1. The comic strip Modesty Blaise debuted in the London Evening Standard on May 13, 1963, and ran its final installment in the Evening Standard on April 11, 2001.
2. Modesty started life as a nameless refugee girl who wandered post-World War II Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean.
3. She took the last name Blaise from after Merlin’s tutor from Arthurian legend.
4. Modesty’s right hand man is Willie Garvin, and the two have maintained a platonic but devoted friendship with each other.
5. Her favorite weapon is a yawara stick.
6. The Modesty Blaise comic strip was often censored in the United States, as it occasionally contained nudity.
7. Modesty Blaise has also spawned a very successful book line written by Peter O’Donnell, as well as a campy 1966 film, a 1982 TV pilot, and a direct-to-DVD 2002 Miramax film.
8. Quentin Tarantino has been interested in making a Modesty Blaise film for years, and Vincent Vega can be seen reading a copy of the book in the movie Pulp Fiction.
9. Neil Gaiman wrote a script treatment based on the Modesty Blaise novel “I, Lucifer.”
10. In 1994, DC Comics released a graphic novel adaptation of Peter O’Donnell’s book “Modesty Blaise,” with art by Dick Giordano.