Jinty 23 April 1977

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  • Creepy Crawley (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • The Gemini Girl – Gypsy Rose story (artist Maria Barrera)
  • Spell of the Spinning Wheel (artist Jim Baikie, writer Alison Christie)
  • Alley Cat
  • The Darkening Journey  (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Robot Who Cried – first episode (artist Rodrigo Comos, writer Malcolm Shaw)
  • Kerry in the Clouds (artist Emilia Prieto, writer Alan Davidson)
  • Mark of the Witch! (Phil Townsend)

Another of my favourite covers and an issue that has well and truly stuck in my memory. The splash panels from the opening episode of “The Robot Who Cried” have been assembled into a striking composition.

Another new serial is also coming up, because this is the penultimate episode of “Mark of the Witch!”. Emma finds out the hard way that the villagers were right all along about her not being good enough to beat Alice and win the Hudson Trophy. Alice is overhauling Emma fast, so desperation drives Emma into dangerous chances that could make or break her – literally. But the blurb for the final episode gives us a hint that Fate is about to intervene.

In “Creepy Crawley”, Jean has had several warnings that it would be dangerous to continue using the scarab brooch, although the book on the scarab’s history is missing vital pages (including, we suspect, the information on how to defeat the scarab). But then jealousy gets the better of Jean and the scarab is back in business.

This week’s Gypsy Rose tale is significant for the last two panels of Gypsy Rose on the final page of the story. Those panels will be used as paste-ups of Gypsy Rose in her later stories.

“The Spell of the Spinning Wheel” nearly kills Rowan this time. Only the fast action of a dog and a man with CPR save her life. And still the spell causes trouble while Mum unknowingly wastes doctors’ and Rowan’s time with the belief that her daughter is ill.

Kerry has posted her letter to meet famous actress Gail Terson. She regrets the action as stupid – but is then surprised to find it worked! But will Kerry get launched on her dream of becoming an actress or end up in the factory job her father arranged for her?

In “The Darkening Journey”, there is a missed opportunity for Julie to be reunited with Thumper. She receives a newspaper saying Thumper foiled hi-jackers, but it blows away before she reads it.




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