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Mandy Stories for Girls 1992

The Mandy annual was always very story focused, this is another annual with no features  or articles just text and picture stories. This is also one of the books I had when I was younger and read many times, so these stories have a special place for me, although I think they all hold up well in their own right without the nostalgia attached.

Mandy took advantage of telling longer stories in parts over the annual and the Red Box of Destiny is certainly a memorable one. Most of the stories are one-offs for the annual but there are a few regular characters Valda, Picture-Book Polly, Attractive Angie and of course Mandy & Patch all show up. (For just a list of contents go to the next page)

Picture Stories

The Red Box of Destiny (Pages: 4-12, 49-55, 73-80, 113-125)

A story in 4 parts, the first 3 parts each tell a different story of a girl in trouble who each end up using an old telephone box and in the final part the girls are all enlisted to help in a campaign to save the box and it saves them in the process.

First we have Carrie, an orphan, she lives with her abusive Uncle, Aunt and cousins. When her Aunt Edna allows her to keep a stray puppy, she should have known there was a catch. They only let her have Jasper the puppy as another means of controlling her. Aunt Edna wasn’t happy when Carrie stood up to her cousin about taking her locket but by using Jasper now Carrie is completely powerless. When a new girl joins at school, Carrie knows she can’t give her home number but then she remembers the Red Box’s number and gives her that. Carrie asks Jilly to call when she knows she will be out running errands, she is desperate to hear a friendly voice. The next girl, Kelly, is a promising dancer, her parents take on extra work so she has a chance at a prestigious dance school, but the car crashes on the way to the audition leaving Kelly’s legs permanently damaged. She becomes very bitter about it and blames her parents for it. She stops at the phone box to ring for a lift home and makes her mother feel guilty when she implies Kelly could manage to make it the rest of the small journey home. Finally we have Rama a talented musician but her father wants her to help with the family business, a restaurant, when she leaves school. He believes she shouldn’t spend so much time on music. Rama uses the phone box to ring her teacher and say she will play in a festival behind her father’s back, but then has a dilemma when her father wants Rama to work the same day to help impress a food critic.

In the last part the community start a campaign when red box is to be torn down. When she is approached, Aunt Edna volunteers Carrie  to help. An overworked Carrie collapses on the way home with shopping one day. Once she is inside they start to abuse her, but luckily Jilly and her mother arrive just in time to stop them. They had noticed the number Carrie gave Jilly was the red box number, that along with some other instances made them suspicious to check up on her. They bring Carrie and Jasper to stay in their home. Kelly meanwhile only goes to the campaign talk so she can inconvenience her parents. There she meets David, a boy in wheelchair, he has a bone disease, but he doesn’t feel sorry for himself, he is very enthusiastic and volunteers him and Kelly’s services. He suddenly takes a turn for the worse and dies but Kelly changes her ways and decides to follow his example and not be bitter about how life changed for her. Rama’s father finds out about festival and forbids her from going. They go to meeting and he is fine for Rama to sing to draw attention to the red box. He says he doesn’t mind her singing as hobby he just doesn’t want her taking it seriously. She does well singing for the campaign and people make him realise her talent. He agrees she can go to music school but has to still learn about business if music career doesn’t work out. The last panel of the story has the girls each thanking the box for changing their lives for the better.

It is a heart-wrenching story, Carrie and her dog are cruelly mistreated by her family. Kelly has her dreams shattered and then her new friend dies. Rama doesn’t have it as bad, but still family problems are not easy to cope with and like Kelly, she feels her dreams being taken away. Rama is a bit more sympathetic than Kelly too. Even before the accident she doesn’t seem to appreciate her parents working extra shifts to pay for her school and complains when her dad is running late for the audition. Because she is so worked up, she distracts her father while driving and while I don’t think she is deserving of her fate, her parents definitely don’t deserve her bitterness directed at her. It is nice that David showed her the error of her ways but again sad that he died so young.

Rama and her dad have different viewpoints and story could easily have painted him as the villain but we see that he cares about her. He wants her to work in restaurant but worries when she seems overworked, and he doesn’t ban music completely, he just is cautious of the fickleness of the music business.  He comes to a good compromise in the end so Rama can follow her dream but still have something to fall back on.

