The list of Jinty stories is nearly complete: I would like to make sure that there is at least one representative issue posted for each story on that list, with a reasonable description for each story too. So there are some catch-up issues that will be posted, in what may seem a little bit of an odd order.
In this issue most of the stories are ones we’ve already seen – the first missing one in the issue is “The Kat and Mouse Game” drawn by Jim Baikie. This is a story of rivals and deception: Kat is the foe of the meek Mouse, who until the very end is unaware of the true feelings of her secret nemesis. In this episode Kat has managed to get Mouse expelled for cheating, and not content with that she also gets Mouse once again to substitute for her in an important dance that would see Kat get a contract for a ballet company! This is not a story I’ve read all of, and I’m sorry to say I don’t think it’s a very fine example of Baikie’s artwork either, though in this issue the reproduction is not very good which may account for some of my marking-down.
This issue also includes “Slave of the Mirror”, drawn by Carlos Freixas: one of the ‘evil object’ stories so beloved of girls’ comics. Mia Blake has been hypnotized by a sinister mirror found in her sister’s boarding house, and (of course) has been sabotaging all sorts of things around the house under its influence. With the explanation provided by a Spanish au pair we are coming towards the resolution: a ghostly possession by an ill-treated serving girl.
Stories in this issue:
- The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
- Tricia’s Tragedy (artist Ana Rodrigues)
- Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
- The Kat and Mouse Game (artist Jim Baikie)
- Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
- Cinderella Smith (artist Trini Tinturé)
- Bet Gets The Bird (artist Phil Gascoine)
- Daddy’s Darling (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
- Slave of the Mirror (artist Carlos Freixas)