Jinty & Penny 10 January 1981

JInty Cover 5

(Cover artist: Mario Capaldi)

  • Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey, writer Jay Over)
  • The Ghost Dancer (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Correct Error – Gypsy Rose story (artist Manuel Benet)
  • Behind the Scene: Star Trek
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Houghton)
  • Land of No Tears (artist Guy Peeters, writer Pat Mills)
  • Alley Cat
  • No Medals for Marie (artist Phil Gascoine, writer Alison Christie)
  • Winning Ways 40: Netball – shooting
  • Life’s a Ball for Nadine (artist Mario Capaldi)

The three stories that started in the New Year issue are now on their second episodes. Marie Smart has agreed to her godmother’s blackmail not to win any medals so that her sick brother can live at the godmother’s hall and away from the air pollution that could kill him. But she is finding that deliberately losing after winning all her life is harder than she thought when she does no swotting in order to fail her exams, but comes out on top in spite of it! In “Land of No Tears“, Cassie has just arrived in it and what she sees already has her gearing up to be a rebel – but also facing the price she has to pay for it when Hive Mother directs Perfecta to punish her. And now that Cassie has seen that they are capable of locking four-year-olds in cupboards to teach them self-control (and Perfecta lauds it as to why she is so perfect), she is really alarmed as to what her punishment could be. Ferne is adamantly sticking to her resolve to continue her pretence at being paralysed to punish her father, but the temptation to dance is all around her when she is sent to the ballet school. Keeping up the pretence is clearly going to be harder than she thought.

Nadine is upstaged by gimmicky disco dancers who depend more on costumes and appearance than skill to clear the floor. But in the end the gimmicky dancers are upstaged and the floor goes back to Nadine, with the help of netball!

Pam’s first full story for 1981 begins. It looks like the new year is not going well for her when her cousin Veronica comes to stay. Pam realises Veronica is a fraud who gets attention and admiration with boasting and pretence, but Veronica is very clever at turning Pam’s friends against her. So how is Pam going to catch Veronica out?

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