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The Big Cat

Ruth Lee hides the cheetah, Ayesha, in a derelict warehouse while she works at a plant nursery to pay for food.

Recollections on the portrayal of people with disabilities in girls comics.
By Briony Coote

A very common staple is “Blind Ballerina.” Jinty and Judy, for example, each ran a serial by this name. The ballerina is, of course, determined to achieve her ambition despite her blindness. Sometimes she has to conceal her disability for this purpose, as in the Jinty serial. As if that weren’t hard enough, she has to cope with a jealous rival who is trying to push her out. Once they learn of her disability, they believe their task is a whole lot easier. In the end, of course, the rival is exposed and the ballerina not only achieves her goal, but regains her eyesight.

Crippled girls who eventually regain use of their legs are another common staple. Jinty’s “Willa on Wheels” and “Clancy on Trial” are but two examples. In the meantime, they are determined not to let their disability get the better of them.

Unscrupulous people who take advantage of a disabled girl are also commonplace, e.g. “No Pity for Paula” (Mandy). Most often it is a girl who is rendered mute after an accident e.g. “Who is Sad Sally?” (Mandy) and “Curtain of Silence” (Jinty).

I fondly recall a Tammy feature which starred a paraplegic girl – “The Button Box”. When Bev Jackson loses the use of her legs after an accident, her grandmother gives her the family box of buttons to cheer her up. Each button tells a story and Bev brings one out of the box every week. These button stories frequently tell morals, inspire the listener with confidence and courage, or comfort a listener who is feeling a bit down. I recall two stories which starred disabled people:

“The Bell Button” – tells the story of Gabriella, a lame beggar girl who is bullied unmercifully by the unfeeling villagers in the Italian village of Pia. Gabriella seeks the sanctuay of the chapel, vowing never to go “into that cruel world again!” There she meets the only person who shows her kindness – Signor Bede, the bellringer. One night Gabriella shows her gratitude by ringing the bell to warn Signor Bede that a nearby volcano is erupting. Naturally, she warns the villagers as well, and saves the entire village. When they find that Gabriella (now dying of a long illness) rang the bell, they are astonished. Gabriella’s last words are: “I didn’t ring the bell to warn YOU, but Signor Bede and his family! For he alone has shown me kindness…”
The moral of the story: A little kindness goes a long way.

“The Star Button” - when Emma loses her sight, she wallows for a whole year in self pity, thinking herself useless. Emma rebuffs her parents’ every attempt to buck her up; “I’m just a useless cabbage!” Then Emma’s blindness becomes an advantage when she foils a burglar. She felt the buttons on the burglar’s jacket and recognises them as star-shaped buttons worn by a sacked maid. The maid is arrested and Emma finally realises that she is not a useless cabbage. After this story, the listener, who is also blind, has the confidence to go through blind school.

Briony

Sceptre of the Toltecs

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Jenny Marlow's archaeologist parents returned from Mexico with a strange, golden eyed girl named Malincha, whose weird powers made her able to stop a runaway car and save the life of the driver.

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Briony's Corner

Jinty stories continued:

1974
Jackie's Two Lives - Mrs Mandel lures Jackie Lester away and turns her into a double of her late daughter, Isabella. Isabella had died because of her mother's obsession with her winning a riding trophy, and now that same obsession is putting Jackie's life in danger.
Kat and Mouse Game (The) - Letitia "Mouse" doesn't realise that "Kat" is taking advantage of her. But then Mouse is a strong contender for most gullible character ever to appear in Jinty.
Left Out Linda - Linda is kept at home while her family go on holiday as a punishment.
Always Together... - three orphans pretend to be gypsies to prevent welfare from breaking them up.
Prisoners of Paradise Island - Sally Tuff is a tough trainer in order to see her hockey team wins the International Schoolgirl Championship. Then the girls are taken to a luxury island and only Sally realises their hosts are trying to make sure they don't win by over-indulging them.
Slave of the Mirror - Mia Blake falls under the thrall of an evil mirror.
Weena the Witch - Weena is persecuted in a village that still believes in witches.
Wild Horse Summer - Daphne has been mute since an accident. While on holiday with relatives she befriends a wild horse, but a farm hand wants to destroy it, considering it dangerous. He finally gets his chance and - you guessed it - Daphne's voice returns while trying to save the horse.

