Stories in this issue:
- The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
- 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)
- What’s Cooking? Muesli, Creme aus Rohen Apfeln (recipes)
- Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
- Gail’s Indian Necklace (artist Phil Gascoine)
- A Dream for Yvonne (artist Miguel Quesada)
- Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)
- Desert Island Daisy (artist Robert MacGillivray) last episode
- Jinty made it herself… so can you! (craft: papier-mâché elephant)
- Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
Back to the early issues of Jinty, when the Katie Jinks stories had a serious undertone as well as lots of slapstick. The story arc that had champion swimmer Karen refusing to swim, in best tear-jerking style, ends happily as she rescues a drowning Katie and snaps out of the depression she’s been in since her best friend drowned. Unlike earlier episodes, the art all looks like pure Capaldi to me, rather than being finished off by a stand-in artist.
There is no “Pony Parade” this week and it’s also the last episode of “Desert Island Daisy”, signalling a change in the make-up of the title to focus primarily on the more serious stories. In “The Haunting of Form 2B”, matters are clearly moving to a climax, and protagonist Judy is not sure if she’s failed totally with no way of stopping the tragedy! There are still a couple of episodes left before the final denouement, though.
In “A Dream for Yvonne”, circus girl Yvonne has lost her memory and is being made to skivvy for an unscrupulous exploiter, Ma Crompton. By day she has to cook, clean, and tidy up, and by night she has to dance in a skeevy nightclub in skimpy clothes. Cor blimey! Things are about to get worse though as Ma locks her inside while going shopping, only for a fire to break out in the badly-maintained hovel… if it’s not one thing it’s another, eh.