Jinty & Penny 10 May 1980


Stories in this issue

  • Pam of Pond Hill (writer Jay Over, artist Bob Harvey)
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Snoopa (artist Joe Collins)
  • Tearaway Trisha (artist Andrew Wilson)
  • Rinty ‘n Jinty
  • Seulah the Seal (artist Veronica Weir)
  • Lost in Time!  – final part (Game)
  • The Venetian Looking Glass (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Houghton)
  • Val Robinson – sports feature
  • Winning Ways 12 – Keeping Goal (writer Benita Brown)
  • Minnow (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Blind Faith (artist Phil Townsend)

It’s part three of a pull-out game, “Lost in Time!” Players have to make their way around the ages, including the future where the TV prints out the 5000th issue of Jinty & Penny. Sadly, Jinty never got to that issue number (and shouldn’t Jinty have dropped Penny years ago?).

The banjo is a real bone of contention in “Pam of Pond Hill”. It caused a feud between Goofy’s mother and grandfather that has not healed, despite the passage of years. Now it threatens to erupt again as Goofy discovers his own talent for the banjo – and then his lost grandfather.

“Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost” takes a hand in helping a plump teacher stick to her sponsored slim when she doesn’t stick to it herself. He says it’s all in a good cause – but we do notice that the gluttonous ghost seems to be taking opportunities to grab the teacher’s food for himself…

Trisha’s first show to raise money for Fran’s operation is a great success. Finally, something’s gone right for Trisha. Oh dear, perhaps we spoke too soon – Fran’s throwing it all in Trisha’s face because she thinks the operation won’t work. And next week’s blurb says it’s going to get worse, because Fran is running away!

Things look up for Seulah when he finds a friend in the form of a kindly tramp. But then things look down again when the seal is cornered by a bunch of sealers out to club him for his fur.

In “The Venetian Looking Glass”, Lucy saves the stables from burning down – but then realises the ghost of Lucy Craven made her set fire to them in the first place. It’s all part of the ghost’s revenge, and next week’s blurb says we are going to find out what her revenge is about.

Dad’s got a ticket for a pop concert, but Simon and Tansy have to decide who gets it. Yikes, this can only mean one thing with a brother like Simon – dirty tricks to get the ticket!

Minnow’s taken a bad fright after a strange panic attack in the pool. The teacher has to put extra coaching into restoring her confidence, which succeeds. And in “Blind Faith”, Clare is making headway in training her blind horse to show jump while keeping him hidden from the authorities. But her mind gets full of doubts as to whether she’s doing the right thing.

5 thoughts on “Jinty & Penny 10 May 1980

    1. Yes, you’ll find that gap in virtually all of IPC’s comics from that period: Jackpot, 2000ad, Buster – take your pick. I read Penny by chance at the British Library when I found that the 1980 issues had been put in a miscellaneous volume with the final issues of other comics from that year, including Misty. Again poor Penny was subjected to horrible gaps early in the year (as was Buster), thanks of course to our old friends the strikers. I could go on for hours and I probably will (to quote Paul Weller) about the animosity I feel, present tense, towards them. B******s!

      1. Must have been another strike. Oddly, the 21 June 1980 issue is dated 21/28 June, as was the Tammy. It was also the issue where Jinty changed to Mario Capaldi sports covers, so this is one of the last Jintys to use panel covers, which I liked the best out of Jinty’s covers.

      2. I must say I don’t feel the same animosity regarding this strike – nothing in Jinty was actually lost, and while I appreciate it will have been frustrating at the time, nothing has stuck in my mind that makes me still angry after all these years. The strike that robbed us of the last ep of Cora Can’t Lose, however – I can certainly understand anger at that!

        1. I may have given the wrong information: the Feb (approx.) strike affected less comics than the May/June one, which effectively knackered the lot of us. All have left a sour taste in my mouth. Ironically, the only time Tammy was really ever more than a blip on my radar was when the funereal ‘Important Announcement’ was published in surviving comics around Sept 1984, announcing Tammy’s closure. I’d never read it but have grumbled (internally, believe it or not) ever since.

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