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  • Happy to help if I can, but good to note the more detail you can give the better, even if its just when you would have read the story. For example “A talented girl that is mistreated by cruel relatives” could be the plot summary for many stories! The comics uk forum is also full of helpful people:  http://comicsuk.co.uk/forum/index.php

 

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  1. Hello,
    I live in Canada and every Christmas between 1978-1987 my grandmother would send me and my siblings Beano, Dandy, Twinkle and Beezer annuals. For a couple of years she sent Bunty annuals. I was telling my son and daughter about a creepy story about a girl who is being confused for another girl who looks like her. She ends up running into her at a dance club and is frightened because of the girls red/flashing eyes. The end of the story is creepy because her father picks her up in his car and as she gets into the car she explains to her father what happened and the last panel is of him turning to look at his daughter and he has the red/flashing eyes. I would grateful if you could tell me the name of the story and in which annual it can be found…incidentally I’m not 100% sure it was a Bunty annual, but I’m sure it is between 1980-1985.

    1. Hi, I’ve had a check through my Bunty annuals from around that time, I’m missing the 1981 annual but I can definitely rule out the other years. I had thought it was possibly in a Diana annual as there is a “man in black” story with red eyed people but the rest of description doesn’t match. I’ll give a search through my other annuals see if I can find it elsewhere.

      1. What is this red-eyed people Man in Black story anyway? Can you give more details? It may be the story in question. Sometimes memory gets confused and people don’t recall things correctly. We’ve had this happen before with enquiries to “Contact”.

        BTW, I don’t have Misty annual 1985, but I can rule out the other Misty annuals for this one. Tammy and Jinty annuals are also out.

  2. Could it be a Debbie annual? There was a Man in Black type in those annuals I think (probably after Spellbound merged).

  3. I want to say thank-you for everyone’s help so far. I can guarantee that the final panel of the story is a close up of the father’s face turning towards his daughter. He either says “don’t worry” or “tell me all about it”. His eyes look as though they are flashing. I seem to recall it was printed in that monocolour fashion (i.e., black and green and white or black and orange and white). For some reason I could have sworn it was the Bunty annuals, but my grandma did send many different annuals…which I wish I’d taken with me when I moved out of my parents’ house. Anyway, thanks so far.

      1. She sent Oor Willie, The Broons, Beano, Dandy, and Twinkle on a regular basis. We would get other ones periodically like Topper, Beezer, Bunty, Cor. My children are positive the story is in a Twinkle annual, but I keep telling them there is no way Twinkle would publish a story like the one I’m looking for.

    1. Just found this. It’s from an 80s Mandy annual and the last frame he looks at his daughter in the car and says “Oh but I do believe you Claire”

  4. I’m not sure if this helps, but I think there was another creepy story in the same annual. I think it involved a cursed painting and it would trap people inside it. I could be wrong.

    Thanks

    1. The closest I have come so far is the Judy 1981 annual. There is a story where a girl is at a disco and the other people at disco’s eyes go funny as they are hypnotized into committing a robbery. The girl is unaffected as she is deaf. In the same annual there is a nasty girl who gets locked in an attic with a painting and when people go looking for her she has disappeared as she is in the painting. I’ve sample pictures here: http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2010/01/sample-pictures/

      I’ve also added sample from Diana 1986 annual, the story which first sprung to my mind when red eyes were mentioned, but like I mentioned in previous comment none of the other details match, so doubt it is that.

      Otherwise I can rule out the other Judy annuals. Mandy annuals I’ve checked 1979, 1981-1983, 1986. Diana annuals I’ve checked 1982-1986. I also checked some older Bunty annuals from 1976-1979, no luck.

      So that only leaves a few options for DC Thomson books, I agree it does sound to dark a story for Twinkle, so it must be in an annual that I haven’t got, but we have it narrowed down now!

  5. Thanks for the scans, but unfortunately neither are the stories that I remember. I really appreciate the time you and the others have invested.
    My wife has mentioned this is a bit unusual for me, as I usually am spot on with my child hood memories, but this one has me stumped. I guess my 8 year-old brain should have focussed on the title of the annual instead of the story.

    1. Well we’ll not give up yet. I’ll post the question on the comicsuk forum to see if they can help with those annuals I don’t have.

      1. Ok, success, Goof on the comicsuk forum has identified the story as: Who…? from Mandy Annual 1985. Printed in black, white and orange. Artist Ron Lumsden.

        I’ve asked if it’s possible for him to do a scan of story, I’ll update you if he can.

        Here’s a picture of annual cover: http://comicsuk.co.uk/images/Annuals/Mandy/MandyAnnual_1985.jpegMandy 1985

        Update: Goof has kindly supplied scan of story here http://comicsuk.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=140&t=7736

        1. That’s it! Thanks so much! I really do not remember getting a Mandy for Christmas, but this is the story. What’s even funnier is my wife’s name is Amanda and her family calls her Mandy. She teased me that I should have definitely remembered getting this annual, but in my defense her hair is blonde and looks more like Bunty than Mandy. Maybe that’s why I thought it was in Bunty. I’m definitely picking this one up.

          Thanks again for all you’ve done!

  6. Hello all,

    I am a Dutch researcher of comics and am researching the Dutch title Tina, which was started at the same time as the British Tina and is still going strong after all these years.

    Many of the stories printed in Tina during the sixties to eighties had reprints from the girl comics in them, and some of them are hard to identify.

    For instance, a story with the translated title “Together through the Darkness” from 1981. The plot: a young girl’s family moves town and their dog accidentally stays behind. The dog befriends a raven (crow?) and they start a long journey to find his family.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Best,
    Ramon

      1. Wow, what a great resource! Most of my research has been done by others already! I’ll be sure to incorporate this work into the Grand Comics Database entries asap.

        Regards,
        Ramon

        1. I think you should certainly ask permission first, Ramon. It is, of course, possible that lorrsadmin would be pleased to have her website included in the Grand Comics Database, but it is also equally possible that she wouldn’t. Courtesy costs nothing.

          1. Well I have no problem with information on this site being used on the Grand Comic Database, I have used that site myself to check information at times. The list of Dutch translations of course is from the jintyresources site.

  7. I am finding your ‘blue on black’ replacement idea just as difficult to read as the previous one, Lorraine. What I think I asked for was a sky blue blackground. Could you please consider omitting colour altogether because I can easily read black words on a white background. If this is not an acceptable alternative, there will be little point in my logging in at all.

    1. Derek, sorry that you are still having trouble reading the colours. It’s not as simple as clicking a button to change the colour of the footer and actually I enlisted help to make last changes, because my css knowledge is pretty basic (css being the style coding language that makes website look how it does). My other option is changing the entire look of the blog, using a different theme, but I’d want to make sure to find a suitable one, that wouldn’t change things too much.

      Either way this is not something I have time to do right now. It could be two months before change is done. I will try to get it done sooner than that, but just to warn you, you may have to be patient for a while.

      1. I have been known to be patient, Lorraine, so please don’t worry about the time factor. I know you will get round to it when you have enough time. My ex-wife, Lynne, would certainly understand the need for patience where young children are concerned, given that she had to stay at home for several years with our two while I had to go to work. She sees Russ a couple of times a week now, and is in regular contact with Andrew via Facetime, as am I. My routine is like a well-oiled machine, today having been extra busy because I had to pick Alex up from his primary school in St. Erth first, and then pick Lois up from Tesco’s in Carbis Bay, which saves her waiting outside her school for me, take them down to Lynne’s in St. Ives for tea, and eventually take them home. We all had a Chinese tonight.

  8. I can’t find any entries from TRACY in your lists of stories, Lorraine. Is there any particular reason for their absence, or are they hiding in plain sight, and I’m just not seeing them?

    1. Hi, not sure if you mean the page which lists Tracy stories? It is there under the stories tab, it’s listed alphabetically so comes after Suzy. You can click on stories to see list of comics or use drop down menu.

  9. Hi,
    Wondering if you might be able to help.
    Story inquiry:
    I just can find this anywhere, it was in a girl’s annual 70’s or ’80s?

    There was a girl/woman who ended up in a theatre, the next day she went looking for the theatre because she had lost one of her gloves, she found it, but the theatre was a ruin had been destroyed years ago? possible by fire?
    But she knows she had not imagined her experience as through the mess she could see her lost glove on one of the dusty old seats.

    Any ideas?
    Much appreciated if anyone can help!
    S

  10. Hello! I’m looking for an annual from the 1970s and it’s either a Mandy or a Bunty I think. There’s a story about a below-stairs maid on Christmas Day who goes about her duties, taking breakfast in bed to the two daughters of the household who are less than pleased with their gifts…one a locket (“I already have a better locket than this”) and one a choker of pearls (“only a single string of pearls. I did so want a full choker”). At the end of the story the maid is given the last bit of Christmas pudding and almost breaks a tooth on the silver sixpence…she’s happy to have got the lucky sixpence. I haven’t been able to track down which annual this is in.

      1. Thank you SO MUCH!! I’ve investigated the annual here on the page and wow! Yes…that’s it! I even began to remember some of the other stories that I’d forgotten all about, looking at the page pics for this annual.
        I can’t tell you How long I’ve been trying to trace this story and the annual it was in! I didn’t even remember that I had a Judy annual So was looking at Completely the wrong annuals! And I’ve seen that I can buy a copy on amazon I’m SO happy! Thank you x

        1. I am constantly being surprised by the sheer breadth and depth of knowledge that are revealed on this platform, and on comicsUK, for the benefit of those people who require an answer to their question. The pleasure and gratitude expressed above by Heather Carr, makes searching for, and providing, the answers to such queries, well worth the effort involved.

          1. I quite agree, Derek. I’m still a beginner at this, compared to other contributors, but I’ve certainly found it worthwhile. Thank you for your reply, Heather.

          2. Derek, I am indeed So grateful for this information as provided by “Goof”! I am retelling the story of my years’ long search again this evening and how Amazing this one little line of reply has resulted in Such joy and a flood of happy memories. The silly thing is that I had searched on this site a few times before but never actually left a comment and Asked anyone if they knew what I was looking for! Thank goodness I finally did. And to have found a copy on amazon!!! Which I now own and am thrilled to bits. Really still can’t thank everyone here enough

      1. Wonder no longer, Briony. The maid didn’t break her tooth, and she gets to keep the sixpence, so how exactly could she be considered unlucky?

  11. Can members please check their collections of DIANA for me, as I need to know the issue number and date of the very first instalment of ‘Mary Brown’s Schooldays’. It will be somewhere around the 200 mark in 1967. I have checked Lorraine’s excellent Girls Comics Of Yesterday site, where she suggests ‘circa 212’, but unfortunately she is clearly guessing. Her two other suggestions would seem to relate to JACKIE after the amalgamation, so they are not of any interest to me. I really hope to avoid having to go up to the British Library again as it’s five purgatorial hours each way on the train between Hayle and Paddington. Then there’s the Tube. Thanks in anticipation to everyone who searches on my behalf.

    1. I’ve sent you an email Derek, I haven’t got the information you need at the moment, but I may have time to check it in the library in few months.

      Just a correction, Diana did merge with Jackie, but Mary Brown’s Schooldays actually appeared in Debbie after Diana finished.

      1. Are you sure that ‘Mary Brown’s Schooldays’ appeared in DEBBIE? I have all the serials in DEBBIE listed, with dates and issue numbers as far as issue 317. My recollection is that the principal school serial in DEBBIE was ‘Jane Green’s Schooldays’, which was successful enough to have further series, but all I really needed to know was when it started in DIANA. If I can’t find that information, rather than go to London to extract the information from a bound volume in the British Library, I will simply leave it out. After all, the subtitle of the book will be ‘The Great Stories’ or ‘Memorable Stories’, so it would be easy for me to argue that ‘Mary Brown’s Schooldays’ wasn’t all that memorable, and certainly not great.

        1. Yes I’m certain it appeared in Debbie, though the earliest issue I’ve noted with it, is #349. The story also appeared in several of the Debbie annuals.

          Up-to-Date Kate is another story that appeared in Debbie after Diana ended.

          1. It’s a bit late tonight to do a complete check, Lorraine. However, according to my notes I DO have that issue, but unfortunately it isn’t in the pile of issues for that year. I can only assume that it will surface soon. I won’t lose any sleep over it. I didn’t have any responsibility for my grandchildren today so I went on the train to Truro for the day. I bought three new books from Waterstones and three secondhand ones from a fascinating shop in Pydar Mews, which I can certainly recommend to any members planning a holiday in the area.

          2. Peter, I recently saw a biographical article that you wrote about Bill Ritchie that was published on the phil-comics site. Unless I misunderstood it, the caption to one of the photos seemed to suggest that the Up-to-Date Kate artist was Mike Barrett.

            http://www.phil-comics.com/bill.pdf

  12. I have found the relevant issues of DEBBIE. ‘Mary Brown’s Schooldays’ runs between 342 (September 1 1979) and 356 (December 8 1979). As I thought, I do have the full run.

    1. Hi, I wonder if anyone can advise me….I’m not interested in buying/collecting, but, as a now pensioner, I would love to reread Jinty and Jinty & Lindy comics from my childhood. Does anyone know how I can achieve this without having to fork out a fortune? Thank you.

  13. I remember a story called “Lady Locksley’s Secret”. The second wife of Lord Locksley faked the death of her stepdaughter so that her daughter would inherit. The stepdaughter was taken to an orphanage. Some years later Lady Locksley got the child back to Locksley Hall as a servant to keep an eye on her. I think one of the other servants was suspicious. Lord Locksley was away in the army. I think it ended when Lord Locksley returned and I think Lady Locksley died. I can’t remember the names except the bad Lady was called Bella and her daughter was called Marianne. The story might have been in Judy.

        1. It only needed to be as long as the story required it to be. As I can’t recall having read it, I cannot comment further.

          1. I do have issue #418 in which a lot of new stories start, so maybe it was finished off quickly to make way for them. Though as Derek says 6 episodes can be long enough to tell a story anyway.

  14. I’ve just extracted issues 412 to 417 from my collection of JUDY for 1967/68. I’ll read them tomorrow afternoon and report back. I would struggle to find time in the morning as I’m collecting Lois at 10.30 from hers to take her up to St Michael’s Hospital for her 11 o’clock appointment for the latest physiotherapy session relating to the arm she broke last summer.

    Even though Alex told me last week that he and Jess were ‘an item’, because Jess’s mother has grounded her for some misdemeanour or other, he will probably play out with Autumn. She’s a really nice girl. Yesterday lunchtime she came down to my house on her own just to ask me if I was feeling better than I had been the day before. I told her I was feeling much better and she went away happy.

    1. The other day I made my comments on ‘Lady Locksley’s Secret’, but clearly I didn’t add them to this thread. I don’t have time now to look for the post as I am about to take my grandchildren to the indoor swimming pool in Penzance, so those interested members will need to use their initiative.

  15. In the later sixties, I remember a story about a young girl who is visited by a strange orb in her bedroom. It shrinks her to the size of the orb and it turns out to be some kind of craft?

    I would be most grateful if you could trace this for me as it would solve a fifty year old puzzle. Me reading a girl’s comic at Junior School, thinking it was wrong as a boy, but thoroughly enjoying this story with its SCI-FI narrative.

    1. Do you remember any more details about the orb story? For example, the title it might have appeared in, or more story information, like what the orb does with the girl once it shrinks her e.g. take her to an alien planet. Was the story humorous or was it adventure/thriller?

  16. By the way, must confess, I was in love with Bobby Dazzler-thinking she just had to be based upon someone real. Or was it simply the way she was drawn…?

  17. Can any member please tell me the issue number and date of DIANA that contains the first instalment of ‘Mary Brown’s Schooldays’. It is somewhere between 198 (26 November 1966) and 212 (11 March 1967). As I need to include this information in BUNTY AND HER SISTERS, leaving the serial out is really not an option, but I am trying to avoid having to make a five-hour journey from Cornwall to London just to get this information from the British Library.

    1. I can’t help with this one, I would have offered to pop to National Library of Scotland, which is close by to me, but have recently discovered they don’t have any of these comics prior to 1972! So if you do need anything after that date I’d be happy to help, in the meantime I hope someone else will be able to help with your current query.

  18. Thank you for that lovely thought, Lorraine. I do appreciate it. I have to admit that the matter has been concerning me. I even went down to the Copperhouse this afternoon for a quiet pint, in order to assess my options. It seems that I only have two, leave the three-line summary out altogether, and refer back to the first series when I summarise the second one, or go up by train to the British Library, and of the two, the former does not appeal because I would be missing something out of the book that should be in. It will have to be London, I suspect. I can’t go immediately though as it’s Lois and Alex’s half term this week, and Andrew’s daughters, Aurora and Kelsey’s half term next week. He’s driving down here with them on Saturday to spend a few days with his mother. His taking time off work is more or less unheard of, but obviously very welcome.

  19. I hadn’t given them a moment’s thought. I’ve been out most of the afternoon anyway as I had to go to Penzance railway station to renew my annual Railcard, which expires today at midnight. I went and came back by bus as my Merseytravel card allows me to travel free of charge on all official service buses anywhere in the British Isles. It is certainly an effective petrol-saving device, which I appreciate, given that from Monday I will again be picking Lois up from school every day, and transporting her to and from her ballet classes twice a week.

    1. I will no longer need to pick Lois up from school from next Monday because since the family moved house, she has been able to catch a bus home. I will still be driving her to her ballet classes, and taking her home though. She is quite excited at the moment because Liz Nolan has asked her to take the leading role in the next production, yet she doesn’t turn 14 until August 4th. Rehearsals will probably start next Monday, and continue weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well. In my opinion she is mature enough to cope with the extra pressure that comes with being a principal. To judge by the energy she expended yesterday and today swimming in the public baths in Penzance, she’ll not lack staying power either.

      1. Hope you had a nice Christmas Derek. Your grandaughter is growing up to be fine girl, I’m glad the ballet is going well.

        1. Hi Lorraine. Happy New Year to you and your family, and here’s hoping that Father Christmas came down the chimney with lots of lovely presents for Ruby. Christmas Day here was basically spent in the Brewers Arms in Hayle. We had already booked the tables a couple of months earlier, and at the same time we ordered and paid for the two courses. It was just as well as the place was packed. Russ, Rach, Lois, Alex and I were joined by my ex-wife Lynne, her brother Philip and his wife Lynn, Jordan, his partner Kerry, and their daughter Ava, and Kerry’s mum and dad. The beer and wine were flowing as you might expect, but as I was going to drive Lynne home to St Ives, I limited myself to one pint, but bought a bottle of red on the way out. As far as Christmas presents for the children were concerned, lots of us clubbed together to get Alex (10) a pair of boxing gloves and a punch ball on a very heavy base so that no matter how hard he hit it, it would not fall over, although it could hit him on the nose if he wasn’t quick enough to avoid it. We got it on eBay and it arrived in plenty of time. For Lois, we all contributed 40 pounds so that we could pay for a trip to Harry Potter World for her sometime in the late summer. Jordan will drive her down to a hotel that has been booked and paid for. She couldn’t believe her luck, and was nearly in tears.

          As Rach has this week off work, she took Lois to her ballet today (Monday), but I will be taking her on Wednesday, and Rach will take her on Thursday. Next week things will be back to normal so I’ll be taking her three times a week, and have my pint in the Badger while I’m waiting for her to come into the pub.

          1. Correction!!!!! Jordan will drive her UP. Driving her DOWN will land the pair of them in the sea at Penzance.

  20. Hello – Glad to find your website. This is an ‘SOS’ (Save Old Stories; comic ones) !!
    I have my girlhood comics probably 200 of them (2 big plastic bags full):- Bunty x 74 comics, Mandy x 53 comics, Jinty & Lindy, Jinty, Tammy, Debbie etc from 1972 – 78.
    I would love them to go to a good home. I am happy to donate them FREE to yourselves or someone else for free on collection. Can you help…? I live in Kent near Dover. Tel: 01304 369799 for anyone interested in becoming the proud new owner of a wonderful vintage archive. I would be very sad to throw them out. They gave me such pleasure. Best Lucia

    1. I would be interested but I live bit far away for collection. I’ll pass along to other possible interested people who live closer!

  21. Hi there,

    For many years now I have been looking for what I think is a Bunty story that I loved as a child. It was about twins who were made to dress the same. One was happy and pretty but the other felt sad and not as popular as the other. In the end she has her hair cut short and has her own clothes and is much happier. Do you remember this? I have have yet to find it anywhere!

  22. The BUNTY story, Lorraine, is ‘The Winfield Winner’, which ran from 1217 (May 9 1981) to 1230 (August 8 1981). The first of the two pages you posted is identical to the first page of ‘The Winfield Winner’ apart from the fact that the Greek page is in colour where the BUNTY page is in black and white. Can I now finish my cheese, lettuce and tomato baguette from Subway please before the edges of the lettuce leaves start curling upwards? Actually I’m not really too bothered because later on I’m collecting Lois and Alex from their house and taking them to their nan’s (my ex-wife). We’ll have Chinese except for Alex, who will, as usual, have about 20 nuggets, just as he does when I take the children to McDonalds. He can be just plain awkward that child, but it’s best to humour him.