Mum’s Secret (Pages: 13-16)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt

When a new neighbour moves in that is known to be a ladies man, and Jane sees her mum going into his house, when she said she was going to the shop, she starts thinking they are having an affair. She thinks her mum will leave the family, but it turns out the man is a painter and mum has being going over to  his to get her portrait painted in secret as a surprise for father’s birthday.

Valda and the Burning of Barthol  (Pages: 17-24)

[Art: Dudley Wynne]

This classic Mandy character appeared in many annuals, here Valda comes across a town of Barthol and burning of effigy of  Richard Bartholomew. It seems a professor of history has reinstated an old village costum of “The Burning of Barthol”. This upsets Richard’s ancestor greatly especially as other villagers have been mean to her saying Richard burnt out villagers because they couldn’t pay rent. Valda sets the history straight about the man, when she leads the villagers to a hidden document. In Richards’ time a plague broke out and with the help of a mysterious girl they crossed ravine to build new settlement. Richard then burnt the village and his castle to stop the plague spreading. With the truth now known Valda leave, though the professor and villagers have many questions about how she knew such things.

Down with Boys (Pages: 25-32)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Art: Carmen Barbara

Best friends, Jane and Polly make a pact to not get distracted by boys for Valentines Day, but when Neil starts paying attention to both of them, they end up playing dirty tricks on each other to win his favour. Such as Polly throwing away Jane’s valentine’s card for Neil, and Jane sending lots of cards out in Polly’s name. They eventually find out Neil was using them, so they would help set up a disco for him and he already has a girlfriend. After that they revert back to their original sentiment of down with boys!

Who is Sylvie? (Pages: 35-45)

Art: Andrew Wilson

Rachel thinks there is something mysterious about the new girl, Sylvie.  Although Rachel becomes friends with her she notices somethings she says doesn’t add up, like where she said she went to school previously. Also the teachers seem to let her get away with things other pupils wouldn’t be able to. Despite being a good singer and dancer, Sylvie claims to be stage shy and says she can’t help out in concert to raise money for school pool. Then it turns out her secret is she is a tv star trying to live normal life. Everyone is surprised and even more pleased when a change in her contract means she can now perform in public and help raise money for school.

Picture-Story Polly (Pages: 46-48)

Art: Tom Hurst

Polly tries to copy the picture-stories she reads in her magazine “Candy”. In this story she tries to be like “Olympic Olga” a girl who never gave up and won a gold medal.  Polly tries out some sports but finds out she is better as just a spectator.

The Lucky Locket  (Pages: 56-64)

Art: Guy Peeters

In Victorian times, Charlotte receives a locket on her last day in orphanage, from one of the workers, Harriet. She tells Charlotte it was wrapped in her baby shawl, when she found her on the doorstep.Charlotte then goes to work in a grand house as a scullery maid but the rest of the staff are not kind to her. When one of the other maids spies her pretending to be a lady, they are even more cruel and mocking. She does make one friend, Hugh, the stable-boy,  so when his sister falls ill, she decides to sell her precious locket to help. But one of the other maids follow her and accuses her of theft. Harriet has died so noone can collaborate her story, that the locket belongs to her and she goes to jail. After a few weeks an old French lady arrives and seeing a birthmark confirms that Charlotte is her grandaughter. It seems her mother had run off and got married to man whom they didn’t approve of. They fell on hard times when he died and soon after giving Charlotte up, her mother died too. Her Grandmother helps Hugh’s sister and is to bring her back to France, she no longer has to pretend to be a lady.

Under Her Spell?  (Pages: 65-72)

Art: Wilf Street

Jenny’s mother is researching the family tree and believe they descendants of a witch, Lizzie Blount. Then some things happen that makes Lizzie’s friends think she has witchy qualities. Lizzie embraces it and tries to make a spell to win a writing contest. She does win the contest, then her mum says she has made a mistake they are not related to witch but a writer,, Eliza Blunt. Lizzie isn’t disappointed though, she is happy it is her own talent and not  a spell that let her win.

Come to My Party! (Pages: 83-93)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Art: Terry Aspin

Best friends Kim and Laura share the same birthday. They both want to have a special 13th birthday party on the actual day. Neither will back down and they play tricks on each other so friends will come to one of the partys. On the day of  her birthday Kim is upset it seems everyone has chosen Laura’s party. Her parents take her out and she finds out that instead their friends come together with their parents to throw joint surprise party.

