Jinty 14 July 1979

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  • The Forbidden Garden (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Bizzie Bet and the Easies (artist Richard Neillands)
  • The Forbidden Garden (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Mike and Terry (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • The Disappearing Dolphin (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Nothing to Sing About (artist Phil Townsend)
  • A Girl Called Gulliver (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Pandora’s Box (Guy Peeters)

The panel of the repulsive mutant flowers from “The Forbidden Garden” has really made this Jinty cover stick in my memory. Mankind has poisoned the world and plants can’t grow. Laika finds a patch of soil that can support plant life. But the horrible flowers she has just produced are one hard lesson – you can’t go from poisoned, barren earth to plant paradise without a few snags and setbacks along the way.

Meanwhile, Pandora uses her box to produce bewitched ballet shoes to make her dance flawlessly. But the box can’t teach her manners, and Pandora’s self-centredness gets her into  serious trouble when it has her committing an act of sheer rudeness.

It’s part two of “Almost Human”. Xenia has just discovered she can’t touch any Earth creature without killing it. This is now causing problems with integrating with Earth people and plenty of misunderstandings.

In “Nothing to Sing About”, Linette is so desperate not to sing that she runs away – only to find herself in a situation where she is forced to sing or go hungry. But can she do it without breaking down?

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