We are now solidly into the era of covers based on images from the stories inside, combined in a fluid montage that to my mind produces some beautiful designs that have stood up well over the years.
Of the stories inside, particular note should perhaps be taken of “7 Steps To The Sisterhood”, one of the few Jinty stories with a diverse cast. The main protagonist is Shelley, a blonde, white girl but right by her side helping her to solve the mystery is her Indian friend Nirhani; the setting is an international school and many of the other characters are non-white, including (as it turns out) the eventually-unmasked villain. There is some stereotyping at work in this story but nevertheless it is considerably better than the invisibility or outright racism normally seen in weekly comics of this era.
Stories in this issue:
- Dance Into Darkness
- Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
- No Cheers for Cherry (artist Phil Gascoine)
- Wild Rose (artist Jim Baikie)
- Clancy On Trial (artist Ron Lumsden)
- The Human Zoo (artist Guy Peeters)
- Alley Cat
- 7 Steps To The Sisterhood (artist Ron Smith)