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Misty 2024 Special

We haven’t had a new Misty special since 2020, so it was a treat to find out we were getting one this Summer again and helmed by the great Gail Simone, probably best known for her work on  DC’s Batgirl and Wonder Woman comics.

We get 4 stories in this book:

Eleven Lonely Deaths – a true crime podcaster meets a mysterious girl while doing his research at a 50 year old crime scene, where 11 girls were killed by a serial killer.

The Pub at the End of the Road – the mistreated daughter of a pub landlord, has a special gift with animals.

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Parker! – In a care home for the elderly, a nurse has a rivalry with her perfect colleague, but all is not what it seems.

The Cracked Glass – a cracked mirror is the only clue to the neighbours disappearance.

The first three stories are written by Gail Simone. In them the character of Misty takes a more active role, and we actually delve into her past. For a long time in the original comic run, readers would write in and theorize where Misty came from or ask to find out more, but Misty remained enigmatic only giving vague statements about her origins, which often were even more mystifying! It is a treat to see her come out of the mists and tell some of her story, it might not be the story some expected, but it’s certainly an interesting one. In the 2nd story it is more in keeping with the classic Misty, she is more of an observer and storyteller. The 3rd story ties back more into the first one but also lets Misty take a more secondary role in the story. All three stories have those who have done wrong get their comeuppance, some in very gruesome ways and surprisingly the previously ethereal Misty isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty!

The original Misty went to dark places, this does seem to skew that bit darker still, perhaps because the set up for some of the horrors are unfortunately too common place for women; the seemingly nice guy taking photos that are gratuitous or the groping drunk patrons of the pub. While we do see a dark justice served to those in the stories, they have already left victims in their wake.

Complementing Simone’s writing are some great artists; Carola Borelli, Aly Fell and Marianna Ignazzi. They all do wonderfully, but Fell’s work is the standout, with the story set in the 70s, it is a nice nod to the original comic and it really is gorgeous to look at.

The final story, that I haven’t talked about yet is both written and drawn by Letty Wilson. This is more standalone, no Misty features in it, instead we follow a girl, Sam, and her investigation into her neighbours abandoned house. She finds a cracked mirror, which for anyone who has read girls comics knows this is not going to end well!

This is a great special, and I would happy to see this format continue, with Misty telling stories throughout her years . I would highly recommend to Misty or horror fans. It is available for purchase now through Rebellion’s treasury of British Comics Shop: https://shop.treasuryofbritishcomics.com/catalogue/RCS2352P

Cathy – Queen of Cooks

Plot

Cathy Cooke was a girl with never a spare moment. Since her mother died, three years before, she had looked after the home, doing all the cleaning herself and taking care of her disabled father and her younger brothers and sisters. To help out the family’s meagre income, she /delivered papers and had to get up early every morning. To add to her busy schedule she had now entered a cooking contest Queen of Cooks. She was talented cook but one of the contest judges Miss Barker, was Cathy’s school cookery teacher, who hated her.

Notes

Appeared

  • Cathy – Queen of Cooks – Mandy: #49 (23 December 1967) – (?)

Shirley and her Shadow

Plot

Shirley Barton was the only witness who could identify Tod Milligan, accused of a bank robbery. To protect Shirley from Milligan’s accomplices who were still free, and who would stop at nothing to prevent Shirley from giving evidence, the police detailed Sergeant Sankey be her second shadow.

Notes

  • Later adapted into a picture story for Bunty Picture Story Library

Appeared

  • Shirley and her Shadow – Mandy: #48 (16 December 1967) – (?)

    • Reprinted with new art – Bunty Picture Story Library: #190 (1979)

Blundering Bessie

Plot

Clumsy Bessie Bloggs’father was butler to Air Marshal Fitzroy Williams of the royal air force. After mishearing her father saying she has “got no skill” as “good at drill”  Fitzroy Williams assigns her to a special girls drill squad.

Notes

Appeared

  • Blundering Bessie – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

She Owned 4-Hoofed Earthquake

Plot

When Ginny Marsh’s father bought a new tractor for farm work, it meant that Joab their big shire horse was no longer needed. Ginny was upset at the thought of Joab being put to a rest home for old horses, as Joab had plenty of life to give still. Mr Marsh changes is mind after Joab proves his worth in a storm and he decides both tractor and horse were needed for a farm.

Notes

  • Text story

Appeared

  • She Owned 4-Hoofed Earthquake (text)  – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

The Girl With the Helio Hat

Plot

Carol Fayne and her younger brother Albert were living in Naples, Italy with their parents when World War II broke out. When it was found out they were British a mob burned their house down and the parents taken away. Carol and Albert escaped and were now staying in the bunt out ruins of the house. Carol changed their names to the more Italian sounding Carletta and Alberto, so people wouldn’t discover they were British, the only link to her homeland that Carletta kept was her school helio hat.

Notes

Appeared

  • The Girl With the Helio Hat – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

Princess of the Golden Dragon

Plot

Princess Suki from the state of Maravia, came to stay with family friend Lady Cranby to be safe from rebels opposing her brother, the king. She had a secret that she had been entrusted to keep the royal seal safe. Lady Cranby gifted Suki a cat, who became a protector to her, thwarting those who were trying  to get the seal.She also had help from a new friend, a circus girl, Megan.


(Mandy – #1)

(Judy PSL #174)

Notes

Appeared

  • Princess of the Golden Dragon – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)
  • Reprinted with new art as The Cat – Judy Picture Story Library: #174
    • Reprinted – Bunty Picture Story Library: #430

The Lost Lass of Laramie

Plot

Towards the end of the 19th century, two year old Alison Langley had been kidnapped and raised by Comanche Native Americans. When she was 13 she was made to return to her original home, but Alison, now known as White Cloud, was not happy about this, and soon ran away to try and find her adoptive family.

Notes

Appeared

  • The Lost Lass of Laramie – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

Peggy the Police Girl

Plot

Young Peggy Jones joined the police force as a Police Girl Cadet. She was sent to the village of Melrick, where she took up lodgings’ with the village policeman, Constable Gregson, and his wife. Lady Merlick is not sure she is up for the job, but Peggy impresses her, when she stops a purse snatcher that had taken Lady Merlick’s bag.

Notes

Appeared

  • Peggy the Police Girl – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)