    1. Lynne has just told me that Alex is having chicken fried rice tonight as usual. It must just be when he goes out with me that he has nuggets!!!!! Or maybe I’m just less observant than I thought I was!!

    1. I did, thank you, Lorraine. I had a King Prawn Chow Mein with boiled rice. As the portion was very generous, I didn’t manage to finish it. The children are staying the night at Lynne’s, and I have to go over at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon to pick them up and take them home.

  23. I’m trying to remember a story where a girl’s eyes get damaged from contact with aliens. They give her a potion for it but she must not cry for a month while it takes effect. And guess what happens during that month – yep, a whole heap of trouble and misunderstandings caused by her not being able to cry. Artist was the one who drew Mandy’s “Teddy”. I’m pretty sure the story was a Tracy story. Any help appreciated. Thank you.

  24. Hi there, I am trying to find the name of a story from an annual I loved when I was a little girl. It would have been between 1978 and 1985. The story was a comic strip one and it was about a girl who was told all her life she was ugly. She wasn’t allowed to look in a mirror. But she runs away and sees herself in some water and realises she has been lied to by the people who kept her at their house. I thought it might be in a Mandy annual as I know I owned three of those. I have one from 1979 and it’s not in that. The only other annuals I had were Jackie, girl and blue jeans but I remember my favourites were Mandy.
    I know it’s a long shot but I thought that if anyone would know you would. Thanks so much, Kate.

    1. Hi Kate,
      The story is The Girl in the Mirror from the Mandy 1980 annual. It was a 4 part story.
      http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/M80_Girl-inMirror1.jpg
      http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/M80_Girl-inMirror2.jpg

      I wonder if it inspired the Mandy serial The Girl in the Mask http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2017/02/the-girl-in-the-mask-1983-84/
      which had similar premise, even some same plot points like both girls ending up in a Hall of Mirrors at a funfair!

      Edit: Thanks Goof, I see we were replying at same time!

        1. Say, why was the old bag fooling our heroine in this way? Jealous of her good looks?

          And thanks for the info about Stanley Houghton.

          1. Oddly enough, we’re never really told. Apart from her being a miser and general miseryguts (and no oil painting herself), she isn’t given any definite motive for preventing the heroine meeting other people, other than that she can use her as an unpaid household drudge. The ending implies that she was mentally ill.

            The punchline and main point of the story is that the heroine needn’t have worried about her looks anyway, as people would like her for herself.

      1. Thank-you so, so much Lorrsadmin and Goof, that is it. That’s made my day!
        What a wonderful resource you are running. Reading through some of the posts it is clear how much impact some of these stories had on people’s lives; that they remember them so many years later. I think it is fantastic that you have archived them like this. Thank-you the service you are providing. 🙂

  25. A miser, a miseryguts, mentally ill, no beauty and keeping the girl in her power as unpaid help? Ok, good enough for me. Thank you for the info. BTW, what happens to miseryguts in the end?

    1. Packed off to “a special home, where they will take good care of her.” Taken out of context, this has a rather Orwellian ring, but as these stories usually let the villains get away with murder, this presumably wasn’t intended. I interpreted it as some kind of mental home.

        1. Sadly, no. I wish I did. He/she did quite a lot for Mandy around this time, and is one of several artists that I’m hoping might rate a mention in David Roach’s book.

  26. I remember a story in Tracy, “The Prisoner of [something] Manor” or something like that. An artistic girl is held prisoner in the mansion but befriends another girl. Eventually she convinces her parents and art teacher there is a prisoner being held there. They arrive in time to foil a murder plot to burn her alive in the mansion. I think the artist was the one who drew “I’ll Get Rid of Rona!”, also in Tracy. Can anyone shed light on the story, please?

    1. It doesn’t seem to be a Tracy story, so must be in another comic, guessing it is around the same time as Tracy’s publication, so early to mid 80s. I will check if anything else matches.

      1. Thinking about it, I am sure it was M***** Manor, well, something alliterative to go with manor, perhaps the name of the manor. The story ends with the ex-prisoner returning to the manor, this time happy and becoming a celebrity. Her friend comments that she’s already forgetting she was the prisoner of M**** Manor.

    2. One story with a similar title is ‘The Prisoner Of Craven Castle’ in DEBBIE 232 (July 23 1977) – 241 (September 24 1977). It may well be a false trail anyway but I’ll have to leave the search to others as I won’t have time to pull those issues until this coming weekend at the earliest.

      1. Thank you, Derek. Yes, I know the story you mean. Sorry, definitely not it, and anyway the story was set in modern times. I think Judy and Bunty can be ruled out. If it was not Tracy, it must have been Mandy.

          1. I suppose it couldn’t be a picture library? I’ve not come across it, but there are several “Manor” PSLs I don’t know:

            Mandy #36 Mystery of the Manor
            Judy #155 The Menace of the Manor
            Bunty #435 Mystery in Manor Park

        1. I’m just wondering, Briony, if the story you are seeking could be a one-off, such as a Damian Darke tale. Alternatively, could it have appeared as a serial, or indeed as a one-off, in TAMMY or JINTY?

          1. The story we are seeking is indeed ‘The Prisoner Of Misty Manor’. It starts in DEBBIE 473 (March 6 1982), replacing ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’, and ends in 484 (May 22 1982). I don’t have 473 but the preamble prior to the episode in 474 is revelatory. This is what it says:- ‘Kim Foley’s parents had recently left an industrial town to run a smallholding in the country. Out walking, Kim found her way into the overgrown garden of an old manor house, which was full of wildlife. A mysterious girl, who was a brilliant artist, was shut up in one of the rooms. She claimed she was an invalid but it seemed to Kim that Anne-Marie’s illness was an excuse for her two older cousins to keep her a prisoner, especially as local inhabitants claimed that a Mr and Mrs Harrison were the sole occupants of the house they called “Misty Manor”.’

  27. I’m trying to remember the title and annual of a story where a girl visits a village where people still have witch superstitions and think a recently deceased lady was one. They hear horrible noises from her old house and think it’s haunted. The girl investigates and finds it’s trapped Siamese felines. She rescues them and keeps one, naming it Spook. It was drawn by Oliver Passingham and I am pretty sure it was a Judy annual. Can anyone identify, please? Thank you.

  28. This morning’s post brought me a package from a Lancashire dealer, which contained eight issues of DEBBIE. They were all from 1978, and were numbered 292-298 and 303. The cost was £5.95 plus £2.95 p&p. I only needed 293, 297 and a much more presentable version of 296, but I figured that the total outlay of £8.90, roughly £3 a comic was eminently justifiable. I am also expecting delivery, either on Saturday or Monday, of a free gift from DIANA from 1964, a 16-page booklet called ‘The Rainbow Book Of Stars’. I will be adding it to my collection, many items from which will appear in B&HS.

  29. ‘The Rainbow Book Of Stars’ duly arrived yesterday morning. Another item that came yesterday was a DVD of songs sung by the American band Lady Antebellum, my granddaughter Lois’s favourite group. I sourced it from a platform called BONANZA. The seller ‘madmusickid’ posted it from Alicante on the coast of Spain. I took it round to hers more or less straightaway, and I won’t be surprised to learn when I next see her that she has been listening to it ever since.

    1. I’ve just bought issue 51 of DIANA this morning, which gives me virtually the full run from issue 1 to issue 197, although issues 2, 53, 77, 114, 128, and 173 are still hiding from me. It cost £3.99 plus £2.95 p&p, and is slated to arrive here next Wednesday or Thursday. I’ve more or less given up on ever acquiring issues 199 – 224, because they contain episodes of ‘The Avengers’. I do have 213 and 215 but clearly they are a fat lot of use on their own. I suppose I’ll have to go up to the British Library again in late spring/early summer, if only to take notes on the other serials running contiguously. Hopefully I’ll be able to fit in a couple of jars and a gossip with Steve (Zodiac) Mitchell as we did a year or two back, not forgetting a visit to 30th Century where I usually manage to buy something or other from Rob or Will. I’ll take my Wants List with me.

  30. I’ve just spotted a comment in the notebook where I list all the as yet missing issues of the eleven story titles for girls, which says that I already have issues 214 and 216 scanned on my computer under ‘DIANA STORIES’. I’m pretty sure that they were both sent directly to my computer a year or two back by the same kind person. Regrettably I can’t remember who it was.

  31. Nice additions to your collection Derek. While I am not buying much comics these days I did get 2 Judy issues that filled some gaps recently, #314 and #329 for just £5.90 in total.

    1. Well done, Lorraine. It’s always very satisfying when you chip away at your Wants List and fill some gaps. Curiously, apart from 304, 329 is the only issue that I don’t have in the first twelve years of JUDY. Any chance of a photocopy?

  32. Issue 51 of DIANA arrived this morning. I’ve had a good look through it so I will be slotting it into my collection of DIANA when I’ve had some lunch.

    On a different matter, yesterday I couldn’t find my copy of ‘THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF GIRLS’ SCHOOL STORIES’ by Sue Sims & Hilary Clare, which I had bought brand new in 2000 for £40, at the same time as I bought the equivalent volume for boys for the same price. Thinking I might well have to buy a replacement, I Googled the title. Result, it is now £400, a figure that I was not prepared to pay. Fortunately, later in the day I went upstairs to the spare bedroom to extract all my novels written for girls, with a view to deciding which of them would deserve a mention in the Introduction to B&HS, and found it in one of the boxes. I’ve never met Sue but several years ago, when she was teaching at Bournemouth Grammar School For Girls, she lent me her copy of ‘The Prize Essay’ by Kathleen Wallace, which is a fascinating imagining of the life of the Bronte sisters. I think I must have advertised for a copy in the WANTS section of BOOK AND MAGAZINE COLLECTOR. I photocopied the whole book at Maghull Library over three or four visits as at that time you were not allowed more than a certain number of copies in any one day, at which point I returned it to her with my grateful thanks and a postal order covering her postage costs, which she may well have donated to a charity. I think I’m recalling that more or less correctly.

  33. Lorrsadmin, I have done the artists’ names for the rest of the Judy Annuals, but can’t post them on the website as the entries for these years don’t have a “Leave a Reply” box for messages posts. The years in question are:

    1969-1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981–1989 & 1991

    Would you like me to send you the names lists for these years by email? If so, I suggest I put them in a Word document attachment, but I can send them by another means if you would prefer.

  34. I couldn’t find any entry for “June and Schoolfriend”
    “Schoolfriend” was the biggest-selling girls’ comic throughout the ’50s, followed closely by the slightly more modern “June”, then publishers Fleetway combined the two in the 1960s. Certainly still around in The 1970s not sure when it closed.

    1. Hi Mark, I concentrate on the DC Thomson comics, although I have dipped into Fleetway/IPC occasionally. For the moment the DC Thomson comics are a big enough project for me, but who knows sometime in the future I may be able to expand out more. The Jinty website has covered some June and other IPC titles before https://jintycomic.wordpress.com/
      Also for an overview of IPC/Fleetway girls comics you can find family tree here:
      https://michaelowencarroll.wordpress.com/2018/06/30/eaglution-of-british-comics-part-3/

  35. For the benefit of anyone who may be interested, I have decided to expand significantly my book ‘BUNTY AND HER SISTERS – The Great Stories’, which I have been working on for some time now. The expansion will allow me to present a synopsis for all the serial stories (no completes) from DCT’s eleven titles for girls that I consider to be ‘great’, which, apart from the Introduction, was originally to have been the entire content. I will now be adding a synopsis of similar length for every suitable novel in my collection written specifically for girls (about 500 titles as of today). The alphabetical order of titles will be maintained regardless of which story paper they appeared in, the summaries of the novels being integrated at the appropriate points.
    I’m really surprised that it has taken me so long to see the appropriateness of the amalgamation. I’d started to watch an episode of ‘Scott And Bailey’ last night when I realised it was a repeat so I switched the TV off, plonked myself back in my armchair, wondering whether to go to bed or read for half an hour first. During that brief period of meditation it struck me that any instalment of any serial in any copy of MANDY or DIANA or whatever is in essence exactly the same as a chapter in novels such as ‘Air Girls At School’ by Eileen Marsh, ‘The Only Day Girl’ by Dorothea Moore, ‘Well Done, Denehurst! by Gwendoline Courtney or ‘Three New Girls’ by Joanna Lloyd etc. etc.. All I will need to add to the titles and authors will be to state that that title is a book, although the name of the author should be information enough as DCT chose not to acknowledge theirs.

    1. The expansion sounds a great idea. And you would have plenty of time for your books now we’re in lockdown.

      1. Apart from one leisurely trundle through my local park, Briony, I’ve been self isolating since I got up on Wednesday March 18th. You are of course correct that I will have plenty of time for writing. Nevertheless from time to time I do take a chair through the conservatory into the paved area at the back of my house and either read a book or try to think a problem through. The weather here in Cornwall is currently sunny by and large, so it seems to encourage me. Hopefully the hot summery weather that you can enjoy in your area of the world is behaving itself. Above all, I just miss seeing my grandchildren, driving them down to the swimming baths in Penzance, and taking Lois to her ballet class on Wednesdays. I really miss our chats in the car. Like everywhere else, such places are closed. I can’t even go down to the local pub at lunchtime because they are closed as well. My ex-wife gave Lois and Alex £40 each because they can’t go over to hers for tea once a week. They used that money really sensibly to buy a trampoline so they can get out of their house, have a lot of fun, and enjoy some much-needed exercise.

        1. I was interested to see Dorothea Moore’s name among the authors that you will be including in the book, Derek. I know very little about girls’ novels of this period, but I read one of hers and liked her gutsy, down-to-earth style; pithy dialogue that reminded me of Edith Nesbit, and quite witty in places. Personally, I preferred her to the better-known Angela Brazil.

  36. Five novels by Dorothea Moore will feature in the book, Goof, those being ‘The Only Day Girl’, ‘Judy, Patrol Leader’, ‘Terry The Girl Guide’, ‘Wanted, An English Girl’, and ‘A Rough Night’ which, being about wreckers, is an appropriate historical theme down here in Cornwall. Edith Nesbit will be represented by ‘Five Children And It’, ‘The Phoenix And The Carpet’, and ‘The Wouldbegoods’. Angela Brazil, whose surname, according to her at least, should be pronounced as if it were spelt ‘Brazzle’, rather than the normal pronunciation of the South American country, will supply ‘For The Sake Of The School’, ‘Jean’s Golden Term’, ‘The School At The Turrets’, ‘Jill’s Jolliest School’, ‘The School In The South’ and ‘The New School At Scawdale’. Perhaps surprisingly, you may feel, I am including a selection of novels by Enid Blyton, who would not get into too many people’s list of favourite authors these days, but some of her incredibly large output of books are still being purchased. In the last few days I have reread ‘Five On A Treasure Island’ and ‘Five Go Adventuring Again’, and I’m halfway through ‘Five Run Away Together’, at which point I had got heartily sick of the Stick family, so I went in to get ‘The Island Of Adventure’. When I finish this post, I will take my chair outside as I did yesterday, and because there isn’t a cloud in the sky, I will continue from the beginning of chapter 6 of the latter. As there are 29 chapters, I’ll be out there for a while, sustained this morning at least by cups of coffee.

    1. I’m not surprised that you’re including Enid Blyton, in fact I’d say this seems quite appropriate. Apart from the continuing popularity of her books, she is as far as I know one of the few well-known writers of girls’ novels who had a direct connection with girls’ comics. I’ve not come across her work in DCT comics, but she wrote some stories for early numbers of “Princess”, and I’ve seen picture story adaptations of her books in “Pixie” and “Penny”.

      I hope you enjoy “The Island of Adventure”. I have a fond memory of this book from when I read it as a young child, on a rather wet holiday in a guest house in North Wales.

      1. I did enjoy ‘The Island Of Adventure’ yesterday, Goof, and by the time I got weary, I had also read the first four chapters of ‘The Castle Of Adventure’, the second of the eight-book series. I do have the complete set. Today I plan to finish ‘Castle’, and as I am a postponer rather than a quitter, I will engage again at some point with the Stick family in ‘Five Run Away Together’. One thing I did do last night was extract from the relevant cupboard, actually a large wardrobe to be truthful, all my books about Enid, [‘Enid Blyton – A Biography’ by Barbara Stoney, ‘The Blyton Phenomenon’ by Sheila Ray, ‘A Childhood At Green Hedges’ by Imogen Smallwood, one of Enid’s daughters, ‘Enid Blyton And The Mystery Of Children’s Literature’ by David Rudd, ‘The Enid Blyton Story’ by Bob Mullan, and ‘The Story Of My Life’ by Enid Blyton, which only runs for 121 pages. Thinking that was very short, I Googled the title, but the search only threw up ‘Die Geschichte Meines Lebens’ by Erika Klopp Verlag for 9.42 euros (approx. £8.26), those about fiction for girls, [‘A World Of Girls’ by Rosemary Auchmuty and ‘A World Of Women – Growing Up In The Girls’ School Story’ by the same author, and ‘You’re A Brick, Angela!’ by Mary Cadogan and Patricia Craig], plus a couple about girls, a genus I like but have never entirely understood, ‘Just Like A Girl – How Girls Learn To Be Women’ by Sue Sharpe, and ‘Truth, Dare Or Promise – Growing Up In The Fifties’ edited by Liz Heron. I also have a copy of a book called ‘Looking For Enid – The Mysterious And Inventive Life Of Enid Blyton’ by someone called Duncan McLaren, who I had never heard of before parting with my £15.99 plus p&p. Nor since. Nor would I wish to. It’s a hardback with a colourful dustwrapper showing George looking at Kirrin Island through a telescope on what looks like a tripod, with Julian and Anne on her right, and Dick on her left, all three looking at her, and possibly wondering why the telescope is the wrong way round. The rear cover has exactly the same picture, but reversed, with Julian and Anne to the left of George, Dick to her right. More offputting than the dustwrapper is the text, which varies in size even within individual chapters!!!!!!!! In order to better facilitate your search for this title on whatever platform you choose to use, the publisher was Portobello Books.

      2. My first acquaintance with the works of Enid Blyton, Goof, was her novel ‘Five Go Off To Camp’, which was either a birthday or a Christmas present from my Auntie Ivy and Uncle John, who at the time were living in the house that is right at the end of Washington Lane, Euxton, near Chorley in Lancashire, although later they were to relocate to Brockham, near Betchworth in Surrey. I no longer have that book, but I have bought a replacement. At the end of my first year at the University of Birmingham, they invited me down to Brockham to stay with them for a couple of ‘chilling out’ weeks. I certainly appreciated them. There was a bookcase in my bedroom there in which there was a Penguin book by Marghanita Laski, its title long forgotten, which I read cover to cover during my downtime that week. I’d never heard of her before that day, although I might have done had I been reading English rather than Spanish, Portuguese and French. During most vacations I lived in Lancaster with my father, mother, and younger brother.

        1. Early memories of books we’ve read and enjoyed can be very powerful. Personally speaking, I wish I had more of them. My reading as a boy was not very discriminating. “The Island of Adventure” was the only Enid Blyton I recall reading as a child, and I first read many of the classics of children’s literature – Ransome, Narnia, Edith Nesbit – as an adult.

          It was the same story with comics. Perhaps because my parents rather disapproved of the genre, I read none beyond a few Dandys and Beanos, and knew the likes of Lion and Eagle only through the occasional annual. I suppose that’s one reason why I’ve been so impressed by the quality of many of the girls’ comics stories, as I’m reading them now for the first time.

          1. I spent a few bob on eBay today, buying in all five of the first twelve ‘Famous Five’ novels by Enid Blyton that I didn’t already have. I stopped at ‘Five Go Down To The Sea’ (1953) because as a child I never read any after that, and in any case by that time I was seriously into the serial stories in ADVENTURE, The ROVER, The HOTSPUR etcetera.

            I bought most of the novels from different sellers in my quest for examples that dealers would describe as ‘Near Fine’ or Fine’, which in all cases meant a clean, intact dustwrapper as a minimum requirement, a more fundamental one being that all the novels had to have been published by Hodder & Stoughton in order to match the ones already in my collection. Trust me, there are no ‘Mint’ copies to be had, but hopefully the copies I bought can at least be described as ‘pre-loved’. On the scans provided by the sellers, the ones I bought all looked very acceptable.

