Jinty 2 November 1974

Jinty 2 November 1974

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mike White)
  • Jackie’s Two Lives (artist Ana Rodriguez)
  • The Hostess with the Mostest (artist Stanley Houghton)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Left-Out Linda (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Wild Horse Summer
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Always Together… (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Bird-Girl Brenda (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Wenna the Witch (artist Carlos Freixas) – last episode
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)

In “Merry at Misery House”, Merry is going out of her way to help new reformatory inmate Violet Smith, who in turn has gone out of her way to be unpleasant to all the other inmates… Merry is trying hard to prove that solidarity is the best way of dealing with the reformatory life, but will she be proved wrong by hard-nut Violet?

“Left-Out Linda” wasn’t a story I remembered from my original reading of Jinty as a kid, but the final few episodes of it work really well, in that unusually the resolution (the saving of spoiled, thoughtless Linda) is developed over a few weeks rather than given in just a few panels. Unlike in most stories of this ilk, Linda has a grown-up who is sufficiently practical and sensible that she can help her work through the problems caused by her own foolishness. Good for Mrs Grant, the mother of Linda’s exasperated step-father! As I mentioned previously, this story does end up exonerating the step-father more than I would like to see, but it is just so refreshing to see someone who is actually helping the protagonist fix her solution. It didn’t happen very often, did it? I have scanned the pages from this episode for you to enjoy, too; below. It is the last episode of “Wenna the Witch”, which stuck in my mind more than most of the other stories from this time, despite a fairly silly story-line in many ways. I think I must have remembered the lovely Carlos Freixas artwork…

Left Out Linda pg 1
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Left Out Linda pg 2
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Left Out Linda pg 3
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10 thoughts on “Jinty 2 November 1974

  1. I remember ‘Left-out Linda’ from Tina over here. In Tina it was just called ‘Linda’. I like the help she gets from “gran”. There are a few more stories where an elderly person comes to the rescue. I always like that.
    ‘Wenna the witch’ was a favourite of mine. You’re right: the story is rather silly at times. So yes, perhaps it’s because of the artwork of Carlos Freixas, which works so well with stories about tormented girls.

    1. It’s not even that Wenna is a particular favourite of mine (I know that Mistyfan likes that trope of the village turning against a witch, but it’s not one of my things in particular). It’s just more memorable than most of the other stories in that run, for whatever reason – probably the art, yes.

      1. I don’t have enough episodes for a Wenna entry though.

        By the way, Freixas drew another story about a girl who was persecuted by superstitious villagers who still believe in witches. This was “Bad-Luck Barbara” in Mandy. I have the whole story.

        1. I have just received issues 6 – 13 from Catawiki – many thanks to Peggy who had them for sale – so I now have most of the Wenna story I think. I could scan them and send them to you if you like?

    2. ‘Bad-luck Barbara’ was published over here in Debbie Parade Album 45 as ‘Het Petty-kind’ (The Petty child). I’ve read it once, over fifteen years ago, and don’t remember it very well. One day I might give it a second read.

      1. Thanks, that’s very kind. But as far as DC Thomson stories are concerned, a Dutch translation is good enough for me.

  2. Bunty ran a similar story, “Witch!”, though not drawn by Freixas. Edmond Ripoll was the artist. Unlike Wenna or “Mark of the Witch!”, where the girl makes peace with her persecutors after she proves herself with an act of heroism, the persecution in “Witch!” forces the girl and her parents out of the village. As she goes, the villagers continue to hurl abuse at her. I do find this a more realistic ending as in reality, the label sticks, even centuries after the event.

    1. That is indeed more realistic. How could someone who has been treated like Wenna or Emma, ever go on living happily ever after among the people who made their lives a living hell, as if nothing had happenend?
      I don’t think we had ‘Witch!’ from 1991 over here, but I should check it to be sure. As mentioned in another thread, after Tammy and Jinty had gone, Tina first published older stories that were at the time considered too long or not good enough. After that, they did publish some DC Thomson material, but not a lot. Instead they chose to publish most of the time stories that were made especially for them.
      Debbie and Peggy, two comics that *did* use a lot of stories from the DC Thomson comics, didn’t publish any stories from after 1986. Instead they re-printed the same stories over and over again.

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