Tag Archives: disability

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: #189 (14 May 1983) – #206 (10 September 1983)
  • Reprinted  –  Judy: #1517 (4 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)

The Dancing Donnellys

Plot

Canadians Jane and Joe Donnelly have been brought up in a strictly-run sect, The Children of Carona. They have to get special dispensation from their sect to pursue ice-skating careers. Then disaster strikes when Joe’s sight begins to fail, and the beliefs of their sect forbid him from seeking treatment. Their trainer, Myra Calvert, investigates the sect, and discovers it is being run by racketeers – who are now out to kill the Donnellys.

dancing donnellys

Notes

  • Artist: Matías Alonso

Appeared

  • The Dancing Donnellys – Bunty: #876 (26 October 1974) –  #889 (25 January 1975)

Sandra’s Secret Swim

Plot:

Sandra Shaw and her family are bird-watching on the island of Alteiri when it is taken over by Antello Perez and his Black Mambe terrorists. They plan to assassinate President Stanislau of Louvain, a world-famous peace worker. Perez takes Sandra hostage. She is determined to swim for help, but has to learn to swim properly after polio, and in secret.

Swim

Notes:

  • Artist: Terry Aspin

Appeared:

  • Sandra’s Secret Swim –  Debbie: #199 (4 December 1976) – #210 (19 February 1977)

The Truth about Tricia / Eye Spy Trouble

Plot:

Kim Cartwright realises that Tricia Hudson, who has been living with the family since her parents’ deaths, is faking blindness to get anything she wants. Tricia is also playing dirty tricks to push Kim out and take her place in the family. But Kim cannot prove it because Tricia is too clever to be caught out. The situation reaches the point where the parents decide to send Kim to boarding school.

Tricia

Notes:

  • Writer: Maureen Hartley
  • Artist: Bert Hill

Appeared:

  • The Truth about Tricia – Judy & Tracy: #1348? – #1361 (8 Feb. 1986)
  • Reprinted as Eye Spy Trouble – M&J: #302 (22 February 1997) – #310 (19 April 1997)