Penny Wise will give any odd job a try to earn extra money – which gets her into all kinds of scrapes.
- Saturday Penny – Debbie: circa #253 (17 December 1977) – (?)
Evelynne Creely lies very ill at Craven Castle, and she is mistress to Clara Munnings. Evelynne’s evil uncle is trying to force Clara to impersonate Evelynne. Clara is very determined to save her mistress, but eventually the uncle succeeds in forcing Clara to sign the document that will hand the Greely estate over to him.
Lynn Palmer is left alone on a Pacific island when the inhabitants evacuate because of an imminent volcanic eruption. Then she discovers it was just a trick engineered by six criminals, and she has constant scrapes with them as she tries to find out what they are up to. Once Lynn discovers that whatever they are after is submerged in a lake, she dives in to investigate. She discovers the wreck of an aircraft, but one of the criminals prevents her from investigating further. She tries to use the men’s radio to get help, but they capture her (again).
The Smith and Jones families of Fern Road are neighbours and have been close friends for years. Then a series of mishaps, wrongful accusations and misunderstandings start a feud between the two families. The feud snowballs until it becomes a battle. Only the youngest family members, Susie Smith and Jenny Jones, remain friends, and are appalled at the feud.
Britain is invaded by the Starpeople and their giant pink butterflies, dubbed “Pinkies”. They change the winter season to a tropical climate, which causes the flora and fauna to grow at astonishing speed. The Pinkies emit a spray that renders people unconscious. Mandy Muir, her cousin Joan, Professor Trymer and writer Andrew Wilson become immune to the spray after one exposure. While Mandy is separated from the others, the Starpeople try to assure her they mean no harm, but she does not believe them.
(The Pink Peril – Diana 1965)
A remake of this story was published in Debbie with art by Norman Lee and some character name changes. Britain is invaded by the Starpeople and their giant pink butterflies, dubbed “Pinkies”, who change Britain’s autumn season to a tropical climate. Mandy Traynor and her family are the only ones who seem to be immune to the effects of the Pinkies, which emit a sleep-inducing spray. Then the Traynors meet soldiers, who mean to destroy the Starpeople and their Pinkies.
(The Pink Peril – Debbie 1978, Art: Norman Lee)
Promising tennis player Patti Parker has a problem: she can’t bear the thought of people losing to her, so she deliberately lets them win. Then she falls into the power of Isadora Glenn and the racket that belonged to her half-sister, Sylvia Radford, a tennis player who died tragically. Whenever Patti plays with the racket, she turns into a ruthless, vicious tennis player who is capable of anything against those who interfere with her on the tennis court. This makes Patti a lot of enemies, and people begin to say she is acting just like Sylvia Radford. Patti’s coach, Jane Marsh, begins to suspect what is going on, and then finds out that Sylvia had dabbled in voodoo. Realising Jane’s suspicions, Isadora tries to get rid of her.
Rozelle, a gipsy orphan, is sold by her parents to the Baroness Kessler, who uses hypnotism to turn Rozelle into a show-jumping success with the Baroness’s horse Midnight. The Baroness cares far more about her horse than she does about Rozelle. A reporter, Jill Wilson, finds out about the hypnotism and is trying to help Rozelle. Then another gipsy, Zara, steals Midnight after a quarrel with the Baroness. Matters come to a head when the Baroness confronts Zara and a fire breaks out.
In 1840, Hatty Clifton is abducted by a pair of swindlers, the Rackhams, while visiting London with her parents. After the parents are fooled into thinking Hatty has died in a drowning accident, the Rackhams force her into helping with their fraudulent sideshows and games of chance at fairgrounds. Hatty’s attempts to escape are proving unsuccessful, and when she gets badly injured on the high wire the Rackhams refuse to get medical attention for her. However, Hatty manages to get the doctor in, who begins to suspect what’s going on. He starts making enquiries with the police and Hatty’s parents.
When Jenni the Genie’s bottle gets broken she goes in search of a new one, but is having difficulty finding anything suitable. She also encounters people who demand wishes or overhears people wishing for something, which she has to grant. Much humour and hijinks come from Jenni granting those wishes literally, such as giving a girl a lift right through the air when she wishes for a lift to school. Later, she makes pop star Gary Glimmer appear on top of the TV set when the same girl wishes to see him on the TV instead of a boring educational programme in geography class. Because Jenni is homeless, the effect of her wishes is not permanent. For example, Gary vanishes from the school once Jenni’s magic wears off – but not before a dragon teacher reveals herself to be a Gary Glimmer fan and asks for his autograph!