On this day, 10 February 1979: Jinty
On this day, 10 February 1979 … there were further tales of fantasy, fun and fighting against cruel circumstance in the latest issue of Jinty.
In the realms of fantasy, swimsuited Tina Williams was subjected to magical tests on an enchanted mountain as she sought to earn her way home in The Girl Who Never Was, while Sea-sister spirit girl Helen rode out on the waves to rescue Jane Bush’s marooned father. There were fun times in the school staff room for Sue Lawton and her magical handbag in Sue’s Fantastic Fun-bag, and in the playground for Fran’s buddy Sally and an escaped gorilla in Fran’ll Fix It!
More fatalistic fare was to be found in Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as orphans Dorrie and Max reached the end of their search for Rainbows End children’s home, Prisoner of the Bell, which told of the harsh power wielded over Susie Cathcart by her reclusive grandmother, She Shall Have Music, found piano-loving Lisa Carstairs suffering the hardened heart of her bankrupt father, and I’ll Make Up For Mary, as Ann Ridley attempted to get better acquainted her dead twin sister’s best friends.
As ever, thank you to the brilliant A Resource on Jinty blog for identifying the artists and even one of the writers, Alison Christie. There's an excellent interview with Alison on that site, as well as an incredibly comprehensive and ongoing analysis of Jinty. It's more than worth a visit.