Strictly speaking Modesty isn’t one of Hampson’s
lost characters, in the sense she was never submitted
to Eagle, and she did get published.
Many thanks to Terry Doyle for the background story and scan of Frank Hampson's strip 19, Karl-Heinz Herrmann for the additional photos of the Frank Hampson strips and Tommy Trask for photos of Jim Holdaway's original artwork for strips 6, 10 & 19.
Modesty Blaise's adventures have been reprinted by Titan Books. Click on the covers.
Modesty Blaise © Peter O'Donnell
When Jim Holdaway was asked if he'd like to pitch to draw Modesty, he sent two pages of sample art. Tommy Trask sent us this page showing how he'd interpret Modesty.
You can view the Willie Garvin tryout page in Peter Hartung's ComicArtFans Gallery.
Tommy Trask is a true Modesty enthusiast. His excellent site gives a fulsome background to the strip and displays reams of art. Tommy has collected the complete artwork to Holdaway's The Gabriel Set-Up (apart from 7 strips for which he has commissioned reproductions - in his own style - by Romero). He is keen to exhibit the artwork if anyone is interested in hosting such an exhibition.
Find him here: http://londontrask.tripod.com/This frame captures Modesty's nature and ruthlessness. Compare this with the softer nature of Hampson's heroine.