Thessaly: Witch for Hire, 2004

Cover of the Vertigo reprint (2005)

About three months ago someone left the following feedback:

Are you familiar with Thessaly: Witch for Hire? Now there’s a sexy witch!

The answer was “No” (I wasn’t). After a quick look online I wasn’t so sure that The Sandman Presents: Thessaly: Witch for Hire written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Shawn McManus, actually qualified as a sexy witch. But I bought a copy (of the reprint) anyway and was won over. I have now ordered copies of Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad (four issues), which seems to have a different artist. (Both are spinoffs from The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman.)

Thessaly is the last surviving Thessalian witch, making her the world’s oldest and most powerful witch. In this mini-series Thessaly is put in peril by Fetch, an amalgamation of her many, many victims.

Thessaly and Fetch
Thessaly traps Fetch

When Fetch coughs up all of these victims, its ugly. But Thessaly isn’t. Apparently Thessaly “has hidden herself on Earth in the guise of a meek college student”, so the artists give her glasses, but they also gave her curves (like all comic-book heroines she has a truly amazing hip-bust ratio!). So, although her outfits are daggy—she doesn’t wander around in Red Sonja‘s astonishing, and mircoscopic, “armour“—she is still pretty hot. Thus the post.

Thessaly in earlier times, without glasses
Thessaly after “lovemaking”
Thessaly in evening wear
Thessaly at her geekiest (note: curves)

[BTW: As Diane Purkiss notes "by the Roman era, witches had been firmly located in an imagined Thessaly, and Ovid explains that Medea's herbs and knife are Thessalian."]

One Response to “Thessaly: Witch for Hire, 2004”

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