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Jinty 26 October 1974

Jinty 26 October 1974

This is part of a short run of Jinx stories not drawn by Mario Capaldi, though he returns to the pages of Jinty shortly. Some of the figurework is similar enough to Capaldi’s style though that I do wonder whether he might have pencilled it for another artist to ink? And inside, the Carlos Freixas-penned story “Wenna the Witch” is nearing its dramatic height.

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mike White?)
  • Jackie’s Two Lives (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • The Hostess with the Mostest (artist Stanley Houghton)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Left-Out Linda (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Wild Horse Summer
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • Always Together… (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Bird-Girl Brenda (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Wenna the Witch (artist Carlos Freixas)
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Jinty 7 September 1974

Jinty 7 September 1974

Exceptionally at this point, they have chosen a striking single panel design for this issue. It’s only done because of a one-off competition, which is a bit of a shame as I do think this sort of cover works very well.

This issue sees the first episode of a new wish-fulfillment story, “Jackie’s Two Lives”. The tag-line at the top of the first page is “the story of a poor girl’s blind ambition to be rich”, but while that might suggest that the story is about scheming or doing others down to get your own way, it actually goes into paranoid, odd, and almost spooky territory quite soon.

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Always Together… (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Wenna the Witch (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Jackie’s Two Lives (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • Bird-Girl Brenda (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Left-Out Linda (artist Jim Baikie)
  • The Hostess with the Mostest
  • Wild Horse Summer
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)

Jinty 31 August 1974

Jinty cover 31 August 1974

Last episode of the Cinderella story that started off the first issues of Jinty, namely “Make-Believe Mandy“.

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Always Together… (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Wenna the Witch (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Make-Believe Mandy (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • Bird-Girl Brenda (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Left-Out Linda (artist Jim Baikie)
  • The Hostess with the Mostest
  • Wild Horse Summer
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)

Jinty 24 August 1974

Jinty cover 24 August 1974

A rather crumpled and tattered copy of this issue, I’m afraid! But them’s the breaks when scanning an ephemeral item coming up for its 40th birthday in just a few months…

Mario Capaldi is powering ahead with the antics of Katie Jinks; he clearly adopted a slightly different style for this humour strip, with more exaggerated features, grimaces, motion lines and so on than in his ‘straighter’ work.  Phil Townsend’s art is beautiful, as ever, in the sad story “Always Together…”; beautiful, but rather old-fashioned in feel. This was probably his first story for Jinty and certainly generally I would think of his art as classic rather than positively old-fashioned.

Starting in this issue is a one-pager called “The Hostess with the Mostest”, featuring “TV’s Golden Girl, Anne Aston”. It’s a gag strip but drawn fairly crudely; the title character is a real person, and in aiming to represent that it comes across rather as if a (fairly mediocre) page of Mad Magazine had wandered out of its usual milieu. Odd stuff. [Edited to add: via Catawiki I have a possible attribution for this; it suggests that it is by artist Stanley Houghton, who drew for a number of girls’ comics. I am not 100% convinced but have added it in for now; here is some clearly-attributed Stanley Houghton artwork for comparison.]

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Always Together… (artist Phil Townsend)
  • Wenna the Witch (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Make-Believe Mandy (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • Bird-Girl Brenda (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Left-Out Linda (artist Jim Baikie)
  • The Hostess with the Mostest (artist Stanley Houghton)
  • Wild Horse Summer
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)

Jinty 1 June 1974

Jinty cover 1 June 1974

This marks the first of the style of cover that I have remarked on previously: a page of “The Jinx From St Jonah’s”, promoted to the front page as an enticement to the reader. The layout is more boxy than is the case later on, with more panels and less of a ‘splash page’ feel (excuse the pun, given what is depicted here). Mario Capaldi’s art is nice, but not quite as elegant as it later becomes: Katie Jinx’s legs and arms in the first panel, in particular, are rather spindly.

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • The Haunting of Form 2B (artist Rodrigo Comos)
  • Gwen’s Stolen Glory
  • Make-Believe Mandy (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Snobs and the Scruffs
  • Pony Parade 4: Snatcher’s Cleverest Trick
  • A Dream for Yvonne (artist Miguel Quesada)
  • Gail’s Indian Necklace (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Desert Island Daisy (artist Robert MacGillivray)
  • What’s Cooking? Omelette aux Champignons (recipe)
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
  • Jinty made it herself… so can you! (craft: bird mobile)

Jinty 18 May 1974

Jinty cover 18 May 1974

Stories in this issue:

  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Haunting of Form 2B (artist Rodrigo Comos)
  • Gwen’s Stolen Glory
  • Make-Believe Mandy (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • The Jinx From St. Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Pony Parade 2: Don’t Call Me Ragbag!
  • The Snobs and the Scruffs
  • A Dream for Yvonne (artist Miguel Quesada)
  • Gail’s Indian Necklace (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Desert Island Daisy (artist Robert MacGillivray)
  • What’s Cooking? Broad bean eggah, Spinach eggah (recipe)
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
  • Jinty made it herself… so can you! (craft: net bag)

Even as early as the second issue, Phil Gascoine has included a signature in one of his pages of art. (That is, it doesn’t seem done as a reaction to the success of a given story or title.)

I don’t know what happened to the bracelet from the first issue, but we used this hairbrush as a doll’s hairbrush for a long time.

