey offers to clear Melinda Walpole If the ghost will be left alone, but the investigation is slow and patience is lost.
  • The Cult of the Cat  – Nicola Scott is destined to become a member of the cult of the Egyptian cat Goddess Bast . This is the only Misty story to have a sequel,  The Nine Lives of Nicola  .
  • The Sentinels  – Centers around two apartment blocks called “The Sentinels”, one of which is happily occupied while the other remains mysteriously empty. When Jan Richards’ family loses their home and decides to hide in the abandoned block so they can stay together, they are sent to a parallel world where Hitler conquered Britain in 1940 ; and everyone is in danger.
  • The Body Snatchers  – the insane Dr. Bracken plans to conquer Britain by replacing real people with plant clones (see also  Invasion of the Body Snatchers  ).
  • Screaming Point!  – the public hangman is also a resurrectionist who believes he can bring the dead back to life.
  • Paint it Black  – Maggie Laker discovers a box of paints which causes her to become possessed by the ghost of an artist.
  • Winner Loses All  – Sandy sells her soul to the Devil to save her alcoholic father. The Devil gives her a horse named Satan (Sandy is fulfilling her dream of becoming a show-jumping champion; but, if anyone guesses where the horse came from, the deal will be broken and Sandy will go to hell for all eternity.
  • Sticks and Stones  – how effective is it against a poison pen columnist?
  • Mr. Walenski’s Secret  – Molly is wary of new neighbor Mr. Walenski; who will not talk to anyone, a mysterious man. This story was about a supernatural element, with the “twist” being a survivor of a concentration camp – the box contains his memories of his family, and the man is a private detective hired Mr Walenski’s only surviving child.
  • The Evil Djinn  – after saving a djinn from choking to death
  • What did you say?  – a girl who loves to play the radio loudly falls asleep in a cemetery, and has a nightmare that her music is literally loud enough to wake the dead.
  • The Green China Man  – selfish Tina acquires a porcelain figure which grants wishes.
  • Mountain Girl  – a girl in a remote mountain area possesses psychic powers that enable her to control the weather, but greedy people from the local town.
  • The Takeover  – Louise gains the ability to mimic the talents of anyone she chooses, but fails to realize that this other person.
  • The Ghost of Golightly Towers  – When Amanda is feeling a tough reform school, she meets the ghost of Sir Giles Golightly; who’s cursed to haunt the school until he can frighten someone away. Amanda agrees to help him, but the children are not scared of anything …
  • The Silver Racer-Back  – Aspiring swimmer Kerry discovers that her coach is mind-controlling her via a swimsuit that she received as an anonymous gift.
  • Blood Orange  – A greengrocer’s daughter becomes suspicious of a wealthy old man who buys oranges from her father. It turns out to be a vampire who is being supplied with large quantities of blood inside the fruit.
  • Roots  – Jill Trotter’s family is constantly on the move because of her parents work as entertainers. Her wish to “put down roots” comes horribly true when she goes to live with her grandfather, who lives in a village that no one ever leaves.
  • The Pig People  – Lorna is jealous of Pearl, who seems to have a perfect life. Lorna learns that the secret of Pearl’s fortune lies in an ancient amulet from a pig-worshipping cult.
  • Alien Seed  – Libby Regan makes too late that her botanist uncle has been cultivating a man-eating alien plant.
  • Wolfsbane  – During a trip to the countryside, Sara accepts a date. Her evening takes a horrifying turn when they stop at the deserted moor.
  • The Sea Maid  – Anne visits a remote seaside village being terrorized by the “Sea Maid”, has a siren-like figure which causes shipwrecks.
  • The Sea’s Graveyard  – Jane’s discovers scrolls foretelling of future drownings and shipwrecks, and comes up against Davy Jones himself.
  • The Dummy  – Rhoda’s father is more interested in his work as a ventriloquist than he is in his daughter; but her wish for him to pay more attention to her goes disastrously wrong.
  • Food For Thought  – A girl who enjoys eating live prawns just to watch them suffer, herself, eaten alive by aliens that land on the beach.
  • Dressed to Kill  – A bully gets her comeuppance when she is waiting for a fancy dress party, unaware that one guest’s costume is more than it seems.
  • Happy Birthday, Spooky Sue  – Sue is a bullied by classmates who is teasing her about being “spooky.” When she invites them to her birthday party, they find out how right they were.
  • The Curse of Castle Krumlaut  – A married couple, who’s been a werewolf and vampire, live in a haunted castle.
  • A Little Night Music  – A witch takes revenge on a gang of pirates.
  • The Haunting of Form 2B  – Pupils are possessed by the ghosts of a class of Victorian schoolgirls who were killed a hundred years ago.
  • Stranger In My Mirror  Mary is responsible for Mary’s responsible.
  • Fancy Another Jelly Baby  ? – A girl begins to question a sweet shop ‘s jelly babies look like the local children who have been reported missing.
  • Hunt the Ripper  – In Victorian Times, a girl is caught up in a showdown between Dracula and Jack the Ripper.
  • Heart’s Desire  – A pair of rich, elderly sisters invites you to their home, offering you the best of both worlds and heart’s desire. Dot is desperate to be chosen and escape her life of abuse; but suspects something is not quite right about the old ladies’ kind offer.
  • A Leap Through Time  – A girl accidentally time-travels to ancient Greece.
