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Tammy and Sally 1 April 1972

Tammy & Sally 1 April 1972

  • Lori Left Behind (artist Luis Bermejo)
  • School for Snobs (artist J. Badesa, writers Pat Mills and John Wagner)
  • Rona Rides Again (artist Eduardo Feito)
  • Lulu (cartoon)
  • Skimpy Must Ski! (artist Tom Hurst) – final episode
  • The Long and the Short (artist Antonio Borrell)
  • Steffi in the Swim (artist Victor Ramos?)
  • No Hope for Cathy (artist Victor Hugo Arias)
  • Maisie’s Magic Eye (artist Robert MacGillivray)
  • A Special Tammy Portrait – Ryan O’Neal
  • Talk It over with Trudy – problem page
  • The Champion from Nowhere (artist Tom Hurst)
  • Paula on a String
  • No Tears for Molly (artist Tony Thewenetti, writer Maureen Spurgeon)

Easter is coming, so I am bringing out some Easter-themed Tammys from my collection. This is the earliest one I have, and it’s from 1972. It has a very cute cover on making decorated Easter eggs. The date coincides with April Fool’s Day, so it’s not surprising to see Lulu (Tammy’s cartoon strip at the time) play April Fool’s jokes with Easter eggs. But she’s the one who becomes the fool because her April Fool’s jokes all rebound on her. At least the one Mum plays on Lulu is a good-natured one that gives Lulu a happy ending, in the form of a ticket to the circus. Tammy also has an Easter-themed competition. Just find the two Easter eggs that are identical and you are in the running to win a mini-mod wrist watch!

It is part two of “Lori Left Behind”. Lori Danby’s father did not make a wise choice in leaving her in the care of the Jimsons – they are making her an unpaid slave in their café. Lori is trying numerous ways to escape. So far she’s not had any success, but by the end of this episode she has come up with an idea that sounds like a winner. Let’s see if it is next week.

“School for Snobs”, one of Tammy’s classic stories, is on part two as well. Two ultra-snobby sisters, Cynthia and Pamela Masters, have been sent to a special school that reforms snobs. It does so in wacky ways that provide loads of laughs for the readers. Cynthia and Pamela aren’t giving up their snobbish ways that easily, but by the end of the episode headmistress Hermione Snoot is confident that her school is starting to take effect on them. Don’t be too sure about that, Hermione – you’re only on part two, after all!

“Rona Rides Again” was reprinted in Jinty annual 1982. Rona Danby is regaining her nerve for riding with the aid of her new horse Flo. The trouble is, Flo is prone to strange fits, which messes up her gymkhana performance with Rona in this episode. It also has people saying she is a rogue horse that must be destroyed, so Rona has to keep Flo protected from that.

It’s a double helping of Tom Hurst artwork. The first is in the final episode of “Skimpy Must Ski!”, where Skimpy Shaw must win a big ski race. Unfortunately her rival is pulling all sorts of dirty tricks to get ahead. The other is “The Champion from Nowhere”. Ma Sload takes advantage of the protagonist losing her memory to entrap her with lies, make her a slave, and give her the false identity of Mary Spinks. Ma is even using “Mary’s” talent for tennis to enslave her. “Mary” is now beginning to suspect that Ma Sload has told her a load of lies about her identity, but it looks like Ma Sload is about to pull another trick to foil that one.

“Maisie’s Magic Eye” makes Miss Morphit (“Morphy”), the tyrannical sports mistress of the piece, jump in the river after saying “Oh, go jump in the river, Morphy!” to an early gym session. This backfires in the end because it gives Morphy the idea of making the class go swimming in the river instead of gym. Brrrr!

On the subject of swimming, “Steffi in the Swim” is an odd swimming serial. Steffi James is terrified of swimming after a childhood incident, but she’s receiving swimming lessons from a coach who is so mysterious that she keeps in the shadows while giving Steffi swimming lessons and Steffi does not even know her name. Even more oddly, she’s starting Steffi off with backstroke instead of freestyle. As it is, Steffi is now beginning to swim, but now bullies are getting suspicious of her secret.

“The Long and the Short” are two cousins, one tall (Debbie) and one short (Vally), who are in an athletics team. Vally gets dropped because the wrong shoes make her perform badly. She gets reinstated with Aunty Nan’s help, but Debbie is worried because she has not heard from her parents. Then a telegram arrives. Will it have good or bad news about Debbie’s parents?

“Paula on a String” is being forced by her uncle and aunt to pretend to be a long-lost granddaughter in order to cheat Mrs Morley out of money. Paula decides to stop the charade and leaves Mrs Morley a note about it. However, her scheming relatives aren’t giving up and are planning something even worse to get what they want out of Mrs Morley. But what is their plan?

Pickering, the cruel butler in Molly Mills, is convinced a ghost is haunting him (the bully does betray a superstitious streak now and then). Meanwhile, Molly is convinced that the caretaker, Carter, is acting suspiciously. Things take a really bizarre turn when Pickering sacks Carter – and then disappears from Stanton Hall. His note says he is quitting Stanton Hall because he can’t stand that ghost any longer.


