Phil Gascoine

It’s quite fitting that the first artist to be written about on this blog should be Phil Gascoine, who was in Jinty from the first issue (with Gail’s Indian Necklace) to the last one (with Badgered Belinda). His art is distinctive in any case but identification of him as the artist of these stories is indisputable, because he often signed his work with large, looping letters, as is the case in this page from ‘No Cheers for Cherry’.

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Phil was a great all-rounder in story terms; very good at drawing pretty (but realistic) teenage girls, as above, but also well able to do sports stories, science fiction, and spooky magic that verged into horror.

List of Jinty stories attributable to Phil Gascoine:

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27 thoughts on “Phil Gascoine

  1. A great artist, and Dutch magazine Tina must have thought the stories for which he was the artist were suitable for their audience, because most of the titles mentioned in this blog entry have been published overhere. My favourite, ‘The Venetian looking glass’ (published in Tina in 1983), is one of those stories of which you couldn’t wait to read next week’s episode. ‘Holiday hideaway’ (published in Tina in 1982) was funny at the time, but when I read it again a while ago, I thought it was a bit silly. I guess some stories stay with you, others drift away when you get older.

    1. Holiday Hideaway is a bit silly, I agree. When I re-bought a collection of Jinty I was in my twenties and a keen comics reader; I was excited to be able to re-read the stories I remembered, to see if they were as weird and interesting as I remembered, but I did think I might just as well find that they were thinner and less substantial than they’d seemed at the time. I was delighted to find that loads of the stories really stood up magnificently to re-reading!

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