Tag Archives: disability

I’ll Only Walk Alone! [1980]

Plot

Jenny Brent is recovering the use of her legs after a car crash. Then she overhears her father making a phone call to an unknown woman named Daphne that he will join her once Jenny recovers. To keep her father at home, Jenny decides to pretend she is still disabled.

The family find Jenny out when a runaway pram rolls down into the sea and she has to get out of her wheelchair in order to rescue the baby. Dad demands to know how long Jenny has been deceiving her family and why. When Jenny says it was because of Daphne, Dad tells her she jumped to the wrong conclusion; the phone call was about a job offer and Daphne was his employer’s wife.

Notes

  • “The Living Lie of Linda” in Mandy annual 1981 had the same plot.

Appeared

  • I’ll Only Walk Alone! – Tracy: #24 (15 March 1980) – #34 (24 May 1980)

 

Angela Black – She’s No Angel!

Plot

After a fall, orphan  Angela Black seemed to lose the use of her legs. Even doctors and specialists were fooled by Angela, who had discovered that being “cripple” had advantages. Now, she had been given a home with the young film star, Karen Sands, and had managed to wangle a small film part for herself.

angela black

Notes

Appeared

  • Angela Black – She’s No Angel! – Debbie: #86 (5 Oct 1974) – #97 (21 Dec 1974)

Blind Belinda

Plot

Belinda Stewart is blind, but also a talented singer. Her managers are Gloria and Keith Foxton, who promise her she will make enough money to receive a cure from a  famous American doctor. But in fact the Foxtons are out to pocket any money Belinda makes for themselves.

Belinda

Notes

  • Writer: Benita Brown
  • Artist: Andrew Wilson
  • Issue #438 had a 6-page double episode, which is split  in the reprint between issues #1131 and 1#132

Appeared

  • Blind Belinda – Mandy: #428 (29 March 1975) – #444 (19 July 1975)
  • Reprinted – Mandy: #1121 (Jul. 9 1988) – #1138 (05 November 1988)

 

The Sorrows of Sally / The Sorrows of Sarah

Plot

In the early 20th century, Sally Smith (named Sarah in the reprint) is a music-hall conjurer and juggler. She had been looked after by Maggie Miller, but now Maggie is crippled and unable to speak after a stroke. Welfare authorities of the period force them to run away together, but music-hall work is hard to find. This forces Sarah to resort to third-rate halls, which are proving undesirable.

Sorrows

Notes

Appeared

  • The Sorrows of Sally – Mandy: #156 (10 January 1970) – #168 (4 April 1970)
  • Reprinted – Mandy:  #569 (10 December 1977) – #581 (4 March 1978)
  • Reprinted as The Sorrows of Sarah – Mandy: circa #922 (15 September 1984) – (?)

 

Before the Light Goes…

Plot

Beth Marshall was left to support her brothers and sisters when her mother died. To her horror, Beth realised that she was losing her sight, and she became desperate to provide a future for the younger children before the blindness overtook her. Beth’s ruthless landlord, Mr Crumley, employed her as a seamstress.

before the light goes

Notes

  • Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones

Appeared

  • Before the Light Goes… – Tracy: circa #196 (2 July 1983) – (?)
  • Reprinted  –  Judy: circa  #1520 (25 February 1989) – #1534 (3 June 1989)

The Ugly Duckling

Plot

A car accident kills Jane Carlton’s father and leaves her with a scarred face that she is very sensitive about, and she a long wait for the plastic surgery to fix the problem. Jane’s sensitivity about her face is causing problems at her new locality and school. More problems arise when Mum falls for Roger Kemp and Jane realises he is dodgy.

Duckling

Notes

Appeared

  • The Ugly Duckling – Mandy:  #610 (23 September 1978) – #624 (30 December 1978)

The Lying Eyes of Linda

Plot

Linda Lyall is sent from a Children’s Home to the wealthy Hampton family. By mistake they think she is blind and Linda is taking advantage to play on their sympathy.

Linda

Notes

  • Not to be confused with similar named “The Lying Eyes of Linda Lee”

Appeared

  • The Lying Eyes of Linda – Mandy: #605 (19 August 1978) – #618 (18 November 1978)

Debbie Must Dance Again!

Plot:

Orphan Debbie Tate and  her young brother, Peter, were being looked after by their greedy Aunt Betty and Uncle Joe. Hoping to claim compensation money for Debbie’s car accident injuries, they forced her to pretend she was a helpless cripple. However, Debbie had once taken ballet lessons and was able to resume her dancing in secret. After a Ballet Festival, in which Debbie had danced using the name Karen Foster, a ballet teacher called Felicity Dale showed an interest in her. Debbie was going to meet Felicity when she discovered that Peter had run away. During her anxious search for him, she realised that Felicity’s train had left.

debbie must dance

Notes:

  • Writer: Maureen Hartley
  • Art: Ana Rodriguez

Appeared:

  • Debbie Must Dance Again! –  Judy:  #1178 (07 Aug. 1982) – #1193 (20 Nov. 1982)