  • Movie Monster  – Kaye bullies her timid sister into a spooky spooky old house that was used as a film rental.
  • The Secret World of Sally Maxwell  – Sally develops telepathic powers, throwing her into danger as they realize their deadly secrets.
  • The Salamander Girl  – The adventures of Salah, a girl born from a fire; who has pyrokinetic powers and a mysterious salamander symbol on her shoulder.
  • Day of the Dragon  – Gayle learns that she is the reincarnation of a young man. But the man, also reincarnated, has now found Gayle and wants to claim his bride.
  • Nightmare Academy  – Sharon Watts Uncertainties at a new school boarding, where mirrors are forbidden, guard dogs patrol the hallways, and girls are taught to mindlessly obey.
  • Wolf-Girl  – Lona begins to exhibit supernatural powers which, to her, are the result of her being raised by wolves to a baby.
  • Do not Look Twice  – Sammy Ingram is convinced her recurring nightmares are prophetic, and they are determined to find their way through the night.
  • Midnight Masquerader  – Sarah, a governess, investigates the mysterious Felix who has been visiting her young charge Elizabeth at midnight; and gets caught up in buried secrets involving Elizabeth’s family.
  • The Loving Cup  – Lucy finds that an ancient cup that’s been handed down by her mother’s family.
  • Room For One More  – Julie has a terrible price for robbing an elderly shopkeeper.
  • Monster of Greenacres  – Greenacres is one of the most famous people in the world.
  • Prisoner in the Attic  – Elderly Connie Michaels is coming out of her attic when she is confronted by someone in the shadows – someone who seems to know an awful lot about her past.
  • The Monkey  – Kitty is a bully, and her worst vitriol is reserved for Benny, the organ grinder’s monkey. One day Kitty pushes Benny too far and he cocks her. Soon after, Kitty starts to hear the music grinder’s music of nowhere, and every day she hears the music she behaves like a monkey.
  • Dead End  – Cath causes an old lady to get knocked down by a bus. She brushes off the resulting paranoia, until she gets a part-time job as house help …
  • The Bell Jar  – Katie’s father has to wait for the reading of his Aunt Mathilde’s will. The family is not expecting anything, but she does not leave Kate a house and garden in a bell jar. Soon Kate starts with dreams where she gets closer to the house.
  • Danse Macabre  – Scheming Nadia Nerona marrakesh to the star role for the end-of-term production by Madame Krepskaya’s dancing academy, then asks to borrow the ballet shoes Madame wore at the height of her success for luck. Madam refuses, so Nadia steals the shoes, then she finds the shoes just will not stop dancing, regardless of how she gets her hands.
  • The Girl Who Walked on Water  – Nancy Pierce is sent to Mrs West, who has an “astonishing” success rate at reforming delinquents. While walking on the beach, Nancy is amazed to see a girl walking on the water, and decides to learn how she does it. But she soon regrets it …
  • Vengeance is Green …  – Bullied Nina Parker finds a damaged ivy plant, and starts caring for it as her only friend.
  • Queen’s Weather  – While sunbathing, Sally kills a bee, only to notice over the next few days that the other bees seem to be watching her.
  • Do not Look Now  – Jan Parker is always on the nose in other people’s business. While her parents are away for the weekend, she has a lot to do with the animal that represents their character.
  • Shadow of Doubt  – Mary Goes to Investigate Noise and Wisdom in the Barn, Talking About the Village and the World. She thinks she dreamed it, but the same thing happens the next night.
  • Master Stroke  – A peasant girl seeks the Queen in order to serve her, but there are terrible things happening in the land and talks of masters controlling the King.
  • Titch’s Tale  – A small girl nicknamed Titch goes flying her kite, until strange things began happening.
  • The Gravedigger’s Daughter  – Katey Malden is being bullied because her father is the local gravedigger. Eventually, the bullying gets so bad that Katey runs off, contracts pneumonia and dies. But there is one more shock in store for the unremorable head bully.
  • The Purple Emperor  – Betty looks butterflies as nothing more than specimens for her butterfly collection and the more rare they are, the greater her triumph. During an attempt to catch a purple emperor , however, she has an accident and hits her head, which leads to a terrifying experience.
  • The Chase  – The protagonist (no name is given) is feeding her pet fish Joey when he starts staring at her in an odd, hypnotic manner, and things take a turn for the deadly.
  • The Treatment  – Glenda Barton’s parents have felt at the Corrective School Country Park. The school’s methods make no headway with Glenda and she wants to escape. Then the staff decides she needs “The Treatment”, which the school reserves for incorrigible cases like her …
  • Poor Jenny  – In Victorian London has a young girl named Jenny has a nightmare of turning into a woman with no mercy chasing her.
  • The Jukebox  – A gypsy boy makes the young people of Fiskfield.
  • Skullduggery  – Anna is forced to assist a highwayman in his robberies.

External links

  • BBC archived article BBC Cult article on the fascination of girls’ comics, including  Misty
  • BBC Comics Britannia on girls and boys comics Paul Gravett writing on the second episode of BBC Four’s documentary season Comics Britannnia
  • Official fansite for Misty , approved by former copyright holders Egmont

References

  1. Jump up^  2000 AD to revive children’s comics from the ’70s and’ 80s | The Bookseller

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