Attractive Angie (Pages: 94-96)

Art: Giorgio Letteri

A strange lotion had made Angie Agams magnetic which caused her lots of problems. It is particularly bad when she is feeling bothered, which is the case at the fair, where she attracts coins from the wishing well and accidentally launches a pie at someone. Her powers come in useful when she stops some thieves and she is able to relax and enjoy rest of her day.

Storm Horse (Pages: 99-110)

Art: Veronica Weir

Kylie is out riding with her horse, Heather, when they get caught in a storm and slip down an embankment. A mysterious grey horse appears and leads them to safety, then disappears. Kylie tries and track him down, she finds him and after freeing him from some wire he does grow to trust her but always disappears when someone else is nearby. Then he warns her of the nearby dam breaking and she raises the alarm for the village. She doesn’t see him again but Heather gives birth to foal which Kylie names Storm, proof that the magical horse was real.

Mandy and Patch  (Pages: 126-127)

Art: Claude Berridge

Mandy looks through a book to figure out Patch’s breed. He doesn’t seem to match with any but she doesn’t care as he’s still the best friend a girl can have.

Text Stories

Each of the text stories have a subtitle with the name of person who is telling the story.

Losing Lucy – Carol’s story (Pages: 33-34)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Spot Art: Leslie Branton

Carol meets a fortune teller who tells her she will lose her best friend to the water. Carol is horrified by the thought, so she tries to teach her friend Lucy to swim. At first she takes persuading but then she succeeds so well that Lucy becomes a competitive champion and she doesn’t have as much time for friends. Watching her at one of her competitions she realises she did lose Lucy to the water, just not in the terrible way she thought. It’s a nice play on words, the twist of the fortune teller fortune coming true and Carol leads it to come true y trying to prevent it.

In The Bag – Chester’s story (Pages: 81-82)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt

Chester is a monkey who is curious what women carry around in bags. He sees an opportunity to steal one, and is confused by contents and why they are so important. The daughter of the woman he stole the bag from is pleased her mom still carries a picture of her dad as he had left after a falling out. She writes Chester a thank you letter, explaining after seeing that she called her dad, he came around and her family is back together. She also sends Chester a cake as thanks. Chester doesn’t nderstand what that is all about but is very happy with his cake.

Jardine’s in a Tin – Sally’s story (Pages: 97-98)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Spot Art: Leslie Branton

Sally and her family live in crowded council house. She is jealous of her friend Tina, an only child, who has a bedroom to herself with all the latest things. Then Tina gets a holiday home and that seems even more unfair. For the holidays the Jardines rent a caravan near where TIna will be. Sally thinks they really are Jardines in a tin, in the caravan, she is eager to visit Tina, but doesn’t know why she is so reluctant. Then Sally discovers it is not a holiday home and that Tina’s parents have separated. Tina didn’t want to admit that she is just spending weekends and holidays at her Dads. Sally realises Tina’s not so lucky after all and appreciates having her family together. Soon after holidays things improve even more for Sally as they get to top of the housing waiting list and get a 4 bed house.

Joining St. John’s – Katy’s story (Pages: 111-112)

While attending a Gilbert and Sullivan show with her mom, Katy gets the idea to join St Johns Ambulance so she can go to theatre for free. She actually finds herself really enjoying the experience and she helps an old woman feel better bu sneaking her cat in for a visit in the hospital. A  friend of the woman, appreciates what Katy has done and gives her a free theatre entry card, but Katy is so busy with St John’s that by the end of the story she still hasn’t had the chance to use it!


Final Thoughts

Last year I covered the Judy 1982 annual and noted there was a lot of spooky stories in that book. This book meanwhile concentrates on the more realistic dramas of life and majority of stories are set in contemporary times. Under her Spell? hints at possible supernatural elements, although in the end those are only coincidence and seems to be no magic at work, which leaves only two stories with characters that are not the average girl, Attractive Angie a character with magnetic powers and Valda the long-living character with powers and knowledge. Valda and the Burning of Barthol is a good story, as I’ve mentioned before I like Valda stories that aren’t about her competing in a sport the best. Here we get to see her in past helping a village and in the present restoring the good name of Lord Barthol. There is only one other story that is set in the past, The Lucky Locket, nicely drawn by Guy Peeters and is a classic story of poor girl not realising her rich heritage.

