Robert MacGillivray (1913 – 1986) was the artist on only one ongoing Jinty story, though his art also appeared in a number of annuals (often in reprints from other older titles such as June), and so he was more familiar to the Jinty reader than other artists who did only a single strip or two. He had a classic comedy style, with big noses and bizarre contrivances seen in strips such as “Jeannie and her Uncle Meanie”, “Lucky’s Living Doll”, and “The Flights of Flopear”. Jinty‘s “Desert Island Daisy” was a strip done in this ‘big nose’ style too, but Jinty readers also saw some more realistic stories on occasion.
Stories published in Jinty:
- “Desert Island Daisy” (1974)
- “Desert Island Daisy” individual stories in the Jinty Annuals for 1975 and 1976
- “The Spoof of St Elma’s” in the Jinty Holiday Special 1979
- “They Always Know” – Gypsy Rose story in the Jinty Holiday Special 1981
- “Boo to the Goose!” in the Jinty Annual 1981
- “The Lady of the Manor” in the Jinty Annual 1985
The post about the June book from 1970 includes mention of MacGillivray, where he used a slightly more realistic style. I am using that as the example page for this artist, to show a little of his range.
- The Girls Comics of Yesterday site includes a tag for Robert MacGillivray, so do check there to see what stories he drew for DC Thomson.
- Likewise the Tammy Project includes “Maisie’s Magic Eye“, drawn by MacGillivray and published in Sally (reprinted in Tammy). He also drew “Wee Sue” at points in this long-running character’s life; these are mentioned in the posts on this site about the Tammy annuals in 1984, 1985, and 1986.
- The Comics UK forum includes a discussion thread specifically about MacGillivray, with much information about early work of this prolific artist.
- Cold Comfort (feature)
- The Lady of the Manor (artist Robert MacGillivray)
- The Sky at Night (feature)
- Two Janes in History (feature)
- The Donkey Hero (feature)
- Freckles (artist Diane Gabbot)
- The True Story of Lady Hester Stanhope (feature)
- Make a Motif (feature)
- Mini Ha-Ha! (cartoon)
- 100 Dogs and a Girl
- Just Your Luck (feature)
- A Carol for Christmas (artist Giorgio Giorgetti)
- Take a Tip (feature)
- Tatty-Mane King of the Jungle (cartoon)
- Curious Curses (feature)
- The House on Sinister Hill (artist Stanley Houghton)
- Six Steps to Popularity (feature)
- Hair Today… (feature)
- Hints for Happy Campers (feature)
- Party Food…All through the Year! (feature)
- The Jinty Nature Trail (feature)
- Scruff’s Dog Show (poem)
- Holiday of Adventure
- Candy and Mandy (cartoon) (artist Fergusson Dewar)
- A Cat Called Shivers (artist Jim Baikie)
- Stencil It! (feature)
- Friends and Neighbours (artist Ken Houghton)
This was the second-to-last Jinty annual, and it is also the first to really show the decline in her annuals. The previous annual had been the last to feature Jinty material; this one begins a fallback on reprints that are not even Jinty. They look like they have been taken from older material, probably June, Girls Crystal or whatever. The artwork from Jim Baikie and Ken Houghton looks like it came from their early days as it looks less developed and sophisticated than their regular Jinty artwork. The Diane Gabbot artwork in “Freckles” also looks like it is some of her earlier artwork. Even the cartoons have been taken from elsewhere, and there is no Snoopa or Alley Cat to be seen. The annual is Jinty in name only.
Why such a decline when Jinty’s sister titles Misty and Tammy still featured and reprinted their own material in their own annuals? Was it due to legal reasons, economics, or other editorial decisions?