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Penny Holiday Special

Penny Holiday Special

  • Cover – Mario Capaldi
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Robert MacGillivray)
  • Wotsits – Feature
  • Snoopa – Joe Collins
  • Summer Time Tips – feature
  • Will of the Birds
  • Edinburgh Scotland
  • Penny’s Super Summer Circus Dice Game!
  • Blunder Girl (artist J. Edward Oliver)
  • Penny’s Holiday Do’s and Don’ts
  • Sweet Eats (feature)
  • Penny’s Happy Holiday Puzzle Spot
  • Penny’s Pebble Maze
  • Cherry and Her Family’s Car Caper (artist John Armstrong)
  • The Day Erik almost Had His Chips: The Risk Business
  • The Treasure Seeker – text story (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Nature Trail – feature
  • Cream Crackers – feature
  • Sad Sal and Smiley Sue (artist SD Duggan)
  • Penny Arcade
  • Blunder Girl (artist Edward J. Oliver)
  • Penny Larfs
  • Wrecker’s Cove
  • Three Friends – poem

Recently I have come into possession of this Penny holiday special and there is nowhere to discuss it except on the blog of the comic it merged into.

As this is a holiday special, it is not surprising that many of the stories focus on holidays, including the regulars in the comic: Sad Sal and Smiley Sue, Tansy of Jubilee Street, and Snoopa. Tansy is drawn by Robert MacGillivray this time (I leave a page of it here for you to draw your verdict on his Tansy), but all her other regulars have their usual artists.

Tansy

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Penny also has a collection of reprints (probably from June), which also have holiday themes. Several of them are connected with boating and seaside, such as “Will of the Birds” and “Wrecker’s Cove”.

Wreckers Cove 1 Wreckers Cove 2 Wreckers Cove 3

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“Wrecker’s Cove” is clearly reprinted from Strange Stories, except that the Storyteller himself has been deleted and replaced with text, and the panels where he should be look like they have been drawn in additionally as the hatching looks more coarse and crude than it does in the rest of the story. The story itself I found a delight – the joke is on an old wrecker! I have reproduced the story here as I wanted to take a scan of it anyway.

There is also a reprint from June’s “Cherry”. As the story is drawn by John Armstrong, it carries over nicely from his artwork on the Enid Blyton adaptations in the regular comic. I wonder if that was what the editor was thinking? In the story, Mum buys a vintage car so she can learn to drive (what a model to start driving in!). Naturally this leads to all sorts of scrapes, including the one Mum is accused of doing to another car. Cherry and her family have to turn detective once they realise another vehicle was responsible.

Cherry

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And the feature, on Erik Estrada of “Chips” shows that life imitates art. Estrada suffers a serious accident on the set – and they use his accident in the footage for the show!

Erik

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This is a pretty solid holiday special. The stories and features will make readers want to read it again and again. It is not quite aimed at the younger readership of the regular comic and seems to be more for a mainstream audience that makes up the readership of Tammy and Jinty. But Penny readers would have enjoyed it all the same.

Penny 1 December 1979 and Seulah the Seal

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(Cover artist: Veronica Weir)

Seulah 1

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Seulah 2

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Seulah 3

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Seulah 4

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This issue of Penny marks the beginning of “Seulah the Seal” (posted above). The cover seems to have an error – isn’t a baby seal supposed to be called a pup? Seulah is the Penny serial that would conclude in the Jinty & Penny merger on 5 June 1980. Seulah must have been hugely popular if his serial lasted six months. Seulah is drawn by Veronica Weir, whose artwork would carry over to Jinty with the merger and illustrate the Jinty classic, “Girl the World Forgot“.

The issue also tells you something about the context behind the merger. When Penny began, she was printed on more expensive paper, similar to that of Girl (series 2). But by this time Penny was printed on cheaper newsprint, the same type of newsprint used for comics like Jinty, and so resembled Jinty more closely in appearance. The same shift in newsprint would appear again in Princess (series 2), which merged with Tammy in 1984. A shift to cheaper newsprint is a sign of cost-cutting, which implies that Penny was in trouble and not meeting costs of the earlier, more expensive production.

Penny gives the impression she was targeting a slightly younger audience than Jinty, what with her name, fairly lightweight fare and adaptations of popular children’s books, such as Heidi and the Secret Seven.  Tansy of Jubilee Street was the best match for the merger, because the zany humour of Tansy suited the flavour of Jinty. One of Penny‘s most striking features was Blunder Girl, a parody of Wonder Woman. Blunder Girl was drawn by J. Edward Oliver, an artist more frequently seen in Buster. Sadly, Blunder Girl did not make it into the merger.

  • The Deliverers (artist Rodrigo Comos)
  • Sad Sal and Smiley Sue (artist S.D. Duggan) – does not make it to merger
  • Heidi – adaptation (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • Seulah the Seal – carries on in mergerr (artist Veronica Weir)
  • Snoopa (artist Joe Collins) – carries on in merger
  • Secret Seven Adventure – adapted from Enid Blyton series (artist John Armstrong)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Houghton) – carries on in merger
  • Blunder Girl!! (artist J. Edward Oliver) – does not make it to merger
  • Kathy’s Convict (artist Jesus Peña)