Jinty & Penny 3 May 1980

Jinty cover 10

  • Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey, writer Jay Over)
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Tearaway Trisha (artist Andrew Wilson)
  • Face Up to Spring! (feature)
  • Snoopa (artist Joe Collins)
  • Seulah the Seal (artist Veronica Weir)
  • Colour Game Part 2 (feature)
  • The Venetian Looking Glass (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Houghton)
  • Minnow – first episode (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Sue Cogswell (feature)
  • Blind Faith (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Alley Cat

I have just acquired this issue, a welcome addition that fills a gap in my collection. So it seems appropriate to do an entry on it as well.

This issue begins “Minnow”, another serial about a difficult mother who is dead set against her daughter pursuing an activity and refuses to say why, so the daughter ends up pursuing it in secret, as usual. And while doing so, all sorts of clues as to the reasons for the mother’s attitude surface for our heroine and the readers to piece together. In this case it’s swimming, which Minna desperately wants to try at school, but her mother won’t let her because she says it’s wrong for her. Now why would that be? Our first clue seems to come at the end of the episode; Minna goes into a strange panic when the wave-making machine is turned on.

As the cover suggests, Tansy takes a big fall. It’s all because a trip to a safari park has gone wrong; Tansy takes a terrified refuge in a tree, but the bough breaks on her! And Sir Roger the gloomy ghost gets hiccups and he needs a big scare to cure them.

“The Venetian Looking Glass” returns to the theme of a malevolent spirit haunting a mirror and forcing a girl to do terrible acts, a theme that Jinty first used in “Slave of the Mirror”. In this episode the evil spirit, Lucy Craven, gives flashbacks as to why she is out for revenge on her Craven descendants. And we can see that Lucy pretty much brought the trouble on herself with her very bad-tempered disposition that nearly caused her cousin Rosalind to have a bad accident. This turned her fiancé Roger off her – can we blame him? Well, Lucy does, and this set her on the path of vengeance that she is taking out on hapless innocents centuries later. Her slave keeps telling her over and over that it was a long time ago and nothing to do with the present Craven family, but it just doesn’t get through.

“Blind Faith” is a story about a blind horse being taught to show-jump. There has been comment that it is a ludicrous concept although there was such a horse in real life. The horse Cromwell has been blinded and Dad blames Clare. He doesn’t heed Mum’s protests that he is being too harsh. By the time he repents his words, they have Clare blaming herself and running away from home with Cromwell when Dad tries to have him put down.

“Tearaway Trisha” is another girl who blames herself for an accident and trying to make amends with sponsored bike stunts, but always seems to get in trouble. This time it’s no fault of her own – it’s some nasty boys who play tricks on her and as a result she ends up in big trouble with the newspaper editor who is sponsoring her.

You have heard of guard dogs, but Seulah becomes a guard seal in this episode. His bellowing scares off some yobs who are out to smash up a boat. Unfortunately for them they pick the boat Seulah is taking refuge in.

And in “Pam of Pond Hill” the story of how Pam got together with Goofy is underway. Gossip has it that they are boyfriend and girlfriend, just because Pam is trying to help Goofy. Pam is not pleased, but there are hints that things could change as she begins to know Goofy better.

10 thoughts on “Jinty & Penny 3 May 1980

  1. How nice to fill a gap in your collection! Hope you enjoyed the read. “Tearaway Trisha” is not one of the key Jinty stories but it’s one I have a bit of a soft spot for.

  2. It’s great to be able to fill in a gap. My Jinty collection consist only out of gaps! Huge ones! 🙂 I’m looking on Ebay and recently bought several Tammys at 30th Century Comics (whose shipping cost to the Netherlands are rather high), but other than that I wouldn’t know where to look for them. Several years ago a complete collection was offered, but I only found the add after the offer had expired. 😦
    ‘The Venetian looking glass’ is one of my favourites. When I was younger, I always had to look at the episode in which Lucy opens the coffin! Not something you would often see in girls comics. Not even in Misty.

    1. Always annoying when you miss out on the chance to fill a gap. That happened to me recently – outbid at the last moment and the auction had closed by the time I found out.

    2. Do you have a second hands goods selling site in your own country? In my country we have Trade Me. That is where I do the bulk of hunting for my collection.

      1. We have a site, Marktplaats, but so far I’ve never found any comics from the UK on that site. On Trademe in New Zealand I bought my complete collection of Misty, but only after I was able to trace the seller to YouTube and contact him through that site, because you can only buy on TradeMe or contact sellers if you register with an adress in that country. I’ve seen other British comics on TradeMe, but found no way to contact those sellers.

        1. Well, I have some duplicates from my own collecting. I was debating how to sell them off. Interested?

  3. O yes, very interested. That is, if all the pages are complete. I recently bought a small batch that used to belong to someone who liked to let the editors know which stories she liked, so from many the form was cut. So, useless for a collection. At least for me.
    If you could let me know which ones you have, and the price, that would be great. Thanks.
    Perhaps it’s easier to do it by email? My adress is marc.bijlsma [at] kpnmail.nl.

    1. Okay, I’ll have a sort through the duplicates when I have the chance. I may be a bit tied up over the weekend.

  4. I had to think about you after I received a package with 54 Jintys, 30 Tammys and 34 Pennys today, because this Jinty was in in, too. With this nice collection I finally manged to get my first year of Tammy complete (1980) and almost my first year of Jinty (also 1980, still missing 5 issues).
    It’s really weird they merged Jinty with Penny (or the other way around). Jinty had a lot of supernatural or mysterious stories, while Penny was really aimed at very young girls. Some of the Penny readers must have been shocked (or delighted) when they bought the first Jinty and Penny! 🙂 I don’t think I’m going to be very interested in reading Penny. One story I recognise from Tina from 1984. Some of the stories even seem to be reprints from another magazine from the 60’s. There is a huge gap also: #37 is from January 5, 1980 and #39 is from February 23, 1980. Again a strike? Jinty and Tammy didn’t suffer from one at that time…
    I’m glad we didn’t have these mergers over here. As far as I know, it happened only once, during the 70’s, when two of the boys’ comics were merged. But they merged into a completely new comic, and all the serials finished in the final issue of both. Some regulars of both returned, but with new stories. All of the other comics just came and dissapeared, but never merged. The shortest lived girls’ comic in the Netherlands must have been Debbie. It lasted only six weeks in late 1976, and then vanished with all of the serials unfinished. Fortunately it returned one year later as the monthly Debbie Stripstory, and all of the unfinished serials from 1976 were then published as complete stories.
    Ah, tomorrow about 50 more Tammys arrive. What a life! But after that it’s back to normal again.

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