- Pam of Pond Hill (writer Jay Over, artist Bob Harvey)
- The Ghost Dancer – first episode (artist Phil Townsend)
- Her Guardian Angel – final episode (artist Peter Wilkes)
- Sue’s Daily Dozen – final episode (artist José Casanovas)
- Land of No Tears – reprint (writer Pat Mills, artist Guy Peeters)
- Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Hougton)
- No Medals for Marie – first episode (artist Phil Gascoine)
- Life’s a Ball for Nadine (artist Mario Capaldi)
This was Jinty‘s New Year issue for 1981. As Jinty was cancelled later that year, 1981 probably was not all that happy for her. But in the meantime, Jinty had promised in her Christmas issue “that we’re kicking the [new] year off in style!” – and she does with the return of her “smash hit story from 1977” – Land of No Tears. This was brought back as a result of Pam’s Poll in 1980. Other new stories for the New Year were Phil Gascoine’s first Jinty story for 1981, “No Medals for Marie”, and what would be Jinty‘s last ballet story, “The Ghost Dancer”. This is the only story where I have seen Phil Townsend draw ballet, and he certainly proved with this one that he could draw ballet beautifully. If there are any other stories where Townsend drew ballet, I would like to know about them.
Readers expected more new material with the end of Jinty‘s 1980 Christmas story, “Her Guardian Angel” and “Sue’s Daily Dozen”. They are promised that Gypsy Rose will be back the following week. And being New Year, there is emphasis on New Year themes. This takes the form of Pam, Sir Roger and Tansy working on their respective New Year resolutions. Predictably, this has hilarious and unexpected results. Lastly, Jinty has a page of magic tricks for readers to do over the Christmas holidays.