- 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.
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”.
“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.
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!
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.