1975

Barracuda Bay - Susan Steven finds herself on the wrong side of some crooks when she goes on a treasure hunt in the Bahamas.
Blind Ballerina - isn't this a bit cliched?
Cinderella Smith - no explanation is necessary. But this is the only Cinderella I know of to work in *chains.*
Daddy's Darling
- Lee Simons has been living a sheltered life with her overprotective father. Then wartime forces daddy to send Lee to the village school and - horrors! - he finds himself lumbered with evacuees!
Face the Music, Flo! - Flo Carroll is afraid her brother's pursuit of a singing career will ruin him, and sets out after him.
Golden Dolly, Death Dust! - Miss Marvell the witch is threatening all green things with her "death dust. " So two girls, along with their corn dolly (which comes to life) must find all the ingredients to make a counter spell.
Green People (The) - No, this isn't about Martians. Developers are threatening the underground haven of fairies.
Haunting of Hazel (The) - When Hazel arrives in the village of Black Crag, she finds that the Black Crag in question has been casting a shadow over the village for centuries. Then Hazel finds she has a connection with the Crag that might put an end to its evil.
Ping Pong Paula - Table tennis player Paula Pride is a real-life ping pong ball between her separated parents. Worse is to follow when rival Myra Glegg starts playing dirty tricks on Paula.
Slaves of the Candle - Victorian maidservant Lydia Langtree falls foul of a candle-making slavery racket.
Song of the Fir Tree
- Two children are on the run from a prison camp, but they are being pursued by the traitor who had sent them there.
Tricia's Tragedy - Tricia Hunt blames herself for her cousin being blinded in a swimming accident. Tricia decides to make up for things by looking after her cousin, but soon finds her cousin is making her a slave.
Valley of Shining Mist (The) - Debbie Lame lives with horrible relatives who, among other things, call her "Dumbie" because she stutters. Then Debbie finds an oasis of peace in the Valley of Shining Mist.

1976

Bound for Botany Bay - story of a girl transported under the harsh 19th century law. "Save Old Smokey!" - the battle to save a steam engine.
Bridey Below the Breadline - Bridey's father has been imprisoned after being wrongly accused of starting the Great Fire of London. Can Bridey's breadmaking help to clear him?
Champion in Hiding - Mitzi Morris discovers a champion sheepdog.
Daisy Drudge and Milady Maud - Through mischance, a Victorian skivvy and a spoilt heiress swop lives.
For Peter's Sake! - Corrie Lomax is on a quest to save her sick baby brother.
Fran of the Floods - struggle for survival when warmer-than-usual temperatures cause global flooding (now Jinty was really ahead of her time here, wasn't she?)
Friends of the Forest - Sally Harris is trying to save a deer from being put in a circus.
Gertie Grit, the Hateful Brit! - In Roman times, the ghastly Gertie Grit steals a druid's talisman that can send her through time. Wherever Gertie lands, she changes the course of history. Among other escapades, Gertie starts the French Revolution, sets the Indians on Custer's Last Stand, sparks the Great Fire of London, and causes an Ice Age. Finally the druid catches up with her and takes back the pendant. He returns Gertie, now reverted to a baby after hitting a time warp, back to her parents. "This time madam, make a better job of bringing her up!"
Jinty in a Bubble - the sinister Miss Vaal is keeping a girl in a plastic bubble. Ostensibly this is because the girl has no immunity to germs, but in reality Miss Vaal wants to study the effects of being cut off from the outside world.
Go on, Hate Me!
- Hettie is the victim of a hate campaign when she is wrongly blamed for a girl's death.
Horse from the Sea - talk about seahorse!
House of the Past - time travel to the 1930s.
Jassy's Wand of Power - Jassy is a water diviner, which is a dangerous thing since a government weather control station is causing a drought.
Miss No-Name - amnesic Lori Mills becomes slave to the horrible Ma Crabb.
Rose among the Thornes - Rose Smith and her grandmother are the only people who know their relatives, the Thornes, are planning to redevelop the village and make a fortune.
Sisters at War! - sibling rivalry.
Slave of Form 3B (The) - domineering Stacey realises she can hypnotise a weaker girl.
Snobby Shirl the Shoeshine Girl! - Shirley Lomax is a super-snob and her father decides to teach her a lesson. If this were a Tammy story he would no doubt be sending her to Hermione Snoot's "School for Snobs." Since he does not have this luxury in Jinty, he turns Shirley out to shine shoes for a living.
Stefa's Heart of Stone - Stefa Giles is so gutted by the death of her best friend, Joy Brett, that she vows to turn her heart into stone to avoid being hurt again.
Sue's Fantastic Fun-Bag! - This regular feature spanned from 1976 to (approximately) 1979. Laughs galore when Sue acquires Henrietta, a magical hand-bag with a mischievous streak. Sometimes this works out quite well, as when a thief steals Henrietta, and she makes his hair grow to such monstrous proportions that he BEGS to be arrested. Other times, Henrietta's naughtiness causes problems, such as when Sue's mother puts her glasses in Henrietta, and Henrietta magicks them into x-ray specs. At first Sue finds these new specs fun, but they grow so powerful that all she can see are skeletons!
Then there were 3... - Ten girls hire a narrow boat, and weird things start happening.
Too Old to Cry! - retelling of a poor orphan running away from a cruel orphanage.
Wanda Whiter than White - Wanda White's over-strictness in telling the truth is making her a tell-tale.
Willa on Wheels - story of a crippled girl

