Softcover. Park Forest IL, Ken Pierce, 1st US, 1983, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 72 pages illustrated in b&w by Holdaway. Clean, bright copy. Modesty Blaise is a fictional character in a comic strip of the same name created by Peter O'Donnell (writer) and Jim Holdaway (art) in 1963. The strip follows the adventures of Modesty Blaise, an exceptional young woman with many talents and a criminal past, and her trusty sidekick Willie Garvin.