Jinty 11 May 1974

Jinty cover 11 May 1974

Aha! I said earlier that I didn’t have the first issue of Jinty, but in fact it was there, a purchase subsequent to the bulk acquisition I made in my twenties of four or five years of Jinty. I have had some delays at home in getting a working scanner connected and tested, but that is now sorted so I am able to catch up with some scanning that was previously impracticable for me. (Many thanks to other fans, particularly to site co-writer Mistyfan, who have been supplying some missing scans that I didn’t already have scanned previously.)

Stories in this issue:

  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Haunting of Form 2B (artist Rodrigo Comos)
  • Gwen’s Stolen Glory (writer Alan Davidson)
  • Make Believe Mandy (artist Ana Rodriguez)
  • Merry at Misery House (writer Terence Magee)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)
  • The Jinx From St. Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • The Snobs and the Scruffs
  • Pony Parade 1: Sandy, Come Home!
  • A Dream for Yvonne (artist Miguel Quesada)
  • Gail’s Indian Necklace (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Desert Island Daisy (artist Robert MacGillivray)
  • What’s Cooking? Cream of Carrot Soup, Cream of Corn Soup (recipes)
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
  • Jinty made it herself… so can you! (craft: pencil box)

This first issue has the wide mix of stories that characterises girls’ comics generally at this period: humour strips and gag strips (“Dora Dogsbody”, “The Jinx From St Jonah’s”, “Do-It-Yourself Dot”, “The Snobs and the Scruffs”, and “Desert Island Daisy“), a couple of spooky stories (“The Haunting of Form 2B”, “Gail’s Indian Necklace“), a slave story (“Merry at Misery House“), a Cinderella story (“Make Believe Mandy“), a friendship story (“Angela’s Angels“), and a deception story (“Gwen’s Stolen Glory“). In fact the weighting given to humour and gag strips in this first episode is a bit overwhelming, and this is quite soon slimmed down so that only a couple of these items run each issue.

The focus on this blog is generally going to be on the stories; my main interest is in comics and that is what people tend to remember most. It would be remiss not to at least sketch out some of the non-comics material included in some issues, though; in this first issue there is an editorial page introducing the new “story-paper”, advertising the next issue’s free gift, and promising competitions with great prizes. From the beginning, there is a request for input from the readers as to the stories that will be included: “let us know the stories you like in Jinty – and any you don’t like, too!”

The featured competition promises that you can “win £1 a week pocket money for two whole years!” (Cover price for this weekly comic was 5p, so this would be a very generous prize). The challenge was to collect the first four issues of Jinty and to then decide which of the following six occasions would you wear each of the “super outfits” shown in those issues. (Occasions being a country ramble, a friend’s birthday party, a record session with your chums, your brother’s school open day, a pop concert, and a special shopping spree in a big city.)

In addition to the competition, there was also a single page text story (“Sandy, Come Home!” – labelled Pony Parade 1 – and a “Jinty’s Fun and Games” page with single-panel gags and, coin tricks, and so on. Further on there was a page with some “Well I Never” surprising facts and a recipe for making soup. The last page was dedicated to a “Jinty made it herself… so can you!” item. In future issues the text story was gradually phased out (returning sporadically); the other items were reasonably regular types of feature. Of course in this first issue there could be no letters page yet.

Altogether, it does feel like a very packed-out issue, if not yet showing the unique slant that made Jinty special to me and lots of other readers.

Jinty 25 October 1975

Jinty cover 25 October 1975

Another Mario Capaldi cover with a couple of panels of Katie Jinx, near to the end of the run of this style of covers.

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Blind Ballerina (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Golden Dolly, Death Dust! (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Haunting of Hazel (artist Santiago Hernandez)
  • Song of the Fir Tree (artist Phil Townsend)
  • The Valley of Shining Mist (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Barracuda Bay
  • Ping-Pong Paula (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)

Jinty 18 October 1975

Jinty cover 18 October 1975

A few strong serials were running at this time: I was never that struck by “Blind Ballerina” (though an application of a classic formula), but as I said previously, “Golden Dolly, Death Dust!” is a spooky, compelling read. “Song of the Fir Tree” is a story of runaways that is evocative partly for the rendering of the emaciated features of the young children recently released from a WWII camp; and “Ping-Pong Paula” is a very readable tale of sports rivals and of parental strife by Jim Baikie, one of my favourite Jinty artists.

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Blind Ballerina (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Golden Dolly, Death Dust! (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Haunting of Hazel (artist Santiago Hernandez)
  • Song of the Fir Tree (artist Phil Townsend)
  • The Valley of Shining Mist (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Barracuda Bay
  • Ping-Pong Paula (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Alf Saporito)

Jinty 11 October 1975

Jinty 11 October 1975

Another lovely, elegant cover by Mario Capaldi. Not that Katie Jinks is elegant – look at her wiping her mudpack on the bum of her jeans!

Stories in this issue:

  • The Jinx From St Jonah’s (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Blind Ballerina (artist Ana Rodrigues)
  • Golden Dolly, Death Dust! (artist Phil Gascoine)
  • Dora Dogsbody (artist José Casanovas)
  • The Haunting of Hazel (artist Santiago Hernandez)
  • Song of the Fir Tree (artist Phil Townsend)
  • The Valley of Shining Mist (artist Carlos Freixas)
  • Barracuda Bay (artist Santiago Hernandez)
  • Ping-Pong Paula (artist Jim Baikie)
  • Do-It-Yourself Dot (artist Rafart)