Jinty 1 October 1977

Jinty 1 October 1977

Back to being Jinty, not Jinty and Lindy, I see. (I also notice small page numbers in the corner of each page, which isn’t their usual practice.)

“Destiny Brown” is a slightly different “psychic powers” story – she can see the future but not surprisingly doesn’t get believed when she says what she can see, but this is mixed up in a strong and exciting story about bank robbery. Comos’ art is so nice and solid that it helps add to the realistic feel. “Who’s That In My Mirror” is more of a spooky morality tale and would have fitted well into Misty‘s run, for instance: Magda finds a strange mirror in which her reflection seems to prompt her into expressing the meanness that lurked behind her beautiful face. Like Wilde’s “Dorian Grey”, the mirror face grows uglier and uglier as she becomes wickeder in real life. In this final episode, the ugly face has escaped from the mirror entirely and threatens to approach Magda – who knows that the only way to dispell it is to tell the truth about all the lying and conniving she’s done. The cover competition involves finding a nurse’s watch hidden in the pages of the comic and I remember well that one of the watches was hidden in the folds of clothing worn by the evil escaped reflection.

“Cursed to be a Coward” is one of the relatively few Mario Capaldi non-humour stories (of course he drew The Jinx From St Jonah’s for quite some time). In this episode, the thoughtlessness of the swimming teacher puts Marnie Miles in serious danger from the vengeful fortune-teller who has it in for her – and who is not beyond trying a bit of drowning, too.

“Fran’ll Fix It!” is one of my favourite stories, a really zingy problem-fixer (and problem-causer!) silly schoolgirl humour strip that still has an internal narrative arc and is not just interchangeable episode after episode. I feel like surely artist Jim Baikie must either have been involved in writing it, or at least been given a very free hand creatively. And finally, science fiction/gymnastics/ballet story “Battle of the Wills” concludes in this issue – Kate Wills used a replicator to make a copy of herself so that one of her could do the hated ballet that her grandmother required, and the other one could do gymnastics, her actual main interest. Not that this final episode has any science fiction in it at all; at this point it’s all gymnastics and a happy ending.

Stories in this issue:

  • Destiny Brown (artist Rodrigo Comos)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Who’s That In My Mirror? (artist Tom Hurst)
  • Alley Cat
  • The Goose Girl (artist Keith Robson)
  • Stage Fright! (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Cursed To Be A Coward! (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Fran’ll Fix It! (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Battle of the Wills (last episode) (artist Trini Tinturé)

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