Yay! “Concrete Surfer” is in this issue. Written by Pat Mills, there is a clear streak of class antagonism running right through this tale of skateboarding and rivalry. I mostly like it for the amazing artwork – another unidentified artist at present, I believe. “Two Mothers for Maggie”, here on its last episode, is by easily-identified Jim Baikie; this is a tale of one of the established escape avenues from the working class (acting) and the stresses it brings to the lives of the rest of the family.
“The Zodiac Prince” is fun stuff but mostly notable for being one of the very few stories in all of girls’ comics where the protagonist is a male – and a dishy young man, at that. I guess it had to be played for laughs to make that departure from the norm work at all. In definite contrast we also have a real tale of good versus evil, “Shadow on the Fen”: Rebecca has travelled through time from the Puritan era while running away from her menacing witchfinder cousin, who is of course secretly an evil witch himself, while she is innocent.
Stories in this issue:
- Concrete Surfer (writer Pat Mills)
- Sue’s Fantastic Fun-bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Two Mothers For Maggie (artist Jim Baikie)
- Alley Cat
- Waking Nightmare (artist Phil Townsend)
- The Zodiac Prince (artist Trini Tinturé)
- Paula’s Puppets (artist Julian Vivas)
- Shadow on the Fen (artist Douglas Perry)
- Darling Clementine (artist Richard Neillands, writer Alison Christie)