Jinty 22 July 1978

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  • Dance into Darkness
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
  • Alley Cat
  • Rinty ‘n’ Jinty
  • Knight and Day
  • The Changeling – first episode (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Clancy on Trial (artist Ron Lumsden)
  • Slave of the Swan (artist Guy Peeters)
  • Cathy’s Casebook (artist Terry Aspin)

A new story, “The Changeling”, begins with this issue and is introduced by an explosive three-panel montage of the three directions the life of Katy Palmer’s life is taking in the opening episode: living with a cruel uncle and her only solace is riding. Then, fate intervenes when Katy runs away and she discovers another means of escape – stealing another girl’s identity. But will living a lie really bring her happiness and permanent escape from her horrible uncle?

It is the penultimate episode of “Slave of the Swan”. Katrina Vale’s mother comes in search of her, and is horrified to find her bedraggled daughter collapse on the doorstep after the trap Miss Kachinsky set for her nearly killed her. Miss Kachinsky is crowing that she finally has revenge on Mrs Vale. In the final episode we will discover if Miss Kachinsky is right, and whether she was right to have revenge on Mrs Vale in the first place. Knowing girls’ comics, we suspect not.

In “Cathy’s Casebook”, the casebook on Dim Denis is closed, thanks to Cathy insisting they do tests on him. They reveal it is an under-active thyroid gland, not stupidity, and treatment is already having results. But no sooner than does one case close when another comes along.

Pat tries to escape her uncaring mother by heading back to the Hargreaves family that she was happy with. You would expect that move. Unfortunately that avenue of escape is soon cut off and it is back to “Knight and Day” misery.

Ron Lumsden, best known for drawing “The Comp” in Nikki/Bunty, is in charge of the only serial he drew for Jinty, “Clancy on Trial”. In this issue Clancy is trying to find the money to buy her cousin Sandra a bicycle to replace the one she traded to get Clancy a tandem. But raising the money is striking problems.

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