1977

A Boy Like Bobby - chaos when Tessa befriends two brothers.
Battle of the Wills - Kate Wills longs to be a gymnast, but her grandmother is forcing her to be a ballerina. In desperation Kate turns to a scientist and demands that a clone be made of her so she can "be in two places at the same time." Oh dear, oh dear. We hope you're satisfied, grandma!
Big Cat (The) - Ruth protects a cheetah from a cruel circus owner by disappearing with it. But the owner is not pleased.
Creepy Crawley (1977): Top girl Jean Crawley finds herself under threat from a new girl. Jean unleashes the power of an Egyptian scarab brooch to get rid of her rival. Before long, however, the brooch is using Jean to launch an invasion of insects.
Cursed to be a Coward! - Marnie Miles is being harassed by a deranged gypsy woman who fortells that she will "end up in blue water." Marnie takes this to mean she will drown someday - and the gypsy woman is determined to make sure that she does.
Curtain of Silence - cycling star Yvonne Berridge thinks of nothing but winning - until the day she becomes a prisoner in an Iron Curtain country. She is forced to cycle for the country under another identity but is determined to escape.
Darkening Journey (The) - Thumper the dog has been separated from his blind mistress and sets out in search of her.
Destiny Brown - Destiny Brown is the seventh child of a seventh child. When she turns 14 Destiny develops powers of precognition.
Freda, False Friend (1977): Freda is torn by conflicting loyalties when her policeman father orders her to spy on a friend's father, who is suspected of criminal activities.
Goose Girl (The) - Glenda Noble takes care of a goose.
Guardian of White Horse Hill
- life is hard for orphan Janey Summers, but things turn really weird when she meets a mysterious white horse.
Kerry in the Clouds (1977): Kerry dreams of becoming an actress.
Land of No Tears (1977): Disabled Cassie Shaw is mysteriously transported to a future world where girls like herself are cruelly treated. Cassie, of course, resolves to do something to change all this.
Made-Up-Mandy (1977): Mandy works as a cleaner at a beauty salon. Then she discovers she has a flair for makeup, which leads her to a series of alter egos and adventures.
Mark of the Witch! (1977): Emma Fielding is similarly persecuted, because of the "black streak" that has made her family the village outcasts for generations.
Mystery of Martine (The) (1976-1977) - when Martine Freeman starts playing the part of a deranged, obsessive woman in a play called "the Demon Within", her behaviour changes and she starts behaving like the deranged woman in real life. Almost as if ...there WAS a demon within. Martine returns to normal when the author realises what is happening and rewrites the script.
Robot Who Cried (The) - a human-like robot wants to become a real human, but has a lot to learn about humanity.
Spell of the Spinning Wheel - shades of Sleeping Beauty! After Rowan Lindsay pricks her finger on an evil spinning wheel, any humming noise sends her to sleep. This starts interfering with her running career.
Stage Fright - Linda Roberts' father lands a good job as a gamekeeper - but on the bizarre condition that Linda stay at the manor and train as an actress.
Who's That in My Mirror? - Magda's angelic face conceals a wicked nature. But it shows in a strange mirror.

1978

Clancy on Trial - After an accident, nobody expects Clancy Clarke to walk again. When she does (with her cousin's help) her grandfather decides to test her determination to see if she will make a worthy heir.
Girl Who Never Was (The) (1978-1979): Conceited Tina Williams learns a humility lesson when she is cast into a parallel world ruled by magic. Then disaster strikes when Tina unwittingly casts a forbidden spell. She must return to her own world, or face a sentence of eternity as a statue.
Human Zoo (The) (1978-1979): Shona and Jenny Lewis, along with others, are abducted by aliens. On the alien planet, humans are regarded as mere animals, and are treated accordingly. The treatment the humans receive parallels the treatment meted out to animals on Earth (zoos, circuses, slaughterhouses, bloodsports, vivisection and beasts of burden).

