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Misty was a British comic for girls published by Fleetway in London from 4th Feb 1978 until 1984, after merging with Tammy on 19 January 1980. While there were similarities with its Fleetway stablemates Tammy and Jinty, each comic had its own focus, with Misty concentrating on supernatural and horror stories. The title was created mainly by Pat Mills, on a hot streak following Battle, Action and 2000 AD and continued the ethos of those titles, with a focus on modern, creepier, gorier horror than earlier horror comics.

The title was reused by Rebellion for the 2017 Halloween Special comic Scream! & Misty (Scream! having been Fleetway's horror comic for boys).

This comic (and its strips) provide examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Sandy's father in "Winner Takes All", which forces her to make a Deal with the Devil.
  • Alternate-History Nazi Victory: In "The Sentinels", the heroine enters a version of the world where 'Britain had been successfully invaded by Germany in 1940 and was now a German colony'.
  • Asshole Victim: Several of the 'heroines' were delinquents or bullies, fully deserving of whatever horrible fate befell them.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Even the most innocent wishes would usually lead to a bad ending.
  • Clear My Name: In "Hangman’s Alley", Jacey has to do this for the ghost of Melinda Walpole.
  • Comics Merger: With Tammy.
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  • Cult: The heroine of "The Cult of the Cat" learns that she is destined to become a member of a cult who worship the Egyptian cat goddess Bast.
  • Deal with the Devil: Several stories revolved around someone making a deal with Satan Himself.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Even innocent acts like petting a stray cat, taking a short-cut home, or finding a lost penny could get the heroine into VERY big trouble.
  • Downer Ending: There were very few genuinely happy endings in the stories. The exceptions were usually very much a case of Earn Your Happy Ending.
  • Evil Twin: In "Stranger In My Mirror", Mary falls victim to an evil reflection which escapes from her mirror and does terrible things, leading everyone to believe Mary is responsible.
  • For Science!: The motive of two surgeons who were Creating Life from Grave Robbing in "The Four Faces of Eve".
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: How "Winner Loses All" is resolved - Sandy's father finds out about her deal with Mr. Dayville and believes that she used it to cheat her way to victory, but when he finds himself unable to drink alcohol, he realizes what the deal really was, and makes a deal of his own - he takes Sandy's place in hell, and Satan becomes a real horse.
  • Interspecies Romance: The protagonists of "The Curse of Castle Krumlaut" are a married couple consisting of a werewolf and a vampire.
  • Meaningful Name: Mr. Dayville ("devil") and Satan (later Phoenix) the horse of "Winner Loses All".
  • No Name Given: The protagonist of "The Chase" is never referred to by name.
  • Playing with Fire: Salah from "The Salamander Girl".
  • Pony Tale: "Winner Loses All", with a spooky twist.
  • Psychic Powers: The heroine of the annual story "Moonchild" possesses telekinesis, and like Carrie eventually uses it against the girls who bullied her.
    • Sally of The Secret World of Sally Maxwell.
  • Raised by Wolves: The heroine of "Wolf-Girl".
  • Reincarnation: "Hush, Hush, Sweet Rachel", "Day of the Dragon".
  • Reincarnation Romance: Subverted in "Day of the Dragon", where a girl learns that in a previous life she committed suicide to escape a forced marriage; her husband-to-be, an evil sorcerer, has also reincarnated and is keen to pick up where they left off. The girl is considerably less excited at the prospect.
  • Three Wishes: The heroine of "The Evil Djinn" receives these after saving a Jackass Genie from choking to death. The first two wishes (for legally gained wealth, and for the heroine's sister to be alive again) have negative consequences, so in an act of Laser-Guided Karma she uses the last wish to wish that she had never met the genie, and the genie dies.
  • Time Travel: The heroine of "A Leap Through Time" inadvertently time-travels to ancient Greece.
  • Trapped in the Past: The concept of "End of the Line" - the heroine's father and the other engineers he works with enter a time slip and are being held underground as slaves by an evil Victorian, forcing the heroine to try and find a way to save him.
  • Twist Ending: The ending of Mr. Walenski's Secret - there's nothing supernatural about Mr Walenski's behaviour; he's a concentration camp survivor, the box he always carries with him contains his memories of his family, and the man he's regularly seen in the company of is a private detective hired to trace Mr Walenski's only surviving child.
  • Whole-Plot Reference: "Moonchild" copies the plot of Carrie - a bullied girl discovers that she possesses psychic powers and uses them to exact revenge on the school bullies.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: After making her Deal with the Devil, Sandy has at least a year before her soul is claimed for Hell.