Jinty & Lindy 27 December 1975

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  • Slaves of the Candle (artist Roy Newby)
  • The Jinx from St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Friends of the Forest – first episode
  • Golden Dolly, Death Dust! (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Ping-Pong Paula (Jim Baikie)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)
  • Too Old to Cry! (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Wanda Whiter Than White (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • The Haunting of Hazel (artist Santiago Hernandez)
  • Song of the Fir Tree (artist Phil Townsend)

It is the Christmas issue for 1975, but the cover is not very Christmassy. The only hints of Christmas are the blurb at the top, the Christmas wishes, and the Christmas image on the writing case. Perhaps the Christmas aspect was pushed back a bit because the cover had to introduce us to the competition and the new serial inside. The Christmas celebrations are relegated to the Katie Jinx story, Do-It-Yourself Dot, and the Christmas jokes on the back cover.

But Lyndy does get a present – in the form of a makeshift key that enables the “Slaves of the Candle” to get out of the workroom they have been locked into. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds out Miss Tallow is plotting to steal the Crown Jewels.

“Friends of the Forest” starts off, with a strong statement about respecting animals and not using them for entertainment in circuses. This is what Mr Green wants to do with Sally Harris’ deer, Star, after hearing about the tricks that Sally has taught Star. Of course Sally won’t have Star put in a circus and releases him into the forest. But Mr Green won’t give up that easily, and to complicate matters, Mrs Harris has just collapsed.

In “Golden Dolly, Death Dust!” Miss Marvel’s mask has found our two heroines again. Golden Dolly sees it off, but the effort leaves her drained. And as result of the incident, the girls now have a sinister reputation, and are forced by frightened people into a village known as the “Village of Witches”. In the other spooky story, “The Haunting of Hazel”, Hazel finds out more about the reason for the haunting. But the haunting is getting worse, and Hazel’s nerves are at breaking point.

It’s Ping-Pong Paula’s birthday, but this does not bring her quarrelling parents back together either. In “Too Old to Cry” things are beginning to look up for runaway Nell at the beauty academy, but the final panel brings a cloud on the horizon. In “Wanda Whiter than White”, Wanda’s tale-telling gets worse. And to make it worse still, Wanda has now moved in next door to Susie, which threatens Susie’s secret even more.

In “Song of the Fir Tree”, Per and Solveig find themselves caught between two Germans who were on either side of Hitler. Luise’s father was anti-Nazi and paid the price for it, but Luise upholds his ideals. However, Luise’s Aunt Johanna still has her Nazi Party membership card, which Luise uses to blackmail her into cooperating about the runaways. This episode makes a strong statement that not all Germans liked Hitler. There were decent Germans in World War II, and being German did not necessarily mean being Nazi. Winston Churchill understood this – he always said “Nazis” in his speeches, not “Germans”.

 

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