Jinty and Penny 25 October 1980

JInty october 1980

  • Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey, writer Jay Over)
  • Girl the World Forgot (artist and writer Veronica Weir)
  • Tears of a Clown (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Houghton)
  • Behind the Screen – Dallas
  • Dawn of a New Era – Gypsy Rose Story (artist Ken Houghton)
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Sue’s Daily Dozen (artist José Casanovas)
  • Winning Ways 30 (writer Benita Brown)
  • Child of the Rain (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Bake a Sunshine Cake! (feature)

This is another of my favourite covers from Mario Capaldi. What does it for me is the use of the reds, oranges and yellows serving as complementary colours to the blues and greens.

Pam starts out on her trip to France, and things are not exactly going without a hitch. Diana’s jealous sister Alison nearly wrecks their departure by locking Miss Larks in a storeroom and throwing the key down the drain. While crossing the Channel, the class larrikins Fred and Terry heave over the side of the ferry because they made pigs of themselves (and we later learn they were never allowed to forget it!). And now a strange boy is shadowing their camping trip in France. And that’s just their first episode of their trip to France.

The girl the world forgot tries to escape, but killer whales drive her back to the island. Once back at the croft, she gets the impression someone is trying to drive her out – all her gear has been thrown out, the croft rearranged to how it originally was, but there is nobody else to be seen.

It’s the penultimate episode of “Tears of a Clown”. Kathy’s time on the run comes to an end, and she thinks she is going back to the misery and bullying that drove her to run off. She does not yet know how much attitudes have changed in her absence.

In “Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost”, Sir Roger feigns amnesia to sort out bossy-boots Gaye. Once Gaye finds out, it’s hijinks as she starts playing Sir Roger at his own game. And there are more hijinks in Jubilee Street when Tansy tries overhauling an old bike to raise the money to overhaul her own one – only to find the overhauls on the old bike eating up her profit.

Sue still isn’t convinced the Daily Dozen isn’t evil, and now it looks like the Daily Dozen is about to teach Sue a lesson for doubting it.

“Child of the Rain” now has a new problem – a jealous rival named Sharon. And Sharon is out to spoil things for her next week.

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