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|Publication date||February 4 1978 – January 19 1980|
|No. of issues||101|
|Main character(s)||Miss T|
|Written by||Pat Mills, Malcolm Shaw, Barry Clements|
|Artist(s)||Shirley Bellwood, John Armstrong, Joe Collins, Brian Delaney, John Richardson, Badia, Jesus Redondo, Ken Houghton, Peter Wilkes, Eduardo Feito, Bob Harvey, Honiera Romeu, Barrera Gesali, Mario Capaldi|
Misty was a British comic for girls published by Fleetway in London from 4 February 1978 until 19 January 1980, when it merged with Tammy. (The name continued as Tammy and Misty until 1984.) Misty was a collection of many small strips, with the stories themselves normally being three or four pages long. As well as the weekly comic, Christmas annuals were also published.
While there were similarities with its Fleetway stablemates Tammy and Jinty, each comic had its own focus, with Misty concentrating on supernatural and horror stories. These consisted of complete stories, text stories, and serials. Complete stories focused on come-uppances, monsters and other menaces, tales of sorrow or lightheartedness, and some made their point without supernatural elements, such as Mr Walenski's Secret and Sticks and Stones. Text stories were initially new stories, but later shifted to retellings of British ghost stories, some of which were submitted by readers.
Misty had no regular characters except for the cartoon witch, Miss T. This cartoon attracted debate among readers as to whether its comic relief weakened or complemented the dark tones of Misty. After the merger, Miss T joined the Edie strip in Tammy, which eventually became The Crayzees when Snoopa joined in the Tammy and Jinty merger on 28 November 1981, and continued until the Tammy and Princess merger on 7 April 1984. "The Cult of the Cat" and "The Black Widow" were the only Misty stories to have sequels, although the sequel for the latter was published in Tammy.
The Misty back catalogue is now owned by Rebellion Developments, which has reprinted Moonchild and The Four Faces of Eve, and is due to republish further series as part of The Treasury of British Comics. In October 2017 Rebellion published a Scream! & Misty Halloween Special, which contained all-new stories featuring characters from those comics.
Creators featured in Misty
Artists featured in the pages of Misty included John Armstrong, artist on Moonchild (though best known for drawing Bella in Tammy), Joe Collins, artist on Miss T, Brian Delaney, John Richardson, Badia, Jesus Redondo, Ken Houghton, Peter Wilkes, Eduardo Feito, Bob Harvey, Honiera Romeu, Barrera Gesali, and Mario Capaldi.
Writers featured included Pat Mills, Malcolm Shaw, and (possibly) Barry Clements. Mills is credited with Moonchild and Hush, Hush, Sweet Rachel, and Shaw with The Sentinels.
List of strips and stories
- Moonchild - Rosemary Black possesses the power of telekinesis, like her grandmother before her, as shown by a crescent moon on her forehead. Her harsh mother is jealous of the power and forbids Rosemary to use it - but temptation is getting stronger against the bully who picks on Rosemary.
- Raggsy Doll - A girl is to inherit a fortune. When her aunt hears of this, she sends her niece a cursed doll.
- Miss T - A comic strip about a witch.
- Cilla the Chiller - recurring strip about a schoolgirl ghost. This strip was notable for being more humorous and light-hearted than others in the comic.
- School of the Lost - a boarding school that demands a special tribute for the ongoing success of parents who send their daughters to it.
- Whistle and I'll Come - a ghost dog companion.
- The Cats of Carey Street - a feline fightback against council development.
- End of the Line - Ann's father was one of a group of engineers believed to have been killed whilst working on an extension to the London Underground. She learns that they have actually entered a time slip and are being held underground as slaves by an evil Victorian.
- The Black Widow- Mrs Webb sets out to avenge her husband's death and take over the world using spiders, using two schoolgirls as her brainwashed accomplices. Spider-Woman in the Tammy & Misty merger was a sequel.
- The Four Faces of Eve - Eve Marshall develops retrograde amnesia after an accident, and is unable to understand why her parents have become hateful towards her. She eventually discovers that she is a re-animated entity made from the corpses of four different girls, and her "parents" are really the scientists in charge of the experiment.
