Jinty 6 September 1975

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  • The Jinx from St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Blind Ballerina (artist Ana  Rodrigues)
  • Golden Dolly, Death Dust – first episode (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Escape, I Must! – text story
  • The Valley of Shining Mist (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Song of the Fir Tree – first episode (artist Phil Townsend)
  • The Green People (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Barracuda Bay
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)
  • Ping-Pong Paula – first episode (artist Jim Baikie)

“The Jinx from St Jonah’s” covers by Mario Capaldi are still going at this point, but this cover is one exception: it features panels to introduce us to the three new stories and one competition starting inside. Perhaps it is a forerunner to the 1-2 feature panels on the cover that will start on the Jinty covers later in 1975. Not to mention the boxy style they started off with.

Katie only has a two-page story in this issue, clearly because she has been banished from the cover. “Golden Dolly, Death Dust” starts, and it is regarded as one of Jinty‘s most remembered stories. Gascoine, who drew this story, was still drawing “The Green People” – one of several instances where he would draw two stories for Jinty simultaneously. “Song of the Fir Tree”, one of Jinty‘s rare World War II stories, also starts. It features the Holocaust – something almost unheard of in girls’ comics – which makes it a standout that will have its own entry soon. The third story to start, “Ping-Pong Paula”, is about a promising ping-pong player who finds herself a real-life ping pong ball between her estranged parents and her determination to bring them back together.

Lastly, there are a lot of red stains in my copy from where Jinty used red colouring for some pages. Is it the age of the comic, or did Jinty have problems with the red colouring? Hmm, come to think of it, she switched to blue shortly.

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2 thoughts on “Jinty 6 September 1975

  1. It’s certainly possible that Jinty had problems with the red ink, but on my copy of this issue I have a fair amount of bleed-through from the black ink too. Maybe the paper is at fault too? In any case the switch to blue is not permanent. I do wonder what the thinking behind this was, too.

    1. I do like the red colouring more than blue. Red lifts you and must be more appealing to girl readers while blue can be more depressing.

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