Jinty 5 July 1975

Jinty 5 July 1975

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Blind Ballerina (artist Ana Rodriguez)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • The Valley of Shining Mist (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • The Green People (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Beyond the Call of Duty! (spooky text story)
  • A Basinful of Super Prizes…worth over £400! (competition)
  • Cinderella Smith (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Daddy’s Darling (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
  • Face the Music, Flo! (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)

The competition featured on the cover reduces Katie the Jinx (who normally starts on the cover) to a two-pager. This time Katie jinxes herself – with sunburn on her tummy. Meanwhile, in Dora Dogsbody it’s tennis trouble this week when Mrs Siddons goes all out to impress the Chairwoman of the local tennis club.

Barbie impresses the judges with her dancing, but her blindness and refusing to tell anyone about it causes a misunderstanding that gets on the wrong side of them. And they give her a humiliating punishment that jealous Sylvia is taking advantage of.

Mrs Maynard of the Valley of Shining Mist offers to give Debbie violin lessons – but Debbie must pass a series of tests to receive them. Yes, this story is well and truly in the spirit of fairy tales now.

Cinderella Smith pulls the same dirty trick her cousins pulled on her – tricking them into signing a contract – in order to get her modelling career started. But that’s the easy part. The problem will be keeping up her modelling against the ill-treatment from her cousins.

New girl Hilda Bolton arrives at arrives at Misery House. Like Merry, she’s been wrongly convicted. Worse, she’s clearly ill and not strong enough to take the misery – which the staff and Adolfa make extra-worse for her. Eventually she collapses and Merry fears she is dying.

Jinty has started a run of spooky text stories – something we will see on a regular basis in Misty. You have to wonder what the motivation could be here for such a series and how long it lasted. Jinty had a brief stint on text stories in her early issues, but did not run text stories in earnest until 1981, with spot panels from the stories being enlarged for the covers.

Things keep going wrong for Flo, and she gets into more and more trouble with her brother. Things are not going so well for the Green People either when authorities discover a ladder they left behind is made from an unknown metal. Now the military are involved! And in Daddy’s Darling, Daddy gets worse than ever when he discovers who his new maid really is. But the blurb for next week suggests that the hard-heartedness he showed in this episode is going to rebound on him. And we also learn it’s the time Japan bombed Pearl Harbour.

Ads tell us it’s now the third issue of Lindy, which would merge with Jinty after 20 issues. They also inform us that the Lindy Summer Special is on sale from 3 July. Only three issues in and Lindy is already producing her first summer special? Perhaps  it was so the special would time with the summer holidays.

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8 thoughts on “Jinty 5 July 1975

  1. I have not yet read any of the spooky text stories from Jinty. The ones from Misty I found most of the time rather disappointing, working their to a climax, that most of the time turned out to be a rather weak ending.

    1. The text stories were never my favourites in any case, because they interrupted the flow of the rest of the comic. I find I read text at a different pace from comics stories. Having said that, there was a run of reader-submitted stories later on, as part of a competition – and some of those were rather good actually. They were also nicely illustrated by Jinty artists such as Terry Aspin.

  2. I don’t know if my English would be good enough for that. 🙂 The issue of the 26th of July is one of over 200 comics that I hope to receive next Saturday. I bought them from someone who’s got a huge collection of many of the IPC girls’ titles for sale. If you like, I could let you know his e-mail address, so you could send him your want list. His prices are very reasonable, I think. For Jinty, Tammy, Penny and Sandie I paid 1.50 a piece, and for June and Sally 2.50.

    1. I still don’t really have a very well-constructed wants list, and more importantly I am short of money for buying Jintys right now! Even at reasonable prices. I would be quite happy to work with you on editing the text of anything you wrote, if that helped – for now or for another time. (And in fact your English is very good overall so it would be no hardship!)

      1. Thanks. At the moment I’m rather busy, but it would be very nice to write an entry in the (near) future.

        1. No hurry, but as I say, I am more than happy to help with editing/language. At any time if you send me an email with your text and images, I will make editing suggestions and send back to you for checking, and then upload when both of us are happy.

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