Categories

On this day, 23 June 1984: Tammy

On this day, 23 June 1984: Tammy

 Cover artwork: main artist unknown; Jim Baikie (The Forbidden Garden)

Cover artwork: main artist unknown; Jim Baikie (The Forbidden Garden)

Industrial action by the NUJ in June 1984 led to IPC cutting a number of weekly and monthly magazines and comics from its roster. A number of titles were withdrawn from the schedule with no forewarning; where these were serial anthology comics, that meant that ongoing stories stopped short on cliffhanger endings. Horror comic Scream! was one of these publications (its fifteenth and final standalone issue carrying the cover date of 30 June 1984), but was saved to some small extent when unfinished stories such as Monster and The Thirteenth Floor were picked up by Eagle a few weeks later. Less fortunate was Tammy, for which the issue cover-dated 23 June would turn out to have been the last in its proud thirteen-year run. The title 'Tammy' was added to the masthead of Girl, but this would be a merger in name alone, as none of its uncompleted serials were carried over. It could be argued that Girl was only half a comic - it carried photo-stories and photo-articles in higher proportion to drawn strips - and that would mean that this Tammy was the very last pure issue in IPC's fine and longstanding production of girls' comics.

Mistyfan has written an excellent review of the issue, and the circumstances surrounding its cancellation, here.

I've posted some scans from the issue below, including the final panels of all the serials, and their 'Next week' trailer lines promising a future that never came. In some parallel universe, new story Secret Sisters ran for more than one episode, Cora Can't Lose reached its thrilling conclusion, and long-running favourites Bella and Pam of Pond Hill continued to please their loyal readers for many weeks more. But not in our world, alas.

 Bella: Primrose Cumming (writer), John Armstrong (artist)

Bella: Primrose Cumming (writer), John Armstrong (artist)

 Bella: Primrose Cumming (writer), John Armstrong (artist)

Bella: Primrose Cumming (writer), John Armstrong (artist)

 No Use to Anyone!: Eduardo Feito (artist)

No Use to Anyone!: Eduardo Feito (artist)

 No Use to Anyone!: Eduardo Feito (artist)

No Use to Anyone!: Eduardo Feito (artist)

 Sadie in Waiting: Joe Collins (artist)

Sadie in Waiting: Joe Collins (artist)

 Secret Sisters: Maria Dembilio (artist)

Secret Sisters: Maria Dembilio (artist)

 Secret Sisters: Maria Dembilio (artist)

Secret Sisters: Maria Dembilio (artist)

 Secret Sisters: Maria Dembilio (artist)

Secret Sisters: Maria Dembilio (artist)

 Pam of Pond Hill: Jay Over (writer), Bob Harvey (artist)

Pam of Pond Hill: Jay Over (writer), Bob Harvey (artist)

 Pam of Pond Hill: Jay Over (writer), Bob Harvey (artist)

Pam of Pond Hill: Jay Over (writer), Bob Harvey (artist)

 A Pony Tale: Jemima and the Arabian: Veronica Weir (artist)

A Pony Tale: Jemima and the Arabian: Veronica Weir (artist)

 A Pony Tale: Jemima and the Arabian: Veronica Weir (artist)

A Pony Tale: Jemima and the Arabian: Veronica Weir (artist)

 I’m Her – She’s Me!: Phil Gascoine (artist)

I’m Her – She’s Me!: Phil Gascoine (artist)

 I’m Her – She’s Me!: Phil Gascoine (artist)

I’m Her – She’s Me!: Phil Gascoine (artist)

 Cora Can’t Lose: Juliana Buch (artist)

Cora Can’t Lose: Juliana Buch (artist)

 Cora Can’t Lose: Juliana Buch (artist)

Cora Can’t Lose: Juliana Buch (artist)

On this day, 24 June 1978: Misty

On this day, 24 June 1978: Misty

On this day, 22 June 1974: Shiver and Shake

On this day, 22 June 1974: Shiver and Shake