- When The Lights Go out! - a girl mis-behaves in a relative's shop and gets turned into a shoproom dummy as a consequence.
- Hush, Hush, Sweet Rachel - Lisa finds she is the reincarnation of a four-year-old called Rachel who died in a fire.
- Journey into Fear - Kevin and Janice Frazer become pawns in an evil car's game to relive its past as a gangster's car.
- Moodring - A moody teenage girl receives a magic mood ring.
- Hangman’s Alley - maidservant Melinda Walpole was wrongly executed for stealing a necklace from her mistress. Now Melinda has returned as a bitter, malicious ghost, who wants to take her revenge out on Jacey’s hapless sister Mel for no other reason that Mel looks exactly like Melinda. Jacey offers to clear Melinda Walpole if the ghost will leave her sister alone, but the investigation proves a slow process and the ghost is losing patience.
- The Cult of the Cat - Nicola Scott is destined to become a member of a cult who worship the Egyptian cat goddess Bast. This was the only Misty story to have a sequel, The Nine Lives of Nicola.
- The Sentinels - Centres around two apartment blocks called "The Sentinels", one of which is happily occupied while the other remains mysteriously empty. When Jan Richards' family loses their home and decides to hide out in the abandoned block so they can stay together, they are sent into a parallel world where Hitler conquered Britain in 1940; and everyone is in danger.
- The Body Snatchers - the insane Dr. Bracken plans to conquer Britain by replacing real people with plant clones (see also Invasion of the Body Snatchers).
- Screaming Point! - the public hangman is also a resurrectionist who believes he can bring the dead back to life.
- Paint it Black - Maggie Laker discovers a box of paints which cause her to become possessed by the ghost of an artist.
- Winner Loses All - Sandy sells her soul to the Devil to save her alcoholic father. The Devil gives her a horse named Satan (conjured to life from a picture on the sign outside a pub) so that Sandy can fulfil her dream of becoming a show-jumping champion; but, if anyone guesses where the horse came from, the deal will be broken and Sandy will go to hell for all eternity.
- Sticks and Stones - how effective is this maxim against a poison pen columnist?
- Mr. Walenski's Secret - Molly is wary of new neighbour Mr Walenski; who won't talk to anyone, carries a box with him at all times, and is regularly seen in the company of a mysterious man. In a departure from the comic's usual style, this story had no supernatural element, with the "twist" being that the neighbour is a survivor of a concentration camp - the box contains his memories of his family, and the man is a private detective hired to trace Mr Walenski's only surviving child.
- The Evil Djinn - after saving a djinn from choking to death, nurse Kitty is given three wishes, but they have terrible consequences.
- What Did You Say? - a girl who loves to play the radio loudly falls asleep in a cemetery, and has a nightmare that her music is literally loud enough to wake the dead.
- The Green China Man - selfish Tina acquires a porcelain figure which grants wishes.
- Mountain Girl - a girl in a remote mountain area possesses psychic powers that enable her to control the weather, but greedy people from the local town try to take advantage of her.
- The Takeover - Louise gains the ability to mimic the talents of anyone she chooses, but fails to realise that this harms the other person.
- The Ghost of Golightly Towers - When Amanda is sent to a tough reform school, she meets the ghost of Sir Giles Golightly; who's cursed to haunt the school until he can frighten someone away. Amanda agrees to help him, but the delinquent kids at the school aren't scared of anything ...
- The Silver Racer-Back - Aspiring swimmer Kerry discovers that her coach is mind-controlling her via a swimsuit that she received as an anonymous gift.
- Blood Orange - A greengrocer's daughter becomes suspicious of a wealthy old man who buys oranges from her father. It turns out the man is a vampire who is being supplied with large quantities of blood inside the fruit.
- Roots - Jill Trotter's family is constantly on the move because her parents work as entertainers. Her wish to "put down roots" comes horribly true when she goes to live with her grandfather, who lives in a village that no one ever leaves.
- The Pig People - Lorna is jealous of Pearl, who seems to have a perfect life. Lorna learns that the secret of Pearl's fortune lies in an ancient amulet from a pig-worshipping cult.