          2. I wasn’t remotely discriminating, Goof, when I first joined Lancaster Junior Library at the age of 9. I was like a child in a sweetshop. I think my earliest borrowings were about Fuzzypeg and his animal friends, all fully dressed. Eventually I explored the entire content of the library, which led me quite quickly to stories by Enid Blyton, novels by Frank Richards about Billy Bunter, and, more fruitfully, The Hardy Boys, whose stories were apparently written by Franklin W. Dixon. I had moved on to the Senior Library well before I discovered that there was no such person as Franklin W. Dixon, the he was just a name made up by a member of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, who also produced the novels about Nancy Drew, nominally written by Carolyn Keene. The stories by both Dixon and Keene were nevertheless highly involving. Frank and his brother, Joe, were the sons of a detective called Fenton Hardy, and with the help, and occasional hindrance, of their chubby friend, Chet Morton, they regularly helped him solve some of his cases. On the front flap of the dustwrapper to ‘The Secret Panel’, nineteen other Hardy Boys titles are listed. It’s quite easy to imagine the inner workings of the office. The gaffer would come in, turn to a couple of his writers who had finished writing their novels the previous day, and say, “Right Carl, I want a Nancy Drew novel ready for the printers by Friday, and you, Frederick, a Hardy Boys mystery. I need to get that to the printers sometime next week. Oh, and for you, Martha, I really, really need another Dana Girls adventure. So if you can get a bit of a lick on, we won’t have to lay off anybody in the print room.”

  37. Just for clarification, in my book I will not be dealing with Enid’s series as series (St Clare’s / Malory Towers/ Naughtiest Girl), but by title, so for example, ‘Claudine At St Clare’s’ will appear under ‘C’ not under ‘S’.

  38. Hi I was wondering if you can help me with an old story I read in my sister’s comic as a kid. I am sure it was Misty and a girl is turned into a tree!! It really creeped me out dor some reason

  39. Hi all, if anyone has either issues 347 to 360 (1973) or 701 to 714 (1980) and is willing to scan the complete story of The Secret Song of Kate Darby it would make my friend very happy. She started reading it in 1973 at a friend’s house but never found out how it finished and says she’s been haunted by it all her life. I’d love to help her lay it to rest, with the help of someone here. I’ve tried tracking down the issues in all the usual places but apart from issue 357, I’ve had no luck. Thanks.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Regarding the request you made on 26 April, Sarah, for a copy of ‘The Sacred Song Of Kate Darby’, have you had a satisfactory response from anybody? If not, I have issues 701 – 714, and would be willing to scan them for you.
      Regards,
      Derek Marsden

  40. Hi all, delighted to find this site.

    I’ve happily kept my girls annuals (albeit incomplete collections) and a few girls comics. Misty annuals and the June book of strange stories are still my favourites.

    Lorrsadmin, I see this site doesn’t have the cover pics/story lists of the following annuals:
    Bunty 1981
    Mandy 1973; 1975; 1985; 1988; 1990; 1991

    Would you like me to prep and send these via e-mail?

  41. I’m trying to remember a story about a girl called Chloe. She wants to be a runner but her father has banned it for some reason, so she does it in secret. Things get worse when she develops an allergy to sunlight and has to wear a special suit, which makes her the laughingstock of the sports field and a mystery girl to boot. A reporter is determined to unravel the mystery and succeeds in unmasking her, but she becomes a friend. Then the allergy gets worse, and now Chloe reacts to fluorescent light as well as sunlight. I think the story was in Suzy. Can anyone identify it and how it ended please? I never saw how it ended. Thanks for any help.

    1. I’m not familiar with this story, but I can rule out it being in Suzy, must have been another comic.

        1. I only own a few issues but have catalogued all the stories after trips to the National Library.

      1. It may have been another comic. I think it wasn’t printed on the cheap newsprint of, say, Mandy, but a more fancy print.

  42. O.K. thank you for your reply. As you would seem to have all the details about the issue numbers and dates of SUZY, I am quite certain that I will need to contact you over some of them. My problem this evening though, which has been annoying the hell out of me for several hours today, is that I cannot figure out the starting number and date of the ‘Jane Model Miss’ serial that ended in DIANA 532 (April 28 1973). Any help from you or any other member will be greatly appreciated.

  43. For those who are interested, the entire concept of BUNTY AND HER SISTERS, the book that I had planned to write on what I consider to be the best serial stories in the eleven titles for girls produced by DCT, has undergone a fundamental revision, a complete makeover you might call it. The title has only been modified slightly to BUNTY AND HER MANY SISTERS, but the content will be much more revolutionary because in addition to the summaries of the best serial stories, I propose to include summaries of novels written specifically for girls, which I have been buying in from eBay sellers for well over a year now. At the last count I had bought in 573 of them, with a handful more due to arrive at my home either tomorrow or Monday. The reasoning behind the above-mentioned decision is that apart from the obvious fact that novels communicate with words whereas the story papers use pictures, they are both presenting stories, and essentially both are in chapters, the only difference being that readers of the story papers had to wait a week to read that next chapter.

    Regarding their presentation, if you recall, my plan was to match the method I used in THIS WAS THE WIZARD, which had a heading in bold type for the title of each story, followed by a three-line synopsis of the story in normal type. What is going to happen now will remove those restrictions. First and foremost, the stories will be presented in alphabetical order, which will naturally remove the need for a glossary at the end of the book. Secondly, the presentation of each story will not be restricted to a specific number of lines, but will therefore allow me to develop the individual summaries to the point where I will have said all that I want to say, which I believe will amount to more or less exactly what the reader would like me to say. This naturally means that the synopses will not necessarily end at the bottom of any page if I have more to add, and will therefore continue at the top of the following page. The only allowance I am making for the novels is to give the name of the author, which would not be relevanf for the fiction in the story papers as DCT never revealed the names of their authors, leaving their readers to wonder whether they had all been written by the same person.

    Because I was more than a smidgen uncertain about the plan expressed above, I rang my friend Ray Moore (Kashgar (guru) on Comics UK) on Saturday to ask his opinion on my proposed book. In fact, we spoke three times over four days. He is very much in favour of my plan. One thing he did ask was how long I thought it would take me to write the book. I told him that I thought I could have it ready for the printers by late November/early December. Well that remains to be seen because I have not yet quite made all my selections from DIANA, and I still have to decide which stories will make the cut from SUZY and from DEBBIE. Any or all reactions from members on any of my above comments are of course welcome.

  44. Yesterday I completed my list of selected serials from DIANA and SUZY. Just DEBBIE to complete. I had reached issue 20 yesterday evening when weariness overcame me.

    1. I have now reached issue 202 of DEBBIE with the listing of my selected serials. Onward and upward!!

  45. A long shot, for sure, but I am searching for a Picture Story Library book (I think) that was about a girl who left her house and there was nothing outside. She was trapped in a place where there was absolutely nothing at all. Obviously a godsend for the artist, as no backgrounds needed to be drawn (!), but this story had a huge impact on me as a child in the early eighties and is the only comic book story that I can remember. The notion of being stuck in a white landscape of nothing and no-one, where there is not even a sky, petrified me as a youngster. I always thought it was from Misty, but in recent days have come to the conclusion that it was more likely in a Picture Story Book.

    1. I wonder if this might be the short story “Slave of Time..” from Misty (24/2/79).

      A girl steals an old clock from an eccentric recluse, only to find that it controls time itself. Therefore when the clock stops, she finds herself in nothingness – her figure is seen alone in blank white space. She is therefore cursed, as the old man used to be, with the job of constantly tending the clock to keep time going.

      Does this sound like the story? Happy to post a page from it, if this would help.

  46. There was a recent query about a World War I nursing story, which turned out to be from Diana. A nurse named Anna has trouble handling the job until matron gives her a talking-to. And there was a link to a page of it. What were the links again, please? I need the page for something. Thanks for any help.

  47. I’ve no idea but if it was a recent query with links, as you say, then it surely won’t be that difficult to find, will it?

        1. It’s no wonder I couldn’t find the story because I thought I had the final issue of DIANA, that being 720 (4 December 1976). The following week, according to the rear cover of 720, DIANA was to be swallowed up, becoming the minor partner therefore, in the amalgamation with JACKIE, which was also dated 4 December 1976, but I imagine that first amalgamated issue came out later that same week. As JACKIE was for older girls than those that bought DIANA, BUNTY, JUDY, MANDY etcetera, there was no way I would have been interested in collecting it. I’m not curious about it even now, so consequently there will be no reference to it in BUNTY AND HER MANY SISTERS.

  48. Hi, hope it’s ok to post a query here. I have a lot of annuals and ‘picture story library’ comics and I’d like to research how much I should sell them for. I’ve had a look online and prices seem to vary a lot for the same edition (eg a Bunty annual could be £1 or £15). Is there a way I can research what appropriate prices might be?
    Thanks so much

    1. It might be worth looking at the website of 30th Century Comics, who are probably the best and biggest dealers in girls’ comics and annuals in the UK:

      https://30thcenturycomics.co.uk/

      They have a big online catalogue which shows the condition of each item (according to a fairly detailed grading system) as well as price. You may find it a useful way to get a feel for how the market price of annuals and picture story libraries varies according to age and condition.

  49. I can report that where the subtitle of ‘BUNTY AND HER MANY SISTERS’ is concerned, I have replaced ‘Great Stories’ with ‘A Nostalgic Retrospective’. It looks as though there will be about 1,950 story entries from across the eleven titles, each one of which will be summarized in three lines. There will also be an ‘Introduction’, b/w scans of the drawing accompanying the first instalment in all instances, and several tranches of colour covers, which will be dispersed roughly equidistantly within the ‘story entries’ section. I recall mentioning fairly recently that I was going to integrate summaries of novels written for girls into BUNTY AND HER MANY SISTERS on the grounds that there isn’t a significant difference in their presentation, although readers of the stories in the story papers did have to wait a week before being able to read the next chapter. I will be keeping that promise, and I will of course indicate clearly which titles ARE novels. A reasonable selection of THEIR colour covers will also feature. Over the last two years I have bought in 650 of them, mainly from eBay sellers. Just ‘Jandy Mac Comes Back’ by Elsie Oxenham still to arrive. As my thoughts and plans are not yet set in stone, I may also include some scans of flyers and free gifts, and if any members would like to put forward a suggestion or two, they do still have time. I am aiming for a publication date sometime this coming November, and will be starting to write the book tomorrow morning.

      1. Hi Briony,
        Just a query regarding my message to you on 4 March 2020 at 9.46 pm, in which I gave you the email address of Mr Constantine. Did you ever contact him and buy any story papers from him?
        best regards,
        Derek

          1. Scroll back on this thread to 4th March 2020, Briony. The answer to your question about Mr Constantine is there.

      2. You’ll be ‘looking forward’ for a very long time, Briony, because my book will be called ‘BUNTY AND HER MANY SISTERS’, as I stated clearly yesterday!!!!!

  50. Regarding the request made by Sarah Hilary (26 April 2020), I have all the instalments of ‘The Sacred Song Of Kate Darby’ which appeared in MANDY 347 (8 September 1973) – 360 (8 December 1973), and I will be willing to scan these for her if she would like me to.

    1. Regrettably I’m going to have to withdraw both my scanning offers as I cannot for some reason activate the link between my scanner and my printer, and my computer-literate friend, who has an Honours Degree in Computer Science from Plymouth University, is currently unable to come to my house to sort the problem out.

      1. Regarding the failure of the scanner/printer link, I should have looked closer to home. My son Russell came round this afternoon on an entirely different matter, and as I was looking a bit stressed he wanted to know why. When I explained, he sat at my desk, checked a few connections, and then said “I think you’ll find that’s sorted now, dad.” I’ve spent much of the rest of the day scanning and printing nine instalments of ‘The Secret Song Of Kate Darby’ for Sarah Hilary on this platform. I will scan the last five tomorrow. Thereafter, charity will begin at home…..and end there.

        1. Hi Derek,

          I didn’t look at theses comments in time to save you some work! I supplied some digital scans of Kate Darby to Sarah a while back.

          1. Every instalment? I’ve spent hours this morning, Lorraine, scanning and printing off every instalment of ‘The Secret Life Of Kate Darby’ since about 8.30 because I said I would honour my promise. I sent you a message earlier on ComicsUK to let you know, and to ask for your full address, so that you could act as an intermediary between me and Sarah as I felt that it would be inappropriate to ask for her address. It brings a whole new meaning to the expression ‘a waste of time’!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Perhaps you could find out within a week from now, Lorraine, (i.e. until 12.30 p.m. July 5), if anyone else wants them. I’ll hold on to them until then.

    1. As no reply was received by the 12.30 p.m. deadline, my spare set of the full run of ‘The Secret Song Of Kate Darby’ is now in the bin, covered with the broken shells of the four hard-boiled eggs I had for my lunch, and crusts of the peanut butter sandwiches I had for my tea. Clearly all members who could have wanted them already have them, which I am of course happy about.

  52. Please note, Briony, that I have just left a comment regarding Mr Constantine, in which I suggest that you scroll back on this thread to 4th March 2020. The answer to your question about him is there.

  53. An update on my thinking about BUNTY AND HER MANY SISTERS. To avoid confusion, the book will be in two distinct sections. The summaries of the serial stories that I have selected for inclusion will be in Part 1. The summaries of the chosen novels will be in Part 2.

  54. Love your site, it brings back memories! I was wondering if you remember a story, I think it was called ‘Little Miss No Name’, it was about a girl taken from her family and brought up by Gypsies? Do you know this story and would you know what comic it was from? it would be from the 70s or 80s. It’s the only story I remember from back then!

  55. Ron Lumsden is an old family friend of ours, when we lived in a small town in north of Scotland.
    I’d really like to contact him to see how he is but we all lost contact a while back before social media was trending 🙂 This is the only website I can find with his details so I’m assuming he’s not doing professional drawings anymore but wondered if anyone had an email address for him? Or anyone that could pass on my email address. Sarah’s daughter if he’s looking at this page!

    1. Hi Gemma, Ron isn’t someone I’ve had contact with but I’ll see if someone from one of the other comic forums can help.

  56. Hi, wonderful site, have enjoyed reading posts and such memories of childhood comics! So I wonder if anyone can advise me. I’m not interested in buying/collecting comics, however, as a now pensioner, I would really love to reread the Jinty/Jinty and Lindy comics. Any idea how I can achieve this without having to fork out a fortune? Thank you

    1. If you are interested in Jinty, you should certainly have a look at this website, if you haven’t done so already:

      https://jintycomic.wordpress.com/about/

      As well as very comprehensive information about the comics, there are a lot of scans of extracts from the stories, and some of the short stories are reproduced complete.

    2. You said that you’re not interested in buying comics, but it might be worth mentioning also that comic publishers Rebellion have started to reissue complete serials from Jinty in book form. Reprints so far are “Land of No Tears”, “The Human Zoo”, “Fran of the Floods” and “Concrete Surfer”.

      https://treasuryofbritishcomics.com/

    3. I’ve remembered there are some Jinty’s in a local second hand bookshop. Would you like me to purchase them for you?

      1. Thank you both for your responses. To Mistyfan, that’s a very kind offer….if you wouldn’t mind letting me know how much they would cost, I would be very grateful; the individual issues I have seen on websites seem to be charging £3/4 per comic and I certainly can’t justify spending that much on childhood memories? Thanks again, and for such speedy replies. S.

      2. Hello Mistyfan, did you see my response to your message about second hand bookshop regarding Jinty comics, there’s so much on site I am having trouble finding my own comments let alone any replies. If u didn’t see it, I said I was grateful for your offer, and if you could let me know what shop was charging, depending on price, I may well take you up on your offer to purchase for me, but I have to be able to justify price over memories. Thank you. S

        1. Hi Sally, I’ve messaged Mistyfan directly and passed along your email so she can get in touch directly.

          1. Hi Lorrsadmin, Goof has advised me that you might be a go between to enable me to send my address to him…do I need your email to achieve this?
            Sally

        2. Sally, I was having a clear-out yesterday and found I have 10 duplicate Jintys. They run (with several gaps) from 25 February to 10 June 1978. They include about half of “Concrete Surfer”, as well as parts of “Shadow on the Fen”, “Paula’s Puppets” and “Cathy’s Casebook”, among others. If they are of interest, and don’t duplicate the comics which Mistyfan may be able to get for you, I’d be happy to send them to you for free.

          Please let me know if you’d like me to do so. I’m sure Lorrsadmin would be prepared to act as go-between in sending me your postal address.

          1. Hi.. I’ve been trying to track down for years a story that would have been in either Bunty, Judy or Mandy in the late 70s- early 80s. It started in historical times with a young girl given a horse called “Zeerie” (spelling might not be correct – this was over 40 years ago!) The horse died falling over a cliff saving her life. Then as we move down the years the ghost horse becomes a protector of the family or people who move into the mansion, his grave marker carving fading when he appears? Can anyone shed any light on this please? It’s stayed with me for so long, I’d love to find it! Thanks!

  57. Hello Good, you’re very kind and that’s a very generous offer. The answer is yes, but I’d like to pay you for them, I couldn’t just take them for free. And please add p&p and tell me how to pay, will it be a cheque or are there other ways.. not great with technology I’m afraid.
    Please let me know what suits you and I also don’t understand about Lorrsadmin, who is this?
    Many thanks
    Sally

    1. Hello Goof, you’re very kind and that’s a very generous offer. The answer is yes, but I’d like to pay you for them, I couldn’t just take them for free. And please add p&p and tell me how to pay, will it be a cheque or are there other ways.. not great with technology I’m afraid.
      Please let me know what suits you and I also don’t understand about Lorrsadmin, who is this?
      Many thanks
      Sally

      1. That’s fine, but there’s really no need to pay me for them. I wouldn’t have tried to sell them in any event; I’m not registered as an eBay seller, and I don’t know any shop that would pay me anything to speak of for such a small number of comics. If you hadn’t been interested in them, I would have given them to a charity shop. I’m glad they will be going to a good home.

        Lorrsadmin is the creator of this website. She has already liaised between you and Mistyfan, and I would suggest that you send her your postal address, so she can pass it on to me.

        Lorrsadmin, would you mind emailing Sally for her address details (if she doesn’t already have your email), and then emailing them to me, please? Thanks in advance.

          1. Hi Goof, haven’t heard anything back from Lorrsadmin, as soon as I do, will send my address.
            Just didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten.
            Sally

        1. Hello Good, thank you so much for the comics which I received today 21st. I can’t wait to get stuck in, but at the same time, I want to savour them…I’m sure you understand what I mean lol. Sincerely, thank you. Sally x

  58. Hello Girls Comics Guardians:

    My name is Paul Nagle and I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

    First and foremost, I hope and trust that that you and all those near and dear are enduring well these terribly fretful and anxious times.

    I am writing in connection with a book project that I am co-authoring with a historian, Professor Neal Rosendorf. The book is a biography of the motion picture producer Samuel Bronston (1908-1994). Bronston is best-remembered for the series of colossal epic films he produced in the early-Sixties in Franco-era Spain, including “EL CID”, “THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE” and “KING OF KINGS”.

    It is a very scholarly project and has become almost as epic as one of Bronston’s films; to date we have done interview and archival research in eight different countries (nine, if you count the Vatican!) and in some twenty different states. We have interviewed over one hundred and forty people who knew or worked with Bronston.

    And yes, in the course of our extensive research, we have come across a Girls Comics connection that we are hoping you can help us with.

    The last of the Bronston films produced was 1964’s “CIRCUS WORLD” (it was released in the U.K. with the title “THE MAGNIFICENT SHOWMAN”). It is that film – a giant period piece about a circus touring Europe – that brings me to the reason for contacting you today.

    The film had an impressive lead cast: John Wayne, Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale. It also featured many of the leading circus performers of the day. One of those was a twelve year-old high wire artist named Katharyna Rosenberg (although professionally she was billed as simply “Katharyna”). From what we have learned, Young Miss Katharyna was the subject of a profile in the 1965 “JUDY FOR GIRLS”. The article is entitled “Big Top Ballerina” and ran on pages 44-47.

    As you can imagine, we are eager to see a copy of the article, as information on Miss Katharyna has been difficult to come by. Alas, copies of “JUDY FOR GIRLS” are hard to come by here in the American Colonies, even at the largest research libraries in the country. We need only that article (although I have to say that the cover illustration makes the entire issue look adorable).

    We would be eternally grateful if you or someone that you know who has the 1965 “JUDY FOR GIRLS” edition could send me a copy of that one article. You would make two Yank scholars very happy if you could. If not, we’ll start prowling around the various collectors and auction sites to see if we can rustle one up.

    I must admit that I was unfamiliar with the genre of “Comics for Girls” until I came across this reference and I am very pleased that I did. I have the utmost respect for archivists, collectors and aficionados of all aspect of popular and vintage culture and have been most appreciative of those instances where their passion has made a contribution to our scholarly work.

    Be well. Stay well.

