June & Pixie 22 December 1973


June cover

(Cover artist: Jim Baikie)

  • The Twin She Couldn’t Trust! (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • My Family, My Foes! (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • The Shepherd Boy (text story)
  • Lucky’s Living Doll (artist Robert MacGillivray)
  • Dark Destiny (artist A.E. Allen)
  • The Sea Urchins (artist Audrey Fawley, writer Linda Blake) – text story
  • Poochy – cartoon
  • Sylvie on a String (artist Tony Higham)
  • Tell Us about It! (letters page)
  • Swim to Safety! (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Tilly’s Magic Tranny (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Are You a Sparkler? (quiz)
  • A Christmas Miracle (artist Jim Baikie) – complete story
  • School for Sports (artist Dudley Wynne)
  • Bessie Bunter
  • He’s Grown Up! (Neil Reid)


Christmas is coming, so we continue our tour of older titles with the June Christmas issue from 1973. This was the last Christmas issue June ever published. On 22 June 1974 she merged into Tammy. Several of the June artists would also join the Jinty team as regulars when it started in May 1974: Jim Baikie, Phil Gascoine and Phil Townsend. Carlos Freixas, Audrey Fawley and Robert MacGillivray, who were also regulars on the June team, would also feature on the Jinty team, but not as regulars. These artists were Jinty’s biggest legacy from June. Jinty would also inherit a number of reprints from June as well, such as Strange Stories repackaged as Gypsy Rose stories and Barracuda Bay.

June, who would go through a merger in six months’ time, is still going through her current merger with Pixie. Mini Ha-Ha, a cartoon about a Red Indian girl, is one that really carried over from Pixie, but would not join the Tammy & June merger. Bessie Bunter, who came from the School Friend merger, would continue in the merger with Tammy. So would The Strangest Stories Ever Told, though currently it is not running in June.

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Although the Storyteller is not running, the Christmas issue does have a spooky Christmas story by Jim Baikie. It is reproduced here for the benefit of Jim Baikie fans. Also reproduced here is the Bessie Bunter Christmas story, about a giant Christmas pudding. So giant you could fit people into it. And what’s this with goblins? It’s Christmas, not Halloween.

Also celebrating Christmas are Lucky’s Living Doll, two text stories and a quiz: Are You a Sparkler? The artist illustrating the quiz is the same artist who illustrated a number of Jinty’s quizzes.

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Rather than give the usual potted summaries of the picture stories in the issue, I have chosen to feature panels from them. This is to give an indication what our Jinty artists got up to in June before they joined the Jinty team five months later, a month before June folded.

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11 thoughts on “June & Pixie 22 December 1973

  1. Thank you for this! The last lot of story images include material done by artists who didn’t move on to Jinty, as well as ones who did. Dark Destiny looks like it was perhaps drawn by A E Allen?

    1. Yes, I think it is AE Allen. Some of the artists went over to Sandie, including Allen.

  2. Hi, this is probably a very silly question. But is there a way to contact you directly? I edit a non-profit 2000AD fanzine and we’ve just published our first story that is designed to be ‘Misty-like’. Written by Julia Round, we really enjoyed doing it. We’d like to know what you think of it and see if your readers might be interested in writing or drawing a story of their own. I can be contacted on Sector13@boxofrainmag.co.uk or through the http://www.Boxofrainmag.co.uk website.

    1. Hi! Thanks for thinking of us. I already see you on Facebook via the various groups; you can probably inbox me via there or if not, then jenni dot scott at gmail will get to me. Mistyfan, might this be something you are interested in, in particular?

      1. Did the pdf come through? Would have come from Peter Duncan or Sector 13. love to hear what you made of Julia’s story. Thanks for pointing us at Mistyfan, she has submitted some stories already.

        1. Hi, no, I haven’t spotted anything incoming as an email to my gmail address. Having said that, is it the same story as is in Julia’s “Gothic for Girls” book? If so I already have a copy of that. If not, then do try resending and I will be sure to check my email!

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