Jinty 10 October 1981

Jinty cover 5.jpg 001 (Cover artist: Phil Gascoine)

  • Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey, writer Jay Over)
  • The Robber Bird – Gypsy Rose Story (artist Isidro Mones)
  • Eyes of the Blind – text story
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Monday’s Child is Full of Grace (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Snoopa (artist Joe Collins)
  • Badgered Belinda – first episode (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • The Bow Street Runner – first episode (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)

This issue is significant to Jinty history in that it is the first issue to feature the completely new Jinty logo that will carry on in the merger with Tammy. It also begins the lineup of fillers and serials that can be construed as a seven-issue countdown to the merger, where stories will either be wound up or given their springboards into the merger, while the fillers mark time until the final issue.

“Pam of Pond Hill” returns, and features a new girl, Tess Bradshaw, who proves a problem pupil for the class. She is a bossy, domineering girl who orders everyone about and is not the sort of person you can say no to. But when little Sue Bryant returns to class, the trouble really starts. Tess starts bullying Sue because of her size, and of course the bullying will have serious consequences.

Bullying is also a big feature in the new story, “Badgered Belinda”. Belinda Gibson is in the process of running away from her boarding school because she is being bullied by her classmates. But then she comes across a set of orphaned badgers and wonders if she should stay on to look after them. There is something unusual in Gascoine’s artwork; the linework seems quite heavy, and the drawing feels a bit coarse. It is a stark contrast to the more refined, cleaner touch that you see in Gascoine’s artwork for “Monday’s Child”. Is this part of the five-year gap between the stories? Or is there some other reason for the differences in Gascoine’s artwork? Whatever the reason, Belinda is a filler that covers the last seven issues of Jinty and bookends Gascoine’s run in Jinty, from the first issue with “Gail’s Indian Necklace” to the last issue with “Badgered Belinda”.

Mario Capaldi takes a break with this issue. The spot feature in the text story is drawn by another artist and Gascoine draws the cover, which features “Badgered Belinda”. In a break with the usual pattern, it is not an enlargement of a panel from the story but a piece of artwork in its own right.

The Gypsy Rose story is also unusual in that it seems to feature completely new material in “The Robber Bird” while most of her 1981 stories were reprint. I can find no evidence that this is a repeat of an old Gypsy Rose story. Nor is it recycling a Strange Story, because Gypsy Rose is definitely drawn by the same artist and not a paste-up. The artist for the story, Isidres Mones, is unusual too, as he is not one you usually see here. Mones was a regular artist in Misty. He/she drew “House of Horror” and many complete stories such as “The Final Piece” and one of Misty’s best-remembered stories, “The Purple Emperor”, about an unpleasant girl girl who collects butterflies and ends up as a specimen herself. But “The Robber Bird” was the only story he drew for Jinty. For these reasons I have decided to present “The Robber Bird” below.

The issue begins the last Phil Townsend story for Jinty, “The Bow Street Runner“. This story will carry over into the merger and become Townsend’s transition from Jinty to Tammy.

Robber Bird 1.jpg (click thru) Robber Bird 2.jpg (click thru) Robber Bird 3.jpg (click thru)

3 thoughts on “Jinty 10 October 1981

  1. I wonder if this was originally intended for Misty? If it was there wouldn’t have been the cop out ending with Gipsy Rose saying everything was okay in the end. I think this artist occasionally signed their artwork in Misty, I will have to check. Is the name of this artist not on the mistycomic site?

    1. The name of the artist is not in the Misty story index. If you can find their signature, that would be great.

      And yes, the ending does feel a bit of a cop out.

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