    With All Best Regards from California, I Am, Most Truly Yours —

    – PAUL NAGLE

    Paul Nagle
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media
    (310) 880-7987
    (310) 230-6896 – telefax
    pnagle@ucla.edu

    1. Hi Paul, I can send you on scans of that story from Judy 1965 for you to look at (copyright is with DC Thomson). I should be able to get that later today.

  59. An update on ‘BUNTY AND HER SISTERS’.

    There will be just two changes from the information I posted on 25 June 2020. First, the title will revert to ‘BUNTY AND HER SISTERS – A Nostalgic Retrospective’. Secondly, there will be 2923 entries at 13 to a page, rather than the 1900 that I had originally promised. See the breakdown below.

    A>D – 561
    E>H – 421
    I>L – 388
    M>P – 543
    Q>S – 561
    T>V – 264
    W>Z – 185

    The first entry will be ‘The Abominable Snowman’ (DIANA 406 – 416), the final one being ‘Zodiac Girl’ (SPELLBOUND 22 > 35). I anticipate a publication date somewhere around next March, and while I’m guessing somewhat where the cover price is concerned, I suspect that it will be in the region of £30 plus p&p.

  60. Where inclusion of any specific story title is concerned, the following are my criteria for selection.
    a. I have to have in my personal collection the first episode of the serial, the final episode, and a goodly number of other instalments in order to ensure that my summaries will be accurate and meaningful.
    b. The above obviously means that if I have only one, or any two, of those three requirements, that serial will not feature.
    c. As the book will be all my own work, I will not be accessing any relevant previously-written books, nor will I be searching on line for information, as I have discovered that quite often such information is incorrect.

    1. Sounds like it will be very informative Derek, that’s a lot of entries! Will be something to look forward in March.

  61. Despite my earlier assertion that novels for girls would be included in BUNTY AND HER SISTERS, I have changed my mind. Part 2 will therefore not now be written.

    1. Novels for girls could be for another book. For this book you could discuss them in context of girls comics, as they are related: inspiration, strip adaptations from books, and strips adapted for publication, such as “A Horse Called September” by Ann Digby.

  62. Hi,
    I’ve been wondering if you might like someone to write some reviews of Mandy Picture Libraries? Because I have a lot of those, as well as a handful of older Judy Picture Libraries. I really like your site, it’s helped me out a lot, so I would love to give a little back. 🙂

  63. The author of ‘A Horse Called September’, Briony, was Anne Digby, like the “Anne with an E” in ‘Anne Of Green Gables’.

  64. Please can anyone help, I have been searching for years!
    What I am looking for is:

    It was a feature on famous diamonds that ran on intermittent pages in either Mandy or Bunty (most likely – those are the ones I remember) in the 1970s. It’s not like the colourful detailed pages on famous diamonds in the Bunty 1976 annual. It was more of a large, simple illustration on each I think?

    There is one picture in particular: of a man cutting the Cullinan diamond then fainting after striking the first blow! It is a great image I’ve never been able to forget, but I don’t know which annual it was in, all long lost in the mists of time now, sadly.

    1. If this feature was in an annual, it looks as if it wasn’t in any of those published by DC Thomson (Bunty, Mandy, Judy, Diana and Debbie). This website has complete listings of the features in these annuals, and the only possible candidate that I can see is the series on famous diamonds in Bunty 1975 and 1976 that you already know about.

      Could it have been in another annual? Princess, Princess Tina, June, Tammy and Jinty all published annuals during the 70’s; also School Friend, Girls’ Crystal, Sally and Sandie. Could it have been in any of these?

      Alternatively, could it have been published as a series in the weekly comics?

  65. Thank you for your speedy reply! It was definitely an annual, and definitely like the feature pages of Bunty annuals. It was a full page on each, like the Sugar Plum fairy and Coppelia ballet pages in a similar annual. Twinkle, Bunty and Mandy were the main ones my sister and I used to have.

    Yes, we may also have had June, Tammy or Jinty annuals too though! I have been looking through contents pages all over the place online. No joy so far though. If anyone does remember, or happens upon them, a message here would be brilliant. Thank you.

    1. I’ve checked the June, Tammy and Jinty 1970’s annuals, but no luck. Could it have been in a non-comic annual? It sounds like the kind of thing that might have appeared in “Look and Learn” or something similar.

  66. Yes, I guess so, Look and Learn rings a bell. Thanks so much, Goof. It’s very much appreciated. The search.. as they say.. continues.

        1. I don’t suppose anyone does have that specific issue (i.e. Bunty #1131 15th September 1979)? I found the rest on Ebay, but this one is a rare one I cannot find anywhere it seems.

          1. This probably isn’t any use to you as you already have the rest of the story, but I remember reading somewhere that the serial was reprinted in full in Bunty Monthly/Best of Bunty No 5. This is probably at least as rare as Bunty #1151, but it might be worth looking out for in case it turns up.

          2. I’m coming in rather belatedly on this thread due to having arrived back home in Cornwall quite late by train from Paddington, having spent the last eight days in London with my elder son who lives in a quite spacious flat roughly half way between Raynes Park and Wimbledon, and on several days with his two delightful daughters (8 and 6), who we took to school and back from Monday to Thursday, and frankly I didn’t even want to leave. I have just checked my BUNTY collection, and I do have issue 1131. What in particular do you want to know, Brian, about that episode of ‘Wendy And The Wee Ones’?

  67. Appreciate that, Derek. Yet, as luck would have it, I found the issue eventually on Ebay…though it wasn’t easy and will take a while to ship. To answer your question, I originally purchased issues 1132-1146 for that particular story, but found out that the beginning of said story did not actually begin in issue 1132…which meant I had to find issue 1131. I don’t like reading things in medias res.

    I also found out that the serial or story was also reprinted in Bunty Monthly 2001 Issue No. 5…but that is even rarer to find, lol.

  68. Just out of curiosity, Brian, I unearthed my five copies of BUNTY MONTHLY because I felt sure that issue No. 5 did not have that title. In fact only the first two do. The remaining three have the title THE BEST OF BUNTY. Furthermore, despite the fact that according to the information on the front cover of issue 5 that the stories within are ‘Wendy’s Wishing Well’ and ‘The Dreams Of Dolwyn’, the editor has clearly failed to notice that ‘Wendy’s Wishing Well’ had ended the previous week. ‘The Dreams Of Dolwyn’ continued to its natural ending in issue 5. ‘Wendy And The Wee Ones’ is actually the long complete [47 pages] in issue 5 (July 2001).

  69. I was a collector of Nikki in the 80s and have memories of a story involving a girl in a jungle setting with a crashed plane that had a painting of a woman on it, like from the war. I never bought any other comics as a child so i was certain it had to be a Nikki story, more likely from the earlier period of publication (85) when i bought every copy. Do you know of any such story?

  70. Hi there, I’m from New Zealand and one year our teacher brought a whole bunch of English girls comics to school. (This was in the 1980s but the comics were probably a bit older by that stage). Needless to say we girls pored over them, but unfortunately I can’t remember the names of any of them. One had a story about two orphan girls who were taken out of the orphanage by a man who was the father of one of them but no one was quite sure which one. These two girls must have been left at the orphanage as babies, and their identities had possibly been mixed up. The father spent time with them trying to determine which was his daughter (and they both wanted to be the one) – in the end he was on the point of discovering which was his daughter (he had a letter mentioning a birthmark) but he threw the letter away and decided to keep both girls. Another story was about a girl who’s father was trying to invent a sewing machine. And yet another was about a girl who had a household tips book of her grandmother’s which seemed to be incredibly useful in every situation. At the end of the story she had to burn the book because they desperately needed light, and then she used the hard covers as a splint for a broken leg.

    Do any of these stories ring a bell and are they all from one comic series, or multiple titles?

      1. The third story is ‘Aunt Kate’s Household Companion’. It runs in MANDY 333 (June 2 1973) – 343 (August 11 1973).

      2. The title “Double Trouble” was most often used with doppelgänger stories (e.g. Bunty and M&J), but it’s interesting to see the title used for a different context.

  71. Members may be interested to learn that I have today reached an agreement with DEANPRINT of Stockport, Cheshire, for them to print 200 copies of my next book BUNTY AND HER SISTERS, with a publication date yet to be decided as I am still writing it, but I estimate that it will be somewhere between 16 March and 30 April 2021. Our colleague Lorraine Nolan has agreed to write a comprehensive review of the book for you on this platform just prior to its publication, which should help members to decide whether they would like to buy a copy, or not, of course!! I estimate that the book will be 300 pages long, and will contain summaries of all serials in the eleven titles for girls produced by D. C. Thomsons that I consider worthy of inclusion, various batches of selections of coloured images of front covers, and all 30 issues of LUCKY CHARM, plus a multitude of b/w scans of the heading-block picture preceding episode one of the chosen serials. I estimate that each copy will cost purchasers £35/£40, plus p&p to wherever in the world they are.

    Of the 200 copies mentioned above, I will retain two, I will send two to D. C. Thomsons for their library, as I did with my earlier books ‘Free Gifts In The Big Five’ (2005) and ‘This Was The Wizard (2014), one to my friend Ray Moore, although we have never met as he lives up near Newcastle, about as far away from Hayle in Cornwall where I now live as it’s possible to be, because it was Ray who gave me such a lot of the information that I was able to include in my second book ‘THIS WAS THE WIZARD’ (2014), and who has been as supportive of my writing since day one as I was of his. That was why I gave him joint authorship of it. Six more copies have to go to the Legal Deposit Libraries, all of which have a legal right to one copy of EVERY published item in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, those being The British Library, The National Library Of Scotland, The National Library Of Wales, The Library Of Trinity College, Dublin, The Bodleian Library in Oxford, and The University Library, Cambridge. A further four, signed by the author, will go, one each, to the four girls to whom the book will be dedicated, my granddaughters, Lois Victoria Marsden (14) [my younger son Russell’s daughter], Aurora Marisol Marsden-Reilly (8), Kelsey Marianne Marsden-Reilly (6) [my elder son Andrew’s two daughters], and the ever-laughing Ava Isabella Woods (5) [my great granddaughter]. This will therefore leave 185 for sale, but as I am alerting you so much in advance, you will have plenty of time to save up, wrench the top off your piggy bank, or whatever container you use to house your pounds, pence, groats, euros or bawbees, or whatever currency you use to buy your milk, groceries, alcohol etc. If you would like to place an order, please feel free to do so but DON’T send any payment until I let you know here that I have the books in my house. The 200 items of packaging arrived the day before yesterday from KITE PACKAGING, so in some ways at least I am ahead of the game!

      1. Just state here, Briony, that you want a copy. When the 200 copies of the book are delivered to me, I will alert all members via this platform. There is no need for you to do more as unless you have moved from R…… T…… I already have your address.

        1. Please put me down for a copy, Derek. Please also let me know when you want my name and address, and I’ll PM you via Comics UK.

          1. I have now done so, Goof. Thank you. If you read the message I have just sent to Mistyfan, it will save me from repeating that information, which is relevant for all potential purchasers. It’s 1am and I’m just chilling out with a glass of red before going to bed. Two orders on one day, and the book is mostly still in my head!

  72. As I do not have issue 53 of DIANA, I need to know the title of the ‘Dixie’ serial that begins in that issue. The advert in 52 reads thus, [“Dixie” A great new ballet story with Dixie and her friends from Chingley Hall Ballet School]. The title in 54 is ‘Dixie And The Ticklish Twins’, the introductory blurb stating that Dixie and two friends, Della Palmer and Liz Lamb have spent the night at Mrs Fortescue’s where they had danced earlier. In other words, is the title in 53 ‘Dixie’ or ‘Dixie And The Ticklish Twins’?

  73. Apart from issue 53, Briony, which I don’t have in my collection, a fact by the way that instantly eliminates the serial from any possibility of its inclusion in my forthcoming book, as one of the three criteria for inclusion is obviously missing, there is no mention anywhere of the reason for the ‘ticklish’ description. I have just read the story again from 54 to its final instalment in 60 (11 April 1964), and there is absolutely no evidence that the twin baby Fortescue boys, Tim and Kevin, that Dixie Kidd, Della Palmer and Liz Lamb have been asked to look after because the children’s mother and father have had to rush off to Paris on a matter of life or death, are ticklish. They are more than a bit of a handful though, especially as the girls have to take the twins with them to their own school. Their problems have barely surfaced by the end of the first instalment.

  74. Hello, I cannot find any Lucky Charm girls mags as they come in 1-30 in all and I only got a few as I couldn’t afford to buy them each weeks back in those time. I had a few when my granddaughter came to stay with me she was bore so I let her have a read of my Lucky Charm and she love them and wanted to read more which sadly I didn’t have any more. It there any chance that I can have a copy of all the 30 or where I can buy them from as I would love to give my granddaughter as birthday present.

    1. Hi Helen,
      Just out of curiosity, and of course you don’t have to reply if you don’t want to, but as your surname is very unusual, I’m wondering whether you are related to a Gabriel (Gabby) Panayi [birthday 9-11-1940], who joined Lancaster Royal Grammar School (LRGS) in September 1953, and on the basis of his 11+ result was placed in the top form (2 alpha : there was no Year 1). He was in the 5th form (year 11 these days) in 1956-1957, and was a member of Singleton House.
      Regards,
      Derek Marsden (LRGS 1951-1959 : Birmingham University 1959- 1962 : 1963 if you count my year in the Education Department).

      1. P.S. If I remember correctly, Gabby went on to one of the Oxford or Cambridge colleges. He was certainly bright enough to have done so.

        1. No reply as yet from Ms. Panayi, I notice, two months after the question I asked her on 8 January. Still, as my mother used to say, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast”. She also used to say, actually quite regularly, “Patience Is A Virtue”, so maybe there is still some hope.

  75. In the ‘The Most Evil Girls In Girls’ Comics’ thread on the Comics UK platform on 26 June 2018, one of the evil girls mentioned by Tammyfan was Carol Davies from “Captain Carol” in BUNTY. Could somebody please give me the issue numbers and dates for that serial.

      1. Thank you very much, Lorraine, for your prompt reply. As I do have issue 2045, and therefore the heading block illustration, I will now be able to include ‘Captain Carol’ in BUNTY AND HER SISTERS. Your reply has though saved me a lot of searching because I wouldn’t have known where to start, and although I haven’t yet read the serial, it does sound like a contender. Apologies for my delay in replying but I switched my computer off early yesterday, and spent the evening reading and watching TV.

        1. Just a gentle reminder, Lorraine, that you haven’t yet sent me your new address so that I can send you the promised copy of ‘The Four Marys In Four Great Stories’ (BUNTY Picture Story Library For Girls No. 372 : Near Mint Condition). If you are unwilling to email or text me your address, please join COMICS UK because you would then be able to use their PM (Private Message) service. On that platform my username is Phoenix. I am a ‘guru’, which I suspect that in that context means ‘know-all’!!! There are only two of us on the top of that lonely mountain, Ray Moore being the other. We’ve been friends for over 30 years without ever having met, not too surprising as he lives near Newcastle on Tyne, although we ring each other reasonably regularly. There was only ever a slim chance of our meeting up when I lived in Maghull on Merseyside but now that I live in Cornwall there is even less chance of our ever meeting. Perhaps in the summer I could have a holiday up that way!?! Certainly the last (and only) time I went to the Tyneside/Northumberland area was to attend an interview at Sunderland Teachers Training College. I had to travel up by train from Lancaster, where I lived at the time, educated at Ryelands County Primary School and Lancaster Royal Grammar School, to Carlisle, from where I got the train to Newcastle, where I caught a train to Sunderland. They told me after the interview that they would consider my application in the light of my apparent preference for a university education, but the interviewer’s demeanour seemed to indicate that the panel would be likely to reject my application. I was 18 at the time, but as I got into Birmingham University to read Modern Languages (Spanish and Portuguese : main for three years – French : subsidiary for one year), I was able to accept Sunderland’s formal rejection as they were a fall-back at best, but whatever their languages courses were, and I can no longer remember what they were, the college simply hadn’t really appealed to me. Coincidentally, I did nevertheless subsequently have a 40-year career in the classroom.
          Back to Ray. We were, and of course still are, very fond of stories for both boys and girls, mainly those in the output from D C Thomsons, and mainly due to the impetus provided by pioneers in the hobby such as our late friend Colin Morgan, who produced an absolutely magnificent book on early pop music called ‘FIRST HITS’, and a stiff-backed, foolscap-sized exercise book in which he made a more or less complete listing of Thomsons’ entire output for boys, and such serials for girls that he had discovered, which I inherited when he died. His influence though was massive, so much so that several national daily newspapers carried quite separate obituaries. Ray’s books focus(s)ed on Thomsons’ humour titles. He wrote ‘THE BEANO DIARIES (two volumes) : THE MAGIC INDEX : THE DANDY MONSTER INDEX (1937-1990) : TOPPER TALES – A COMPLETE INDEX, and THE BOOK OF THE BEEZER. My output is meagre by comparison, FREE GIFTS IN THE BIG FIVE (250 copies with a published price of £30, at a cost to me of £3,300 in 2005 by D C Thomsons themselves, they even delivered them from Dundee to my house in Maghull [only 8 mint copies still unsold so I will eventually put them on eBay at c£45 as they are as rare as hens’ teeth) and THIS WAS THE WIZARD (published at £25 in 2014 : a copy sold by phil-comics on eBay a week or so back for £36), and I gave Ray joint author billing as he gave me such a lot of information about the writers and illustrators, which seriously enhanced my work, the Introduction in particular. I think it unlikely that he will have much of an input into BUNTY AND HER SISTERS but many years ago when I was starting to put together my collection of story papers for girls, he was enthusiastic, and whet my appetite with comments and important information, especially about early serials in BUNTY, JUDY, and MANDY, very few of which I had acquired at that time. It is not well known but there was a time, brief though it was, when Colin, Ray, and I were planning to bring out all our future books under the 3M imprint (Morgan, Marsden and Moore) Colin’s death put an instant end to that idea!! I subsequently created a personal publishing company, which I called ‘Darsym Press’ and a logo, which appears on the base of the spine of my books. The word ‘Darsym’ is a composite of my primary school nickname Darsy Marsy.

          1. Hi Derek, I did send you my new address when you emailed about reviewing your book, but as that was a while back, to save you searching back through old emails, I’ll send it on again.

            I’m sorry to hear that your 3M plan had to be cut short because of your friends death. I’m sure you would have all had interesting books under that imprint. Darsym Press will do well on it’s own too, I’m sure.

  76. Thank you, Lorraine, for texting me your address as a PM to Comics UK. I will be taking the package containing the well-protected PSLFG item featuring the Four Marys to my local Post Office tomorrow morning. Please let me know on this platform when it arrives.

    1. Hi Derek,

      The Four Marys book arrived today, thank you very much. After a very busy day, it’s much appreciated!

  77. Hello – I’m looking for a specific story. I want to buy it for my sister – she and I both loved this story when we were young.
    It’s a Four Marys story in a Bunty Annual, possibly 1966 or a little before or after that. The story is an adventure which ends in the wedding of a teacher who is wearing a big wedding dress possibly coloured pink. If I can nail down which Bunty Annual this story is in I can try to buy it on another site.
    Many thanks, Fran.

    1. There is a story which fills the bill in the 1985 Annual. A mystery young man goes to great lengths to steal a photo which Raddy accidentally took of him as part of a school competition. It turns out that he is the brother of one of the St Elmo teachers who is about to get married. He wants his appearance at the wedding to be a surprise for her, so he steals the photo which might have let her know that he was in the area. The wedding dress is yellow rather than pink.

      Does this sound like the one? There is no suitable candidate in any earlier annual. You can see a scan of the beginning of the story here:

      http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2013/10/bunty-annual-1985/

      Happy to post a scan of the wedding scene here if that would help.

      1. Hello – this is very kind of you. Unfortunately my sister and I are in our 60s so we had definitely grown out of Bunty by 1985! Thank you so much for looking though. Kind regards, Fran.

        1. I’ve checked all the Bunty Annuals for the 1960’s again, and there is no story (Four Marys or otherwise) involving the wedding of a teacher. I’ve also checked the Bunty Summer Specials for 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1969 – again, no joy.

          Was this definitely a Four Marys story? If so, could it have been in one of the weekly comics rather than an annual?

          1. Hi – wow this is so very kind of you to go to so much trouble. My sister was convinced it was a Four Marys. However I also recall getting School Friend Annuals so maybe it was that one. I have the 1966 School Friend Annual and it’s not that one. This is a mystery. 🙂
            Many thanks again.

  78. No trouble at all, Fran, but I’m not having much luck I’m afraid. I’ve checked the School Friend Annuals for the 1960’s and again found nothing. It seems that stories about teachers getting married are rather less common around this time than I thought.

    One other possibility occurred to me. Did you and your sister ever get picture library stories? There was a June & School Friend Picture Library called “School Romance”, published in May 1966. A teacher is due to get married to a man who has just started at the school as science master, but the marriage is postponed when it turns out that he is suspected of a robbery at his previous school. Two of the girls find the thief and clear his name, and we do get a final panel of the wedding with the bride in a posh dress, but as this is a picture library, the image is not in colour.

