Jinty 7 May 1977

Jinty 7 May 1977

“Curtain of Silence” is an excellent, tight take on the trope of a selfish athlete (here, a cyclist) who learns to change under adversity (in this case, being made mute via an accident which also leads to her cycling enslavement behind the Iron Curtain – yep, always a WTF take on it in girls’ comics!).

“The Darkening Journey” is an animal story beautifully-drawn by Casanovas; from the point of view of the dog and bird protagonists, we see an agonizingly long drawn-out attempt to return to the girl owner. Beautifully-drawn, yes, but sentimental and not my cup of tea.

I have a soft spot for “Kerry In The Clouds” but not for any very good reason that I can articulate: the main character is a head-in-the-air type who is flattered by the attention she receives from the famous Gail Terson, though Gail turns out to be a nasty sort underneath. I think the reason for my soft spot is the art, which is odd because in “Sceptre of the Toltecs” the same artist comes across as a bit stiff and upright to me. Perhaps it’s just that there are some covers with “Kerry” on them that I have a nostalgic fondness for, having looked at them many times over the years.

Stories in this issue:

  • Creepy Crawley (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Gypsy Rose, ‘A Storm of Vengeance’ (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Curtain of Silence (first episode) (artist Terry Aspin)
  • Alley Cat
  • The Robot Who Cried (writer Malcolm Shaw, artist Rodrigo Comos)
  • The Darkening Journey (artist José Casanovas)
  • Kerry In The Clouds (artist Emilia Prieto, writer Alan Davidson)
  • Spell of the Spinning Wheel (artist Jim Baikie, writer Alison Christie)

2 thoughts on “Jinty 7 May 1977

  1. The panel from Curtain of Silence is gorgeous; Yvonne looks like she’s about to glide right off the cover!

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