Jinty 7 June 1975

Jinty 7 June 1975

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Blind Ballerina (artist Ana Rodriguez) – first episode
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Jinty Makes a Jaunty Bolero (feature)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Potted Peril! (poem)
  • The Valley of Shining Mist (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Daddy’s Darling (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
  • The Green People (artist Phil Gascoine) – first episode
  • Cinderella Smith (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Face the Music, Flo! (artist Jim Baikie)

For once Katie is ousted off the cover in favour of a gorgeous splash cover that introduces us to a new story, “The Green People”. This story is Jinty’s first science fiction story, and no doubt sets the stage for things to come, including “Fran of the Floods”, “Almost Human” and other science fiction classics from Jinty.

The other story that starts this issue is in a more traditional vein – the tradition of blind ballerinas who are determined to become ballet stars. But they have to overcome the obstacles of their disability and prejudice as well as the typical jealous rivals and bad luck.

Cinderella Smith is the most extreme Cinderella story I have seen in that the ill-used heroine is forced to work in chains! Not even Cinderella herself suffered that humiliation. Fortunately our heroine has figured out how to pick the locks on them and is working on other escape routes so she can slip off to a party.

In “The Valley of Shining Mist”, it is more the fairy-godmother for our ill-treated heroine, when she finds herself in the magical Valley of Shining Mist for the very first time and meets Mrs Maynard. But things are not going to be a fairy-tale ending so easily, especially when Debbie’s bad habits from her ill-treatment lead her to steal a hairbrush from Mrs Maynard.

The Warden farms out Merry & Co as slave labour to a farmer. And somehow we get the feeling that it is a hint of more underhand things going on at Misery House. Meanwhile, the girls find a sympathiser who helps alleviate their plight. But then he gets found out and the farmer is now planning something nasty.

Slaving is something Flo is also forced to when she takes a job at Greg’s club and also has to sleep in a condemned house. And when her brother finds out he is not pleased because he is such a bighead now.

“Daddy’s Darling”, Jinty’s first World War 2 story, features Lee Simons, a heroine who suffers a very different sort of unhappy home life. It takes the form of a father who is so overprotective that he withdraws her from school to teach her at home. And the teacher is a dragon! Sounds just like “The Four-Footed Friends”, which appeared some years later. But instead of dogs upstaging the overprotective parent, it’s friends from school who come to share Lee’s lessons when their school is bombed.

How would you like a day off school? Just call in Katie Jinx to jinx the entire school staff packing. And this is what she does in her story this week. Pity they couldn’t put Katie in Lee’s class.

It’s fancy-dress parade time in Dora Dogsbody, with Mrs Siddons determined that she will not be upstaged as Nell Gwynn. And to this end she dresses Dora in a clown suit. But guess who ends up with the booby prize?

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6 thoughts on “Jinty 7 June 1975

  1. I prefer covers like this one, where they focus on one or more stories that can be found inside, instead of a comic, like they did with ‘The jinx from St Jonah’s’, ‘Girl in a bubble’ and a few more.

    1. Yes, the Jinty covers that featured panels from the stories inside were my favourites. They started in earnest in 1976, with a rather boxy feel to them, but grew more stylish, dynamic and colourful.

      1. I think my favourite covers start from 22 October 1977 onwards, after they got rid of this blue “cloud” around the name Jinty. And I like the look of the final seven issues a lot.

  2. Tammy had cover girl covers until 1980. Then she started the story on the cover format a la The Jinx from St Jonah’s. Usually it was Bella, but Sandy and Jump, Jump Julia were also used. On 17 June 1982 she started the story panel covers, or sometimes a pretty picture cover. This format lasted until her last published issue on 23 June 1984. There should have been more, but she got dropped after a strike.

  3. Thanks for posting this! Such good memories. Do you have a link to The Potted Peril? I still remember the first stanza after all these years.

    1. I’m impressed you can still remember the first stanza. But no, no link. I think a scan is what is in order.

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