Jinty Annual 1982

JInty annual 1982

  • Cover artist and inside front cover artist – Mario Capaldi
  • Pam of Pond Hill (writer Jay Over, artist Bob Harvey)
  • A Girl for All Seasons (quiz)
  • A Friend in Need (text story)
  • Rona Rides Again (artist Eduardo Feito)
  • Gypsy Rose’s Tour of Mystery
  • A Face in the Crowd – Gypsy Rose story (artist Tony Higham)
  • Jinty’s DJ File – Dave Lee Travis
  • Jinty’s Puzzles
  • Sinister House – Gypsy Rose story (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • The Indoor Palm Tree – feature
  • Be Corny! feature
  • A Bewitching Party! – feature
  • Candle Craft (feature)
  • When Rajah Ran Wild! Gypsy Rose story
  • Jinty’s DJ File – Tony Blackburn
  • Country Ways – feature
  • Music in the Mist – Gypsy Rose story
  • Just Joking
  • Jinty’s DJ File – Paul Burnett
  • Alley Cat
  • All Dolled Up! (feature)
  • Jinty’s DJ File – Noel Edmonds
  • Are You Sitting Comfortably? Feature (artist Ted Andrews)
  • The Fairy Bride – Gypsy Rose story (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Change of Heart – text story (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Jinty’s Puzzles
  • A Sideways Look at the Lees Twins – feature
  • It’s Only Skin Deep – feature
  • Perfect Pets! Feature
  • Christmas is Coming – feature
  • Snoopa (artist Joe Collins)
  • Jinty’s DJ File – Jimmy Saville
  • Good Luck to You! – feature
  • That’s What Friends are For! Text story
  • The Brother’s Return – Gypsy Rose story
  • Be a Sport! Feature

The “dumbo” editor left Pam of Pond Hill out of the previous annual, so it’s a delight to see her here this time, and leading off first place in the annual as she did in the regular comic. Pond Hill profiles the Christmas content by entering a Christmas drama competition. But kids from a rival school, Elmhurst, try to destroy their play. This is ironic, considering that many of the performers think the play’s awful (old fashioned, soppy songs and costumes, grim ending). Even more ironic, Elmhurst’s sabotage leads to a reworking of the play that is more to the kids’ taste (disco music and clothes, comedy, happy ending) and they perform it with such enthusiasm and originality that they win the competition. Talk about blessings in disguise. However, this was the only time a Pond Hill story featured in a Jinty annual, which seems a bit sad. Trivia note: In this story, it is revealed that Mr Gold “Goldilocks”, the headmaster of Pond Hill, is married.

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Disco also features on the inside cover, with Nadine from Life’s a Ball for Nadine doing a spot illustration with her disco dancing. She would do the same with the next annual. Is she here just to be a filler or does it say something about how popular she was?

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Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost makes no appearance at all, which seems odd. In fact, he never appeared in any Jinty annual. But most of the regulars are there – Pam, Alley Cat, Snoopa and Gypsy Rose. Some of the regular artists, such as Phil Gascoine and Phil Townsend, are also absent for some reason. Perhaps it was lack of room or Jinty wanting some different artists. The Gypsy Rose content seems higher than usual. In fact, Gypsy Rose has her very own feature, “Gypsy Rose’s Mystery Tour”, in which she takes us to some of the haunted spots in Britain, and it is a fascinating read. Pity they didn’t redraw Gypsy Rose herself for it as the paste-up of her here is awful. The head is Maria Barrera’s art, but the body is clearly done by another artist. Most of the Gypsy Rose stories are recycled Strange stories, but one story, “A Face in the Crowd” is a surprise in that it is not only original (no paste-up on Gypsy Rose) but Gypsy Rose herself is drawn quite differently. Instead of her headscarf and gypsy top, her head is bare and she wears a shawl. She also has a slightly older and sharper look than usual, which is brought off effectively by the linework of Tony Higham. Higham himself is also a surprise, a most unusual choice to draw Jinty material. Perhaps they thought his style was the one to bring off the hag face the thief’s face turns into once she puts on the makeup – her comeuppance, of course.

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I like one Gypsy Rose story, “Sinister House” for its take on an extremely common theme in girls’ comics – a spiteful girl who causes trouble for a foster girl, and can get away with murder because she looks so sweet and innocent. In this case our spiteful girl gets punished in the Misty-style manner. She feigns running away, but it backfires when she meets a deranged woman (who turns out to be a kindred spirit) who scares all the spite out of her. Readers are left to ponder if it was a dream, time slip or a ghost.


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This was the last Jinty annual to reprint a serial from another comic. But this time it is from Tammy, not June, so Jinty readers are treated to Eduardo Feito’s brilliance in drawing horse stories with “Rona Rides Again”. Rona Danby loses her nerve after a fall and her family handle it badly (typical). They think it’s a disgrace to the family name as they are a line of proud horse riders. They get even more annoyed when Rona rescues an ill-treated nag, Flo, and bring her home. As you might expect, Rona’s friendship with Flo helps her to get her nerve back. But there’s a snag – Flo seems highly-strung and badly behaved at times. If Rona can’t find a way to sort out the problem, Flo could be destroyed.

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This has to be one of Jinty’s best annuals, perhaps even the best one of all. The content is strong, and the presence of Pam makes it feel even more like Jinty. It even has a few surprises in the Gypsy Rose sections. It also gives readers a real treat of famous DJs and pop stars, which would have made the annual even more of a delight to receive on Christmas Day.