Jinty 24 August 1974

Jinty cover 24 August 1974

A rather crumpled and tattered copy of this issue, I’m afraid! But them’s the breaks when scanning an ephemeral item coming up for its 40th birthday in just a few months…

Mario Capaldi is powering ahead with the antics of Katie Jinks; he clearly adopted a slightly different style for this humour strip, with more exaggerated features, grimaces, motion lines and so on than in his ‘straighter’ work.  Phil Townsend’s art is beautiful, as ever, in the sad story “Always Together…”; beautiful, but rather old-fashioned in feel. This was probably his first story for Jinty and certainly generally I would think of his art as classic rather than positively old-fashioned.

Starting in this issue is a one-pager called “The Hostess with the Mostest”, featuring “TV’s Golden Girl, Anne Aston”. It’s a gag strip but drawn fairly crudely; the title character is a real person, and in aiming to represent that it comes across rather as if a (fairly mediocre) page of Mad Magazine had wandered out of its usual milieu. Odd stuff. [Edited to add: via Catawiki I have a possible attribution for this; it suggests that it is by artist Stanley Houghton, who drew for a number of girls’ comics. I am not 100% convinced but have added it in for now; here is some clearly-attributed Stanley Houghton artwork for comparison.]

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Always Together… (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Wenna the Witch (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Make-Believe Mandy (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • Bird-Girl Brenda (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Left-Out Linda (artist Jim Baikie)
  • The Hostess with the Mostest (artist Stanley Houghton)
  • Wild Horse Summer
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
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1 thought on “Jinty 24 August 1974

  1. Stanley Houghton did do some later episodes of ‘The hostess with the mostest’, but I believe I recognise the style of Tom Hurst in the earlier ones. At least those early episodes were *not* by Stanley Houghton.

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