All the other stories are set in contemporary times and majority have themes of friendship or family. A favourite story has to be The Red Box of Destiny, as the big 4 part story it is a strong component of the annual, it brings a lot of drama and heartbreak for the characters and as a reader I certainly hoped that they would each get their happy endings. In the last part where everything comes together, one may expect the characters to interact but instead the stories are resolved separately, although you can see the other protagonists in the backgrounds of some scenes. This actually is more effective as it highlights people that we just pass by, each have their own problems that we may never know about, and also not know that one thing could touch a life in different ways.

Other favourites was Losing Lucy, I like a good twist on a fortune tellers words, and of course it was well written by Alison (Christie) Fitt who wrote many great stories including a number for Mandy Annuals in the early 1990s. Two of her other stories here Come to My Party! and Down With Boys, have similar ideas of friends playing tricks on each other to win the favour of someone but are executed quite differently, so they each have their merits. Carmen Barbara and Terry Aspin respectively each complement the story well, I don’t think if the artists were switched they would have been as effective stories, which shows how important pairings can be. Honourable mentions goes to Picture-Story Polly, just because I enjoy a meta-commentry story and a girl trying to imitate the characters from her “Candy” comic is a lot of fun, and Who is Sylvie? a small sized mystery with lovely art as always by Andrew Wilson.

Mandy Annual 1991

Picture Stories

  • A Warning for Wendy Who? (Pages: 4-6, 27-32, 65-79, 113-125)
  • The Diary of Angel (Pages: 7-19) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
  • Where’s Tammy? (Pages: 20-22) [Art: Andrew Wilson]
  • I Can’t Stand My Sister! (Pages: 23-26)
  • The Star in the Easts’ (Pages: 35-42) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Veronica Weir]
  • May the Best Girl Win! (Pages: 44-48) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Carmen Barbara]
  • Daredevil Donna (Pages: 51-57) [Art: Pamela Chapeau]
  • Cry Baby (Pages: 59-63) [Art: Bert Hill]
  • Princess Dinah (Page 80)
  • What the Tea-Leaves Tell (Pages: 83-86)
  • Bookworm Bev (Pages: 88-95) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Guy Peeters]
  • Cousin Colin (Pages: 97-101) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • Picture-Story Polly (Pages: 104-107) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Too Many Cooks (Pages: 108-112) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Eduardo Feito]

Text Stories

  • Growing Up (Pages: 33-34)
  • New Girl (Pages: 49-50) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Scruffs Find a Home (Page 64)
  • Me and my Big Mouth! (Pages: 81-82) [Writer: Alison Christie]
  • The Bridesmaid’s Dress (Pages: 102-103)


  • Are You Friendly? (Page 43)
  • Do-It-Yourself Fashion (Page 58)
  • Are You Superstitious? (Page 87)
  • Make a Pannier Pony (Page 96)


* Thanks to Goof for information and picture

Bunty 1960

bunty_ann_1960This is the  first Bunty Annual and it is very well put together and has a pretty presentation. There is a dust jacket where the main picture stands out from it’s white frame. In the picture the title character Bunty is doing ballet with Haggis outside the picture. The back of the cover has Bunty representing  a montage of months. Including the covers, there is 128 pages, inside the book there are 12 picture stories, 9 funny strips, 8 text stories, and 10 features. There is a contents page, although it does miss out on one story “There will Always Be a Boko”. It is a colourful book, with 62 pages in full colour. Majority of the stories are about characters that reader’s will recognize from the weekly issues; The Four Marys, Moira Kent, Lyn Raymond, Toots etc. The stories cover a variety of themes, such as adventure, animals, ballet, career girls, historical and war. The features often have a tie in to the story such as “Well Done Girls” talks about women’s jobs during the war right after the war based story Lance Corporal Sally. According to the writing inside the cover, the copy that I have belonged to Aileen Beattie dated 1959. (For just the list of contents click here)

Picture Stories & Funny Strips

The Dancing Life of Moira Kent     (Pages: 7-14)

Artist: Ron Smith

Moira Kent was the  regular ballerina character in Bunty’s early years.  The story starts with Moira finishing  a tiring dress rehearsal. On her way out she doesn’t stop to sign autographs, as she has a headache, she is then unfairly reprimanded by her grandfather for this. He reminds her that she wouldn’t be where she is without her fans and she promises not to ignore them in the future. If Moira was arrogant and ungrateful about her fans, a reprimand may be in order, but this isn’t the case here! While it is nice to appreciate those that support you, I don’t like if there is a sense of entitlement by fans.

