November 14, 2014

ART OF MODESTY

A rare catalog of Modesty Blaise art was produced last May in a limited edition of 600 copies. Printed in softcover at 88 pages, the book featured high-quality scans of original black and white comic strips, book covers, and presentation pieces for sale(!) at Illustration Art Gallery. It's a difficult volume to track down, but copies just appeared over at Buds Art Books for $35. Spy Vibers with deep pockets should check out the original artwork for sale at IAG (two color illustrations from the sale below). It's quite impressive to see so many pieces in one place. They keep an archive of sold work on-line as well, so fans can study literally hundreds of originals. Peter O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise ran as a newspaper strip from 1963 to 2001, with drawings by Jim Holdaway, Enric Romero, John Burns, Pat Wright, and Neville Colvin. I haven't had a chance to see this catalog yet, so hopefully some Modesty collectors among our Spy Vibe community can report back with their impressions. I believe the book is completely black and white (no color reproductions), can anyone confirm? Learn More: Official SiteMod Book Covers, Book Cover Site, Modesty Blaise News.




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