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Jinty & Penny 12 April 1980

On 12 April 1980, Penny became the second comic to merge with Jinty. The first had been Lindy in 1975. Penny was the more successful of the two mergers because she had more regulars to bring over whereas Lindy had only serials. Lindy‘s resident cartoon, Penny Crayon, did not last long in the Jinty & Lindy merger. During her seven year run, Jinty went through only two mergers while her sister comic, Tammy, went through six in thirteen years.

Discussion of the final issue of Penny can be found here.

Penny‘s most lasting additions to Jinty were Tansy of Jubilee Street and Snoopa, who would make their presence felt in the Tammy & Jinty merger as well. Snoopa was the most enduring of all, perhaps because he was drawn by Joe Collins. This made him easy to incorporate into Edie and Miss T, the Joe Collins cartoon running in Tammy. The cartoon became The Crazyees, which would last until Princess (second series) merged with Tammy in 1984.

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  • Pam of Pond Hill (Jinty) – Bob Harvey
  • Spirit of the Lake (Jinty) – Phil Townsend
  • Seulah the Seal (Penny) – Veronica Weir
  • Tearaway Trisha (Jinty) – Andrew Wilson
  • The Venetian Looking Glass (Jinty) – Phil Gascoine
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (Penny) – Ken Houghton
  • Toni on Trial (Jinty) – Terry Aspin
  • White Water (Jinty) – Jim Baikie
  • Snoopa (Penny cartoon) – Joe Collins

Pam’s Poll: Jinty & Penny 27 September 1980

On 27 September 1980, Jinty & Penny ran what is perhaps the most innovative poll in girls’ comics history – Pam’s Poll. This poll took the form of Pam’s school project. Pam’s questions were designed to gauge and adjust the balance of stories, the biggest favourites from the past, and what stories would make popular reprints.

The poll resulted in the reprints of Land of No Tears and Angela’s Angels (the latter because readers wanted a nursing story) in 1981. Pam’s Poll must also have been instrumental in the repeat of The Human Zoo during the Tammy & Jinty merger. The letters page revealed that many respondents had wanted Stefa’s Heart of Stone (1976) to return as well. Eventually Stefa was reprinted, but in Princess (series 2) and concluded in the Tammy & Princess merger. It is also possible that Pam’s Poll prompted the reprint of The Forbidden Garden in Tammy in 1984, a reprint that was sadly cut off by Tammy’s cancellation.

The stories Pam profiles in her project are:

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And here is the cover from the Pam’s Poll issue:

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(Cover artist: Bob Harvey)

  • Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey)
  • Girl the World Forgot (artist Veronica Weir)
  • Tears of a Clown (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Ken Houghton)
  • Pennies for Her Thoughts – Gypsy Rose story (artist Douglas Perry)
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Child of the Rain (artist Phil Townsend)

Jinty & Penny 4 April 1981

Starting with this issue, the covers switched from sports covers to featuring the cover story. These were a cover size version of the spot illustrations for the text stories starting inside. The covers were still drawn by Mario Capaldi.

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(Cover artist: Mario Capaldi)

  • Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey)
  • Diving Belle (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Arrow of Fate (Gypsy Rose story)
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (Ken Houghton)
  • “He’s the Champ!” – text story (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Fancy Free (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Land of No Tears (artist Guy Peeters)