Things get worse for Moira, as unknown to her, a girl in hospital writes to her asking for her autograph but she never receives the letter.  Mr Miller, the young girl’s father, a shoemaker, arrives at Moira’s house with new ballet shoes. He tells her, his daughter Gwen asked him to make them for her because she felt bad about bothering Moira for an autograph.  He tells her she doesn’t deserve the shoes, as she hadn’t bothered to reply to Gwen. Then both Mr Miller and Moira’s grandfather criticize her and refuse to listen to her protests of never receiving a letter. Moira is understandably upset about these events, so much so that she can’t concentrate at rehearsals. After confiding in the choreographer, Morgan, they take the rehearsal to the children’s hospital and Moira present Gwen with an autographed photo. It’s then that a nurse who was supposed to deliver the letter realizes it’s still in her pocket. Mr Miller and Grandfather look surprised, but if there is any apology from them, we don’t see it. Instead the Grandfather concludes that, that’s the mystery solved, as if he had investigated any other possibility other than Moira ignoring the girl! The men don’t come across great in this story particularly the Grandfather, but Moira doesn’t do herself any favors by not standing up for herself more.
Bunty_1960_Moira Kent

Sunshine Susie in “Girls will be Boys”     (Page: 15)

This humour strip is more progressive than the previous story. Susie makes fun of her friend Daniel’s attempts to become a ‘He-Man’, she challenges him to a fight but he says he doesn’t want to fight a sickly girl like her. But when a bully comes along it’s Susie that takes him out and Daniel takes back what he previously said.


Elvirita: The Wishing Well     (Pages: 21-22)

Bunty 1960_ElviritaElvirita a Spanish orphan, is telling stories of a wishing well to neighbourhood children. Rosita, one of the children takes her stories seriously and shows her an old well where she wishes for a puppy. Later she finds a pearl necklace by the well and says the well must have given it to her to buy a puppy. Elvirita tells her that someone must have lost it and they take it to the police station. The owner of the necklace is so grateful for the return of her necklace that she get Rosita a puppy as reward. I like the art style it is simple and sort of cartoonish but not so much that it can’t tackle more serious matters.

Pauline and the Little Nipper    (Page: 23)

Pauline (a pin-up looking girl) is at the beach. Peter tries to play a trick on her, he plans to get her to put her hand in a hole with a crab in it, but she’s not having it and pushes him into  the hole with a crab instead. I do like the art although, when just looking at it at first I didn’t realize Peter was meant to be a boy, he looks very feminine.


The Four Marys     (Pages: 26-31)

Artist: James Walker

It wouldn’t be a Bunty Annual without the Four Marys. In this story Mary Radleigh receives a cine camera for an early birthday present. Both her and Cotter film a hockey match which Simpson and Field are playing in. Cotter leaves the camera down during the match, forgetting to switch it off. Meanwhile June a girl that was constantly beating Simpson is injured. Simpson is accused of deliberately tripping her up and is sent to conventry. Only the other Marys stick by her. When Radleigh gets her film back the truth is revealed as  it shows June actually fell over goal post. All the third form apologise to Simpson.

Bunty_1960_4 Marys

These early Four Marys stories are quaint! I like the distinctive art and in a lot of ways the girls are more caricatures, particularly Cotter, which isn’t a bad thing, they all  have an individual look which they lost in later stories. They are also shown to have flaws, Radleigh is quite lazy, while Cotter is clumsy and forgetful. I’m glad that later stories they start using nicknames as calling each other Mary all the time most have been confusing.

There Will Always Be a Boko     (Pages: 33-37)

Artist: George Ramsbottom

Boko is a legendary clown, whose name is passed down through the circus. The current Boko’s biggest fans are his children, Mark and Julie. Mark worries he won’t live up to the Boko name when it is his turn to take it on. The next day while Julie practices bare horse riding and Mark practices his clown act, but he is too stiff. Then a fire breaks out. Boko runs in to rescue two tiger cubs. There are some nicely drawn action sequences here.

