But then things changed. Comics got harder, more male, and other media were more flexible. And the girls comics went away.
Well I understand that Rebellion, publishers of one of those boys comics, 2000AD, have managed to get the rights from 2000AD’s old owners Fleetway/IPC to Misty.
And for next summer, planning a revival, reprinting old Misty content from creators who are also well known for their 2000AD work, starting with the granddaddy of them all, 2000AD co-founder Pat Mills, and his strip with John Armstrong, Moonchild.
Mills has described Misty as the girls’ 2000AD.
It was the last few weeks before I left 2000AD and I was looking forward to starting work on my next creation: Misty. I took the title from the film, Play Misty For Me and my plan was to use my 2000AD approach on a girls’ comic: big visuals and longer, more sophisticated stories with the emphasis on the supernatural and horror. My role models were Carrie and Audrey Rose, suitably modified for a younger audience. John Sanders and I had several meetings to discuss its content and we could both see how it could be a hit; potentially bigger than 2000AD as girls comics sales were always higher than boys. (On launch: Tammy: 250,000 copies per week; 2000AD: 220,000 copies per week; Misty: 170, 000 copies a week. Approximate figures.)
What’s next? Well could we get a brand new Misty comic, reviving the British girls weekly comic at a time when more women are reading comics than for decades?