Jinty 17 February 1979

Jinty cover 5

  • The Girl Who Never Was – last episode (artist Terry Aspin)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Sea Sister (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Alley Cat
  • Prisoner of the Bell (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Alice in a Strange Land – first episode (artist Terry Aspin)
  • She Shall Have Music (artist Ron Smith)
  • Be My Valentine (quiz)
  • Fran’ll Fix It! (artist Jim Baikie)
  • I’ll Make Up for Mary (artist Guy Peeters)

The Valentine issue for 1979 has a Valentine quiz and the craft section tells you how to make a heart pendant. Henrietta and Sue are apparently not celebrating Valentines Day because Henrietta has a cold but does not like the medicine Sue offers. She prefers her own, thank you very much.

In this issue, two Terry Aspin stories overlap (rather than Phil Gascoine stories). It is the last episode of “The Girl Who Never Was”. Tina arrives back in her own world, and is surprised to find that her experience in the magic world was apparently a dream she had while she was comatose. But she is told she has one spell left, so she uses it to make everyone like her now that she wants to be liked and be likeable. “Children of Edenford” takes its place next week. Elsewhere in the issue, Aspin starts on the first episode of one of his best-remembered Jinty stories, “Alice in a Strange Land”. It is a story of Alice Jones, who is not taken seriously because she has no confidence in herself and is considered a wet blanket. And the put-downs from her aunt and uncle don’t help. So it’s a surprise when she is chosen for the same trip to America as her bolder cousin Karen. But we know things are going to change for Alice, and it all starts when the plane crashes in South America.

Fran is elected fire officer and her brain is bursting with ideas on how to improve fire safety – and that means even more danger than fire. Bully Beryl is still interfering with Ann’s attempts to make up for Mary, and this causes things to go dangerously wrong at a children’s playground. Lisa’s drive to have music causes her mother to collapse. Is this the wake-up call for how selfish she is about pianos? The Prisoner of the Bell gets a call from Gran in the dead of night to come and learn the vocabulary for her French test the next day. But neither of them realise that Lorraine has followed and become suspicious. The French teacher is astounded at Susie getting 100% on the test, but the PE teacher is less happy when Susie suddenly says that gymnastics are bad and she will not waste time on them. Another ‘lesson’ Gran drilled into her that night. And we are warned that this will have dangerous consequences for Susie next week.

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