A collection of 4 stories drawn by a renowned artist. We learn some info about the 1970s comic. The 'Misty' editor was in the communist party. This and other comics were drawn by Spanish artists. Comics in the 1970s were seen as ephemeral products of low cultural value not worthy of serious critical attention and there were seen as low culture created to distract and entertain the masses using tired formulaic cliches.
The 4 stories in this are full of spectacle and melodrama. There is excess and while the plots are false and contrived you can enjoy them. There can be ironic and horrifying endings. This is all done in a gleeful tone. The patriarchy, imperialism and conservatism are not challenged. The heroines must have acceptable girlhood and docile behaviour in order to have a happy ending. Humdrum lives are disrupted by odd goings on.
The world is not a safe place. There is no fixed morality. The stories were published in 1978 and 1980. There is an apology at the beginning for dated attiudes.
The Black Widow
2 girls v an evil spiderwoman. Sadie and Freda are in peril as a nut plans a terrible revenge. Why would the military want a superspider? Bowler hats are worn and things must return to being comfortably English and sheltered. This was okay.
“That old telescope I bought down the market last week!”
“They shall all pay. Horribly...slowly...”
“I wish you wouldn't go around with girls like that.”
“I'll have no trade unionism here.”
“This is not what I joined the army for...It's ambarrassing.”
“Be off, little girl, or it'll be the worse for you.”
“Bullying them with spiders!”
“What's this horrible spider doing?”
“I shall remember this. Your turn will come!”
“Risking little babies with those rotten spiders of hers.”
“What? You dare to call me mad? Me?”
“You wouldn't think a bloke could come to harm clearing out a drain.”
“All of England at her mercy.”
“She's mad...wants to avenge her husband's death by terrorising the country with spiders.”
“The giant spider which has terrorised half London shows no sign of moving from the area...The Army are considering the use of flamethrowers.”
The sequel. Somehow the nut is in Australia now to carry out more impropriety. A death ship is found as is a mystery island. Ghastly sights await the mad woman's prisoners. What are they doing for food, water or latrines on the island? A monkey is seen as is an old man. How did a castaway leper get food, crockery, cutlery and glasses? How is there helicopter fuel? Why was the monkey left behind? This was okay.
“Special agents of terror...”
“We've run before the wind for hours.”
“The air of desolation and despair.”
“The time of the lepers!”
“Poor wretched lepers.”
“Can not be pleaded with.”
“Resentful of our intrusion!”
Dressed To Kill!
A fancy dress party goes awry in this classic tale which I read in a 'Barbie' comic many years ago. We see people dressed as famous cartoon characters in the abckground. This has a brilliant ending as teenage conflicts take on an all new level. There are no people of compassion in this excellent story.
“Brenda Foster, who just happened to mention to the teacher that I broke that staff-room window...”
Spend, Spend, Spend!
Golide has avarice. Goblins grant her wish via premium bond. This was good.
“Stop locking the windows! That's not fair!”