- Alien Seed - Libby Regan realises too late that her botanist uncle has been cultivating a man-eating alien plant.
- Wolfsbane - During a very dull trip to the countryside, Sara accepts a date with a boy she has just met. Her evening takes a horrifying turn when they stop at the deserted moor.
- The Sea Maid - Anne visits a remote seaside village being terrorized by the "Sea Maid", a siren-like figure which causes shipwrecks.
- The Sea's Graveyard - Jane discovers scrolls foretelling of future drownings and shipwrecks, and comes up against Davy Jones himself.
- The Dummy - Rhoda's father is more interested in his work as a ventriloquist than he is in his daughter; but her wish for him to pay more attention to her goes disastrously wrong.
- Food For Thought - A girl who enjoys eating live prawns just to watch them suffer is, herself, eaten alive by aliens that land on the beach.
- Dressed to Kill - A bully gets her comeuppance when she attends a fancy dress party, unaware that one guest's costume is more than it seems.
- Happy Birthday, Spooky Sue - Sue is bullied by classmates who tease her about being "spooky." When she invites them to her birthday party, they find out how right they were.
- The Curse of Castle Krumlaut - A married couple, who happen to be a werewolf and vampire, live in a haunted castle.
- A Little Night Music - A witch takes revenge on a gang of pirates.
- The Haunting of Form 2B - Pupils are possessed by the ghosts of a class of Victorian schoolgirls who were killed a hundred years ago.
- Stranger In My Mirror - Mary falls victim to an evil reflection which escapes from her mirror and does terrible things, leading everyone to believe Mary is responsible.
- Fancy Another Jelly Baby? - A girl begins to question why a sweet shop's jelly babies look like the local children who have been reported missing.
- Hunt the Ripper - In Victorian times, a girl is caught up in a showdown between Dracula and Jack the Ripper.
- Heart's Desire - A pair of rich, elderly sisters invite two orphan girls to their home, offering to adopt the most deserving of the two and grant her "heart's desire." Dot is desperate to be chosen and escape her life of abuse; but suspects something isn't quite right about the old ladies' kind offer.
- A Leap Through Time - A girl inadvertently time-travels to ancient Greece.
- Monster Movie - Kaye bullies her timid sister into investigating a spooky old house that was used as the shooting location for a horror film.
- The Secret World of Sally Maxwell - Sally develops telepathic powers, throwing her into danger as others realise that she has learned their deadly secrets.
- The Salamander Girl - The adventures of Salah, a girl born from a fire; who has pyrokinetic powers and a mysterious salamander symbol on her shoulder.
- Day of the Dragon - Gayle learns that she is the reincarnation of a young Chinese woman who killed herself to escape a forced marriage to an evil man. But the man, also reincarnated, has now found Gayle and wants to claim his bride.
- Nightmare Academy - Sharon Watts uncovers a sinister plot at her new boarding school, where mirrors are forbidden, guard dogs patrol the hallways, and girls are taught to mindlessly obey.
- Wolf-Girl - Lona begins to exhibit supernatural powers which, unknown to her, are the result of her being raised by wolves as a baby.
- Don't Look Twice - Sammy Ingram is convinced her recurring nightmares are prophetic, and is determined to find out the mystery behind them before it's too late.
- Midnight Masquerader - Sarah, a governess, investigates the mysterious Felix who has been visiting her young charge Elizabeth at midnight; and gets caught up in buried secrets involving Elizabeth's family.
- The Loving Cup - Lucy finds that an antique cup that's been handed down through her mother's family has ancient powers.
- Room For One More - Julie pays a terrible price for robbing an elderly shopkeeper.
- Monster of Greenacres - Greenacres is being terrorized by a strange madman who kills people, and police have no idea as to his identity.
- Prisoner in the Attic - Elderly Connie Michaels is sorting out her attic when she is confronted by someone in the shadows - someone who seems to know an awful lot about her past.
- The Monkey - Kitty is a bully, and her worst vitriol is reserved for Benny, the organ grinder’s monkey. One day Kitty pushes Benny too far and he bites her. Soon after, Kitty starts to hear the organ grinder’s music out of nowhere, and every time she hears the music she behaves like a monkey.
