Jinty and Penny 7 February 1981

Jinty and Penny cover 7 February 1981

“Pam of Pond Hill” is fun this issue, with Pam and her mates writing a controversial ‘underground news-sheet’, with an anti-school uniform slant. I wonder if any readers were inspired to do their own ‘zine or news sheet, having read this?

In “The Ghost Dancer”, Ferne is finding her deception to be a self-made prison; she doesn’t know how to undo it and tell the truth. This is a typical stage in such a story, but the way it is done here seems to strike home a little harder than usual. “No Medals for Marie” is a slightly different deception story and likewise has its usual stages to get through; here the challenge that unkind godmother Miss Simon has given Marie, of forbidding her to win any medals, is once again jeopardised by a coincidence that makes it look as if she is winning some despite trying very hard not to. This is a rather lukewarm story, but the Phil Gascoine art is still lovely.

My favourite story from this era is  “Life’s a Ball for Nadine”, a tale of chums, netball, and disco dancing. Nadine’s mum is bored at home because her dad has to work late, so the girls invite her out with them, first to a netball match and then to “a good disco”. Seemingly her nameless mum is enthused by the exciting night out, in which a netball goalie hurt herself and a disco-dancing chappie danced himself right off the floor; but luckily for Nadine who is gearing herself up for major mum-embarrassment, the mum is all enthused about… joining the St John’s Ambulance brigade! Again the beautiful art, by Mario Capaldi, is a real attraction, but also there is a sense of fun and vigour about this story that I think still serves it quite well.

Stories in this issue:

  • Pam of Pond Hill (writer Jay Over, artist Bob Harvey)
  • The Ghost Dancer (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Gypsy Rose: The Lollipop Man’s Promise (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Snoopa (artist Joe Collins)
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Houghton)
  • Land of No Tears (writer Pat Mills, artist Guy Peeters)
  • No Medals for Marie (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Life’s a Ball for Nadine (artist Mario Capaldi)

3 thoughts on “Jinty and Penny 7 February 1981

  1. No Medals for Marie did not grab me much either. By the way, it was reprinted in Girl Picture Library as Winner-Loser! A lot of old strips from
    Tammy and Jinty were reprinted in Girl Picture Libraries. Some were less than satisfying. For example, Sue’s Daily Dozen was reprinted as “Spellbound”, and we’re left dangling on a panel where the spell book just turns its pages. The proper ending is cut entirely, and we carry on with a Wee Sue reprint, retitled “Tiny Tina”.

  2. The Pond Hill story running in this issue will establish the school newspaper “The Pond Hill Printout”. It will also explore the reason why Pond Hill and Wormsley Comprehensive are enemies – with the result that nobody on either side knows. The only possible explanation is that the Wormsley pupils are jealous of Pond Hill because their school is a dump while Pond Hill is not. Also, they are rough kids (and presumably live in a rough area). There are no uniforms at Wormsley and probably no discipline, money or anything to make the school respectable.

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