On this day, 19 May 1979: Misty
On this day, 19 May 1979 … ‘Time once again to dare the magic of the mists and wend the weird ways that lead to midnight and beyond where the nameless nightmares lurk and wait for the unwary. Time to let your guide to fears and shadows be … Your friend Misty’
Weird and magical and nightmarish indeed is this issue of Misty, behind one of the late Shirley Bellwood’s most stunning covers (and the competition is steep). The first story is a one-off, Perfect Specimen, in which Gail, on a school trip to Norway, covets an insect from the past trapped in amber before herself becoming entombed in the distant future. This is followed by Twin Catastrophes, a Hammer-esque tale of sisters, one of whom has been raised by wolves, which boasts gorgeous Badia Romero artwork.
Wolf Girl comes next – as the title suggests another wolf-girl story – but this time the latest episode in an ongoing serial and set in the modern day as Lona Williams starts to become aware of her lupine nature. Forever Winter … is another self-contained story about compassion melting a girl’s frozen heart. And finally we have the latest instalment of a second serial, Nightmare Academy, another beautifully-drawn story (this time by Honeria Romeu) about a girl, Sharon Watts (not that Sharon Watts) uncovering the hidden secrets of the most gothicky boarding school in the history of gothdom.
Misty delivers, once again.