Jinty & Lindy 12 February 1977

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  • Dream of Destiny – Gypsy Rose tale (artist Rodrigo Comos)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Sceptre of the Toltecs (artist Emilia Prieto)
  • Made-Up Mandy (artist Audrey Fawley)
  • Freda, False Friend (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • The Big Cat (artist Ana Rodriguez)
  • The Mystery of Martine (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Alley Cat
  • Mark of the Witch! (artist Phil Townsend)

Another of my favourite covers. The panel from the Gypsy Rose tale of haunted woods, warning owls and the eerie, supernatural ambiance is one that lingers with you. The lightning-shaped panels that separate the three images are another hint of what might happen in the story and certainly heighten the mood. The panel with the lavender doll seems a little out of place. Its theme is such a contrast to the supernatural theme. However, the colour composition is a nice use of complementary colours that work well against the colouring in the supernatural panel.

The Gypsy Rose tale is one about listening to your dreams because it can make all the difference. And note the Gypsy Rose image on page one, panel 7. That image is going to be used as a paste up for future Gypsy Rose stories.

This week’s Fun-Bag story features workplace bullying. Sue’s friend Linda has just got a job, but the office head Miss Jones bullies her all the time. The boss had been putting up with that bully for years, but after Henrietta steps in, he finally does what he should have done years ago.

Workplace bullying also causes Made-Up Mandy to don another disguise to help a fellow worker, Nikki. A bully customer has accused Nikki of stealing and got her sacked. Mandy’s now posing as a Balinese dancer to raise much-needed money for Nikki. But can you do Bali dancing, Mandy?

The daily bullying that poor Emma Fielding suffers because of the so-called Mark of the Witch turns into something far worse. Emma tries to put out a fire, but those Kettleby villagers, always willing to believe the worst of her, accuse her of starting it. Their mood is ugly and we’re warned there’s going to be a lynch mob!

In The Mystery of Martine, Tessa tries to explain what is happening to Martine to the playwright, but he doesn’t believe her. And the harassment from Vivien’s possession of Martine is wearing Miss Bond down while a blackmailer is getting ready to add to Tessa’s worries.

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