A panel from the Celtic-influenced “Guardian of White Horse Hill”, and a terror-struck face from a spooky Gypsy Rose story, done by the dependable Guy Peeters. This era features some of my favourite stories; I suppose this is part of a two-year golden time for Jinty, as far as I am concerned.
Finishing in this issue is “Destiny Brown”, a story combining adventure, deception, and the second sight traditionally attributed to the seventh child. “Guardian of White Horse Hill” is reaching its peak as protagonist Janey is starting to find out what the mysterious white horse actually is, how it comes to be that she is invisible to other people when riding the white horse, and what the white horse wants her to do. Janey doesn’t know it yet, but she has been chosen to function as a priestess of the horse goddess Epona! While, in a change of pace, zany Fran (a Roger the Dodger only more so) has fixed her last dodge for now – this humour strip came to a temporary end. Jim Baikie returned in the next issue, though, with a reality-based story, “Two Mothers for Maggie”.
Key Jinty story “Land of No Tears” had recently started: this was only the second episode. This science fiction tale of perfect Alpha girls and second-class Gamma rejects, written by Pat Mills, is the subject of a forthcoming post covering it in detail.
Stories in this issue:
- Destiny Brown (artist Rodrigo Comos)
- Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag! (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
- Alley Cat
- Guardian of White Horse Hill (artist Julian Vivas)
- Stage Fright! (artist Phil Townsend)
- The Carnival of Flowers (Gypsy Rose) (artist Guy Peeters)
- Land of No Tears (artist Guy Peeters, writer Pat Mills)
- Fran’ll Fix It! (artist Jim Baikie)
(I notice that there is, astoundingly, no Phil Gascoine story in this story or the ones immediately before and after. I had understood from Phil that he was in Jinty from the first issue to the last one, and certainly he was in almost all of them, if not with a 100% strike rate as it turns out.)