Jinty 10 March 1979

Jinty cover 10 March 1979

Both “Alice in a Strange Land” and “Sea-Sister” give this issue of Jinty a strong fantastical flavour. Of the two my favourite, as previously indicated, is “Alice in a Strange Land”; “Sea-Sister” has got some good scenes of the drowned village that mysterious Helen comes from, but overall it doesn’t convince as much.

“Prisoner of the Bell” shows that Susie Cathcart’s grandmother’s hypnotic hold is still strong on her; friend Lorraine is prepared to do quite a lot to show Susie that she is under this hypnotic spell, and to break her from it. I’ve previously written about how “Children of Edenford” (also in this issue) has an underlying theme of parents prepared to control their children in service of what they think is best; well, with “Bell” the same is shown to be true of grandparents too, on occasion.

“I’ll Make Up for Mary” and “She Shall Have Music” are opposing sorts of morality story; the former is like the successful “Stefa’s Heart of Stone” and shows unsuccessful ways to deal with early death, while the latter is a warning about overindulgent selfishness. Neither are the sort of story I like very much, but popular with many other readers. I’d much rather read about the very silly “Fran’ll Fix It”, here trying to make fire practices more realistic… by adding smoke canisters. Which will in no way go wrong, at all, er…….

Stories in this issue:

  • Alice in a Strange Land (artist Terry Aspin)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Sea-Sister (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Prisoner of the Bell (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Rinty ‘n’ Jinty
  • Children of Edenford (artist Phil Townsend)
  • She Shall Have Music (artist Ron Smith)
  • Alley Cat
  • Fran’ll Fix It! (artist Jim Baikie)
  • I’ll Make Up for Mary (artist Guy Peeters)
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8 thoughts on “Jinty 10 March 1979

  1. I never liked She Shall Have Music much because of the heroine. Not so much that she was selfish but that she was so…naff!

    Interestingly, at the time this serial started, Jinty was running another serial about a selfish protagonist -The Girl Who Never Was.

    1. Ha hah! I know what you mean about her being naff. “Oh horrors, I cannot touch housework, I might [gasp] sully my fingers that are to be used only for playing the piano!” But this is another case where the artwork has made a story more memorable to me than the characters otherwise would.

      1. She also goes all panicky, saying her finger is going to turn septic and will need all the hospital treatments – all because she gets a splinter in it. How daft can you get? She must be really obsessive about her hands.

        By the way, you reckon She Shall Have Music and The Girl Who Never Was are another set of those pairs you talked about in the next post?

        1. I think there are lots of pairs you can make, to group stories in sensible ways – and yes, SSHM and TGWNW make a pair because of selfishness. I don;t think it’s a very strong grouping though because SSHM really is only about Lisa’s selfish snobbery as linked to her talent, and TGWNW is also about the magical world, her learning to use spells, her dealing with the wishes she’s been given, and so on – it strikes me as having more going on in it.

  2. Another story where hypnotic control is used on a girl by people who think they know best is Tammy’s Slave of the Clock. Alison Thorne does not have the dedication to make ballet her career. Then she meets Madam Margolia, whose idea of installing dedication is to hypnotise ballet pupils into dancing whenever they hear a clock ticking. Margolia thinks this will make Alison devote more time to dancing. When she finds out, Alison’s ballet teacher Miss Dempster thinks it’s a great idea too. But of course it just causes a load of trouble and in the end they both realise it was wrong.

    1. Oh yes, indeed! Foolish people. Did they never think she’d come across a ticking clock outside the ballet class or something? Likewise Susie Cathcart’s grandmother nearly causes Susie’s death with her irresponsible mind-control. (Er, as if there is such a thing as responsible mind control!)

      1. Miss Dempster even abuses the clock’s power twice for her own ends (something Margolia never thought of, evidently).

        Dempster even tries it to get Alison into a ballet school, thinking the power of the clock is the answer to her dream of having a pupil there. But she is in for a shock – Alison fails because all she can do is dance like a clockwork doll when she is under the power. Hardly dance of the dying swan material.

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