    Could this perhaps be the one? If not, I’m happy to keep looking if you can provide any further clues.

    1. Hi – it may well be this one, sounds familiar. When you say a posh dress was it very princess bride-ish? Is there any way of finding and buying this publication that you know of?
      Many thanks – again. Fran

      1. I don’t know that you could call the dress princess bride-ish – it’s not really elaborate enough. However, there is quite a bit in the story about the dress (buying material etc). Here are scans of the first and last two pages of the story. Hopefully you can tell from these whether or not this is the right one:

        https://i.imgur.com/GXzwwbh.jpg
        https://i.imgur.com/EonGx6c.jpg

        The story was published twice, both times under the name “School Romance”:

        Schoolgirls Picture Library #82
        June and School Friend Picture Library #359

        Copies turn up on eBay occasionally. The other place to check is 30th Century Comics, and I see that their catalogue has a couple of copies of Schoolgirls PL 82 at present, although you would have to check with them that they still have it:

        http://30thcenturycomics.co.uk/catalogue-index/girls-picture-libraries/

        Hope this helps.

      2. Sorry for the delay in replying, Fran. I posted a reply last night, but its appearance seems to have been delayed by the website’s spam filter – probably because it contained links. Hopefully it’ll appear soon.

        1. As my reply still hasn’t surfaced, I’ll try it again, sending the links separately.

          I don’t know that you could call the dress princess bride-ish – it’s not really elaborate enough. However, there is quite a bit in the story about the dress (buying material etc). I try to send links to scans of the first and last two pages of the story in the next post. Hopefully you can tell from these whether or not this is the right one.

          The story was published twice, both times under the name “School Romance”:

          Schoolgirls Picture Library #82
          June and School Friend Picture Library #359

          Copies turn up on eBay occasionally. The other place to check is 30th Century Comics, and I see that their online catalogue has a couple of copies of Schoolgirls PL 82 at present, although you would have to check with them that they still have it.

  79. Another puzzle. I have a 1978 Dutch translation from 1977’s Judy. The title is “Het spook van Mandalay”, which translates roughly as “The Ghost (or Spectre) of Mandalay”. It starts in 1814, when a horse rescues an officer fighting in the Napoleonic Wars. He, sir James, takes the horse home to his daughter Jenny. Even when the horse dies, it keeps watch over the Manderlay mansion, even when it is turned into a girls’ school, and centuries pass…

    Any suggestions?

    Regards,
    Ramon

  80. ‘The Ghost Of Manderlay’ ran in JUDY 858 (June 19 1976) – 869 (September 4 1976). The only other serial to start in that issue, Ramon, was ‘The Midgees’. ‘Wee Slavey’ and ‘Climbing Rose’ had both ended in 857.

  81. Thank you for letting me know. I have looked at the list of Bunty stories on this site and Looking After Lois is listed. Upon looking at the page about the story, I’m not sure if Lois was a foreign exchange student or not, but a British family looked after her while her mum searched for a new home in the U.K.

    1. My reply to the above comment, April, which clarifies the ‘foreign exchange student’ issue, can be found under ‘Looking After Lois’ in the STORIES section.

  82. Hi all!

    Hoping to use the hive mind once more to find a Dutch reprint of UK origin.

    This time, a one-pager humor feature: a young girl (shades of Beryl the Peril and so on) has a large mutt of a dog. The dog and her father do not get along.

    It originally ran in Judy and in Dutch is called “Beppie en Benno”. Beppie is short for Elisabeth, Benno is a typical dog’s name.

    Any takers?

    Regards,
    Ramon

  83. Another one: translated as “Eenzame Shirley” (“Lonely Shirley”) from Judy #1179-1184 (1982), we have a story about a teen orphaned girl being adopted by her aunt and uncle. Her cousin, their daughter, starts to sabotage the adoption.

    Any clue?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. The serial that you are seeking, Ramon, is “I Won’t Share With Shirley!”. The girl with the wealthy relatives is Joan Turner, Shirley’s cousin. In the first panel of the opening instalment the three of them turn up at what seems to be an orphanage and are welcomed by the housemother, Mrs Bewley. Mrs Turner tells Mrs Bewley that they are Shirley’s only relatives, and that everything is ready for her at their home. Although accepting that as a given, Mrs Bewley goes on to point out that Shirley has had a hard life, and while sure that the Turners will do everything possible for Shirley, considers it necessary that they sould meet her before committing themselves. Mr Turner says that if she’s nervous and shy, they would teach her to have confidence. As Mrs Bewley opens the door, they all see Shirley grabbing a taller girl by her shoulders and saying “I’ll shake your teeth out!” Mrs Turner introduces herself by saying “I’m your Auntie Marcia” and her husband says “And I’m Uncle Ben, your father’s brother”.

      When the Turners get back with Shirley to what looks like a large detached property, they introduce her to their daughter, Joan, who asks Shirley what’s wrong as she doesn’t look happy. Neither of them know, or could even anticipate what comes next. Her bedroom is spacious, with large wardrobes, and even an armchair with a pouffe to rest her weary feet on. When Joan tells Shirley that she has a bath every evening, Shirley replies “So do I. I’m not exactly a savage!” Then something really unexpected happens. After Shirley has finished her bath, Joan goes back upstairs, puts the bath plug back in, turns the water on again, goes back down to the lounge, and sits down with her parents and Shirley. Shortly afterwards, water starts to come through the ceiling. Inevitably, Shirley is blamed, and told to check the bathroom before she leaves it. Shirley loses her rag, kicks a large basket, and says “I didn’t let the bath run over!”. In a thought bubble in the final panel, Joan’s thought is “I’ll get rid of her–I won’t share my life with Shirley”. Inevitably therefore, despite the kindness shown to Shirley by Joan’s parents, Joan maintains her campaign. Perhaps one further example will suffice. In the Rosedale garden centre, boxes of plants are being sold for £2 each, and a stack of leaflets are labelled ‘Free’. While Shirley is looking at some rakes and lawnmowers, Joan switches the labels, alerts Shirley, who then picks up one of the trays of plants, and walks out of the garden centre without paying for it. Later, when Shirley goes out into Joan’s garden to plant them, Joan’s mother asks her where she got the expensive plants from. Joan tells her that they were from the garden centre but that they were free. Joan’s mother promptly rings the Rosedale Garden Centre to ask if they are giving away boxes of plants today. When the answer is in the negative, she says to Shirley “I know you are lazy and disobedient! But I didn’t think you were also a liar and a thief! Admit it–you stole those plants!” Shirley vehemently denies it but to no avail. Her mother tells her to get into the car and with the tray of plants drives straight to the garden centre to return them and apologise for what seems to have been a misunderstanding. The salesman says that it couldn’t have been a misunderstanding because “The price is clearly marked. If this girl didn’t pay for the plants, then she’s stolen them”. A row then breaks out between Shirley and Joan because Joan won’t confirm her version of events, and instead claims that Shirley is too impulsive and should have asked someone before taking the plants.
      Things start to get more difficult for Shirley when, after she accidentally pulls a tablecloth off the breakfast table in front of her mother and father, all the dishes cascade onto the floor. The problem then for Shirley is that in the light of recent events, Joan’s parents simply won’t believe that it WAS an accident, and Ben tells her that he and Marcia will have to talk seriously about her future. Shirley interprets this as meaning that they no longer want her. The mealy-mouthed Joan goes into Shirley’s bedroom to say how sorry she feels that “things haven’t turned out” but inwardly rejoicing because she thinks she’s won. Shirley then wonders, as she’s sitting up in bed, how it all went wrong. She knows she is quick-tempered and that her manners could be improved but also that she is not deliberately bad, and seems to have been doomed from the start. At breakfast the following morning Shirley tells Joan’s parents that she knows what they have decided, and that she wants to say that she really tried to please everybody, is sorry that she brought nothing but trouble, and would like to go back to the home as soon as possible. When Shirley and Joan went out later, they met some of Joan’s friends. Joan told them that Shirley would be leaving, and said “Offering her a home with us didn’t work out. Isn’t it sad?” Shirley doesn’t feel any need to comment. However, in the penultimate instalment, during a picnic outing in Parfield Park, all the girls went into a building that had been deserted for about 50 years, completely ignoring a ‘DANGER : KEEP OUT : DANGEROUS BUILDING’ notice and soon hear a creaking noise, indicating that the roof is collapsing. Everyone except Joan manages to get out, but Shirley goes back in to rescue Joan, who had been trapped under the falling rubble. During this time Joan undergoes a fundamental change, so much so that it is as if she has become an alter ego, which translates from Latin as ‘a different person’. While recovering in her hospital bed, the very first thing question she asks her visiting parents is “What’s happened to Shirley? Why won’t you tell me? What’s happened to her? She isn’t…Oh no!” When Joan’s parents leave the hospital, having told Joan that Shirley is there in the same hospital, recovering from her ordeal, albeit badly injured, Joan, suffering pangs of conscience because she realises, rather late in the day it must be admitted, that her best friend has suffered terrible pain due to risking her life to save her, so , she gets out of bed, puts on her dressing gown, and makes her way slowly to Shirley’s ward. The nurse refuses to let her in because Shirley is in intensive care, and isn’t conscious anyway. On the way back to her ward, Joan looks through a window at the sleeping Shirley and, starting to cry, she reminds herself that she did want to get rid of her, but not that way. The following morning Joan is allowed a brief visit to see Shirley, who seems very feeble, and can hardly speak. She manages to tell her friend that she will never forget what she did for her, and admits that she ‘owes her so much’. However, the doctor tells Joan’s parents that not only is Shirley not recovering as quickly as he had hoped, but what concerns him more is that she seems to have lost the will to live. Even when Mrs Turner tells Shirley that she can stay with them if she would like to do so, Shirley’s reaction is negative and defeatist because she is certain that nothing would improve, and everybody would still be blaming her. She believes that she doesn’t belong anywhere. The turning point occurs when the worm turns. Joan finally admits to Shirley in front of her own parents by the side of Shirley’s hospital bed, that she had been the instigator of all the nastiness, and the merely unpleasant, because she had not wanted to share her own home and family with Shirley in the first place. By the end or the story, when all is serene, Joan would surely insist on a change of the story title to “I WILL Share with Shirley”.

      Incidentally, Ramon, this serial ends in issue 1185 (September 25 1982), not in 1184 as you state above.

      1. A rewritten version of this story was also published, under the same title, in Bunty Picture Story Library 279 (July 1986).

        1. Thanks for detailed summary Derek, I do have the last installment of story, but hadn’t checked because I thought story Ramon was looking for, finished earlier. I do remember the picture story library more, which was also reprinted in Bunty PSL 420 with shortened title “I Won’t Share”

          1. Sorry to be pedantic, Lorrsadmin, but in case Ramon wants to note these details, the PSL reprint was #422.

  84. And yet another: from 1983’s Judy. Teen Ruth Miller is afraid of nothing and nobody. Her friends even call he “Ruth Lionheart” because of her courage. Until one day, when running on a distant hill, she has a vision of a Roman soldier being executed and she loses her nerve. From then on, she is the titular “Ruth Mouseheart” (“Ruth Muizenhart” in Dutch).

    Anyone?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. The title you are seeking, Ramon, is ‘Runaway Ruth’. It runs in JUDY 1201 (15 January 1983) – 1206 (19 February 1983).

  85. Just an update on BUNTY AND HER SISTERS. For many months I have had an arrangement with Deanprint Ltd of Stockport, Cheshire, to print the book, which I estimated would be ready by the end of March 2021. They contacted me yesterday to enquire if I would still be submitting the book by the end of this month. I had to tell them that I didn’t think I would have finished writing it until September at the earliest, and told them that under the circumstances I would understand if they were to feel obliged to requote for the job, and if they did, I would not object to any increase. In his reply, the Sales & Marketing Director, Jon Sherlock, said that they would have no problem pushing the job back, but when I am ready to submit, they would have to requote because from this month paper prices have risen by between 8 and 12%. However, although I will need to pay the extra, I will simply swallow it, and by so doing, I will definitely not be increasing the cover price that I have already quoted on GCOY, thus ensuring that you do not have hire a babysitter to put in any overtime at work!! STAY SAFE : PROTECT THE NHS : SAVE LIVES.

    1. This is the first I hear of such a book, Derek, but now I can’t wait to get a copy! Can you let us know a bit more about what the contents will be?

      Regards,
      Ramon

      1. For today, Ramon, could you please scroll back to the point when I first mentioned the book on this platform, which was on 26 November 2020 at 6.05 p.m. Tomorrow I will post the more detailed information that you are requesting.

  86. Re: “I Won’t Share With Shirley!” Thanks all, this, as is the “Runaway Ruth” story, appears in Debbie super stripstory #18 (1987).

    Once again, thank you for all the invaluable help with finding these!

    Regards,
    Ramon

  87. Regarding your request yesterday, Ramon, about the content of BUNTY AND HER SISTERS, my intention is to provide a comprehensive INTRODUCTION covering the general content of all eleven DCT’s story titles for girls. The main body of the book is being devoted to summaries of all the serial stories that in my opinion are worth including. As I will be presenting them in alphabetical order, rather than in their actual sequence, which will, of course, save me a lot of time [I have already listed just under 3000 story titles in alphabetical order], there will be no need for a glossary at the end of the book. I will naturally need to reread all these serials, and after completing each one, I will immediately write the summary on an already-prepared discrete page in one of my Lever Arch Files. When I am completely happy that it covers all I need to say about the story, I will rewrite it on my computer. Obviously this is all going to take time, which is one reason why I am guessing that it will probably not be published before September. The other reason is that I have a couple more irons in the fire. The first iron is a futuristic football-themed novel to be called ‘Destined For Glory’, which will be set somewhere around 2180. As now here in England, there will be 20 teams in a ‘Premier League’, and 24 in a ‘Championship’. All the teams will be imaginary, as will all the players, managers, backroom staff, referees etc. I already have complete squad lists for all 44. The principal focus will be Ransfield City, a northern club fallen on hard times, very loosely based on Bolton Wanderers, the team I have supported since Adam was a lad. The fundamental inspiration for all this was my reading football serials in Thomsons’ text story papers for boys, Adventure, The Wizard, The Rover, and The Hotspur, which I first encountered at the age of 9. They were an absolute eye-opener. At that time clubs travelled to away games either by coach or train. In ‘Destined For Glory’ hypersonic transport, which will have led to a series of world leagues, will get the Australian team Burramere (imaginary) over to England to play Finchington (also imaginary) in less than half an hour.
    The second iron is a book of short stories about a guy who has some kind of fall or accident and as a result suffers damage of some sort to his brain. When he comes to in hospital after surgery, he realises that he can access what people are thinking about. The basic title will be ‘THE THOUGHT READER’. I haven’t thought this concept through much further than this but broadly speaking I see it presenting its stories in a similar way to that adopted by Thomsons in their successful multi-volume DIXON HAWKE’S CASE BOOK series. Dixon Hawke was a fictional detective who, if I remember correctly, started life in one of DC Thomsons’ newspapers, but was later deemed appropriate for inclusion in ADVENTURE, the company’s earliest story paper, which started to inspire youngsters from 1921. A couple of examples of postwar serials must suffice, these being ‘Dixon Hawke And The Yellow Ghost’ and ‘Dixon Hawke And The Black Slink’. It will be but a short step from there to e.g. ‘The Thought Reader And The….’Bank Robbers’.

  88. Sounds like you will be kept busy for a while Derek!

    On another topic the server that I host my site has recently been changed, since then I’ve found a few times where site has been slow loading, don’t know if anyone else has had similar issues, but I’m keeping an eye on it.

    1. Yes, Lorraine, I will, but it will be a whole lot better than sitting on my rear end doing nothing. I’ve never been comfortable doing nothing anyway, and here I’ve set myself quite a challenge, because I have never attempted to write a novel in my life. I have read thousands though, so I’m well aware of how to structure them. In the next few days I will be ringing The St Ives Printing & Publishing Company, whose advert in The Cornishman starts “Want to see your book in print? Let us guide you through the process.”
      “Ever dreamt of writing your memoirs, a short story or even a novel and seeing it in print?”
      “We can offer you…
      Book Design & Printing
      Short Runs starting from just a few copies”
      For further details and to arrange an appointment call 01736 795813

      So, nothing ventured, nothing gained!! Watch this space.

  89. Toni Carver, the chief executive of The St Ives Printing and Publishing Company, came over to my house on Saturday to discuss my request, thus allowing me to flesh out my plan for him. We got on very well, especially when we were talking about our various interests, because it turns out that in our youth we were both members of groups that had careers singing folk and country music in folk clubs and cabaret (night) clubs, mine on Merseyside, his down here in Cornwall. When he left mine he had a free gift from me of a double CD of The Crabtrees folk group, formed when I moved to Wallasey in Cheshire to take up a post as a teacher of Spanish and French at Wallasey Technical Grammar School. The other two members of the group were brother and sister Harold (Hal) and Joy Crabtree, who, after getting married to Martin Sarney, went on to have two minor hits as Joy Sarney. Hal and I met when we were studying at Birmingham University (me:- Spanish, Portuguese and French : Hal:- Russian (ab initio) and French. When I told him that I had got the Wallasey job, he gave me his address and phone number, suggesting that I get in touch with him when I had foung digs and settled in, and he would introduce me to the folk and pop scene on Merseyside, starting with the Spinners’ club then moving on to the Cavern and the Iron Door. Hal, Joy and I first sang together in their house one Saturday morning, the harmonies sounded promising so we just carried on week by week. Our group lasted for five years. I have a scrapbook of photographs and cuttings from newspapers that reported on our club performances. We were on BBC radio a few times, and television at least twice. The only time that my mother saw me singing live was when she and her old Chorley Grammar School friend Margaret, who I knew as Auntie Margaret, went together to watch the entire show at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. My father only saw us once, in the front room of his house in Lancaster, where I lived before going to Birmingham.

    Now to the details about the recordings.

    Disc One is called ‘The Fabulous Crabtrees’, which contains 18 songs, one of which, ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’, is sung by me as a solo. The other seventeen tracks are, ‘If I had A Hammer’, ‘Two Brothers’, ‘Stewball’, ‘Sorry In My Mind’, ‘A Working Man’, ‘Allentown Jail’, ‘The Piney Wood Hills’, ‘Fourteen Days’, ‘Island Of Dreams’, ‘Other Side To This Life’, ‘New Awakening’, ‘Birmingham’, ‘Sparrow’, ‘There’ll Be Blue Skies Waiting’, ‘Flora, The Lily Of The West’, ‘I Love You Babe’, and ‘Golden Sunsets’. Disc Two is called ‘The Crabtrees LIVE In Germany’, and is a recording of a concert we performed in Frankfurt. The songs on this are ‘Dear Folks’, ‘The Banks Of The Ohio’, ‘Johnny Be Fair’, ‘They’re Moving Father’s Grave (to build a sewer), ‘A Few More Seasons’ an American country song, [my solo : but H&J joined in on the repeated chorus], ‘John Riley'[Hal’s solo], ‘Steinfurth Celebrations’ [an instrumental], ‘Two Brothers’, ‘The Banks Of The Royal Canal’, ‘Darling Corey’, ‘The Good Times We Had'[Joy’s solo], and ‘Sweeney Todd (The Barber). Included in the CD case is a 28-page history of the group with 22 different photographs of the group or of other people or things that are in one way or another linked to The Crabtrees.

    Yesterday I received an email from him, which included detailed costs for publishing various quantities of the novel. The specification priced is for a thread sewn, case bound hardback of 240 pages, printed in mono but with a coloured dustwrapper, which I’ll draw myself. 100 of these units will cost me £1764, which obviously works out at £17.64 each. For every purchase I would need to add the p&p, which will clearly vary depending on where the purchaser lives. Naturally, if the finished novel only runs to say 175/200 pages, I would need to go back to him to ask for a revised costing, but I can see no obvious reason why I would not be able to complete both DESTINED FOR GLORY and BUNTY AND HER SISTERS by the end of September. In the email Toni also said, “It was a great pleasure to talk to you and hear about your career in folk music. Thank you for the ‘The Fabulous Crabtrees’ with a great many songs there that were, I guess, fairly universal to the folk-club scene back then, but marvellously done in your own style, which for me is the essence and joy of folk. The magic of hearing a new (to me) interpretation or new arrangement of an old familiar song, and with great harmonies to boot, fabulous indeed. Thank you.”

    For those of you who are interested in hearing some of the songs, a few years ago I uploaded ten of them to YouTube. To access them, type in ‘crabtreestrio’ in lower case letters. There are plenty of photos but no videos.

