Cover artists: Trini Tinturé and Juliana Buch
Bella (artist John Armstrong, Primrose Cumming)
No Use to Anyone! (artist Eduardo Feito)
Pride of the Lamports (artist Hugo D’Adderio) – Pony Tale
Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey, writer Jay Over)
Shape Up to Summer with Bella (feature)
Stefa’s Heart of Stone (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie) – final episode
Take the Plunge! (Mari L’Anson) – feature
The Button Box (artist Mario Capaldi, writer Alison Christie)
I’m Her – She’s Me! (artist Phil Gascoine)
Cora Can’t Lose (artist Juliana Buch)
Sadie in Waiting (artist Joe Collins)
We now come to the end of our Tammy June month round with June 1984. In fact, this was the last month Tammy would ever appear. She was cut off by a strike with the 23rd June issue and was not brought back to finish her stories. Everything was forever left tantalisingly unfinished.
If not for the strike, Tammy would have been cancelled in August for her own merger into Girl (second series). As June progressed, there were signs of Tammy heading for the merger, with some double episodes and the disappearance of the Princess logo on her last published issue. Princess had only merged with Tammy two months earlier, so her logo lasted the shortest of any comic to merge with Tammy. The Tammy logo had also changed with the merger, going from straight colour to an eye-catching rainbow colour. Many of the covers are pretty summer scenes (well, it was summer) and an inset of a story panel.
For the moment, the buildup to the Girl merger has not yet started. Tammy’s still on the Princess (second series) merger. “Stefa’s Heart of Stone”, which came over from Princess (reprinted from Jinty), finishes this week. This was the last story to be completed from Princess. This will give more scope for the buildup to the merge with Girl.
Right now, it’s pretty much business as usual. With the last of the serials from Princess gone, Sadie in Waiting is the only Princess feature remaining. The current serials could be scripted for either Tammy or Princess. The one remembered the most is “Cora Can’t Lose”, which built up to an exciting conclusion, only to be cut off by the strike, to the eternal frustration of readers. The other serials that started in the remaining weeks of Tammy got cut off as well. But it may not be too late, even all these years later. Perhaps Rebellion can do something to redress the matter.