Modesty Blaise creator Peter O'Donnell passed away May 3 at the age of 90. His writing spanned comic strips and prose novels -- for almost 40 years, O'Donnell chronicled the adventures of the former thief-turned-secret agent (of sorts) and her trusty sidekick Willie Garvin in a long-running newspaper comic strip (1963-2001), 11 novels, and two short story collections.
O'Donnell other comics work included writing Romeo Brown, Garth, and the serialized adaptation of Ian Fleming's Dr. No. He also wrote nine gothic romance/adventure novels under the name Madeleine Brent.
Peter O'Donnell, 1920-2010 (ComicMix)
Peter O'Donnell (Telegraph UK)
Peter O’Donnell, the Creator of Modesty Blaise, Dies at 90 (New York Times)
Peter O'Donnell obituary (Guardian UK)
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