  90. While I’ve been downing a very welcome cup of coffee, it has occurred to me that some of you might want a copy of the double CD, others might want a copy of the as yet unwritten novel. In either case, please email me at derek.g.marsden@sky.com for information and updates, and I will get back to you.

  91. There is an article in the SUNDAY MIRROR today about a comic artist called Paul Grist of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, originally from Sheffield, who has finally landed his dream job with MARVEL 20 years after writing a letter to them asking for work. He is now 60 and spent two decades publishing his own stories after his initial application to them, suggesting comics based on British superheroes, was rejected. His application must at least have been interesting because it was clearly kept on file. Someone at MARVEL remembered him and he has now been hired to write a series of tales. His stories will be for a new MARVEL production called ‘The Union’, which will feature heroes from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Paul began his career on ‘magazines’ such as BUNTY and NIKKI.

    1. That’s interesting, I wonder if he did the Lucy and Liz Girl Talk covers for Nikki, he does seem to have cartoony style.

  92. Hi! What a brilliant site! I can’t believe I was reading Tracy when I was 7 in 1979 and it was so dark!!! I’ve been thinking for years about hand curse story and it’s great to find it. Thank you!

    1. You’re welcome, glad to help, reason I set up the site was to find all those stories I remembered from when I was younger too.

  93. A wonderful website! It’s helped me put a name to a lot of the stories I loved but couldn’t remember the name of – The Taming of the Tearaway, Prisoner of Time, The Westfield Wager, The Image of Iris (that twist ending!). And I loved looking at the scans of my all-time favourite, Down With St Desmond’s!

    I grew up reading these comics in the 1980s and I think it’s such a shame that they aren’t held in as high regard as the boys’ comics from the same era. I can think of two of my favourite series that I don’t think are listed on the site.

    1. PENNY AND PYEWACKET Mandy c.1987 A witch in medieval times escapes being burnt at the stake by transferring into the body of her black cat. She can be released only if someone says the cat’s name, but unfortunately it’s Pyewacket! In modern times she’s still trapped in the cat and is adopted by Penny, a girl with a blonde bob and glasses. Penny is honestly pretty dim, and fails to spot the cat’s weekly attempts to spell out Pyewacket until finally she manages it and the witch appears. I think Penny receives a black kitten at the end.

    2. THE DREAM MACHINE Judy? Early 1990s Had the sub-title ‘Unlock your heart’s desire…’ A girl with long dark hair gets trapped on a sinister magical game show. Similar to Malice in Wonderland. It was probably in Judy or M&J, or Nikki at an outside shot. I think it was from the early 1990s when most of my friends had moved on to Smash Hits but I was still secretly reading the comics!

    My old comics are stashed away in boxes at my parents’ house so I can’t check these myself. Does anyone else remember them?

  94. ‘Penny And Pyewacket’ ran in MANDY 1106 – 1116.
    ‘The Dream Machine’ ran in JUDY 1607 – 1622.
    If you need the dates of the above issue numbers, please let me know tomorrow. It’s rather too late to be disturbing their slumbers tonight.

    1. Dates for those issues are Mandy #1106 (26/03/1988) – #1116 (04/06/1988)
      and Judy #1607 (27/10/90) – #1622 (09/02/21)

      I do have vague memory of The Dream Machine, although I don’t have any of those issues anymore, my parents would do big clear out of old weekly comics every few years when I was younger!

      1. Thank you! I knew I had the names of the stories right but I couldn’t find any reference to them anywhere on the web. And I was almost there on the years too.

  95. Last night I finally made up my mind as to exactly which serial stories in the ‘Big Eleven’ have made the cut for inclusion in BUNTY AND HER SISTERS. There will be 2237 of them. In all cases they will be their first appearance. Clearly this implies that neither repeats nor sequels will feature. ‘A Best Friend For Belinda’ (MANDY 1198-1209) and ‘The Zoo That Zoe Built’ (DIANA 165-175) will bookend the other 2235. I’m taking today off to chill out but will start writing the book tomorrow. I still expect that its publication will be by the end of September. You will know exactly when because, as reported some time ago, lorrsadmin has agreed to review a pre-publication copy on this platform.

    1. Very exciting Derek, 2237 stories is lot, yet I’m guessing it was still difficult to cut it down to that number!

      1. Not really, Lorraine. Don’t forget that I’ve either been reading or rereading these serials on a regular basis over the last few years. Every one of the 2237 ‘talked’ to me, making their claim for inclusion so to speak. I have filled ten Lever Arch Files, some almost to overflowing, with single A4 pages, every one allotted to just one of the chosen serials, with their starting and ending issue numbers and dates. My summaries will be written on those pages. As I write each synopsis I will give it a number, obviously from 0001 to 2237, and then type it onto my computer. Doing it this way will make it easier for Jon Sherlock, the chief executive of Deanprint & Company of Stockport (Cheshire) to position the synopses accurately after he, or his team, have removed them all from my computer, to which I will allow him access, just as I did for my second book ‘THIS WAS THE WIZARD’. My first book ‘FREE GIFTS IN THE BIG FIVE’ was, you may recall, printed for me by D C Thomsons themselves, and delivered to my house in Maghull on Merseyside where I was living at the time.

        My writing of the synopses will not start and end with the two titles that I mentioned in my previous post. The first one I will write tomorrow will be for ‘The Mystery Of The Dancing Nurse’ from issues 1-11 of MANDY, but only because I can access my collection of MANDY more easily than that of any of the other story papers. When I have finished writing it, I will replace that sheet in the appropriate Lever Arch File. The second will be for ‘Jenny Trevelyn’, the third will be for ‘Who Is Judy Parker?, and so on through the many other stories that I have selected from MANDY. Once all my chosen MANDY serials are safely repositioned in their allotted places in the appropriate Lever Arch File, I will perhaps move on to a couple of the shorter-run titles such as EMMA or SPELLBOUND, if only to make me feel that I am actually making progress!!!

  96. In the ‘other lives’ part of the ‘Obituaries’ section of today’s issue of The Guardian (for those who are interested in such matters, the newspaper had its 200th birthday last Wednesday, in which it included a reprint of the first edition, which appeared on 5 May 1821) there is one for Bill Titcombe, who has died aged 82. He was an artist, illustrator and cartoonist who worked on more than 65 franchised cartoon characters, many of them for TV-related magazines such as Look-In and TV Comic during the 1960s and 70s. He created ‘Tom and Jerry’ and ‘Scooby-Doo’ among others.
    His first job, at the age of 16 was with Amalgamated Press drawing the comic strip ‘Our Ernie’, and over the next five years worked on several other characters for the same comic such as ‘Sinbad’, ‘Space Age Kit’ and ‘Billy Bunter’. In his early twenties he joined TV Comic where he created ‘The TV Terrors’ and drew strips based on TV shows such as ‘The Telegoons’ and ‘Dad’s Army’.

  97. I loved these annuals and I remember reading them back in the ’80s as a child. I vaguely remember a few stories and was wondering if someone could help me find the names. I hope these weren’t just figments of my imagination.

    One story was about a girl who finds another girl near a river or stream and the girl was crying and saying that she was wet. The girl comforts and befriends the crying girl, only to find out at the end of the story, that it was her sister (or twin) that had drowned years ago in that river.

    The other story was about a young woman and her aunt (or grandmother?) who were at odds. The young woman was waiting for her aunt or grandmother to die to inherit her fortune. The aunt had a beautiful garden of flowers. At the end of the story, the aunt had died but the young woman couldn’t find where she had left or hidden the money. It turns out the flowers spelled “Dig Here” or something to that effect to show where the money had been hidden.

    Thanks for any help!

    1. Hi Carmel,

      Both of these stories are from Judy 1983 annual http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2013/10/judy-annual-1983-2/

      The first story is “The Bond” from Judy Annual 1983. I know someone else was looking for that story before, obviously one that stuck in peoples’ memory!

      http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/J83_Bond.jpg

      The second story is called “Tulips”

      http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/J83_Tulips.jpg

      1. Wow, thank you so much for your quick response!!!
        When I moved to the States, my parents either sold or threw away my annuals, and I have been trying to remember where I had read these stories. I’ll have to find these on eBay. Again, thank you!

  98. I am now able to inform members that this lunchtime I completed to my satisfaction the definitive synopses of the first 600 serials which will eventually appear in alphabetical order in BUNTY AND HER SISTERS. The first is ‘A Best Friend For Belinda’ (MANDY 1198 – 1209), the 600th being Dorinda – Doll Of Doom (MANDY 703 -714). There is obviously a long way to go but I’m enjoying the task, and from time to time will keep members up to date with my progress. The aim is to have the book published by the end of the year if at all possible.

  99. Mandy comic The Girl In The Mask story about Dorinda Lacey who had to wear a mask because she was told by her aunt that she was ugly. Orphaned and brought up by her Aunt. I missed the ending because the comic didn’t come to the shop that week that it ended so I don’t know how the story ended. Can anybody help with this please? I would love to know how she found out that she wasn’t ugly (I just knew it). Please help. Thank you!

      1. I also knew straight off that the aunt was hiding Dorinda’s beauty out of jealousy and feeding her a load of lies about being ugly. Thank you for uploading the scan of the last page. But what happened to the aunt? Did she die before Dorinda discovered the truth?

  100. I remember that the aunt don’t know her name was ugly. Her hair was dark and severely pulled back from her face and her face was drawn sharply. She was horrible. Thanks for the comic page. What happened to the aunt?

    Why did they stop publishing these comics? Mandy Judy Bunty Tracy Tammy?

    I remember in Tammy I think it was there was a Strange story about a mother and daughter who lived in an old house and bit by bit the other got rid of modern gadgets including electricity. One morning the daughter woke up and couldn’t see the bus stop from her window, nor her uniform and asked her mother about it and was told that she wouldn’t be going to school any more. She gave her old fashioned clothes from 17th century? and I think that they time travelled somehow.

    1. Yes, I remember that Strange Story from Tammy. I don’t have the title or publication date right now. I am sure it appeared in 1980, after Misty merged with Tammy.

    2. Her aunt died quite early in the series, (around 2nd or 3rd episode) she had heart attack after thinking Dorinda has been seen. On her death bed she tells Dorinda to always remember she is ugly and should stay hidden.

      Bunty was the longest lasting of comics and lasted until 2001.

      Tammy stopped publishing in the 1980s but the old comics were acquired by Rebellion Publishers, who have released reprints of old stories (like Bella at the Bar) and also have had 2 new Tammy & Jinty Specials https://shop.treasuryofbritishcomics.com/catalogue/new-originals/RCS2054

  101. Also remember a story about a girl who was adopted or something. She was frightened of crowds and the woman who adopted her was frightened of crowds also. Turned out they were real mother and daughter who had been separated and reunited.

    Also a story about a Victorian maid who was encased in ice and had a hard time adjusting to modern life.

    Another story I remember was about a Victorian woman who was widowed and neglected her children a boy and girl. She engaged a nanny for them and she ended up snapping the woman out of her grief so she could be a mother to them. Then she had to look for another job.

    Hard Hearted Harriet! That was a very sad story I thought.

    Another story about a girl who was orphaned when her parent’s carriage overturned. There was no money for her so she was sent to work in a coal mine with children and they were horrible. Later on she was adopted by a rich couple. Could her name have been Dianah Warren?

    Thanks again for the Girl In The Mask pictures and ending.

    Don’t remember what specific comics these are from but someone might remember.

  102. The story about the girl who is scared of crowds is Lara the Loner from Tammy. For more information see https://jintycomic.wordpress.com/2021/02/13/lara-the-loner-1981/
    BTW, the girl and her adoptive mother were not long-lost mother and daughter. It turned out they were both scarred by the same tragedy that made them both afraid of crowds.

    The coal mine girl is Detestable Dinah (the nickname the horrible coal mine kids give poor Dinah) from Tracy. See http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2014/09/detestable-dinah/

  103. Hi, there were more stories from Tammy spooky stories I remember.
    1.) A girl who went to a funfair and she laughed at a gypsy because she said her face was ugly. The gypsy woman told her “From this day on mine is the only face you will see”. Next morning every face she saw looked like the gypsy’s. Don’t know if it was permanent or not.

    2.) Girl’s sister was getting married. Their aunt told them that she hoped the same thing wouldn’t happen to her. The aunt at her wedding said “No No I never will” and of course never married. Didn’t know why she said it either.
    The woman getting married borrowed her aunt’s veil and her sister noticed a black cloud hanging over her. At the alter she said the same as her aunt and the sister removed the veil from her and she fainted. Later on they went through the ceremony without the veil couldn’t find it because the bridesmaid had hidden it. The ceremony went on well and the girl burnt her sister’s veil. Must have been cursed.

    Another story don’t know the comic don’t think it’s a story you mentioned. Victorian or Edwardian maid works for a spoiled daughter of a woman. However the girl isn’t really her daughter but works with crooks to get her money. I remember the girl getting a choice of two dresses red and pink wanted the red dress and the maid said the pink would suit her complexion better. The maid turned out to be the woman’s daughter in the end I think I remember it like that.

    1. Ok, the first one might be “The Look of Things” (Tammy 1 August 1981), a Strange Story from the Mists narrated by Misty. It’s set in Malaysia, not a funfair, but a girl named Geraldine gets cursed in the manner described for being rude and even abusive at the sight of something or someone she doesn’t find attractive. The woman who sets the curse uses the words cited above. And no, it’s not permanent. It lifts by the time Geraldine returns home, vowing never to behave that way again. Luckily for Geraldine her story didn’t appear in the original Misty. If it had, I’m sure the curse would have been permanent!

      The second one is “The Veiled Threat” (Tammy 3 April 1976, reprinted as a Gypsy Rose story in Jinty, 25 July 1981).

      I can provide scans of both stories.

      1. I’m looking for a story of a girl that got trapped in a paperweight can’t remember if it was in Jackie or Bunty or jinty wondered if you could help

  104. I did some research on Last Dodo and I think I’ve got it. The Strange Story about regression to the 16th century (not the 17th) is “Living in the Past”, Tammy 19 April 1980.

  105. Thanks for that. I wasn’t sure what time the regression story was set in. I don’t have any comics left and am only relying on a poor memory of decades ago so wouldn’t remember every detail.

    The Annie story could be what I remember about the maid being the woman’s daughter where the other girl pretended to be her daughter so that they could plot to rob her.

    Thank you for helping and this site. Very interesting and informative.

  106. The default setting for wordpress sites mean that users have to check back to see if anyone has replied to comment. I’ve now added a plugin that allows users to subscribe to a thread and get email notifications if someone has replied to a comment.

    You’ll notice the box to tick after putting in your name and email. Something I should have looked into getting before, but better late then never! All a work in progress.

  107. Hi I am trying to find a story that I think was in either a Bunty or Judy. I think it would have been in an annual between 1970-1980. The story is about 2 sisters who were really close and had planted a tree in their garden but then the older sister moves away and i think she might have lost contact with the family, but then the tree they planted together started to blossom so the family knew she was okay. Are you able to help me find this please?

    1. I can’t find anything like this in the Bunty or Judy annuals for the 1970’s, but I came across this story called “The Flowering Cherry Trees” in the June Annual 1971, which sounds very similar:

      A family has a son and daughter, and they plant a cherry tree in their garden for each child as they are born. When the daughter falls ill a few years later, her tree starts to wither, but recovers when she does. Later on, the son enlists in the navy at the start of World War II and is posted overseas. One day the daughter notices that his tree is dying. The same day, the family get a telegram to say that the son is missing in action, and his tree appears to die shortly afterwards. After this, the daughter falls ill and her tree starts to wither. Then one day she notices that the son’s tree has produced fresh shoots and a few blossoms, and she tells her mother that she is sure the son is alive. Later that day, they get the telegram notifying them that he has been found.

      Could this be the story you’re looking for? Happy to provide a scan of part of the story if this will help identify it.

  108. Curious if someone can identify this story Judy, March 1976: a young girl, feeble from bronchitis, lives on her parents farm. When a young fowl is born and proves to be weak, she convinces her father to let her keep it. In order to save it, she has a wondering donkey mare adopt it. The donkey’s owners, travelling gypsies, demand payment and she has to overcome her illness’ effects to save the horse and donkey both by working hard on the farm, finally “earning her keep” in her father’s eye. The horse grows to become quite strong and a horse racing Major shows interest in it.

    Sorry, no clue as to the artist, even though it looks familiar to me.

    Anyone?

    1. I’ve had a look and I only have Judy issues from January 1976 and April 1976 so missing those issues in between that must have that story. I probably won’t be going to the National Library until sometime in New Year but i can check for it when I go there next.

    2. The serial that you are seeking, Ramon, is ‘Dancer Of Seven Vales’. It runs in JUDY 843 (6 March 1976) – 854 (22 May 1976).

    3. Presumably, Ramon, when you wrote ‘fowl’ you meant ‘foal’. See below for my answer to your question.

  109. Another one, a short this time. Debbie circa 1975. Susan (called Sandie in one panel) has been gifted a camera for her birthday. She goes to a local wealthy woman’s garden, to photograph her statues. The woman chases her off, believing Susan’s mother to be guilty of stealing a diamond necklace. Susan developes the film and finds out the real culprit is a magpie.

    Anyone?

  110. Looking for a Judy story, translated into Dutch as “Duiken voor goud” (“Diving for Gold”), starting November 1974 and running at least to February the next year.

    A retired major is looking for athletic talent and finds one is Kathy, a young show diver working in her father’s circus.

    Any bells?

  111. I would like to wish all my friends and colleagues on this platform ‘a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’.

  112. Have another research question. It is a story from Judy #619 (20 November 1971) to 630 (5 February 1972) and in the Dutch reprint I am indexing is called “Storm”.

    It takes place in Dartmoor and surrounding area, where schoolgirl Nell Baker saves a wild horse she dubs Storm.

    Any ideas?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. The complete title, Ramon, is ‘STORM, SON of the MOORS’. Please note that the above is exactly as it appears in JUDY, the words ‘of the’ are in lower case letters.

  113. Hi, I was looking for the Angel title of Lucky Charm and I wondered if there was a place to try and find it or maybe read online?
    I’m doing some research for my own book and it would be really useful! (In fact any of her stories would be.)

      1. Hi Mandy,
        I have a copy of ‘Angel’ (Lucky Charm No7) which I’m happy to scan and print off a copy for you. I will send it directly to you if you let me have your address. If you are unwilling to write down your address on this platform, I will post it to lorrsadmin as I do know hers, and she can act as a go-between. I know that she will because she has done so previously on at least two occasions.
        Best regards,
        Derek Marsden (Darsym Press)

        1. Hi, Derek! I would be interested in a scan of ‘Angel’, too, please! I’ve got a scan of ‘The Children’s Champion’ and am interested in comparing them. I read the latter in 1974, but not ‘Angel’. What intrigues me is how closely a lot of the girls’ comics of the 1970s were still riffing on themes from Victorian girls’ fiction and indeed Victorian sensation fiction.

  114. Have another hat-in-hand request for a story title which I am indexing the Dutch reprint of. Copyrighted DC Thomson, reprinted in 1990, it translates as “The Trapped Nightingale”. A teen girl with a great voice falls under the spell of a doctor who hypnotises her to become mute once her performance has ended. He takes her on the road to perform and she repeatedly tries to escape from his clutches.

    Any idea?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. The BUNTY story that you refer to as “The Trapped Nightingale”, Ramon, is actually titled “Nellie Nightingale”. It runs between 1698 (21. 7. 1990) and 1708 (6. 10.1990). As far as I can tell, and I have checked my complete list of the stories in BUNTY, it isn’t a repeat.

          1. I don’t think the story you are looking for is Nellie Nightingale
            http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2014/05/nellie-nightingale/

            While that story does have a talented singer she is blackmailed to be used as a decoy for a scheming woman. No hypnotism involved.

            Also if it was reprinted in Dutch in 1990 it would be unlikely to be it as Nelly Nightingale ran in Bunty late 1990s so I’m not sure the dates line up.

            I’m trying to think of another contender for the story.

    2. Re: my comment about Victorian sensation fiction, this sounds to me v much as if influenced by ‘Trilby’, in which the heroine can only sing when hypnotised.

    3. This sounds like “Vanessa’s Voice” which ran in Judy in 1982 and was reprinted in Judy in late 1989. In this story Vanessa loses her voice when her parents are killed. A doctor discovers she can sing when she is hypnotized. He takes her on the road hypnotizing her to perform. She becomes mute after her performance. She tries to escape several times but is unable to. It ends with a fire in witch the doctor dies fighting another trying to help her and she regains her voice.

