Jinty 27 January 1979

Jinty cover 6

  • The Girl Who Never Was (artist Terry Aspin)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie Fitt)
  • Alley Cat
  • Prisoner of the Bell (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Sea Sister (Peter Wilkes)
  • She Shall Have Music (artist Ron Smith)
  • Fran’ll Fix It! (artist Jim Baikie)
  • The Saint Who’s No Angel: Ian Oglivy (feature)
  • Rinty ‘n’ Jinty
  • I’ll Make up for Mary (artist Guy Peeters, writer Alison Christie)

The cover shows that both Tina and Fran are going to pay a heavy price for their mistakes in the previous issue. Tina accidentally broke a crystal ball when its vision of her losing an event hurt her pride and she got angry. The curse that the crystal ball put on her for breaking it causes her to cast an illegal spell. Now she is in big trouble with the magic authorities and crowds who look ready to lynch her. She has to get out of the magic parallel world fast and back to her own, but where to find Selina, the only person who can send her back? The end of the story is clearly fast approaching, and it looks like “Somewhere over the Rainbow” is going the same way. This means new stories in the new year lineup starting soon.

Meanwhile, Fran is paying the price for monkeying around in a gorilla suit in the previous issue. She got stuck in it and is having a hard time finding help because everyone thinks she is a real gorilla. Worse, her actions unwittingly cause a real gorilla to escape – and it looks like Fran is about to meet him!

For once, Henrietta the fun-bag meets her match. A teacher tells Sue not to get flustered over anything and keep her head. When Sue urges Henrietta to test the teacher on this, she passes every time. Sue and Henrietta agree that the teacher has won over them.

In “Prisoner of the Bell” and “I’ll Make up for Mary”, the first 1979 stories that started in the last issue, things are developing. Susie is bewildered over her mysteriously-done homework while Lorraine is furious. Neither of them have any inkling that the same thing is about to happen again when Gran finds Susie has not done her botany homework. And it looks like the mysteriously-done homework is about to interfere with Susie’s beloved gymnastics. Ann does not know where to start in being just like Mary. In the end, she turns her appearance into a dead ringer of Mary. But we know the old adage of don’t pretend to be something you’re not.

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