Waking Nightmare – Phil Carey befriends and tries to hide a strange girl from the authorities. A loyal but mistaken action as not only the girl turns out to be very sick and confused, but Phil breaks her leg from hiding the girl.
Zodiac Prince (The) - The King of the Zodiac sends his son to hand out gifts to any girl he pleases.

1979

A Girl Called Gulliver - Gwenny Gulliver is looking after the last of the Lilliputians.
Alice in a Strange Land - Bizarre adventures of Alice Jones when she becomes part of a group to survive a plane crash in South America and finds a mysterious Incan temple.
Almost Human - talk about The Untouchable. Xenia is an alien who looks entirely human - but her touch is deadly.
Casey, Come Back! - Orphan Josie Stanton feels unloved by her stern grandfather, who shatters her world completely when he sells her beloved dog, Casey. Eventually, of course, they are all reunited and find a new understanding.
Children of Edenford - an obsessive headmistress is brainwashing and drugging her pupils into utter docility. Bizzie Bet and
Daughter of Dreams
- Sally Carter is the school wallflower until a mysterious girl befriends her. Is the girl real or Sally's fantasies come to life?
Disappearing Dolphin (The) - an underwater archaeological dig becomes a dolphin attraction.
Easies (The) - 'What happens when an irrestible force meets an immovable object?' Bet the mighty atom and her bone idle friends, the Easies provide one answer if physics is not your strong point.
Forbidden Garden (The) - Laika Severn is determined to grow a flower for her dying sister in a future world where pollution has killed all plant life. Unfortunately growing the flower requires breaking the stern laws of the period. If Laika is discovered, she will be sent to a detention centre.
Four Footed Friends (The) - of the canine variety, of course.
Mike and Terry - A daredevil private detective and his girl helper go on the trail of criminal extraordinaire, the Shadow.
Nothing to Sing About - When singing idol Gary Davis dies, his daughter vows to shut all singing out of her life. Of course, this is impossible.
Pandora's Box - Vain, self-centred Pandora Carr is confident she has acting talent, but her witchy guardian insists on giving her a box of magic potions to help her along.

1980

Angela Angel-Face - sneaky, sweet-faced Angela Palmer becomes embroiled in a plot to kidnap a Meringarian princess. Not one of Jinty's best stories: weak, strained plot; muddled ending; the story gives the impression it is merely a filler for the Christmas period.
A Spell of Trouble (1980): Carrie Black comes from a long line of witches. But trouble looms in the form of her gormless cousin, Angela White.
Child of the Rain (1980): After a trip to the Amazon rainforest, Gemma West (who had previously hated rain), finds that she is filled with a mysterious energy when it rains.
Gaye's Gloomy Ghost
- a funny regular feature with Gaye and Sir Roger, the ghost of a medieval knight who has problems with understanding modern times.
Girl the World Forgot (The) (1980): Shona Owens lives the life of a castaway on a remote Scottish island.
Her Guardian Angel - Laughs galore with reckless Roz and her overzealous guardian angel, Gabby.
Minnow
(1980): For some strange reason, Minna's mother is totally against her learning to swim. Furthermore, Minna begins to experience terrifying visions of drowning, but despite it, she defies her mother and has secret swimming lessons.
Perfect Princess (The) - Princess Victoria of Burmania is such a horror that her father disinherits her and has two British girls competing for her crown. Naturally, a heated three-way rivalry ensues. Another Jinty turkey or should it be considered a comedy? You decide.
Spirit of the Lake - Karen longs to skate like her rich cousin Cynthia, and finds a ghostly instructor.
Sue's Daily Dozen - Sue Baker brings back the recipes of the "Daily Dozen," to the joy of the locals. They were invented by Granny Hayden, the local witch. Witch as in wise woman, that is. I like this story because it portrays witches as they really were - wise women who helped people with herbal remedies. And these Daily Dozen recipes are a delight!
Tearaway Trisha (1980): Trisha's careless riding puts a girl in hospital. Now Trisha is putting on three cycle shows to raise money for an operation.
Tears of a Clown (1980): Kathy Clowne is the victim of relentless bullying. Her worst enemy, Sandra, is making sure Kathy gets no chance to prove her only talent - long distance running. Finally, Kathy is pushed too far and uses her talent to run away. Her disappearance shocks the school into remorse.
Toni on Trial - Toni Carr joins her mother's old athletics club, but finds herself an outcast because her mother was disgraced when she was accused of stealing a trophy. Toni is determined to get at the truth.
White Water - Mr Mason is drowned and his daughter Bridie lamed when their boat "White Water" sinks. Bridie vows there will be a new "White Water."


