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Ah, there you are!
You've arrived just in time.
Soon the sun will rise, the
mist will lift, and I'll have
to go

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moments let me welcome
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Misty - bibliography

This is a must for any Misty fan: www.mistycomic.co.uk - Well done Chris!

There seems to be nothing here about Misty. I was not a buyer of it myself, being a Tammy reader, but what I did see of it impressed me. Misty was a spooky girls' comic, running one-shot stories (which usually didn't end happily) and serials.

When Misty merged with Tammy I was really looking forward to seeing what she would bring to Tammy. However, much to my disappointment (and to that of Misty readers), there was hardly any Misty and what there was disappeared very quickly.

In hindsight, I think the problem was that Misty was seriously lacking in regular characters. She was purely based on scary stories, which was not enough to carry her through the merge. When one comic merges into another, it is the regulars who carry on after the comic itself disappears. The only regular characters who could be described as such were Misty herself and a cartoon witch called Miss T, who joined up with Tammy's Eddie to become the Crayzees. Later they were joined by the mouse Snoopa during the Tammy/Jinty merge. Oddly enough, Miss T's cat fell in love with Snoopa instead of eating him like any other cat.- Briony Coote

I read your article on Misty/Jinty with interest - I remember these 'comics' but the one I remember the best was 'Spellbound' a fantastic girls weekly 'comic' - full of witchcraft and paranormal stories. quite scary. Do you remember the 'Killing Jar'? Some unpleasant child trapping butterflies - until she becomes part of a parallel universe and becomes trapped by some beastie - in yes - the Killing Jar, suffocating slowly to death. Would love to track these down. Any information ? - Katherine Bohanna

 

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There was only one story with a definite Misty character after the merge with Tammy, and that was Spiderwoman. Spiderwoman was a mad scientist who was out to make herself and her beloved spiders the rulers of the world. She had appeared before in Misty (I don't have any information on the first Spiderwoman story) and this was the sequel.

In the sequel, as in the original, Spiderwoman was out for world domination. Her plan was to give the world a demonstration of her man-eating spiders and scare the world into submission. It would have been a far more effective demonstration had she, say, threatened to drop the spiders on a city, but instead she thought she could scare the world by merely stripping a ship's crew to carcasses.

Come on, Spiderwoman! You'll have to do a lot better than that! Didn't you ever hear of insecticides, or even water hoses, which is what the second victim ship used to destroy your spiders?

This is one reason why Spiderwoman did not impress me at all. Plus the fact that I found her too camp. She apparently got killed off at the end and was not brought back.

A far more intelligent Misty villain was Dr Bracken from "The Body Snatchers." Bracken was left half-human, half-plant after an experiment went wrong and he was out to conquer the world in revenge for his condition. And his plan was far more insidious and believable. He started off by taking control of an entire district by replacing people (and fed them to man-eating plants, of course) with plant-based clones, and these "plant people" could actually talk to and control other plants.

"I never knew he was so powerful, so far-reaching! I-I'm beginning to believe he might actually take over the country someday." says Nancy, the girl who has stumbled onto his schemes. But in the end, as one might expect, Dr Bracken gets eaten by his own maneater, and without their master, the plant people just wither "as helpless as the plants they really were." - Briony Coote

I have very fond memories of the Misty ( I was also a great Battle reader and 2000AD addict) To the sugary morass of boarding school inhabiting, pony riding do-gooders that populated girls comics, Misty was the perfect anti dote. It had feisty, spooky some times rotten to the core characters and a series of stories ( I believe many of them were two parters but I could be wrong) that were unique among girls comics at the time. I relished every weeks new issue and seem to recall that the art work was well above the average offered us in the likes of the Judy and the Bunty ( though I must confess, I was an avid Judy reader too.. it seemed to have more of an edge then the Bunty or the Mandy) I actually thought that the Misty went on to merge with some stupid rubbish called SuperCats, a feeble attempt at 'girls' Sci-fi... I didn't bother much with it after that as I recall it lost all its spooky flavor and became unbearably camp and twee. Ah well... at least for a time there was some kind of edgy fare for girls. - CK. Dublin.

Pretty sure Misty was not just one off stories, I particularly remember a sort of Carrie-cross story about a girl with witchy powers and a jealous repressed grandmother that went on for quite a while and one particularly amusing series about a girl and her supernatural horse (just loaded with Freudian symbolism) that friends and family thought was posessed...

