Cover artist: Mario Capaldi
Stories in this issue
- Pam of Pond Hill (writer Jay Over, artist Bob Harvey)
- Diving Belle (artist Phil Gascoine)
- The Silent Admirer– text story (artist Mario Capaldi)
- Ancient Remedy – Gypsy Rose story (artist Hugo D’Adderio)
- Just the Job
- Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Worlds Apart (artist Guy Peeters)
- Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Peter Wilkes)
- Fancy Free! – (artist Phil Townsend)
- Winning Ways 52 (writer Benita Brown)
- Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
- Alley Cat (artist Rob Lee)
In “Pam of Pond Hill” Goofy doesn’t realise nasty Jill Cook is taking advantage of him. He’s been completely taken in by her sob story that her father’s a bully (yeah, riiiiight). And now poor Mrs Dankins’ flat has been invaded by Jill and her mates for a wild party, all because of Goofy’s gullibility.
Another party gets gatecrashed in “Diving Belle” so Belle can use the diving board there. It’s one of Betty’s desperate measures to get Belle trained up for this all-important dive she keeps foreseeing.
This week’s Gypsy Rose story is completely new. For once there’s no recycled Strange Story. Joanne’s got warts on her right hand and she finds a very unusual helper – the ghost of the Wise Woman of Barling Castle. Cromwell’s goons executed the wise woman for witchcraft, but that clearly hasn’t stopped her from curing people.
A witch also appears in this week’s episode of “Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost”. Sir Roger tries a dating service for ghosts, but he is not impressed when it pairs him up with a witch. The dating service must have slipped up at the witch’s end as well; she wanted Sir Roger for a servant, not a date.
The protagonist in this week’s text story has more luck with dating than Sir Roger. Jenny is a shy girl who finds a poem that seems to be from a secret admirer. It turns out the poem was not for her, but it cures her of her shyness and pairs her up with a real date.
In “Worlds Apart”, the girls reach their limit with the fatties’ world when Ann dies because she’s too fat for running and the fatties’ idea of first aid is to shove assorted foods down Ann’s throat to revive her. The girls rebel and start throwing food right back at the people who keep shoving it down their throats. Things take a surprise twist when Sarah seems to drown but is then rescued by…Ann?
An Oliver Twist film gives Tansy the strangest of nightmares. She finds her whole home and Jubilee Street in Victorian settings. Her brother Simon is all filthy from cleaning chimneys. Victorian manners must have impacted on the Victorian Mr Court – he actually serves Tansy for once. Tansy finds herself a maidservant to snobby Angela but isn’t taking any of Angela’s arrogance. The dream provides plenty of fodder for the homework Tansy’s teacher sets later: an essay on imagining what it is like to live in Victorian times. The full episode has been uploaded on the Peter Wilkes page at https://jintycomic.wordpress.com/galleries/panel-gallery/peter-wilkes/
In “Fancy Free!” there is a shock over the money Ben gave to Fancy – it came from the bank robbery Fancy’s father was imprisoned for. While Mum faces awkward questions at the police station over the money, Fancy goes to Ben for a good explanation.
In “Angela’s Angels”, Lesley doesn’t want her fellow Angels to know her father’s rich. Unfortunately, pulling the wool over their eyes is causing misunderstandings. Meanwhile Helen brings a kitten into the hospital, which is against regulations. Worse, it is about to trip a blind patient.