On this day, 9 January 1982: Tammy and Jinty
On this day, 9 January 1982 ... This issue of Tammy and Jinty was the first to be released in 1982 and made a concerted effort to ring the changes for the start of the new year. Five new stories began, including three completely new serials: Danger Dog had a science-fiction feel, set in the near future (‘Your tomorrow’) where a girl believes her dog’s character has changed after it was kidnapped by a research station; Little Sisters played on an ‘annoying younger sister’ theme; Nanny Young followed the exploits of young Tina Young, nanny to a family of raucous kids living in a windmill with their artist dad. The Secret of Seafleet was the first of the ‘Monster Tales’ one-offs, and there was a return for an old favourite, Sandy – the journal of ‘a girl like you’. After tidying up some loose threads from the previous series, Sandy discovers that she has to move to a new town and make new friends.
Two of Tammy’s longest-running strips – Molly Mills and the fun-packed Bessie Bunter – both carry an ‘Old Friends’ badge, perhaps to explain their inclusion as important parts of the comic’s heritage should any 80s readers feel they’re a bit dated. Gymnast supreme Bella Barlow competes in in the national ‘Superkid’ athletics tournament, Pam of Pond Hill and pals object to a leaky school roof, and ghostly The Shadow of Sherry Brown continues with a haunting on a river boat.