Jinty 4 November 1978

Cover 4 November 1978

Stories in this issue:

  • The Girl Who Never Was (artist Terry Aspin)
  • Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Somewhere over the Rainbow (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie)
  • No Cheers for Cherry (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Gypsy Rose: Wicked Lady Melissa (artist Shirley Bellwood)
  • She Shall Have Music (artist Ron Smith)
  • Alley Cat (artist Rob Lee)
  • Fran’ll Fix It! (artist Jim Baikie)
  • The Human Zoo (artist Guy Peeters)

Tina starts learning how to do some magic in this parallel world – she learns how to float an object with her mind. She tries it out on the hockey pitch but the results aren’t entirely positive – she loses control of the ball and it heads straight towards the headmistress, at speed!

Dorrie and Max are helped out by a passing war veteran who turns out to have been in the same regiment as their dad. He is very kind and feeds them at his own expense, but he can tell they are runaways – will he let the authorities know they are there?

Cherry lands in the water, trying to rescue her first press clipping that she was aiming to send home to her mother. Her aunt and family are less than kind, leaving her in wet clothing and making her work in all weathers. No wonder she comes down ill after that.

The Gypsy Rose story this week is clearly a reprint from an earlier title – Gypsy Rose is drawn in by another artist, in the chair where the Storyteller presumably sat. The in house artist who did this sort of work was called a bodger; this example is pretty well done, though Gypsy Rose’s face on the final panel is not quite as nicely done as it might be. In this story, wicked Lady Melissa possesses young Anthea once she starts using an old whip in order to play the ‘Georgian belle’ for a pageant.

The Carstairs family move into a small terraced house and start to get used to their changed circumstances. Lisa starts at a new school, but refuses to change her selfish ways: she won’t help her mother clean the house, she squeals like a baby when she gets a splinter in her finger at school, and she leaves school in a temper when she is prevented from playing on the school piano.

Last week, Fran served dandelion tea to all the staff at her school – or so she thought! Actually it had fermented and she was serving them all dandelion wine instead… ooops. The school governor, Colonel Wellington, was due to arrive any minute. How can Fran avoid him seeing everyone squiffy? The front cover of the comic gives a clue…

Shona encourages all the humans in hiding – her sister sends her a telepathic message showing her the way to a beautiful fertile valley where all can live in peace and safety.

6 thoughts on “Jinty 4 November 1978

    1. It was mentioned in one of the comments about the Misty reprint – I think John Freeman’s comment – and I thought it was worth pulling out into the body of a post.

  1. Wicked Lady Melissa must be reprinted from June as it is unlikely to have appeared in Tammy at this stage. The Gypsy Roses 1980-1 were a mix of reprints from June and Tammy (I found a lot of the originals) or Jinty, and a few were new Gypsy Rose stories.

  2. This issue shows just how ridiculously naff Lisa is. She just gets a little splinter in her finger and starts shrieking to the teacher to get her to the hospital before it turns septic, and she’ll need the works. When the teacher puts her foot down at such silly behaviour Lisa is rude to her and gets thrown out of class. A prefect calls Lisa an “idiot” later, and it feels appropriate. All on Lisa’s first day, which she never finishes – she runs straight home.

  3. That episode of Cherry was really hateful for me. Poor Cherry could have come down with hypothermia, a bad cold or even pneumonia, yet her relatives still lumbered her with all the work and wouldn’t even allow her medical attention or dry clothes. Worse, they have the nerve to saddle her with the job of slogging in the restaurant kitchen so they can get free moorings.

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