Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Modesty Blaise

White Flesh Black Market: Spies in the House of Lust is about three super-duper mega-over-achieving spy chicks who thwart a villain so evil, no counties espionage outfit could stop them. The three women, Porsche Worthington Marlow, Mercedes Merlin and Aston Knight are modelled after three of my favourite super women:  Modesty Blaise, The Baroness and Emma Peel. Here is a little bit of wiki detail on the great Modesty Blaise.

(Taken directly from Wikipedia.  I've left the source numbers in to relate to the original article, which has far more information. Please visit the original site.)

Modesty Blaise is a British comic strip featuring a fictional character of the same name, created by Peter O'Donnell (writer) and Jim Holdaway (art) in 1963. The strip follows the adventures of Modesty Blaise, an exceptional young woman with many talents and a criminal past, and her trusty sidekick Willie Garvin. It was adapted into films made in 1966, 1982, and 2003 and a series of 13 novels and short story collections, beginning in 1965.

Having conceived the idea after a chance meeting with a girl during his wartime service in the Middle East,[3] O'Donnell elected to work with Jim Holdaway, with whom he had worked on the strip Romeo Brown, after a trial period of collaboration with Frank Hampson, creator of Dan Dare, left O'Donnell dissatisfied. Modesty Blaise debuted in the London Evening Standard on 13 May 1963.[2] The strip was syndicated among a large number of newspapers ranging from the Johannesburg Star to the Detroit Free Press, the Bombay SamacharThe Telegraph, (CalcuttaIndia), The Star (Malaysia)The West Australian (PerthAustralia) and The Evening Citizen (GlasgowScotland).

The strip's circulation in the United States was erratic, in part because of the occasional nude scenes, which were much less acceptable in the U.S. than elsewhere, resulting in a censored version of the strip being circulated. (Modesty occasionally used a tactic that she called the "Nailer," in which she would appear topless, distracting the bad guys long enough to give Willie or herself a chance to incapacitate them.) An example of this censorship appears in the introduction to the 2007 Titan Books reprint volume Death Trap, which illustrated two segments of the story arc, "The Junk Men" that were censored by the Detroit Free Press when it published the strip in 1977; in both cases a screen was drawn over scantily-clad images of Willie and Modesty. Reportedly, O'Donnell did not approve of the changes, although they were made by the artist, Romero.[9]

Quentin Tarantino has been interested in directing a Modesty Blaise film for many years, and at one point Neil Gaiman even wrote a script treatment based upon O'Donnell's novel, I, Lucifer. So far, nothing has come of these plans. Tarantino "sponsored" the release of My Name Is Modesty by allowing it to be released under the label "Quentin Tarantino presents ..." In the Tarantino film Pulp FictionVincent Vega is seen reading a copy of Modesty Blaise.[13]Nicole Kidman has also gone on record as being interested in making a Modesty Blaise film, and Jennifer Lopez was reported to be pitching for the part in 2003.[14]

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