My God! — It’s the Blaise Girl!

excerpts from O’Donnell & Romero’s “Modesty Blaise”

A.B. Godfreed
2 min readSep 19, 2022


photograph by A.B. Godfreed

Far away in another time
the flung beach-bag unsights Roderic
Modesty dives low
thanks for looking after me, princess

when you can’t move in quietly
you need a good noisy distraction
hope Willie remembers we’re playing for keeps

when a man goes down
he has to stay down
Willie’s surprise attack is devastating

instant body-disposal offered
Tarrant will guess who
but he’ll say nothing
none of us want the police brought in

Right — he’s all yours lady
an unusual lady
Most of us would be dead now
but for you


This piece is composed solely out of phrases taken randomly from “Modesty Blaise: The Killing Game”, a great comic compilation written by Peter O’Donnell and illustrated by Enric Badia Romero.

“Modesty Blaise” is a childhood favorite, along with O’Donnell’s other comic strip “Garth” — both of which were published in the Evening Standard newspaper in 1970s Kenya.

I just loved Modesty’s spunk, wits, beauty and penchant for danger. I also loved her intimate, reliable and platonic relationship with her trusted companion, Willie — who called her princess and would die for her, no questions asked. Together they enjoyed the adventure in every single caper.

The “Modesty Blaise” comic strip was my entry point into rather alternative gender politics for that time. Simply because Modesty and Willie’s relationship (and gender roles) differed from the domesticated and sexist heteronormativity of the day.

It was simply brilliant to get to see a woman who was not only intelligent, but also daring, strong, flawed and all kinds of sexy beautiful — as well as a man, who complemented her with similar depth of character.



A.B. Godfreed

Non-Entity with a clear purpose to transform self (& perhaps the world) through critical consciousness and Love.