Tag Archives: There’s No One Quite Like Grandad

Jinty & Penny 13 June 1981

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(cover artist: Mario Capaldi)

  • Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey, writer Jay Over)
  • Food for Fagin – first episode (artist Trini Tinturé)
  • There’s No One Quite Like Grandad – text story (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • The Resting Place – Gypsy Rose story (artist Veronica Weir)
  • Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost (artist Hugh Thornton-Jones)
  • Tansy of Jubilee Street (artist Peter Wilkes)
  • Angela’s Angels (artist Leo Davy)
  • Worlds Apart (artist Guy Peeters)
  • Dracula’s Daughter – first episode (artist Mario Capaldi)
  • Alley Cat

This is one of the few issues where Phil Gascoine‘s artwork does not appear. He is in between “Diving Belle”, which finished in the previous issue, and his next story, “Holiday Hideaway”. Meanwhile, two new stories begin.

The first is a Trini Tinturé story, “Food for Fagin”. Olivia Twist (yes, and the Charles Dickens references continue throughout the story) has always wanted a dog of her own. Eventually her mother agrees, but on the strict condition that the dog won’t eat much, because they have a tight budget. So Olivia gets Fagin – and guess what sort of appetite he develops as he grows?

The second is “Dracula’s Daughter”. We get shades of Dickens again in the form of a headmaster who is virtually Dickensian in the way he believes a school should be run. And he is out to ram it down the throat of his daughter’s free-and-easy school with strong-arm tactics.

In “Worlds Apart”, the girls have finally figured out why they are ending up in these strange worlds; first a world of fatties and now a world of sports-mad people. It is their dream worlds becoming reality. They realise what must be done in order to escape the sports-mad world – Ann, the unknowing creator of the world, must die. But can they really allow Ann to die? At the end of the episode it looks like the question has become redundant when the villains of the piece in this world take a hand.

In “Pam of Pond Hill”, Steve runs away because he can’t stand his stepfather. But of course he would pick a heck of a time to do so – his mother is ill! “Angela’s Angels” have a problem patient, who is bad tempered, violent, and is now climbing out the window – on the seventh floor!