Jackie Annual 1981


A to Z on How to Make the Most of Yourself (pp. 22–23)

Your Jackie Guide to . . . Kissing! (pp. 40–41)

A, B, C of Life, Love and You (pp. 44–45)

Things That Scare Boys (p. 47)

I Was So Stupid . . . (pp. 62–63)

I Didn’t Try to Understand (pp. 82–88) (artist Brian Delaney)


Are You Nice or Nasty? (pp. 8–9)

Bring Out the Beast in You! (pp. 42–43)

How Moody Are You? (pp. 66–67)

What’s Your Dream Home? (pp. 78–79)


How To Put Him Off You! (pp. 24–25)

Something in the Way He Looks (p. 32)

A Dozen Desperate Measures to Get Yourself into Shape (p. 33)

Boy Talk (p. 34)

Contain Yourself! (p. 34)

Get It Write! (p. 35)

Season’s Eatings! (p. 39)

What Line Is He Handing You? (p. 46)

Are You a Write Give-Away? (pp. 50–51)

Patchwork (p. 64)

Get a Move On! (p. 65)

Clothes for All Reasons! (pp. 74–76)


Your Jackie Christmas Carnival! (pp. 6–7)

Guess Who? (p. 27)

Your Special Jackie Pop-A-Cross! (p. 43)

Which Santa’s Knee Would You Like to Sit On? (pp. 52–53)

Star Turn! (pp. 72–73)

Beautiful Baddies – and Gorgeous Goodies! (pp. 90–91)


The Look for You! (pp. 17–21)


Your True Colours (p. 2, p. 94)


You Know You’re a Winter Winner When . . . (p. 5) (artist David Matysiak)

A Dotty Dozen (p. 39)

Spot the Grot (p. 61)

Don’t Monkey Around with the Wrong Boy! (p. 77)

Madge and Beryl (p. 80) (artist Malcolm Bird)

How to Cope with the Festive Season (p. 81)

Where Do the Boys Go in the Winter? (p. 89)

You Know You’ve Come Down to Earth with a Bump When . . . (pp. 92–93) (artist David Matysiak)


The Adventures of Leonard J. Watkins (pp. 10–16) (artist David Matysiak)

Fly Me to the Moon (pp. 28–29) (writer Mary Hopper)

A Girl’s Best Friend (pp. 36–38) (artist Santiago Hernandez?)

To Make Him Forget (pp. 48–49) (writer Amanda Mandinian)

If His Love Be True . . . (pp. 54–60) (artist Norman Lee)


Be a Cover Girl! (p. 26)

Change Gear – for a New Year! (pp. 30–31)

Look Ahead! (pp. 68–71)

In this entry, we are taking a look at Jackie Annual 1981. Jackie was a DCT title that ran from 11 January 1964 until 3 July 1993. After girls felt they’d outgrown Bunty et al., the next DCT title on offer for them was Jackie, a teen magazine for girls filled with pop stars, teen and fashion features, quizzes, fashion, beauty tips, gossip, agony aunt column, true-life stories and, of course, boys galore. Also in the mix were comic strips and short stories (which declined by the 1980s), with emphasis on romance and family issues. One humour strip, Leonard J. Watkins, was unusual for having a (bumbling) boy as the star of the show. Other cartoon strips included Madge and Beryl.

In its heydey Jackie was the best-selling teen magazine Britain, particularly in the 1970s. The problem page, “Cathy and Claire”, helped to make it so. Jackie also absorbed picture-story title Diana.

The annual itself features DCT artists who are familar to us, including David Matysiak and Norman Lee. They are in charge of the picture stories and spot illustrations. There are no photo stories in the annual. Photos are used for spot illustrations. Stories are comparatively few in number. The teen features, fashion, boys, quizzes and pop stars have a much higher presence, but the stories that are present are a welcome relief to the teen stuff.

