Mandy Stories

























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  1. My memories of Mandy are focused on the earliest years. There was a picture strip Honour among Thieves, about a young girl who travels to a big city (London?) following the death of her parents. This was set in the C17th or C18th. I remember The Dress of Destiny very well. There were also quite a lot of stories set in the WW2 home front; probably because the story writers a and illustrators would have been children or teenagers themselves at that time. It’s amazing how memories of Mandy come back after more than forty-five years!

  2. I’ve just remembered “The Samsons (or Sampsons) Stick Together”, about a family of children forced to live with the unsympathetic boarding house owners Mr and Mrs Hodder following the disappearance of their father, a naval officer. This would have been circa 1968.

    And the story about the family living in a house built to a shoe design also appeared in the early ‘seventies as well as later on. I remember an storyline where all the children caught chickenpox …

    1. I can’t place the first, but “There Was a Young Girl Who Lived in a Shoe…”, which might be the other Mandy story you want.

  3. I always remember a story with an alien brother and sister. The girl was called Juella,and that’s all I can remember. I loved The Secret Life of Hateful Hattie and tried to recreate it in Drama in school, but others weren’t as committed to the project as me so it never happened. I also remember a story about a girl with an acorn necklace and it was called something like The Acorn’s Secret, or something. I also like the stories of Valda, Who is Judy Parker?, Roll Along Roma, The Outcasts of Underwood School and Little Phantom of the Opera. Also Lucky’s Living Doll. There were so many good stories!

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      The character Juella was the sister of Jonny Comet, The Pop Star From Planet X. The serial with that title appeared in MANDY 666 (Oct. 20 1979) – 678 (Jan. 12 1980). I hope this information proves useful, especially if you want to read it again.

  4. Who Is Judy Parker? first ran in MANDY 1 (Jan. 21 1967) – 8 (Mar. 11 1967). However, given the rough grouping of the last four titles you mention, Cheryl, it looks as though you were reading these serials in 1972/73/74. Here are the relevant details in case you want to buy in some of the issues from 30th Century Comics in Putney. For the list of serials featuring Valda you just need to search in MANDY on this site. The titles below, as you are aware, are also in MANDY.

    In order of appearance:-

    Little Phantom Of The Opera 272 (Apr. 1 1972) – 288 (Jul. 22 1972) [no episode in 283]
    The Outcasts Of Underwood School 300 (Oct. 14 1972) -316 (Feb. 3 1973)
    Who Is Judy Parker? 323 (Mar. 24 1973) – 330 (May 12 1973)
    Roll-Along Roma 361 (Dec. 15 1973) – 373 (Mar. 9 1974)

  5. There are two stories in the list above, Lorraine, that I can’t access as no pointing hand appears. The first is Double Trouble (1978), the other is The Dress Of Destiny. If you get a minute can you look into this please.

  6. Can anyone remember these stories? I think they both date from 1967.

    A young girl who was blind but could ‘see’ a lady dressed in white (as a nun, possibly)?

    A teenage girl with a blind father who hoped to win a carnival queen (or similar) competition that her dead mother had won as a young girl herself. The episode I remember best is her having to entertain to tea a very demanding and rude lady visitor withiut losing her composure. (“I take only lemon.” “I’m sorry, but I haven’t a lemon in the house.”). Father is understandably incensed at how his daughter is being treated, comes to remonstrate, and trips over. Demanding lady says “Good Grief, is he blind?”, is told he is, and promptly drops her grumpy act to explain that the visit has been a test to find out whether the candidates can remain polite under duress without being doormatted. Ultimately, girl is crowned queen, regrets father can’t see her, but is assured he remembers her mother being crowned and can see it all in his mind’s eye.

  7. I think that the first story that Jane is seeking has the title In The Steps Of The White Lady. At first the story seems to be about Pippa Gracewell, who goes to stay with Major and Mrs Luce at Sandene Hall, which had one been a nunnery. However, the Luces also take in a girl called Louise Rambert, who is blind and has recently been found in a refugee camp in Africa. The girls spend some time exploring the large gardens, and then Louise tells Pippa that she feels tired and is going up to her bedroom to lie down for a while. She falls asleep and it is during this period that the white lady appears, and tells Louise that she will help her to find the flowers, leaves and berries that will cure her blindness. This serial runs in MANDY 12 (Apr. 8 1967) – 18 (May 20 1967).

  8. The word ‘one’, the first word in line 4 of the post above, should, of course, be ‘once’. Apologies for such an uncharacteristic mistake.

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