1981

Badgered Belinda (1981): Belinda Blair is being badgered (bullied) at a boarding school. On the brink of running away, she chooses to stay and secretly care for a set of orphaned badgers.
Bow Street Runner (The) - Beth Speede has been the errand girl of Bow Street since she could walk. Then a gypsy's prophecy, which Beth interprets to mean that her father's life depends on her running up to speed, has her take up cross country running. And as usual, there is a spiteful rival out to spoil things for her.
Diving Belle - Highdiver Belle McBain loses her nerve after her father is presumed killed following an ocean diving accident. Then a gypsy diving instructor tells Belle she must learn to dive again as fast as possible, because an important mission depends on it. No prizes for guessing what the mission turns out to be.
Dracula's Daughter (1981): Mr Graves, an authoritarian grammar school master, disapproves of the free-and-easy methods at his daughter's school. So when Mr Graves becomes the headmaster, he forces his strict grammar-school methods down its throat in an over-zealous crusade to reform it into a strict grammar school.
Fancy Free! - Fancy Cole is the most difficult pupil at Stockbotham Comprehensive, and considering her relationship with her mother, it's no wonder. When Fancy runs away in search of a better life, she meets an old man who helps her discover caring, responsibility, and to grow up considerably.
Food for Fagin (1981): Olivia Twist is allowed to have a dog - on condition that it doesn't cost much to feed. But Olivia soon finds she has seriously underestimated the appetite of her new dog, Fagin.
Freda's Fortune - Freda Potter thinks her dreams come true when she wins a pony, but then come two big problems: Costs of maintaining the pony and snobby Susan Hamlin, who can't brook competition.
The Ghost Dancer (1981): Ferne Ashley pretends to be crippled to punish her father for causing (as she believes) her mother'd death.
Holiday Hideaway - Mr Jones has had to cancel his holiday because his business collapsed, but is too embarrassed to admit it to his neighbours. So he hides his entire family in the house and pretend they are on holiday.
No Medals for Marie
(1981): Marie Smart is being blackmailed into losing deliberately by her jealous stepmother.

Sweet and Sour Rivals (The) - Life's never dull for Mandy Mead when Suzie Choo joins the class. Suzie's parents run a new Chinese restaurant and Suzie is always cooking up fun.
Worlds Apart (1981): Six girls, each with a particular characteristics, are knocked out by gas when a chemical tanker slams into their school. The girls find themselves in a series of strange worlds, which are in fact their own dreamworlds becoming reality. Each world is governed by the girls' characteristics, which make the worlds a living nightmare. When the girls recover, they have learned some hard lessons about themselves.

  • Sarah (greedy) - world of fatties, food and gluttony
  • Ann (sporty) - sports-mad world
  • Samantha (vain) - fairy-tale world where she rules as a tyrannical, vain,
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Mo (delinquent) - crime-ridden world
  • Clare (clever) I.Q.- based hierarchal world
  • Jilly (timid) - horror-movie world.


More Jinty stories:

Desert Island Daisy - Victorian maidservant Daisy finds that class distinctions still apply, even when she and her employers become castaways on a desert island. Daisy was one of the first Jinty regulars. "The Haunting of Form 3b." Form 3b is mysteriously reverting to a Victorian pattern. This story was reprinted in the 1980 Misty annual.
The Jinx of St Jonahs - Katie Jinx is jinx by name, jinx by nature. This affable klutz was another regular.
Dora Dogsbody - Dora (another regular) is adopted by the Sneddons - to be the dogsbody in their dog hotel. But Dora always ends up having the last laugh on the Sneddons.
Gwen's Stolen Glory - Gwen steals the credit for her classmate's heroism.
Gail's Indian Necklace - Gail falls under the thrall of an evil necklace.
* This story was illustrated by Phil Gascoigne, who holds the distinction of being the only artist to last the entire run of Jinty. In fact, Gascoigne artwork was the only thing to last the entire run of Jinty.
Gascoigne's Jinty run began with Gail's Indian Necklace and ended with Badgered Belinda. During the interim, Gascoigne illustrated so many Jinty classics. To name but a few: Girl in a Bubble, Fran of the Floods, When Statues Walk..., The Venetian Looking Glass, Tears of a Clown, Freda, False Friend and Bird-Girl Brenda.

Briony
(Briony is our resident expert on UK Jintys Comics from the 70s, 80s and 90s - 26pigs)


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