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Tammy and Sandie from 8th June 1974
2 weeks later we had Tammy and June starting out together on 22nd June 1974.
Another thrilling cover from this issue dated 19th February 1977.
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Briony's Corner

Comics I know merged with Tammy:
Sally, Pixie, Sandie, June, Misty, Jinty and Princess. Tammy herself merged with Girl.

Sally (1971) was the first to merge with Tammy, during Tammy's own first year in 1971. Sally brought Cat Girl to Tammy. Cathy becomes a superheroine called Cat Girl when she finds a magic cat costume in a casket (from a grateful African witch doctor). Since her dad is a private eye, Cat Girl covertly helps him with his cases, as well as pursuing cases of her own.

Sandie (1973) brought "Wee Sue" to Tammy. Sue Strong makes up for in brains what she lacks in height. Most often her brains are pitted against her grumpy, vain, bullying teacher, Miss Bigger.

June (1974) brought Bessie Bunter and the Storyteller, who told spooky stories to Tammy. Bessie and the Storyteller had previously come to June from School Friend. By the way, the Tammy & June merger saw the debut of Bella Barlow, the character to rival Molly Mills for longest-running Tammy character.

Misty (1980) - as I noted in the Misty section, Misty didn't bring much to Tammy other than a cartoon witch, Miss T, who joined Edie in Tammy.

Jinty (1981) - the Tammy & Jinty merger began to spell the end for Molly Mills, Bessie Bunter and the Storyteller. It also spelled the end for Gypsy Rose, Jinty's teller of spooky stories and "Tansy of Jubilee Street" who came to Jinty from Penny. Snoopa, who also came to Jinty from Penny, joined Miss T and Edie.

The main legacy of the merger was the arrival of "Pam of Pond Hill" from Jinty. Pond Hill was no doubt inspired by Grange Hill, and its star was first-year Pam Watts. Pam tells sagas of what happened when she was a first year. Her stories revolved around family problems, school life and the occasional spat with Wormsley Comprehensive, which hated Pond Hill for no apparent reason.

In one classic Pond Hill story, Pam's class are taken in at the snobby St Dorrit's when the foundations of Pond Hill become unsafe. However the Dorrits pupils (and principal) are too snobby to have anything to do with the Pond Hill pupils, who find themselves the targets of cruel pranks. When Pond Hill re-opens, the pupils take revenge on the Dorrit crowd by tricking them into throwing custard pies at the mayoress!

The other main legacy was a new raft of artists from Jinty, which saw improvements in the artwork of Tammy. Notably these were Bob Harvey, who drew Pond HiIll, Phil Gascoigne, the longest-running artist in Jinty, Berrera Gesali and Guy Peeters.

Princess (1984). Princess was a comic which merged with Tammy within a year of her debut, so she could not bring much to Tammy. The only thing of interest is that Edie, Miss T and Snoopa were dropped in favour of Princess' cartoon "Sadie in Waiting"

Girl & Tammy (1984) - I didn't see much of this one, since Tammy vanished suddenly before merging with Girl. I later saw "Tammy" on the cover of Girl but it looks like Tammy brought nothing to Girl.

Briony

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


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