The two true-life stories, “I Didn’t Try to Understand” and “I Was So Stupid” (to be fair, the ensuing trouble is not all the girl’s fault) are brought to life in two different ways. The former is in picture story form, drawn by Brian Delaney, and the latter is in text form and illustrated with spot photos that look like more like stock photos than accompanying photos posed by models.

As it is an annual, naturally there are some Christmas features to join the fashion and pop star favourites of Jackie readers.

Cathy – Queen of Cooks


Cathy Cooke was a girl with never a spare moment. Since her mother died, three years before, she had looked after the home, doing all the cleaning herself and taking care of her disabled father and her younger brothers and sisters. To help out the family’s meagre income, she /delivered papers and had to get up early every morning. To add to her busy schedule she had now entered a cooking contest Queen of Cooks. She was talented cook but one of the contest judges Miss Barker, was Cathy’s school cookery teacher, who hated her.



  • Cathy – Queen of Cooks – Mandy: #49 (23 December 1967) – (?)

Shirley and her Shadow


Shirley Barton was the only witness who could identify Tod Milligan, accused of a bank robbery. To protect Shirley from Milligan’s accomplices who were still free, and who would stop at nothing to prevent Shirley from giving evidence, the police detailed Sergeant Sankey be her second shadow.


  • Later adapted into a picture story for Bunty Picture Story Library


  • Shirley and her Shadow – Mandy: #48 (16 December 1967) – (?)

    • Reprinted with new art – Bunty Picture Story Library: #190 (1979)

Blundering Bessie


Clumsy Bessie Bloggs’father was butler to Air Marshal Fitzroy Williams of the royal air force. After mishearing her father saying she has “got no skill” as “good at drill”  Fitzroy Williams assigns her to a special girls drill squad.



  • Blundering Bessie – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

She Owned 4-Hoofed Earthquake


When Ginny Marsh’s father bought a new tractor for farm work, it meant that Joab their big shire horse was no longer needed. Ginny was upset at the thought of Joab being put to a rest home for old horses, as Joab had plenty of life to give still. Mr Marsh changes is mind after Joab proves his worth in a storm and he decides both tractor and horse were needed for a farm.


  • Text story


  • She Owned 4-Hoofed Earthquake (text)  – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

The Girl With the Helio Hat


Carol Fayne and her younger brother Albert were living in Naples, Italy with their parents when World War II broke out. When it was found out they were British a mob burned their house down and the parents taken away. Carol and Albert escaped and were now staying in the bunt out ruins of the house. Carol changed their names to the more Italian sounding Carletta and Alberto, so people wouldn’t discover they were British, the only link to her homeland that Carletta kept was her school helio hat.



  • The Girl With the Helio Hat – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

Princess of the Golden Dragon


Princess Suki from the state of Maravia, came to stay with family friend Lady Cranby to be safe from rebels opposing her brother, the king. She had a secret that she had been entrusted to keep the royal seal safe. Lady Cranby gifted Suki a cat, who became a protector to her, thwarting those who were trying  to get the seal.She also had help from a new friend, a circus girl, Megan.

(Mandy – #1)

(Judy PSL #174)



  • Princess of the Golden Dragon – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)
  • Reprinted with new art as The Cat – Judy Picture Story Library: #174
    • Reprinted – Bunty Picture Story Library: #430

The Lost Lass of Laramie


Towards the end of the 19th century, two year old Alison Langley had been kidnapped and raised by Comanche Native Americans. When she was 13 she was made to return to her original home, but Alison, now known as White Cloud, was not happy about this, and soon ran away to try and find her adoptive family.



  • The Lost Lass of Laramie – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)

Peggy the Police Girl


Young Peggy Jones joined the police force as a Police Girl Cadet. She was sent to the village of Melrick, where she took up lodgings’ with the village policeman, Constable Gregson, and his wife. Lady Merlick is not sure she is up for the job, but Peggy impresses her, when she stops a purse snatcher that had taken Lady Merlick’s bag.



  • Peggy the Police Girl – Mandy: #01 (21 January 1967) – (?)