- Dance into Darkness
- Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Somewhere over the Rainbow (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
- Knight and Day
- The Changeling (artist Phil Gascoine)
- Clancy on Trial (artist Ron Lumsden)
- Slave of the Swan – final episode (artist Guy Peeters)
- Cathy’s Casebook (artist Terry Aspin)
This is the issue that announced the results of the Alley Cat Cartoon Competition. So here, with my 101th entry on this blog, I bookend my discussion of the competition.
It is the final episode of Slave of the Swan. Mum frees the Slave from the Swan and we learn all about the tragedy that twisted the Swan’s mind. And sadly, the Swan remains as twisted as ever as she is taken away – on her own two feet and not in the wheelchair that everyone thought she was confined to. She gloats over Mum, believing she still scored better than her. But Katrina disagrees, and she and Mum leave in a far happier and peaceful frame of mind than Miss Kachinsky.
And it is the penultimate episode of Cathy’s Casebook, so we know we have another serial to look forward to soon.
The misery Pat Day has suffered since her natural mother claimed her for all the wrong reasons is now taking its toll. Pat is becoming badly behaved and clearly heading towards depression and a nervous breakdown. She needs psychiatric help – unlike Della, who is suffering The Dance of Darkness because of a curse and not illness as her parents think. And it’s getting worse – as the parents find out when they find a swarm of moths in Della’s room!
The Changeling thinks she’s found happiness at last. But she soon finds that too many things are still hanging over her – guilty conscience, living a lie, and then the past starting to catch up.
Clancy’s problems in repaying her cousin are getting worse. Grandad’s as relentless as ever at Clancy paying the instalments on time, and now desperation causes temptation to creep in.
Max and Dorrie get an unexpected bonus in their quest to find Rainbow’s End – a tandem! Trouble is, they’ve got even more people from the authorities after them now.