On this day, 11 July 1981: Jinty and Penny
On this day, 11 July 1981 … This is a lovely Mario Capaldi cover to put one in the mood for the summer holidays. The illustration relates to Jinty’s text story of the week, The Sea Sprite, in which a girl has a seaside encounter that helps her to overcome her insecurities and make new friends.
Elsewhere this issue, Pam of Pond Hill decides to learn the trombone in order to meet dishy sixth-former Billy Marshall in the school orchestra, junior doctors Angela’s Angels hunt the hospital basement for a runaway boy in need of urgent treatment, and in Dracula’s Daughter, schoolgirl Lydia Graves suffers the consequences of her ‘demon headmaster’ father’s reign of terror over the school. There’s comedy in Gaye’s Gloomy Ghost and Rob Lee’s Alley Cat, and supernatural mystery in the Gypsy Rose tale A Monumental Detective – in which a girl discovers a second sight ability to identify a masked thief – and Worlds Apart – in which six friends become trapped in the fairy-tale world of the imagination of one of them following a an accident involving dangerous chemicals from a secret government research centre.
Also of interest is the excellent ‘Just the Job’ feature explaining and advising on career options – this week working in PR. I’d have found something like this interesting in boys’ comics when I was at school.