(Cover artist: Mario Capaldi)
This fantastic cover by Mario Capaldi is full of energy and (literal) bounce. I like the fact that Capaldi (and other Jinty artists) didn’t feel constrained to stick to a neat panel grid, either, though arguably that second panel is a little squashed in.
I’m not quite sure, looking back, how much it’s the case that Jinty is really starting to hit its stride by now and how much it’s just that these are issues I know better than the earliest issues. Certainly I remember some of the stories particularly fondly: ‘The Valley of Shining Mist’, where the rolling in of the mist turns an abandoned set of ruins into a cottage with a mysterious and helpful mother-figure inside; and ‘Face The Music, Flo!’ shows off Jim Baikie’s art more to advantage than some of the earlier Jinty stories he illustrated (‘Left-Out Linda’ has some quite scrappy moments). ‘The Green People’, though, does indicate a story-paper that is really starting to become what it is best remembered for: a story with environmental themes (the main plot is of a community fighting against the building of a planned motorway) alongside science fictional elements (the eponymous Green People are human-looking aliens living a hidden life underground, determined to defend their seclusion with force if necessary).
Stories in this issue:
- The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
- Blind Ballerina (artist Ana Rodrigues)
- Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
- Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
- Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
- The Valley of Shining Mist (artist Carlos Freixas)
- Cinderella Smith (artist Trini Tinturé)
- The Green People (artist Phil Gascoine)
- Barracuda Bay (artist Santiago Hernandez)
- Face the Music, Flo! (artist Jim Baikie)