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Jinty Holiday Special 1980

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Cover: Phil Gascoine

  • Bizzie Bet and the Easies – artist Hugh Thornton-Jones
  • Rock of Destiny – artist Rodrigo Comos (Gypsy Rose story)
  • Fairy Cakes and the Good Fairy (text story)
  • Gwen’s Quiz Show (feature)
  • See – It’s Spring! (feature)
  • The White Blackbird – artist John Richardson (Gypsy Rose story)
  • Alley Cat
  • Handing it to You! (feature)
  • Dream of a Holiday… (quiz)
  • Porthole of Panic (Gypsy Rose story)
  • Welcome Your Guests to Your (word missing) – feature
  • Wedding in the Family (text story)
  • The Tansley Tresses – artist Carlos Freixas
  • The Yellow Dress – artist John Richardson (Gypsy Rose story)
  • A Present for Tina – unknown artist (Merry) – text story
  • Twice as Nice with Rice! (feature)
  • Neck and Neck! (feature)
  • Laddie – artist Peter Wilkes (Gypsy Rose story)
  • Alley Cat (back cover)

There are a few holes where someone cut things out, so the title on one of the features is incomplete. One feature, “Neck and Neck” is unusual for being about boyfriends; it advises you on the types of boy you might meet on holiday. “Handing it to You!” is all about palmistry, no doubt a nod to Gypsy Rose. Speaking of which, most of her her stories in this special all seem to be more recycling of old Strange stories. The exception seems to be the last one, “Laddie”. Here, Gypsy Rose is drawn by the same artist who draws the story. “The Tansley Tresses” may possibly be a recycled Strange story too. But there is no Gypsy Rose, just a text box introducing us to the story. So perhaps it is Jinty’s own story. The Tansley women have been outstanding athletes for decades. Grandma says it is because their long hair (shades of Samson!) gives them strength. Grand-daughter Joan thinks this is rubbish and cuts off her tresses because short hair is easier for athletics. But then Joan seems to lose her strength for no apparent reason and even becomes wheelchair bound – until Grandma pins her tresses back on.

“Wedding in the Family” seems to be a reprint from elsewhere. Beccy’s sister Liz Britton is getting married, but things begin to go wrong when Beccy discovers another Elizabeth Britton who was jilted at the altar and died of a broken heart. And Liz is to be married on the anniversary of the event. Becky begins to worry that history will repeat itself, and for a while it looks like it is. Thankfully it turns out to be a misunderstanding and the wedding goes as planned – but there seems to be an extra guest dressed in old-fashioned clothes….

“Bizzie Bet and the Easies” is drawn by Hugh Thornton-Jones rather than their regular artist, Richard Neillands. Thornton-Jones has had plenty of experience in drawing humorous and zany strips such as Sue’s Fantastic Fun-Bag, so he must have felt at home here. The Easies are not pleased when Bet drags them off to see an old stately home. The Easies win in the end, as usual. In fact, they even end up enjoying their visit because they are rewarded with a slap-up meal because their hijinks to take things easy end up doing the owner a favour.

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