Cover artist: John Armstrong
Namby Pamby (artist Eduardo Feito, writer Ian Mennell)
Bella (artist John Armstrong, writer Primrose Cumming)
Welcome, Stranger! (artist Douglas Perry, writer Chris Harris) – Pony Tale
Room for Rosie (artist Santiago Hernandez, writer Alison Christie)
Holiday Miss Title! (writer Maureen Spurgeon) – Quiz
Fate – or Fortune? (artist Carlos Freixas, writer Maureen Spurgeon) – complete story
The Button Box (artist Mario Capaldi, writer Alison Christie)
Backhand Play (artist Phil Gascoine, writer Ian Mennell)
Make Your Mind Up, Maggie (artist Juliana Buch)
Pretty Tidy (Chris Lloyd) – feature
We had this issue before, but the post disappeared for some reason. So here it is again for 1983 issue in our Tammy August month round.
Inside is one of the most historic moments in the saga of Bella Barlow – the moment when her arch-antagonists, Jed and Gert Barlow, make their final bow and disappear from her strip for good. We never thought we’d see the day. This was an astonishing move for Tammy to take, and we have to wonder what was behind it. Did ye Editor get tired of them or something? Anyway, good riddance to them. Our only regret is that although they had their karmic low points (including prison), they were never really punished for their treatment of Bella.
In our other stories, Pam’s ridiculously overprotective mother does it again in “Namby Pamby”. The moment she hears Pam’s in a swimming match, she races to the pool, barrelling through the crowd and screaming hysterics, just because she thinks her precious little baby’s catching a chill. Oh, for crying out loud! Pauline Wheeler thinks she’s found “Room for Rosie” pretty quickly, but the new home falls through, so back to square one. No doubt this will be the first in a long string of failed homes before Rosie finds the One. “Backhand Play” is now on its penultimate episode, and it sets the stage for the final one: showdown between the tennis club and their backhand-playing tennis officer, Terry Knightly’s uncle, who’s now making an utter mockery of tennis. And the complications over juggling between riding and ballet get even worse for Maggie in “Make Your Mind Up, Maggie”.
Tammy’s complete stories are now the Button Box series, a Pony Tale series, and a self-contained complete story, a number of which had a supernatural theme. Some of them were reprints of Strange Stories, others were totally new and credited, giving us insight as to who might have written the spooky completes of the past.