Christmas is coming. So for some Christmas fun I am putting up “Crazyee Christmas” from Tammy 25 1982 to show how Miss T, Edie and Snoopa shared the Christmas spirit just over a year after they all came together in the Tammy and Jinty merger as “The Crayzees”.
I was doing some trawling through Tammy and came across the advertisement for the launch of Misty in Tammy 4 February 1978. Blurbs for “The Sentinels”, “The Cult of the Cat”, and “Moonchild” are used in the advert, though their titles are not mentioned. Oddly, the ad says Misty #1 goes on sale 30 January, but the actual issue went on sale 4 February. Perhaps Misty was originally scheduled for 30th January but was delayed until 4th February for some reason?
This is the advertisement for the first Lindy issue, from Jinty 14 June 1975. The ad entices readers more with a Bay City Rollers pin-up than the story contents. Only the cover gives any indication of what stories to expect. Lindy was a short-lived title and merged into Jinty after only 20 issues. She was the first of two comics to merge with Jinty.
Art: John Armstrong
Art: Robert MacGillivray
I was perusing through the Tammys and came across these features that appeared in the issue for 24 December 1977. I put them up to show how Tammy sometimes brought characters from her serials and regulars together in special features and how fascinating it was to see so many characters and features from Tammy combined together. Recent or running serials team up with the Tammy regulars for these special features in the 1977 Christmas issue. This never happened with Jinty.
This dice game, based on the humour regular “Bizzie Bet and the Easies” (which ran in 1979) appeared in Jinty 28 July 1979.
I pulled out my 12 February 1972 Tammy and came across this advertisement for promoting the launch of Sandie. The announcement is unusual for several reasons. First, it is a pull-out. What’s more, you can pull it out without ruining any stories in Tammy.
Furthermore, Sandie is being promoted as a sister comic to Tammy and girls were being urged to get a copy of Sandie when they picked up their Tammys. It sounds like the advertisement was trying to draw not only on the popularity of Tammy but also on the Tammy readership to bolster Sandie sales. Tammy herself was barely a year old when this advertisement was appeared, which makes it all the more surprising to use Tammy as a means to help launch the new title. It does have you wonder what the June version was like. Was it the same ad or a slightly different one in June?
Finally, Sandie is not only promoting her stories, free gift and competitions to pull in readership, but what’s in her letters pages as well. Sandie says she is going to have two special pages: a letters page (doesn’t every girls comic have one?) and a joke page where readers can earn £1 for each letter or joke published. Yes, all girls comics do have that sort of thing, but the ad does prompt girls to think immediately and get replies as soon as possible.
Comixminx has devised the WFTometer, the idea of which “was to give a framework for looking at how bonkers (or not) a story’s plot was, by comparing the story to an assumed ‘average reader’s situation’. This gives a structured way of comparing stories, including the possibility of finding patterns of oddity in seemingly different stories which are perhaps odd in similar ways”.
In this WFTometer post I take three well-remembered stories from Jinty that all deal with bullying. They are Tears of a Clown, Waves of Fear and The Slave of Form 3B. The purpose of selecting the bullying theme is to see how the seriousness and effects of the bullying situations in the stories fare on the WFTometer. In the first, “Tears of a Clown”, Kathy Clowne is subject to teasing, cruel tricks and bullying because of her name and she is clumsy, slow to learn and considered hopeless at everything. The effects of the bullying wear her further down, causing her schoolwork to deteriorate even more. Neither her parents nor school authorities step in to investigate the problem or help Kathy. They also consider Kathy hopeless at everything, fit only to be laughed at, and also a troublemaker because her lashing out at the bullies is misconstrued as violence. Worst of all, the ringleader (or sometimes fate) keeps sabotaging her attempts to prove her talent for running – until Kathy is pushed too far and uses her talent to run away. The psychological effects of the bullying, lack of friends, the outstanding talent for running, and the unusual dog who becomes Kathy’s pet scores “Tears of a Clown” a 20 on the WFTometer. Physical security remains standard as the bullying is not physically abusive or a physical risk, nor does Kathy face any physical danger during her time on the run.
The second story, “Waves of Fear”, scores a 37. The scoring is much higher, mainly because the emotional and mental security of the heroine, Clare Harvey is rated “extreme” for two reasons. First, she is actually mentally ill, which is something extremely unusual for the heroine to be. Second, her illness (extreme claustrophobia) has been misconstrued as cowardice (and then violent behaviour as it deteriorates further) because it caused her to panic and flee while her friend was drowning in a cave. As a result, Clare not only suffers ostracism and abuse at school and in the community but also from her own parents. They treat her extremely harshly, abuse her emotionally, and neither they nor the headmistress take any action against the bullying Clare is experiencing at school, although they are fully aware of it and it almost got Clare killed when it went too far at one point. Instead, the parents drag Clare straight back to the bullying environment, regardless of how terrified she is of it. The scoring is high on physical danger as well, because Clare’s life is not only put in danger twice but she is driven to the brink of suicide when she also runs away because of the bullying, emotional abuse and her worsening mental state. The last story, “The Slave of Form 3B”, is considered the most over-the-top bullying story in Jinty because of the form the bullying takes. Instead of the more usual teasing, blackmail, or emotional and physical abuse the bully, Stacey, uses mind control techniques (hypnotism and telepathy) on her victim, Tania, in order to cheat, steal and sabotage her way to the Girl of the Year Award while cunningly planting suggestions to cut Tania off from avenues of help. Stacey’s manipulation escalates to near death for Tania because of Stacey’s ruthless disregard for her victim, even when Tania gets seriously injured because of Stacey, yet Stacey will not seek help because she just wants to protect herself. Instead, Stacey tries to hide the injured Tania and then cover up with more hypnotism, despite Tania’s worsening condition. It scores a 37 on the WFTometer, tying it with “Waves of Fear”. It might score higher if more information was given about Tania’s background (family structure, parents, pets etc), but we have to go by what we are given in the story.
This is my 100th entry on this blog! Yes, my 100th entry! So it is hardly the time for an entry on a story or cover as I usually do. Instead, I am bringing something special, funny and creative: Alley Cat’s Cartoon Contest.
I came across this old contest when I pulled out some old Jintys from 1978. The competition was introduced on 10 June 1978. And what was it about? Take it away, meiowstro!
The contest may be long since over, but I could not resist having a go at it with a few things of my own for Alley Cat to say:
- “Ah, phooey! My one chance for a selfie with Nessie and I forget my iPhone!”
- “Good grief! What’s all this pollution done to the water?”
- “Those conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day!”
- “Yikes! It’s the monster from the Gypsy Rose tale last week!”
- “Now that’s an idea for a Jinty serial!”
- “Oh no! Someone’s been dumping radioactive waste again!”
- “Melvyn, I think we’ve ended up in Misty by mistake!”
- “I think this is what they call the catch of the day!”
- “Hey Melvyn, what price do you think this would fetch at the chippie?”
- “I can just see my Facebook now…”
- “Watch out, Melvyn – you might get the tail end!”
- “Now I know where that flying saucer went!”
And the winners were published on 29 July 1978. The response was huge and popular (but for collectors, it must have meant hundreds of copies with holes in that entry coupon page).