About

Inspired by the Girls Comics of Yesterday site and by the Tammy Project, the purpose of this blog is to be a index for a specific UK girls comic, namely the IPC/Fleetway publication Jinty.

It is an ongoing work aiming to provide a general guideline to the contents of these comics. Eventually you should be able to see listings of the contents of a specific issue, look up a particular story, or get lists of the stories a specific creator worked on.

As with other similar sites, this is a non-profit fan site, and I own none of the images. Jinty, Tammy, Misty are ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Scans on this site have been done by fans from the printed comics for illustrative purposes only and are not intended for wider distribution; they are very definitely not intended to be to a professional standard! Apologies for any murkiness, wonkiness, or show-through from the other side of the page.

Contributors currently are Jenni Scott (comixminx) and Mistyfan.

The site was conceived and started by me, Jenni Scott, with the intention of having a weekly update schedule (to motivate me to keep working on it steadily). With substantial help from co-contributor Mistyfan you are currently seeing a more frequent update schedule, long may it last!

Mistyfan has been a huge fan of girls’ comics since childhood. She has a particular soft spot for Tammy as this was the first comic she came across, but her interest rapidly expanded to other titles!

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10 thoughts on “About

  1. Very well done. I was a prolific Jinty reader and oh how I now wish I hadn’t thrown away the huge pile of back issues I had amassed by the early eighties. I have all the annuals 75 to 82 (except 78 which is AWOL). I would love to read a bunch of the comics again. ‘Fran of the floods’! That was the story I keep trying to tell my (now grown up) daughters about. They have both loved reading the annuals too and you’re right when you mention the slight sci-fi feel to some of the stories. I especially loved the long-running serials and could never wait for Saturday morning and the sound of the paper boy delivering my weekly read.

    1. Thank you Kathy! I *did* throw away my JIntys (or rather my mum asked me if she could give them away and I foolishly said yes). Luckily I decided I wanted to get copies again at a time before they became quite so expensive and collectible, and was able to get a whole run for a good price.

      I think it’s more than a slight sci-fi feel – clearly science fiction as a theme was a big thing in a lot of girls comics, particularly in Jinty of course but far from exclusively. Admittedly it doesn’t go as far as 2000AD in being pretty much all sf but still.

  2. In response to the item about 23 year old men laughing while writing these stories, my late husband Malcolm Shaw took writing for girls’ comics extremely seriously. He edited and wrote for many girls’ comics and eventually became a freelance writer. This included Jinty and Misty (including his often mentioned story Four Faces of Eve) and many other comics even 2000AD. He loved the girls’ genre best of all. He wanted to write good quality stories for all the people who read these publications. He often spoke of all the letters they received from the thousands of girls who read these comics and who loved them too. He worked extremely hard and I never ever heard him laughing about his work, it was hard graft but work he loved. He died the day before his 38 birthday in 1984.

    1. Many thanks for your comment, Brenda – it is lovely to hear from those connected more directly to the creative side of things. I also feel that the story about 23 year old men laughing actually refers to a much smaller and less general group of the writers concerned than it has sounded like when being recounted in the past.

      If you were able to give any more information on what you remember about your husband’s work in Jinty and other titles, we would be very grateful – though appreciating of course that it was a long time ago now. In particular we are always after more data on who wrote what story. For instance, I have assumed that Malcolm probably wrote “Guardian of White Horse Hill”, about an orphan who is transported back into ancient Celtic times and who is helped by the Celtic horse goddess Epona, but I would love to get confirmation on that.

      And finally I should also say that we are appreciative of having lost a lot in Malcolm’s death – he was clearly a fantastic writer who died far too young.

      1. Yes far too young. I know he wrote many stories for a huge number of comics but as they did not acknowledge writers it is hard to know which were his unless someone remembers. I don’t think I still have many references to what he did write. Pat Mills has proved to be a good resource. It was prior to computers but this info. must be stored somewhere hopefully and someone out there knows where it is.

        1. Pat Mills is someone I have asked before now; I think we probably have had the input from him of what he remembers. I have been in contact with the publishers directly and unfortunately such things as editorial files do not exist any more, so once again we are back to people’s individual memories. If you ever do find any references that help us, we would be very grateful – while ackowledging that this may be too much of an ask!

  3. Thank you so much for this website. Jinty was a huge part of my formative years and i can remember the upset of missing the odd weeks edition due to printing strikes. I think like many readers, my mother looked down on comics and eventually persuaded me to throw away my back copies, but i can still remember many of the serials today. I also have realised that 95% of the content on my ipod is spoken word dramas / fiction, so that love of a good story has stayed with me. I remember the fabulous artwork and feel sad how little they were seemingly respected back then. Finally, i remember the feeling of dread when they announced Jinty would be merging another comic with Jinty in the ‘&’ role. I knew this meant it would disappear after a few months. Heartbroken – it was like a methaphor for the end of my childhood. Thanks again!

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