Jinty 17 June 1978

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

This must be one of Jinty‘s most colourful covers and is another of my favourites for that reason. It of course introduces us to a new serial, Dance into Darkness. It is the first of Jinty‘s disco-themed serials and one to touch on Goth with hints of vampires in the name of the disco, “Bats Disco”. During the course of the story we don’t get vampires exactly, but the vampire theme can be felt throughout. You will never see night, darkness or night-time creatures the same way again. Nor will Della Benson, the heroine of this story.

Child abuse features heavily in this issue. The rainbow seems even further away when Dorrie and Max Peters go to another foster home. Their new foster-mother, Mrs Soper, seems a suitable one to the welfare authorities, but Max and Dorrie soon find out she is anything but! In Knight and Day, uncaring Mum wants Pat to take a paper round because the family is having trouble making ends meet (yeah, riiiight). Pat is upset because this will cut into her diving coaching. The Swan has the Slave so wound up on that lie (which she has spread all over the school) that she is an arsonist that the Slave is trembling as she lights a fire. And someone is definitely trying to scare the Slave with that Swan costume – the Slave has found the evidence. In Cathy’s Casebook, Cathy tries to help “Dopey” Denis, but finds that even his family bully him for his apparent lack of wit. And Grandad’s latest test for Clancy may be going too far when it has her turning up at school in a dustcart and the headmistress putting a call to him.


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