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)