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1001 Misty
Added on 08th August 2020

Writer Pat Mills
Illustrator John Armstrong
First published 1978
Publisher IPC

The spooky story of a girl with telekenetic powers she mustn't use, from the 1970s girls comic Misty, known for its supernatural and horror stories.

Story

Rosemary Black has inherited telekinetic powers from her grandmother. Her mother has forbidden her to use her powers but when pushed by a school bully it’s hard to resist revenge.

Why we chose it

Girls comics were hugely popular in the 1960s and 70s. Misty was one of the most distinctive with its emphasis on the supernatural and horror stories. Rebellion Publishing are bringing classic comic stories, including Moonchild, to a new generation of readers.

Where it came from

Moonchild was one of the most popular stories in Misty. Writer Pat Mills is one of the greatest comic story writers. His most famous creations include Charley’s War and Judge Dredd. Artist John Armstrong worked on Tammy before Misty, drawing Bella at the Bar one of the most iconic Tammy characters. Later he drew the comic versions of Grange Hill for BEEB magazine. Misty was unusual amongst girl’s comics for having a character who introduced the stories. She called herself a friend and guide and warned readers to stay close to her in the mysterious world they were entering.

Where it went next

Misty merged with Tammy in 1980 and her distinctive voice was lost. The 1980s saw the beginning of a decline in girls comics though Rebellion Publishing is now reprinting classic stories from Tammy, Jinty and Misty.

Associated stories

At the height of their popularity there were dozens of girls comics. Over the years they merged to create new titles. Classic comics include Bunty, Mandy, Judy, Spellbound, Tammy, Jinty, Debbie and Diana.

Another Misty classic story, The Four Faces Of Eve, was published by Rebellion Publishing in 2016 in graphic novel form in a volume with Moonchild.

Added on 08th August 2020

Writer Pat Mills
Illustrator John Armstrong
First published 1978
Publisher IPC