On this day, 5 April 1980: Penny
On this day, 5 April 1980 ... It's another of those 'Important News for All Readers Inside!' issues. What could that news be?? Of course, it's merger time again, this time the joining of Penny (after 45 issues) to Jinty. The cover is notable for another of Mario Capaldi’s lovely nature scenes and another of his enormous dogs (see the 23 February issue), while inside we find the winding up of several serials: Kay’s Camp Site, Cherry of Manor Vale, The Blue Island Mystery and Kathy’s Convict – none of which, one would have thought, would have seemed out of place in Jinty. It’s also a shame to say a colourful goodbye in this issue to Jack Edward Oliver’s Blunder Girl!, a great character who it would have been nice to see continued elsewhere – even if it had meant a trans-departmental move to one of IPC humour titles, such as Jackpot.
Gentle street soap serial Tansy of Jubilee Street and Joe Collins’ mouse cartoon Snoopa both survived the cut and appeared in the following week’s Jinty and Penny, as did Seulah the Seal, a beautifully drawn (by Veronica Weir) tale which had been absent from Penny for the last few weeks of its run.