Jinty 2 September 1978

Jinty cover 2 September 1978

  • Dance into Darkness (artist Christine Ellingham unknown Concrete Surfer artist)
  • Wild Rose – (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow (artist Phil Townsend)
  • No Cheers for Cherry – first episode (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Merry-Go-Round Mobile part 4 – last part (feature)
  • Clancy on Trial (artist Ron Lumsden)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • The Human Zoo – (artist Guy Peeters)
  • Rinty ‘n’ Jinty
  • 7 Steps to the Sisterhood – (artist Ron Smith)
  • Salad “Flowers” – feature

“No Cheers for Cherry” starts in this issue. Cherry Campbell wants to pursue a career in the theatre. Too bad she takes after her mother, who is too trusting and easy to deceive. This makes them both prey to Cherry’s unscrupulous Aunt Margot, who pays a visit to con her own sister out of priceless family heirlooms. Worse, Aunt Margot cons her out of Cherry too, with false promises of taking Cherry on for her own theatre, “Theatre Rose”. But it is clear that Aunt Margot really wants Cherry for something that is not going to bode well for the unsuspecting girl.

It’s the last part of the merry-go-round mobile. So what will be on the centre pages next week?

In “Dance into Darkness”, we see the consequences Rozelle is facing in foisting the curse of darkness onto Della. Rozelle is having a ball indulging herself in light for the first time in her life. She just can’t get enough of light in her own home. But Rozelle forgot her mother is still cursed, and the light she is pouring into the house has driven poor old Mum to living in the cellar. How is this aspect of the story going to be resolved, as well as the main one in freeing Della from the curse?

Jealous Betty plays a dirty trick on “Wild Rose” that makes a fool out of Rose in the snake girl act that Betty’s family have forced Rose into. But there are hints that Betty’s jealousy may backfire.

Jealousy takes a more dangerous turn “The Human Zoo”. Shona is now a pet to alien girl Tamsha. But Tamsha’s other pet is so jealous that it’s about to attack Shona!

Shelley must have some guardian angel – she passes the third test of the Sisterhood (ride a dangerous horse bareback) without breaking her neck or getting into serious trouble with the headmistress (except for a punishment essay that has to be written in Spanish, which takes days to write). But when the fourth test arrives, it’s the limit – it is asking Shelley to steal!

Although Grandfather wonders if he has demanded too much of Clancy, he still hasn’t learned his lesson. His hardness is causing problems for the family, such as not forgiving Clancy’s mother for leaving home. And now he’s beginning to think Clancy is a weakling after all and not fit to inherit his fortune.

September is a bit early for Christmas in Jinty. But finding a way to celebrate Christmas is precisely what Max and Dorrie are trying to do this week, while sleeping rough and trying to find food.


12 thoughts on “Jinty 2 September 1978

  1. Did readers really care for something like this merry-go-round mobile, or was it just an easy way to fill the pages? I think it looks not very attractive, and when you stick the cheap paper with glue to some cardboard, it won’t give a very nice result, will it?

    1. As a reader from that time, certainly I never did any of the things you were supposed to cut out or pull out of the comic! I always re-read my comics and the idea of cutting them up just didn’t ever occur to me as something I might ever actually do. And I agree that I can’t see how they would ever look all that nice, really. But of course in those days the cheap paper was the norm, and if the colour was bold and the design interesting, that might have been enough. Certainly it wouldn’t have been much worse than various other home-made or craft items of the time.

      An easy / cheap way of filling the comic? Maybe – it would probably have been put together by in-house staffers I guess – but it would still have had to pay its way in terms of bringing in new readers or at the very least not putting off existing readers. I think that if the editors are going to the extent of devoting the cover to it, they must have a bit more faith in it than just being a cheap way of filling pages.

      1. I also never cut my comics up. Only during the years 1979-1981, the Dutch Tina had someting called Mini Tina. You had to take the center pages out, fold these several times, cut the sides and there you had a 36-page mini comic. But later I replaced these comics with copies which were still intact. I disposed of the incomplete copies and the mini Tinas that I had taken from them, which I shouldn’t have done. There seems to be a demand for these mini Tinas, because most of the time they are missing from second hand copies, and collectors pay a nice sum for them. Well, no use crying over spilt milk, as they say.

        1. Buster had something similar at one point. The mini comics were reprints of older Buster stories, such as Galaxus and the first Leopardman story.

  2. That pesky favourite story coupon was a common way to make comics uncollectible. And there were those Bunty cutout wardrobes. I have seen a lot of comics ruined because of pull-outs and cutouts.

    1. Ah yes, those favourite story coupons are dreadful. Most of my incomplete British comics are incomplete because of that coupon.
      Saying that: today I bought 9 Jinty comics, and when they arrive and are complete, I need only two more Jintys and my collection will be complete!

  3. No Cheers for Cherry begins here. I find it heartbreaking that right up to the end, Cherry never realises that her relatives are cheating and exploiting her. At least they lose their free help in the end, not to mention their gold mine. They must have heard about Cherry’s rise to fame once she returned home. As for themselves, let’s just hope they went back to being a struggling theatre business or got caught cheating elsewhere.

    1. I can’t remember the story very well. I’ve read the Dutch version many years ago. It seemed a bit long: 53 pages. But perhaps it works better as a serial than as a complete story printed in an annual, like was done over here.

      1. It was a long one. It’s not one of my personal favourites and it was disappointing that Cherry never wised up to how she was being exploited. Readers must have been waiting for Cherry to, say, overhear something that would tip her off. Or maybe the Theatre Rose would go down to the bottom, putting those schemers out of business. But nothing like that ever happened to resolve the story. Cherry did escape in the end (without realising it), but only through the news of her mother’s illness and Uncle Bernard having a bit more conscience than the others.

        “The Kat and Mouse Game” was another story where the dupe is too naive and gullible to realise she is being taken advantage of. But at least she found out in the last episode.

        1. That was the reason I didn’t like ‘The Kat and Mouse game’: Mouse is too naive, like you say. After a while it gets annoying. I guess the writer wanted the readers to think: Oh, you poor girl. But instead you begin to dislike her.

          1. I didn’t like that serial much for the same reason. If you make the dupe too gullible and naive she loses credibility and sympathy with the reader and becomes irritating.

        2. It’s not one of my personal favourites either but to be honest I don’t really mind about Cherry never wising up. The difference between Cherry and the Mouse in Kat & Mouse is that Cherry may be naive as far as people using her, but she’s pretty sharp in other ways. She’s too nice for her own good, sure, but not totally wet like Mouse.

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