He collapses after the effort and he makes Mark promise the name of Boko will still go on tonight. Mark promises but he is nervous. That night the new Boko is introduced,  when Boko hears the laughter from his bed, it helps speed up his recovery, raising his spirits. When the new Boko comes in he says he is proud of Mark but it is revealed to be Julie. Old Boko is surprised but Mark says he just hasn’t it in him to be a clown. The father  gets over his surprise and is proud of Julie, he says after all there is no rule that the clown has to be a man. We don’t spend a lot of time with Julie so there is no foreshadowing that she has a talent for clowning but in someways this is better as it makes the reveal in the ending more surprising.


Pat Among the Ponies     (pages: 40-47)

Another story involving a fire and animal rescue. This time it is at Moordown Riding School, where a storm breaks out and lightning strike sets the stables on fire. Pat Farley, a student, rallies the girls in her dorm to go rescue the horses. Snip, Pat’s favourite pony is injured during the fire. He goes blind and Major Matthews says he will have be gotten rid of, but Pat convinces him to let Snip stay if she looks after him. On a trek Pat guides Snip. Bad luck for the girls as a another storm, causes water to rise. The girls try to guide their ponies across but they are too scared. Snip blind to the danger is led calmly by Pat and the other horses follow his lead. Snip is hit on the head with a log but manages to get out. When they get back to the stable Snip can see again (the magical trope of – bonk to the head cures all!)

Hetty in “Catch as Cats Can      (Page: 48)

A short funny strip as Hetty, can’t get to sleep because of cat mewing outside she tries shooing him away, when that doesn’t work she feeds him thinking he’s hungry, unfortunately he just brings back more friends for food. Really nice colouring in this one, it is a painted style.


Fan-Fan and Her Friends – Peter’s Christmas     (Pages: 49-51)

A Christmas story!  I assume they don’t put a lot of these type of stories in because it would tie it more to one season, but I still associate the annuals with Christmas, as they were regular present under the tree so I like when there is one. The characters also look very cute. In this story Peter doesn’t believe in Santa as he never comes to his caravan. Sammy decides to fix this by dressing up as Santa and gives him a toy train. Peter is delighted but confused when another Santa turns up and soon figures out what’s going on when a third Santa is revealed to be Fan Fan. Peter is upset and doesn’t believe in Santa again, but then a kindly old man who overheard the kids talking earlier arrives.  Peter believes him to be the real Santa Claus and has a good Christmas.

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Tess of the Timberlands    (Pages: 58-62)

Bunty_1960_tessThis is good adventure/action story. Tess Wilson lives in Oregan, on her way to give her dad lunch, she sees a great Eagle snatch a kid goat. She does a daring rescue up the mountain for the goat. When she becomes trapped on narrow ledge the mother goat, who has tracked down her baby, shows Tess the way to safety.


Toots: Mind Your Manners     (Pages: 63-64)

Art: Bill Ritchie

A long lasting humour strip. Toots tries to unsuccessfully teach baby some manners. But in the end it is Toots that accidentally makes the most mess at the dinner table.

Kay Hamilton, Show Jumper     (Pages: 65-72)

Kay is competing at a novice horse jumping event with Sunset. She is beaten by Pat Martin and his horse Shamrock, while she takes the loss graciously, Jim Scott one of the grooms is suspicious and thinks he recognizes Shamrock as an older ‘Class A’ horse redyed.  The two try and investigate at another competition. Pat is not happy with their suspicions and decides its time to clear off, but he also wants to take Sunset as she is the most promising novice he’s seen. That night when robbers try and kidnap  Sunset, Kay and Jim try and stop them. They are captured and tied up but Kay manages to break free of the bonds with Sunset’s help. They break out and go to investigate a cottage nearby, where they figure they were being taken to.  There it is revealed Pat is involved. He locks Kay into Shamrocks padlock, and she is nearly trampled but luckily Kay manages to calms him by whistling. After escaping the padlock, Shamrock chases Pat down and he is taken away by the police.


Lyn Raymond, Air Stewardess     (Pages: 75-80)

Artist: Ron Forbes?

