This is the earliest issue out of the batch of issues I recently bought from Peggy, filling in a big gap from the beginning of my run of Jinty.
Stories in this issue:
- The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi – and Mike White?)
- The Haunting of Form 2B (artist Rodrigo Comos)
- Gwen’s Stolen Glory
- Make-Believe Mandy (artist Ana Rodriguez)
- Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
- Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)
- Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
- Pony Parade 6 – A Pony With a Purpose! (text story)
- The Snobs and the Scruffs
- A Dream for Yvonne (artist Miguel Quesada)
- Gail’s Indian Necklace (artist Phil Gascoine)
- Desert Island Daisy (artist Robert MacGillivray)
- What’s Cooking? Spaghetti Bolognaise, Torrone di Cioccolato (recipes)
- Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
- Jinty made it herself… so can you! (craft: bird feeder)
It’s hard to be sure about the art on this issue of “Jinx”. The figures look very much as if they have been drawn by Mario Capaldi, but the faces less so; I think it must be a collaborative piece. Maybe, as happened with Capaldi at other points, he had over-committed himself work-wise in some way? It is also seemingly the start of an extended, relatively-serious story line for Katie Jinks – a swimming champion from another school is joining St Jonah’s but (of course) things are never so simple. In this four-page episode, new girl Karen is clearly faking an injury to get out of the swimming that she is well-known for – and Katie is unjustly getting the blame for the injury.
In “Merry at Misery House”, Merry is put in with the hardest of hard cases – the high-security section – but her capacity for keeping on going despite tough treatment wins even these girls over. Mind you, we never see these real tough nuts again – they are clearly a point being made by writer Terence Magee. The more striking point is probably the one that leads into the next episode, though – Merry’s real friends, Carla and the others – turn away from her when she is restored to them, precisely because it’s made clear to them by the warders that they will get worse and worse treatment the more they support Merry. Divide and rule… the influence of Terry Magee’s time in Francoist Spain is clear to see.
“A Dream for Yvonne” continues the story of the circus girl who longs to become a professional ballerina despite spiteful rivalries and family opposition. It is beautifully drawn but the faces are not very expressive, which does detract.
In “Gail’s Indian Necklace” the malevolent influence of the evil object is more and more like a pathology, a mental health issue – Gail’s obsessive behaviour and her changes in personality; her horror at what she has done once she comes out of it. The magical telepathy used in the story keeps it on a fantastical level, of course, but there are some quite striking moments where it could almost be done as a straight story about mental health.