I am skipping ahead to 1978 because of some exciting news yesterday – the identification of an artist who is a favourite of mine and co-writer Mistyfan’s, but who had been languishing in the “unknown artist” group until now. The beautiful cover art above is by Terry Aspin, a Welsh artist based in Wrexham. His granddaughter, Josie Rayworth, indicated that Terry drew for Jinty amongst other titles and the rest of the detective work proceeded quickly. A specific blog post for Terry will follow in due course, covering his work on Jinty stories such as “Alice In A Strange Land”, “Toni on Trial”, “The Girl Who Never Was”, and “Almost Human”.
One of the aspects of the cover montage above that I particularly like is that it uses images from much of the story, rather than simply some images from inside that specific comic issue. You get a good impression of the whole story therefore. Clearly either the whole story must have been already in the hands of the editors so that they could do the montage, or Terry Aspin did the cover himself having drawn much of the story.
Stories in this issue:
- Concrete Surfer (writer Pat Mills)
- Sue’s Fantastic Fun-bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Slave of the Swan (artist Guy Peeters)
- Alley Cat
- Waking Nightmare (artist Phil Townsend)
- The Zodiac Prince (artist Trini Tinturé)
- Paula’s Puppets (artist Julian Vivas)
- Shadow on the Fen (artist Douglas Perry)
- Cathy’s Casebook (artist Terry Aspin)