- Go On, Hate Me! – final episode (artist Keith Robson, writer Len Wenn)
- Gertie Grit, the Hateful Brit! – final episode (artist Paul White)
- Sceptre of the Toltecs (artist Emilia Prieto)
- Hutch…the pop star who copped out! (feature)
- Made-Up Mandy (artist Audrey Fawley)
- Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- The Big Cat (artist Ana Rodriguez)
- The Mystery of Martine (artist Trini Tinturé)
- Alley Cat
- Is This Your Story? (artist Richard Neillands)
- Mark of the Witch! (artist Phil Townsend)
One of the most colourful and striking Jinty covers in my opinion, and it’s another of my favourites. On the cover, Henrietta is making it plain to Sue that she does not like Sue putting an umbrella into her while Emma stops a runaway horse but gets no thanks. As far as the villagers are concerned, she is a “bad ‘un” and that’s that. Only Alice is friendly and in this issue she offers her hand of friendship again. Will Emma take it next week?
Two stories end in this issue. Hetty reaches breaking point and snaps from all the hatred she is receiving. But Jo sees the consequences of the hatred against Hetty that she fermented and learns the value of forgiveness – not to mention getting her facts straight. Druid Caractacus finally catches up with Gertie, but she is pleased to see him because she is in a spot of bother. Next week we will see the start of one of Jinty’s most enduring and popular features – “Gypsy Rose’s Tales of Mystery and Magic“. Also starting next issue is “Freda, False Friend”, Phil Gascoine’s first Jinty story for 1977.
The origin of the Sceptre of the Toltecs is revealed, so the story is heading for its climax now. Made-Up Mandy has played “ghost” to help a friend, but narrowly missed being caught. And now she’s set on going on safari, although her nasty employer Miss Agate won’t allow it. So we have a pretty good suspicion that Mandy will be headed back to the make-up kit for another disguise next week. Whatever has possessed Martine is still causing trouble and it’s all Tessa can do to concentrate on ballet so she can get into the City Ballet Company.