I also remember a really great one-off about a prehistoric shark in an aquariaum ... hope you can all see where that's heading!

It was the only girls comic I ever got my brother to read. - A

From the first comic i continued to collect Misty until it merged with the awful Tammy. At 35 I have kept these comics and although the comics themselves are not in absolutely perfect condition - due to the fact I read and read them - the stories are still fresh and are not dated. I am now trying to replace the ones that I lost and am finding that when once just boys comics were collected and worth money, Misty have gained its own cult status and a collection of 40 sold on ebay for £114. Even the newest annuals have a value. Looks like my collected of 52 might be worth holding on to :o). - Irene

Somebody in the Misty section called Tammy "awful." I feel offended. In any case, I doubt if Misty would have done much better if she had merged with, say, Jinty. For one thing, she was lacking in regular characters (like Bessie Bunter, Wee Sue, Pam of Pond Hill) which she needed to carry through a merge. For another, off-beat comics like Misty generally do not blend well with the more typical calibre of girls' comics. Ironically, the 1981 and 1982 Misty annuals reprint some old serials from Tammy.

The Carrie-cross story which one correspondent spoke of was "Moonchild" (reprinted in the 1983 Misty annual). There can be little doubt it was inspired by "Carrie." Telekinetic Rosemary Black wants to live a normal life but her jealous, repressive mother (not grandmother!) and bully Norma Sykes won't let her. Norma sets a nasty trap to bring about Rosemary's utter humiliation. When the trap is sprung, Rosemary lashes back with her powers. Norma doesn't die like her counterpart in "Carrie" but ends up in approved school. Rosemary loses her powers (and her telekinetic grandmother who has come to her rescue) in the confrontation and is adopted by her best friend's family. She now has a normal life "but what a terrible price." - Briony

I think back to the days of Misty and remember only a few of my friends who read it also, i still have a few Misty items but sadly my full collection was destroyed by my parents thinking they were doing good by getting rid of junk from bedroom during your early teen year ! What about the t.v adverts Misty surrounded by the mist by pool telling us what would be in the Misty and the gifts to enhance our lives! Misty gave girls power before girlpower! We can be in charge and let noboby threaten us! Who knows what we will do maybe Misty was seen as a threat it was not a girly comic it made you think! - Ezooli Fridea

I have been having more reflections on Misty’s merge with Tammy and why so many found it disappointing. I have already commented that I believe the first problem was that Misty lacked regulars, which make all the difference in how well a comic does in a merge. I also believe that another problem was that Misty was an off-beat comic merging into a mainstream comic (not a good combination, I believe). From what one reader said, Misty’s counterpart “Spellbound” did not do too well after she merged with Debbie (lost her bite and got all twee, or words to that effect). I myself know nothing about this merge, so more information could be useful if we were to do a comparison. Misty might have done better if she had merged into another girls’ horror comic, but of course there wasn’t one.

However, looking back on the Tammy & Misty merge, I think Misty left more of a mark than I originally thought. We didn’t see much of Misty in Tammy but she did have an effect on Tammy. I remember 1980, the year Misty merged with Tammy, being a dark one. We got heaps of complete stories with bite, horror, and unconventional endings. We also got more variety in the artwork, with Misty artists appearing in Tammy. Of course this could not last. Gradually the Misty elements faded and Tammy became light again.

However, Misty got one last chance to shine, ironically, during the Tammy & Jinty merge. There was one story where popular demand had Misty coming out of her Cavern of Dreams for what would be her last appearance in Tammy, but the feature I am talking about is the feature called “Monster Tales”. That has GOT to be Misty – Tammy and Jinty don’t run features like that. My favourite Monster tale was a gargoyle monster scaring two bullies into changing their ways. Other favourites included a fire-monster saving a woman from being burned at the stake and a sea monster turning the tables on two cruel Victorian freak show owners by taking them back to his world and putting THEM in a freak show. Other tales included a man-eating plant (gotta have one of THOSE!), a possessed oak tree, another sea monster getting revenge on some ship wreckers, a car getting revenge on a crooked mechanic and a nosy girl ignoring one “Keep Out” sign too many and opening the gates of hell. - Briony

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