  115. On a completely different matter, I have started to write my third book “BUNTY AND HER SISTERS : Their Great Stories”. I believe that I have already mentioned that the stories will be in alphabetical order, and unlike my previous book “THIS WAS THE WIZARD”, I am not restricting the synopses to three lines, so in some cases there may be only three to a page. I estimate that in total there will be roughly 2500 synopses. Written so far are :-
    0001 A Best Friend For Belinda : MANDY 1198 (30 Dec. 1989) – 1209 (17 Mar. 1990)
    0002 The Abominable Snowmen : DIANA 406 (28 Nov. 1970) – 416 (6 Feb. 1971)
    0003 A Boy Friend For Beverley : MANDY 1080 (26 Sep. 1987) – 1089 (28 Nov. 1987)
    0004 Abracadabra! : BUNTY 1763 (26 Oct. 1991) – 1772 (28 Dec. 1991)
    0005 A Cure For Connie : JUDY 56 (4 Feb. 1961) – 70 (13 May 1961)
    0006 A Cure For Scaredy-Cat Pat : BUNTY 694 (1 May 1971) – 703 (3 Jul. 1971)
    0007 A Foster Must Do It! : JUDY 256 (5 Dec. 1964) – 262 (16 Jan. 1965)
    0008 A Girl Called Bright Star : MANDY 313 (13 Jan. 1973) – 330 (12 May 1973)
    0009 A Girl Called Halliplunk : JUDY (11 Nov. 1967) – (6 Jan. 1968)
    0010 A Girl Called Squirrel : MANDY 419 (25 Jan. 1975) – 430 (12 Apr. 1975)

    The cost of the book will be £45/£50. If I may anticipate the obvious question “How Do We Pay?”, the first of which will no doubt emanate from one of our members in New Zealand, let me explain that I have opened a third bank account with NATWEST. It is called a SELECT a/c, and is purely for receiving money. Naturally it has an account number and a sort code, which I will give you when my book is published. If anybody other than me tries to extract money from that a/c, they will be in court within 24 hours and in jail shortly afterwards.

      1. Hi Ramon,
        Yes, of course. I’ve sold my previous books to buyers wherever they may have lived, including countries such as Germany, Spain, and France, whose main language is not even English. Obviously the basic point of writing a book is to sell it, and as I have already stated, I will let members know the precise p&p costs nearer the publication date. All I will need to do at that point will be to take one copy of the book along with its packaging to my nearest Post Office so that they can weigh it, and then tell me how much it will cost me to send it to wherever the buyers live. There are variations of course, but they are relatively minor, even if the parcel is being posted to an address in North Africa by ‘Special Delivery’. I hope that you are satisfied with the above information.
        Best regards,
        Derek Marsden (Darsym Press)

  116. With reference to the comment that I posted at 12.08 pm on 1st February 2022, I must inform members that entry 0001 will now be ‘A Bed Called Fred’ BUNTY 615 (25 October 1969) – 640 (18 April 1970). The original entry 0001 ‘A Best Friend For Belinda’ now becomes 0002, all the others obviously moving along one slot.

  117. Hi,

    Here ‘s a request for Princess Tina
    The Dutch girlsmagazine Tina was in it’s first years a duplicate of Tina and Princess Tina. The printing or reproduction quality of the Dutch magazine was poor, however, so I always wanted to see what the quality of Princess Tina was like, especially for the top comic strips:

    Jane Bond
    The Spacegirls
    Moira, the slave girl
    Wagons, go west
    Happy Days
    Barbie

    Hopefully someone can post the pages as published in the magazines. I’ve seen black and white originals on the internet and they show brilliant artwork. It is qa pity these stories were never reproduced in a book publication.

    1. The print quality of Princess Tina was quite variable, and deteriorated over time. Some artists fared better than others – the hard clean lines of Barbie or Moira, for example, came across better than the dramatic heavy blacks of Westward the Wagons. At its best, however, it was excellent, and could be very effective also with high-grade colour art such as the painted work of Millar Watt and Walter Lambert. It also helped that the comic was unusually large in format. This varied over time but 30x24cm was typical (and too large for my scanner, as you can see).

      Here are a couple of scans from November 1967 issues, shortly after the Princess/Tina merger – black and white from Barbie and colour from Alona. Happy to provide scans for other strips if you wish. Please let me know if so.

      [img]https://i.imgur.com/2hQVLiY.jpg[/img]

      [img]https://i.imgur.com/RurCEXp.jpg[/img]

        1. Sorry, the links didn’t work first time. I’ve sent them again, but this second post has been caught up in the website’s spam filter. It will be visible (hopefully with working links) once Lorrsadmin has cleared it.

          1. Hi Goof, the new links are great. The Dutch Tina is 55 this year and we plan to do a feature on this joyful event. We would be happy to receive more original pages by then. I will let you know. I am looking especially for the comic strips I nentioned earlier.

            Thanks and cheers, Meerten

          2. Thanks, Meerten. I have quite a few Princess Tinas, and would be happy to produce some more scans if this would help. You will have noticed though that these will be less than ideal in quality as my scanner won’t fully accommodate the Princess Tinas of that period, and the pages tend to be shaved at the sides.

            No doubt you will be considering the question of copyright, depending on the size and nature of the feature. As far as I know, the copyright to Princess Tina material is owned by UK publishers Rebellion.

  118. Hi Goof, I don’t think we will be publishing complete stories, but just examples of the original artwork. What you send me was in black & white. But Tina was published in colour.

    If necessary we will mention Rebellion as copyright holder. Through a publisher we know very well, they are at present the Trigan Empire publisher in Holland, we can always arrange a deal.

    Thanks very much and cheers, Meerten

  119. Looking for another story that was translated into Dutch as “Linda steelt de show” (“Linda Steals the Show”).

    A young girl, Linda, is orphaned after her parents die in a car crash, also blinding her. To relieve her ageing grandmother, they go for a vacation in a seaside holiday park. There, she and her dog Biba perform on stage and are an instant success.

    Soon a couple wish to take advantage of the pair and they swindle her away from her gran.

    Lastdodo has the artist as Andrew Wilson.

    Any ideas?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. I think Goof is right and “Blind Belinda” is the story you are looking for. A car crash blinds Belinda and kills her parents. Belinda and Kim (her dog) live with her grandmother. She won a talent contest while on holiday. A couple promised that she would make her enough money to go to America to an eye specialist to cure her blindness, so her grandmother lets her and her dog go. They treat her bad and steal all the money she earns. In the last episode Belinda represents Britain in the International Song Contest. While here her eyesight comes back, the Fraud Squad catch the couple and she sees her grandmother again.

  120. Another one: translates as “Me and My Ducky”. A young girl is afraid to swim, until she learns that when she takes an old rubber duck into the pool, she can suddenly swim.

    Lastdodo has Diane Gabbot as artist.

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. That is “Donna Ducks Out” from Tammy 1980. Thanks for the information about the Dutch translation. By the way, how does the title actually appear in Dutch and in what Dutch publication did it appear and when?

    1. Thank you. We’re doing a list of translations at the Jinty site too, and currently I’m the one keeping it up to date.

  121. The Jinty website seems to have comments switched off, so thought I would post this here:

    “Leap through Time” from Misty was translated as “Een sprong in de tijd” and published in Dutch Tina #13/1985-19/1985.

    Regards,
    Ramon

  122. This is posted here as the entry for the annual doesn’t have a comments box:

    A couple more names for the 1986 Diana Annual:

    Amber Goes to War [Art: Pat Tourret]
    Eye of the Tiger [Art: Rossend Franch?]
    The Puddlethorpe Curse [Art: Brian Delaney]
    Jenny v the Master [Art: Luigi Stefou] (don’t know him from Adam, but we have a signature!)

  123. Is anybody able to help me find a story, which I think was in a Bunty annual in the 1970s or 1980s, please? I don’t remember many details, other than that it was about a house covered in ivy. I think the ivy had faces in it, and possibly that families who lived in the house disappeared. I remember a picture at the end of it of a girl looking out of a window as the ivy grew to cover the whole house… Any pointers would be very welcome, thanks!

    1. This may be “Green Grows the Ivy..” from the 1983 Diana Annual. A girl and her family move into a house which is covered in ivy. The girl finds that the ivy burns her when she touches it, and her parents think that she is allergic to it. They try to have the ivy removed, but it proves to be very tough, and their neighbours won’t help them. Eventually they hire somebody who removes it with a flamethrower. However the ivy starts to grow back, and the girl dreams that it is “alive” with screaming faces in it. One morning the ivy has covered her bedroom window completely, and the girl dies. Her parents are unconcerned because they are now in the power of the ivy. The story ends as a new family move in and their young boy is also “allergic” to the ivy. The last panel shows his grave being dug, alongside the grave of the girl, which is now being covered by ivy.

      Does this sound like the one? Happy to post a scan of part of the story if that would help.

      1. Goodness, it was even more horrific than I recall! I’d love it if you could scan a part please, if possible the face at the window as I that’s what I think I remember… I’ve spoken with a friend I met in adulthood about the story, we both remember it, and I’d like to buy her a copy of it for her 50th birthday this year. So now off to find the Diana annual. Thanks so much for your response. x

        1. There are a couple of possible panels for the girl at the window picture, so I’ll post two or three pages of the story. It may take a little while for this to appear here, as multiple links in a post sometimes set off the website’s spam filter, and the post has to be OK’d before it can be seen. Should be visible over the next couple of days, hopefully.

      2. Hi – I’m also looking for an ivy story but the panels are more black and white / darker tones. I honestly can’t remember which annual it comes from but it’s the what I would call more traditional illustration style from the 70s / 80s. All I remember is the ivy is already growing on the house and the girl becomes ill, and I believe she also dies at the end / is I think choked by the ivy?

        Does anyone remember that one? It’s likely to be a Bunty, Diana, Judy, or similar from late 70s early 80s. It could be earlier though.

  124. Diana annuals really had some seriously creepy Man in Black stories, and David Matysiak on art always does a good job.

  125. Can anyone help please? I want to get my sister a copy of the Bunty from between 1958 and 1961 but it has to have the cut out dolls on the back page. Can anyone please give me a date or issue number of one that does have them in that time period please? I tried asking 30th Century comics but they say not all of them had the cut outs and that anyway they couldn’t afford the time to look. I hope someone can help so I know what to look out for.

    1. Your best bet is probably to find a copy of the comic from this period on ebay, then contact the seller to check that it includes the cut-out dolls. You would need to do this even if you knew that that issue included the cut-out feature, as many were (unsurprisingly) cut out by the original owners.

      You may not find this easy, as early Buntys are quite rare, and I don’t think the cut-out feature started until around 1960. If so, would an annual be a possible alternative? The 1962 Annual falls within your period, despite its date, as it was published in time for Christmas 1961. As you can see from the listing on this website, it includes “Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe”. There are a couple of copies on ebay (although they’re not cheap), but you would still need to check that the page hadn’t been removed.

      1. Thanks for your reply. As you say, there are very few on eBay so no one to ask (at the moment). Some comic dealers have stock but they won’t look for me. This is why I thought if I can identify some issues that have the cut outs, then I can specifically look for those by number or date. I thought that people on this site might have some in their collection and so be able to tell me the dates. The annual idea is a good one if I can’t get a comic. Thanks for answering me.

        1. I have some odd Buntys from 1973 to 1981, and they have the cutout covers. It must have lasted to #1200, 10 January 1981 at least (the last Bunty issue in my collection to have them). I don’t know when they started, but the earliest I have in my collection is #832 (December 22, 1973). If you pick up some issues from the mid-70s you should be fine. Make sure those cutout covers are intact, though!

    2. I had a look at my comic DVD collection. The earliest they have is #166, 18 March 1961. The cutouts are only half a page at this point, as they are sharing with the School Badge Corner.

      1. Thank you so much for doing that. It gives me a starting point. As far as you can tell, do they then have the cut outs every week in 1961?

  126. Thank you so much for doing that. It gives me a starting point. As far as you can tell, do they then have the cut outs every week in 1961?

    1. I don’t have the whole of 1961 on the disc, just a few issues. I gave the date of the earliest they had. But from the looks of the issues they have, it does look weekly.

  127. I think I have the same DVD as Mistyfan. Issues 166-171 and 173 have the half-page Bunty cut-out wardrobe. It is not in my few 1959 issues or any of my 1963 issues. Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe does not show up again until mid 1964 (sometime between issue 336 and 346). It lasts a long time though. The last issue with the Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe is issue #1549 (September 19, 1987). It was replaced with DESIGN-A-FASHION.

    1. Hi, thanks for that, it’s really helpful. It narrows down my search to 1961. You mentioned 1963 and 1964 but do you know if there were any in 1962? Thanks

    2. You have to be impressed with the longevity of the cut-out wardrobe feature. Taken together, that must be around 25 years. Helping it along was inviting readers to submit ideas, with prizes of course.

  128. No, I don’t have any from 1962. However, the back of issue No. 262 (January 19, 1963) has “In Great-Great-Granny’s Day (No. 19) NEW THINGS” on it. The next issue has No. 20. I think this means that the last of 1962 had this instead of the Cut-Up-Wardrobe. My guess is the only issues before 1964 with the Cut-Out-Wardrobe would be the ones with the half-page School Badge Corner and half-page Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe. I would look at 1961 for one. Also, in the mid 80’s they started putting some on these inside the Bunty in black and white instead of on the back cover. Not every issue had one in the last few issues.

  129. Most of the Cut-Out-Wardrobes were on the back page as usual. However, some of the Bunty’s had an advertisement on the back page. Most of these did not have a cut-out wardrobe but some did. Some of them were in red and white and some were in black and white. Issue 1345 (October 22, 1983) for example has a black and white one inside. It says on the page “Use bright crayons or pencils to add a touch of color to these outfits”. I’m guessing they wanted the income from selling advertising on the back page.

  130. I’m trying to place a story where a girl finds herself in a future world where everything is so polluted that everyone lives in dread of huge rats that are the size of cats or even bigger. She wakes up back in her own time and starts working against pollution in the hope that what she saw was an alternate future and not mainstream. Don’t think it was Bunty, but I might be wrong. Maybe Mandy, Debbie or Tracy. Artist might have been Tony Higham, but I’m not sure. Can anyone help, please?

  131. Hi! I am looking for the name/a copy of a story that I think was published in Girl Magazine some time in the 1980s (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_(UK_comics))
    The story was about a girl who keeps seeing the reflection of a scary clown but later finds out that she used to have a small doll of a clown when she was younger (and possibly something about her parents having died in a car crash).
    Any help with tracking it down would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Was it a complete story or a serial? And do you remember if it was a photo story or a picture story? Girl II had both.

      1. Hey! So sorry – don’t know how I missed this 🙁 It was a complete story and it was a picture story, as far as I remember.

  132. Looking for a story title again, which from Dutch translates back as “The Time Hats” . Every time a girl (called Belinda in the translation) dons one of the hats from her father’s collection, she appears to travel (back) in time. Each time she gets into trouble and gets out of it again within a page or three.

    Lastdodo says the artist is Geoff Jones.

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. Thank you, Ramon.

      I haven’t seen the artwork on this one, but the information about the artist might be wrong. It might be Rodney Sutton.

  133. Ramon, the story you are looking for is titled “Belinda’s Bonnets”. It starts in Bunty #868 (August 31, 1974. I do not know when it ends, but it ends in either Bunty #875, 876 or 877 as it is not in #878 and continues past #874.

    1. The answer to your query, Ramon, is that ‘Belinda’s Bonnets’ concludes in BUNTY 875 (19 October 1974).

      1. Hello, we don’t seem to have an entry for Belinda’s Bonnets. Can anyone provide a brief plot description for an entry, please?

  134. Belinda Boyd’s father is the curator of a small museum and is given some hats for his collection of period costumes. Each time Belinda puts one on her head she is transported back in time. She gets in trouble each time but manages to get out of it by the end of the story. She gets back to the present by removing her hat. Also, I noticed that there is no episode in number 873.

    1. I’ve looked into your query, Ronnie, and the answer would seem to be that the editor needed the three pages normally required for an instalment of ‘Belinda’s Bonnets’ in order to include two advertisements, one page for “New Trebor Blobs” (the drawing suggests a long round tube), one page for “Bunty Club Corner” and two pages, numbers 22 and 23, for “Cosy Corner” and some other small ads. “Belinda’s Bonnets” returned in issue 874 and concluded in 875 (19 October 1974).

  135. Two points, Lorraine.
    1)’Destiny Calls Rosita’ runs in BUNTY 926 (11 October 1975) – 961 (12 June 1976).
    2) In the last hour or so I have reached an agreement with Printer/Publisher T J Books in Padstow to print B&HS. It will be A4 size with a hard back and a colourful dustwrapper. They will determine the price and then get back to me. Their price won’t affect members of course as it will remain £60.

  136. Hello,

    I should be most interested in reading the sci-fi story “What happened to Hannah”, published in JUDY 326-334 (spring 1966)..
    But as yet, I proved unable, either to locate on the net these ones… or to purchase the magazines themselves, on eBay or elsewhere…
    Do you know if the story was reprinted later, on JUDY or some other title ?
    Many thanks.

  137. This morning I completed the list of serial stories that will appear in my next book BUNTY AND HER SISTERS -Their Great Stories. There are exactly 1687 stories in the list. In every case I will include the starting and ending issue numbers and their dates. The pages will be removed from my computer remotely by the firm that will print the book, which will probably be the firm in Stockport (Greater Manchester) that printed my previous book ‘THIS WAS THE WIZARD’. If everything goes to plan, I estimate that B&HS will be available for purchase by the middle of September. Watch this space!!

  138. Hello. I hope you are well and having a good day.
    My name is Holly Anne Crawford and I am a freelance journalist writing a piece about girls comics of yesterday. As such I would really appreciate the opportunity to speak to the founder to obtain a quote for my piece. If this is something you would like to do, please email me. Thanks for reading

      1. Derek, as admin I can see email addresses in background of site if people enter it when putting comments. Also if you click on her name it brings you to her own website, which also has contact page.

        Holly I’ll send you an email later today

        1. Hi Lorraine,
          I’m looking for a few pages from Emma #6, specifically the cover and story pages from Lynne Against Lareno. Do you or any of your readers have a copy for sale or are able to send me scans of those pages?
          Thanks,
          Sean

  139. Please note that this is a message to Lorraine Nolan (lorrsadmin).
    a) A few weeks ago I posted to you at your new Edinburgh address, which you kindly sent to me in case I needed to contact you, a complete list of the serial stories for girls (with the story paper title in which they appeared) that will eventually be published in my third book ‘BUNTY AND HER SISTERS’ with summaries and their starting and ending issue numbers and dates, asking you for your comments (for example, are there any serials that are in the list that you don’t consider worthy of a place, or are there any that I have not included that in your opinion, which I value, should be included.
    b) To date I have not had a reply to the letter requesting a reply that I included with the list. Is there any reason why you have not replied? I have been thinking that perhaps you had gone on a family holiday, but after considering that thought, I decided that such was very unlikely given that you would have had to withdraw your daughter, Ruby, from her primary school, which would almost certainly not have been acceptable to her head teacher.
    c) Please reply to this message with your thoughts as promptly as possible, and definitely by a week today (15 July 2022).

    Derek Marsden (darsym press)

    1. Hi Derek, I did reply in email to the first papers you sent me with summaries of the first entries of your book, I hope you received that.

      The 2nd sheets you sent me did arrive, thank you, but other life things have gotten in the way of me replying promptly. I have a busy work period in June and then unfortunately caught covid, luckily mild but it did tire me out for a while. I have recovered enough that I am now in Ireland visiting my parents. I’ll be back by end of next week and will reply to you as soon as I can after that.

      1. Thank you for your reply, Lorraine, which I have now read. However, I had assumed that you would reply on this platform, and consequently it didn’t occur to me to seek it elsewhere. The number of emails that I receive in any one year are in single figures so given that your posts are invariably on GCOY, I simply assumed that you hadn’t replied to mine. Perhaps in future you could alert me if you send a message on any platform other than this one? I would certainly appreciate it. I very much look forward to resuming our online conversations when you feel fit enough to do so, which I hope will be very soon.
        Best regards,
        Derek (darsym press)

        1. Hi Derek, thanks I am luckily recovered now, but had to catch up on other things that had been put aside when I was sick, everything back on track now. Glad you have ow received my message, in future if I send you a private message I’ll notify you here too, so you know to check our email.

          All the best

          Lorraine

          1. Hi Lorraine,
            Thank you for your best wishes. I’m glad that you have recovered from Covid-19, which is a nasty illness. As my elder son, Andrew, has had it twice, my advice to you today is to take care as I do by wearing a face covering (mask) whenever you go into enclosed spaces such as ASDA and other smaller shops, ignoring the statements in the press that Covid has been defeated due to the vaccinations, because variants are constantly appearing such as the two Omicron ones that scientists discovered last week.
            Best regards as always,
            Derek (darsym press)

          2. Yes, I reckon Covid’s got more mutations than the X-Men. After two years of evading it, I have finally joined the Covid Club with you guys. At least it’s a mild version.