- Dead End - Cath causes an old lady to get knocked down by a bus. She brushes off the resulting paranoia, until she gets a part-time job as house help...
- The Bell Jar - Katie’s father has to attend the reading of his Great Aunt Mathilde’s will. The family aren’t expecting anything, but she does leave Kate a house and garden in a bell jar. Soon Kate starts having dreams where she is on the path that leads to the house, and each night she gets closer to the house.
- Danse Macabre - Scheming Nadia Nerona manages to cheat her way into the star role for the end-of-term production by Madame Krepskaya’s dancing academy, then asks to borrow the ballet shoes Madame wore at the height of her success for luck. Madame refuses, so Nadia steals the shoes, then she finds the shoes just won’t stop dancing, regardless of how exhausted she gets or the injuries her feet receive.
- The Girl Who Walked on Water - Nancy Pierce is sent to Mrs West, who has an “astonishing” success rate at reforming delinquents. While walking on the beach, Nancy is amazed to see a girl walking on the water, and decides to learn how she does it. But she soon regrets it...
- Vengeance is Green… - Bullied Nina Parker finds a damaged ivy plant, and starts caring for it as her only friend.
- Queen's Weather - While sunbathing, Sally kills a bee, only to notice over the next few days that the other bees seem to be watching her.
- Don’t Look Now - Jan Parker is always butting her nose into other people’s business. While her parents are away for the weekend, a man sells her gold rimmed glasses which let her see people as the animal that represents their character.
- Shadow of Doubt - Mary goes to investigate a noise that woke her up and hears voices in the barn, talking about taking over the village and then the world. She thinks she dreamed it, but the same thing happens the next night.
- Master Stroke - A peasant girl seeks the Queen in order to serve her, but there are terrible things happening in the land and talks of masters controlling the King.
- Titch’s Tale - A small girl nicknamed Titch goes flying her kite, until strange things began happening.
- The Gravedigger’s Daughter - Katey Malden is being bullied because her father is the local gravedigger. Eventually, the bullying gets so bad that Katey runs off, contracts pneumonia and dies. But there's one more shock in store for the unremorseful head bully.
- The Purple Emperor - Betty regards butterflies as nothing more than specimens for her butterfly collection and the more rare they are, the greater her triumph. During an attempt to catch a purple emperor, however, she has an accident and hits her head, which leads to a terrifying experience.
- The Chase - The protagonist (no name is given) is feeding her pet fish Joey when he starts staring at her in an odd, hypnotic manner, and things take a turn for the deadly.
- A Leap Through Time…: While on a school trip in Crete, shy Elena Hare takes refuge in the old amphitheatre and begins to daydream. She then has a vision of herself in the amphitheatre in the days of ancient Crete, performing a sort of bull-baiting dance with a live bull, which includes a series of amazing gymnastics, and wearing a crystal bull pendant. When she snaps out of her vision, the crystal bull is there. Back at school, Elena takes everyone by surprise with her stunning new gymnastics skills. But then she takes a fall while performing on the parallel bars and ends up in a coma. Elena’s visions grow even more terrifying. In them, Crete is being plagued by quakes and Elena has been selected for sacrifice to the bull god, alongside a group of other girls.
- The Treatment - Glenda Barton's parents have sent her to Country Park Corrective School. The school’s methods make no headway with Glenda and she wants to escape. Then the staff decide she needs “The Treatment”, which the school reserves for incorrigible cases like her...
- Poor Jenny - In Victorian London a young amnesic girl named Jenny has a nightmare of turning into a beast and men with no mercy chasing her, leading her to fear that she is a werewolf.
- The Jukebox - A gypsy boy makes the young people of Fiskfield suffer after they are prejudiced towards him.
- Skullduggery - Anna is forced to assist a highwayman in his robberies.
- BBC archived article BBC Cult article on the fascination of girls' comics, including Misty
- BBC Comics Britannia on girls and boys comics Paul Gravett writing on the second episode of BBC Four's documentary season Comics Britannnia
- Official fansite for Misty, approved by former copyright holders Egmont