Lyn Raymond is on a stopover in Paris and treats herself to some lipstick. On the flight back to Britain, the pilot informs her there is suspected jewel thief on board, and they have a description. Lyn decides to drop her lipstick to give her an excuse to look at the passengers more closely. Which works except for one grumpy passenger with a newspaper over his head. She finally gets a look at him and he matches the description. She points him out to police on landing but they can’t find diamonds on him. Lyn goes back onto the plane to look for her lipstick, which she seems to have actually lost now. She finds it next to the suspected jewel thief’s seat. Later talking to the police they say they will have to release the man as they have no evidence only he was found with lipstick marks on his hand.  That gives Lyn the idea to examine her lipstick and she discovers the diamonds been hidden in the tube, giving the police the evidence they need.

Little Miss Moffat    (Page:84)

A very short word free, humour strip, inserted into text story. It makes interest use of framing.


Her Doctor Had 4 Legs    (Pages: 86-91)

Artist: Ron Forbes?

Peggy Brooks father brings home a dog Flash to train as champion sheep dog. He is annoyed to see Peggy and Mrs Brooks breaking the rules letting the dog in the house as if Flash is to become a champion he can’t be a pet. Later that night Peggy wakes to Flash barking and her father scaring a burglar away. The next day Peggy seems sick, her parents think its over tiredness but later she collapses. She keeps getting sicker and the doctor can’t figure out what is wrong with her. A week later though Peggy starts feeling better, it is the doctor that discovers Flash has been sneaking in amd sleeping on her bed. It turns out Peggy had been sick with worry about the burgler but with Flash she feels safe. After all is revealed Mr Brooks says she can keep Flash as a pet and he will get a new dog to train as a champion.

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I find this the weakest story, Mr Brooks is painted in a harsh light, but he has spent money on the dog to make a champion, not to be a pet. Peggy’s illness seems a bit far fetched, to get that sick over a burglary attempt and then there is the very convenient cure!

Babalou     (Page: 98)

This is one of those funny strips that is  product of it’s time that isn’t politically correct in it’s representation. As Babalou’s mother gets new dress, Babalou takes the train part of the dress more literal.


Pert Gert and her Neighbours    (Page: 101)

Gert generously lets her neighbours borrow food, but they are soon taking advantage of her kindness. She eventually has to put up a sign that says “Closed – Food Stocks Exhausted”

Maid Marian    (Pages: 102-107)

Maid Marian and Sarah her friend and handmaid, are playing bait to the Sherrif and his men. While the Sherriff believes himself to be clever enough to not fall for the bait it turns out the women were just a distraction so Robin Hood and his Merry Men can get into position and take their money. Later the Captain comes up with a plan to enlist Rolf of Navarre to challenge Robin in an archery match. Rolf dresses as an ex-soldier and wanders into Sherwood forest. Marian acts as judge, Rolf wins Robin’s silver arrows. Marian discovers afterwards that Rolf had tampered with Robin’s bow.

Then the sheriff sets up a competition assuming Robin won’t be able to resist trying to win back his silver arrows. At first it looks like he hasn’t shown but playing the fool Robin accepts the challenge. Recognizing Robin’s skill, the Sheriff commands his men to attack but luckily Marian cuts the ropes on the tent the men were hiding in, collapsing it on top of them. Robin and Marian celebrate the return of the silver arrows that night. Bunty would later have a series where Maid Marian led the Merry Men in Robin’s absence, and also a series about their granddaughter Robina Hood. It seems to be a popular myth to be looked at, and it is also nice to see it from a female perspective.

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Bess Makes a Dress    (Page: 112)

A funny strip about Bess, who  throws a tantrum because she wants material to make a dress. Dad gives in, thinking he can bring her to grand mannequin party competition and she will be put off when she loses and is laughed at but to his surprise she wins first prize in the “fantasy” category.

