Jinty 20 January 1979

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  • The Girl Who Never Was (artist Terry Aspin)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow (writer Alison Christie Fitt; artist Phil Townsend)
  • Alley Cat
  • Prisoner of the Bell – first episode (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Sea Sister (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • She Shall Have Music (artist Ron Smith)
  • Fran’ll Fix It! (artist Jim Baikie)
  • I’ll Make Up for Mary – first episode (artist Guy Peeters)
  • Alley Cat

Jinty, now three weeks into 1979, starts the first of her new year lineup of stories, both of which replace stories that were drawn by the same artists. Phil Gascoine starts on “Prisoner of the Bell”, about a schoolgirl named Susie Cathcart. Susie can’t be bothered with her school work and only cares for gym class. But then Susie’s grandmother arrives with a bell that seems to have strange powers over her, and things begin to change. However, it is questionable as to whether the grandmother is doing it for the right reasons. Guy Peeters starts work on “I’ll Make Up for Mary” about Ann Ridley, who starts acting like her twin sister Mary after Mary drowns. The trouble is, Ann’s personality is completely different from Mary’s. It looks like Ann is in for a hard lesson about being yourself.

In “The Girl Who Never Was”, Tina has begun to make an effort to mend her selfish, arrogant ways. But she has a relapse – and she is warned that something terrible will happen to her because of it. Whatever it is, it sure looks like it will accelerate to the climax of the story.

In “She Shall Have Music”, foolish Lisa Carstairs lets herself be blackmailed by Rosalin Marks, the new owner of her piano. And all because Lisa just can’t let go of that piano. In “Fran’ll Fix It”, Fran has always been a bit of a monkey, but things get ridiculous when she borrows a gorilla suit at a  funfair and then gets stuck in it. We are warned that things will get even worse in the next issue. In “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, Dorrie and Max Peters make it to Glasgow in search of Rainbow’s End. They get some setbacks in their quest and then hope when they see a rainbow. In “Sea Sister”, Helen destroys Mrs Carver’s book as it contains a tell-tale drawing of her in Victorian times and proof that there is more to her than meets the eye. But this sends her friend Jane over the cliff!

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