  140. I was looking for Bunty The Seeker and Mandy Chill Out. Has anyone got these and could maybe scan and email them to me?
    I’d gladly pay for your time and effort.

    1. Hi Lucy, I have a copy of Chill Out but it’s somewhere in my parents house. I’ll have a root around next time I’m home but that probably won’t be til next year. I think I have The Seeker in my current house, so I’ll double check when I have spare time this week.

  141. Hello! I’ve just stumbled across this lovely website after doing a quick search for ‘Bunty Computakid’ in the vain hope of perhaps finding an image of one of the strips online.

    My name is Steve Bright, and I’ve been in the comic industry now for 45 years, stretching back to the six years I spent as a sub editor in the Courier Building (Beano for the first 18 months, then the remainder on Nutty comic) from 77-83, before leaving to become a freelance cartoonist, working on those same publications and many others over the decades to this day, where I’m currently drawing Desperate Dan for next year’s Dandy Annual.

    The reason for my search was following a discussion this evening with friends where the Bunty was mentioned. It’s the only girl’s comic I was ever asked to draw for, and that was indeed the short-lived ‘Computakid’. I can’t recall how many there were exactly, but its short lifespan probably owed more to the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about computers back then, which certainly didn’t help the cause. Very odd, and more than a little ironic that I now draw directly onto a screen and my work is entirely digitally produced from start to finish these days (and for the past 13 years).

    We didn’t get to sign our work back then, and no original artwork was ever returned to the artists. I wasn’t expecting to find any information or even mention of ‘Computakid’ anywhere, so I was delighted to see it mentioned on your list of Bunty stories. I have fond memories of visiting many offices at the Courier Building (I lived just down the River Tay, in Perth), including the Bunty office. There was always a warm welcome from editor Ian Munro and his staff.

    Sadly, the strip didn’t last, but I’m very proud to have been a tiny part of Bunty history, and always remember to include it in my verbal CV whenever I’m asked who I’ve worked for over the years.

    That’s it, really. I just wanted to pop my head in and say hello. Thank you for your indulgence, and this site. I know very well how comics play a huge part in the lives of those who cherished them over the decades, and the nostalgia they evoke is second to none. They’ve played a key role in my life since my earliest years until this very day, and hopefully many more to come.

    Very best wishes you and all who visit here.

    Steve

    1. Thanks for commenting Steve, always great to hear from creators. I did some rooting around and found the strip in one of the issues I have (the only one I have of it as I have large gaps in my collection) I’ve been able to add a little post with it now here: http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2022/08/computakid/

      So nice that you could contribute to Bunty and that you are still working on strips for the Dandy, what a long career you’ve had!

  142. Hi, Lorraine–
    My name is Ron Harris. I’m a USA-based comic artist / history buff. I found this (wonderful!) site while searching for information about Doris “Dee” White and her agency Link Studios, with the aim of writing a piece about the shop for the Scottish fanzine “Sequential.” I see that you have been in touch with Jim Eldridge and Mike Lacey, who started out at Link. Is it possible one or both would be willing to answer a few questions about their time there? I’d love to know something about studio life and about Dee White, who seems to have been an interesting lady. So many years have passed that it’s hard to find folks who experienced the studio firsthand. I’d be most grateful for any leads you might have. Thanks!

        1. Hello, I’m looking for a story about a girl who worked as a gift wrapper in a department store. All the things she wrapped magically solved the problems or made the recipient’s dreams come true. It was in British girls comic after around 1966 I think, as I can remember reading it by myself. I wanted to be that girl SO much! I still do to be honest. I was very fortunate to have weekly comics an loved them. This is the story I’ve always remembered.

  143. I am interested in Bunty PSL #146 “They All Hate Hetty!”, particularly in why they hate Hetty. Can anyone provide details or a copy, please?

    1. This is a “descendant of a witch” story. Hetty and her family have just moved to a village where her great-grandmother used to live. Her father is taken into hospital and her mother moves into lodgings nearby, so Hetty is left alone. She finds that her great-grandmother was thought to be a witch, and rumours soon begin to circulate that Hetty has inherited her powers. As usual in these stories, there is a deliberate ambiguity over whether or not she does have special powers – things happen to people who attack her, although all these incidents all turn out to have rational explanations. In the end, Hetty is trapped in her great-grandmother’s house when she tries to rescue a boy who is caught inside it when he tries to burn it down, but they are both saved by her great-grandmother’s ghost. The villagers then have to acknowledge that her great-grandmother was never a witch – and neither is she.

      Art by Capaldi. Happy to provide some scans if you’d like to see something of the story.

      1. Thank you, Goof! I would love to have some scans! Hopefully I will find a copy of the PSL later on. Right now, 30th Century Comics doesn’t have it.

        1. Yes, there seems to be a bit of a shortage of new girls’ comics material at 30th Century at the moment, and on eBay, so it may be some time before this turns up. So I’ve scanned the whole story, and will send it tonight/tomorrow.

  144. I am also looking for Bunty PSL #324, “My Brilliant Friend”. Copies are on eBay, I know, but postage costs are a bit prohibitive for me, and 30th Century Comics does not have it. Can anyone help with a copy, please? Many thanks if anyone can help.

  145. Hello all,

    Hat in hand again, hoping to find the British original to a Dutch translation. The story backtranslates as “A Kite for Mischa” (Mischa is probably too Dutch a name, so the original may have been Kate or Katy or Cathy or something).

    The story goes: a young orphaned girl is taken in by a family, where three older siblings and the mother make her life miserable. Basically, she is cleaning and looking after a toddler all day. She only finds comfort when she finds a lost kite in the park. Of course, the siblings find out and take it from her.

    It was published in the first half of 1984 in Dutch Tina. I am fairly positive the art is by Carlos Freixas.

    Does it ring a bell?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. Marckie has now identified “Een vlieger voor Mischa” (A Kite for Mischa) as “Fly-away Fay”, Penny 1979, issues 12-23.

      Thank you, Marckie!

      1. Not one I’ve come across either, possibly Diana, Mandy or Bunty story as those are the comics I have my most gaps in I think can rule out the other DCT comics.

  146. I looked at the last half of 1983 and the first half of 1984 and it is not in Bunty. It is not in Mandy between November 1983 and March 1984. I do not have any Mandy’s between April 1984 and January 1985, so I don’t know about those issues. Could it have been published in earlier issues?

  147. I haven’t seen this one either, but it does look like the kind of thing that June might have published towards the end of its run. Freixas did a lot of stories for June in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s.

  148. I know we can rule out Princess II and Lindy as well. But is it possible the story appeared in Girl (second series)? Girl II ran picture serials alongside Patty’s World, photo stories and complete stories, and some of the completes were drawn by Carlos Freixas. Another possibility might be Sandie.

  149. Hi. I have vague memory of a story set in the civil war to do with lace… I was born 1973 but no idea when or why I remember it.
    Stumbled on this site as I swear in about 1984 I bought princess magazine and it had pics of princess Di every week. I took one of those pics to hairdresser for my first ever short hair cut… now I wonder if I’m imagining it. Xx

  150. I have just picked up Commando #4085, “Traitor’s War”. The artwork is by Janek Matysiak and the style is reminiscent of our friend David Matysiak. Some relation, do you think?

  151. Hi all,

    Looking to identify another story. This one is called “Een hondeleven voor Hanneke” in Dutch, which translates back as “A Dog’s Life for Hanneke” (Hannah, maybe?) It was serialized in 17 3-page installments in 1984, so a total page count of 51 pages.

    The story is a bit different. A teen girl follows her dog into the house of her high school science teacher. There, their minds (the dog’s and the girl’s) are accidentally swapped. The girl then has to keep her body safe while convincing everyone she is not a dog. Unsual, to say the least. Good artwork, a bit reminiscent of Jim Baikie’s, except for the dogs panels, but those seem heavily references, so may distort the art style.

    Oh, a twist at the end: the science teacher is punished by having his mind transferred to the body of… a budgie.

    Any bells?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. Not for me. I know it definitely wasn’t in Tammy or Jinty, and it doesn’t sound like anything I know in the DCT titles (but then there are gaps in my knowledge there). Maybe it was in June? Jim Baikie drew a lot of stories for June.

      It reminds me of a PSL, “Dogsbody Debbie”, where Debbie keeps moaning she’s a dogsbody. She is punished by a spell that turns her into a dog whenever she says the word.

          1. Haven’t come across it either, I could rule out most DCT titles except Bunty or Mandy.

    2. Could “Een hondeleven voor Hanneke” (“A Dog’s Life for Hanneke”) have appeared in Penny? “Een vlieger voor Mischa” (A Kite for Mischa) has just been identified as a Penny story.

  152. Hi!
    Am trying to track down a mid-1970s annual or gift book. I can’t remember the title of it, but it had some colour pages on shinier paper than others, and one was a double page spread summarising “Pip meets Estella” from ‘Great Expectations’. Anyone recognise it, please?
    Also – does anyone have any scans of ‘Pixie’?

    1. Your Pip and Estella feature rings a bell, but I’m blessed if I can find it anywhere. I’ve checked the annuals for Princess, Princess Tina, June, School Friend, Girls’ Crystal, Sandie, Sally, Jinty and Tammy. I also did a quick check of the contents listings for the DC Thomson annuals, although these not likely candidates as they didn’t do glossy colour page inserts – the whole annuals were in colour, on good quality paper. Between them, they seem to cover most of the GCSE English syllabus, but nobody did Great Expectations.

      Can you remember anything else about the book that might provide a clue, e.g. what the cover was like, or details of other stories?

      I have the whole run of Pixie and would be happy to do some scans. Which parts were you interested in?

      1. I’m interested in the serialisations of ‘A Little Princess’ and of ‘The Secret Garden’, please: to compare with the novels. I read them in Puffin at around the same time, and am interested now to see how much was included/omitted in the comic versions. I also recall the art work as esp lovely.
        mlle_lermontova (at) yahoo.co.uk (Omit space and use ‘at’ symbol)

        Re: the annual with Pip & Estella – I think it had a photographic cover. It wasn’t one of the usual annuals – think it may have been captioned ‘Gift Book’. I would think date probably 1973-77?

        I have scans of both the June & Schoolfriend Books of Heroines, if you are interested. (I have them in hard copy and have made pdfs for preservations!)

        1. Further re: the Pip & Estella feature… Was there a gift book or annual called ‘Hazel’ or even ‘Princess Hazel’?

          1. I’ve never come across this. As far as I know, the only girls’ comic annuals called Gift Books were the Princess books, and I’ve checked all these. However, I have found a book called the “Gold Star Gift Book for Girls” for 1973 (published 1972). This has a photo cover of twin girls with blond hair. I don’t have it, and don’t know of any others in the series, but there are copies for sale on eBay and Amazon, and the sellers may be able to tell you whether the Pip/Estella item is included.

            I’ll scan the Pixie stories later today and email them to you.

          1. No, in Pixie. Although I was a precocious reader, I was only born in 1965 so certainly not reading comics then!

      2. Thanks!
        Am racking my brains… It was an annual or gift book I got in Boyes’s (Yorkshire equivalent of Woolworths), marked down, probably a remainder.

  153. Many thanks, Goof! I notice that Hubbard uses Sir John Lavery’s ‘Spring’ as the portrait of Lilias Craven.

  154. Hi!

    (I’m reposting this comment – hope that’s ok.)

    I am looking for the name/a copy of a story that I think was published in Girl Magazine some time in the 1980s (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_(UK_comics))
    The story was about a girl who keeps seeing the reflection of a scary clown but later finds out that she used to have a small doll of a clown when she was younger (and possibly something about her parents having died in a car crash).
    Any help with tracking it down would be greatly appreciated!

    1. This sounds a lot like the TV series ‘Ashes to Ashes’: given how steeped that was in ’80s nostalgia, I wonder if that’s where they got the idea.

  155. Hi there,
    I have a very specific request that I would be extremely grateful getting some help with. My mum submitted a story that got published in a fan letters section, and I’m trying to find out which issue it was and track down a copy for her. She thinks it may have been 1962 or 63, perhaps April to July. The story was illustrated with a picture of two newly-weds standing outside a church, covered in spaghetti (her little sister had mistakenly called the rice that).
    Any help tracking down this issue would be greatly appreciated; I haven’t found any info on reader submissions yet. Thanks a lot!

    1. I don’t have a lot a Buntys from 1962/63, I have checked the couple I have and can’t find anything matching that description. It is always harder to track down a one off thing in an issue compared to a story that appears over multiple issues. I will ask if anyone can help on other comic groups I’m part of.

        1. I’m afraid have had no luck, with tracking this one done, others have looked but also have gaps in their collection. If you really want to track down an issue and if London is not too far away you could try the British Library, they have Bunty collection that you could check through issues.

          https://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?tabs=moreTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=BLL01011737485&indx=1&recIds=BLL01011737485&recIdxs=0&elementId=0&renderMode=poppedOut&displayMode=full&frbrVersion=&frbg=&&dscnt=0&scp.scps=scope%3A%28BLCONTENT%29&tb=t&vid=BLVU1&mode=Basic&vl(297891280UI0)=any&srt=rank&tab=local_tab&dum=true&vl(freeText0)=bunty&dstmp=1691942094858

  156. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I am letting all those with an interest in girls comics to make there way to the Anderson and Garland auctions where you will find approximately 60 girls Fleetway original comic covers from my collection up for sale. I am not getting any younger, and I have to admit that even that this is what I have to do to make a start on reducing my collection. I believe that the catalogue is already online by Anderson and Garland. If you need me to answer any questions please feel free to contact me on E.Bay at bigpetehansen@gmail.com.

  157. Mr Hansen–A remarkable collection of covers! Can you explain one puzzling thing? A number of the covers are labelled (in the same hand) with the brand of board they’re painted on, e.g. “Arne F1.” Why is that? Also you might tell the auctioneers that the main headlines on several of the pieces say “Fleetwood” rather than “Fleetway.” Thanks for the opportunity to see these originals. Good luck on the auction.

    1. They decided to start selling these images after I hassled the auctioneer to put them out and if not I would be looking elsewhere to sell them! Once they pulled them out they were really excited. So hard to identify the artists though! I know a few but not all. It would be great if the ladies are able to identify some of the artists!

      1. I think that quite a few of these are by Peter Kay, who did a lot of Girls’ Picture Library covers for Fleetway in the 60’s. Here are a few suggestions:

        • Lot 747: No 255 looks like Peter Kay
        • Lot 752: Schoolgirls PL 321 (“Invader from the Stars”) and 326 are Peter Kay, and possibly 316 also
        • Lot 755: Sue’s Stone of Mystery: Peter Kay. The other (which is the cover for “Penny-Farthing Plot”) is Jack Hardee
        • Lot 757: Runaway in Ballet Shoes (June and School Friend PL 441 rather than School Friend): Antonio Bosch Penalva
        • Lot757A: Peter Kay. This is J&SF PL 455 “Sue on Telstar”
        • Lot 758: Nos 359 and 363 (J&SF PL “School Romance” and “Yank at St Celia’s”) are Peter Kay, and probably 361 (“Film of Peril”) also.
        • Lot 762: No 322 (Jacey’s Date with Danger) is Peter Kay
        • Lot 764: Walter Lambert (as noted on the back)

        1. Some lovely artwork, wish I had such spare cash!
          I could identify the ones that you already know, so probably not much help.
          I agree with Goof about the Peter Kay ones (though I’m not sure about 316 from lot 752)
          Lot 751 no 245, seems very familiar to me, reminds me of a children book illustrator, though the name isn’t coming to me so may have to do further look.

    1. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I am letting all those with an interest in girls comics to make there way to the Anderson and Garland auctions where you will find approximately 60 girls Fleetway original comic covers from my collection up for sale. I am not getting any younger, and I have to admit that even that this is what I have to do to make a start on reducing my collection. I believe that the catalogue is already online by Anderson and Garland. If you need me to answer any questions please feel free to contact me on E.Bay at bigpetehansen@gmail.com.

  158. I am 68 years old now Ramon with a collection that fill’s an 1800 sq. ft. barn, so in reality 60 pieces are a drop in the ocean. But I have to do something to get the collection down to perhaps 250 sq. ft. and this is the way to do it. I thought about e-bay but that would be a much longer road to ride on having to get rid of them in one go. I have 12 banana boxes ready to go to another comic auction. Problem is I still have around 920 boxes full of material. Not to mention my personal collection of comics, toys, and 512 bound volumes of yearly comics including a third of which I bought from from the IPC Archives.

  159. Hello I am a Research Fellow with the Open University and University of Liverpool working on the ancient world in modern media including recent comics, and am very keen to do some work on British Girls Comics – I was born in 1970, and in the late 1970s read Bunty and Mandy, and was very partial to historical/supernatural story specials. There are a couple of stories I particularly remember that I’d like to revisit, one being a time travel story from Bunty where Boudicca (probably Boadicea then) appears, and a story special set in ancient Rome/Egypt where a girl is sold as a slave and escapes being eaten by the lions by feeding them first (I may have mis-remembered this). Any ideas on how I can find these and other ancient world stories?

    1. Historical stories set in the ancient world were fairly common in girls’ comics. I haven’t myself seen the two you mention, although I do know a short story set in ancient Rome where a shy girl goes back in time via a magic wishing well, and finds herself about to be eaten by lions with a group of Christians in the games arena. She doesn’t actually feed the lions, but does manage to save herself and the others by making friends with them. I have seen this in Tammy Annual 1972 (called “The Wishing Well”), but this is likely to be a reprint, probably from June and School Friend. Happy to provide a scan of the story if it’s of interest.

      You may also find it worth looking at Diana comic, which ran a series called “Lorna at Court” in the late 1960s. This was about a girl who could be taken back in time to various historical periods, usually by the rather bizarre means of eating a cheese sandwich. I think some of these involved trips to the ancient world – I know of one called “Slave of the Romans” in the Diana Annual 1972, where she saves a camp of Ancient Britons from surprise attack by a Roman legion. Again, happy to provide a scan if it would be of use.

      As well as stories involving trips back in time to the real ancient world, there were quite a few where the ancient world intruded by magic into the present time. A good example of this is the Misty serial “The Cult of the Cat” and its sequel “The Nine Lives of Nicola”, where an ancient Egyptian cult goes forward in time to claim a modern day girl as their new “chosen one”. Another Misty story is ”A Leap in Time”, which takes the heroine back to ancient Crete, where she finds herself obliged to train girls in “bull dancing”, a dangerous and athletic sport which the story bases meticulously on frescos from the palace of Knossos. Synopses of these and other Misty stories can be found here:

      https://www.juliaround.com/misty

      1. I can’t recall a Boudicca story. The girl been sold as slave and escaping lions does sound familiar, I was thinking it might be the story Messalina Potts but I don’t have any issues on hand to check: http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2022/09/messalina-potts/.

        There has been a number of stories set in ancient rome/egypt, so might not be that one but some other stories that come to mind that might be of interest:
        Greek Mythology: http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/tag/greek-mythology/
        http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2022/07/the-cat-princess/
        http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2014/12/maid-of-the-lion-dogs/
        http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2013/01/time-witch/
        http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2015/05/the-shop-at-shudder-corner/
        http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2013/09/lorna-at-court/
        http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2022/11/the-voyage-of-the-black-albatross/
        http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2011/08/jennys-magic-patch/

    2. This is probably to early to be the story you are looking for, but in Mandy #444 July 19, 1975 has a story that features Queen Boadicea. It is a “Millie’s Magic Mirror” story. These were published in 1975. The mirror takes Millie back to Roman times in Roman Britain. She escapes them with the help of her umbrella and meets Queen Boadicea. She rides with Queen Boadicea in her cart and helps fight the Romans with her umbrella. There was also a Jenny’s Magic Patch where a patch on her jeans took her back in time. It was published in 1974, but the only one of these set in Roman times involved Hannibal.

  160. Thank you yes I was aware, he did a few stories for Nikki comic and started off working with Ken Houghton on a Bunty storyn”The Secret of Penny Farthing”.

    Still so many unknown creators it is always good when find extra information.

  161. Another research question. I have a 1994 Dutch reprint of a UK story. The title is “Zeg maar Nico!” which translates as “Call Me Nico!” In it, a teen girl moves to a new city and on her first day stumbles upon an open air audition for a new television series. Because of her boyish looks, she is mistaken for a boy and gets a part. She then has to keep pretending to be a boy, in order not to lose the role.

    I am 99% positive the art is by Ron Lumsden.

    Any bells?

    Regards,
    Ramon

    1. Ramon,

      I believe the story you are looking for is: “OH, BOY!”. It began in Bunty # 1845 (May 22, 1993) and ended in #1854 (July 24, 1993). The girl’s name was Charlotte, but she was called Charlie. Her family had just moved to town. She was mistaken for a boy by the director and got a part. In the end she is found out to be a girl by the director, but he didn’t fire her as she was the most popular character in the show. He just decided to add a twin sister to the show.