Debbie’s Dream Dress    (Pages: 113-117)

Debbie and Grace are members of the junior Red Cross and good friends despite their differences in wealth. On the way to class Debbie admires a dress she would like to wear to a party, but could never afford. The next day on the way to party Debbie wears her old worn dress. While in the taxi a young girl runs out in front of it. Debbie gets out to tend to the girls, she tears strips off her dress in order to bandage her. The girl’s mother comes rushing along and Debbie tells them to take the taxi to the hospital, while she returns home. The woman later tracks Debbie down and tells her that her daughter, Sadie, will be alright and she gives her a new dress to make up for the one she tore up. It’s the dress she previously admired from the shop,  it turns out to be the woman’s shop. Debbie is the hit of the party.  What a  set of coincidences, down to the unlikelihood that the mother would leave her child in hospital, go to her shop and happen to pick out Debbie’s dream dress in the right size and deliver it to her in time for her to get to the party!

Parachute Nurse     (Pages: 120-124)

Artist: Ron Forbes?

bunty_1960_parachuteSusie Peters works in a hospital at Beaver Creek an isolated Mountie post in North West Canada. Susie is disappointed that the only paper available at the local shop is the Farmer’s Gazette as she has no interest in reading about prize bull Rajah being sold. Soon it is very much her concern as the two men delivering the bull, are trapped in a blizzard, they are sent supplies but that night, one of the men Steve is injured by wolves, so Susie will have to parachute down to tend to him. When they flyover they see the pack of wolves have returned, the pilot says she won’t be able to jump now but she says she’ll do it anyway and he needs to fly his plane low after to scare the wolves, she lands expertly. As she tends to Steve the wolves still aren’t giving up Rajah the bull tries to fight them off while Susie makes a giant snowball to scatter them.

That night Susie has a plan prepared for the wolves. She has made little food parachutes, the wolves fight over the meat not knowing its been dosed with medicine. One the roads clear they get to the hospital. Susie gets her picture in the Farmers gazette for saving Rajah. She orders two dozen copies for her families and friends. Always good to see another brave, quick- thinking  proactive protagonist who is good at her job

Bunty Annual 1961

Picture Stories

  • Cinderella of the Orphanage  (Pages: 7-14) [Artist: George Ramsbottom]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 22-27) [Artist: James Walker]
  • Moira Kent (Pages: 34-43) [Artist: Ron Smith]
  • Katy O’Connor (Pages: 54-59) [Artist: Ron Forbes?]
  • The Unwanted Flower Girl (Pages: 66-69)
  • Mary Had a Little Ram (Pages: 70-73)
  • Get Your Skates On, Rosie! (Pages: 76-80)
  • Elvirita (Pages: 86-87)
  • The Pink Piano (Pages: 93-97)
  • Lonely Lena (Pages: 102-106)
  • Jeannie and her Genie (Pages: 107-108)
  • Jackie the Joker (Pages: 113-117) [Artist: Doris Kinnear]
  • Hilda’s Hotch-Potch Pup (Pages: 121-124) [Artist: George Martin]


  • The Songs We Sing At Christmas (Pages: 2-3)
  • Anna Pavlova  (Pages: 15-16)
  • Hair Styles  (Page: 21)
  • Spirit of the Ballet  (Page: 33)
  • Countryside Calendar (Pages: 45-48) [Writer: Alison Christie Fitt]
  • How To Make It  (Page: 52)
  • Wedding Belles  (Page: 53)
  • Amy, Wonderful Amy  (Pages: 60-61)
  • The Stately Swan  (Page: 65)
  • Flowers From?  (Pages: 74-75)
  • Your Hat Through the Tears  (Pages: 118-119)
  • Gipsum Davy (Page: 120)

Text Stories

  • The Girl with the Bing-Bang Bob (Pages: 17-19)
  • Greetings from Santa Sinclair (Pages: 30-32)
  • Miss Fix-It of TV  (Pages: 49-51)
  • The Swans of Sleepy Hollow (Pages: 62-64)
  • Susan of Sunnysides  (Pages: 82-85)
  • Margie and her Melodies (Pages: 88-92)
  • Mice Among the Pots (Pages: 98-101)
  • Kitty of Copperdowne  (Pages: 109-112)

Funny Strips

  • A Poser for Hetty (Page: 19)
  • Toots (Page: 28) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • Babalu  (Page: 31)
  • Hetty (Page: 44)
  • Bonny and her Baby Brother (Page: 63)
  • Pert Gert (Page: 81)
  • Tiny Tina (Page: 90)
  • Little Lulu (Page: 100)
  • Little Miss Moffat (Page: 110)