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The Glamour World of Victoria Jones

Plot:

In The Glamour World of Victoria Jones – a mysterious veiled woman, Miss Trent, had offered to help schoolgirl Victoria and her widowed mother by giving them jobs in her dress shop as models. Victoria returns in sequels:

Victoria Jones – and the Queen of Diamonds

Victoria Jones and her friend Anna are searching for Victoria’s mother, who has disappeared on a modelling tour of Europe. They are being aided in their quest by Madame Carnez, who says she had organised the tour. The mystery deepens when diving gear that Madame Carnez loaned them yields diamonds hidden in the spear gun. After seeing Madame Carnez’s reaction to this, Victoria thinks she is concealing something.

Diamonds

Victoria Jones – and the Dragon Girl

Victoria and her mother now owning a gown salon, hire a Chinese girl Suzi as a model. Victoria begins to suspect her of thievery but is then surprised to find out Suzi is working for the police.

Victoria Jones and the Golden Dresses

Victoria buys up golden material in Greece and makes six dresses from them. Then Secret Service informs her that a secret code is interwoven into the fabric, which she received by mistake, and the dresses need to be recovered before enemy agents get to them.

Victoria Jones and the Black Cat Boutique

A rival boutique, the Black Cat Boutique, opens up. Its owner, “Black Mary” MacRae, makes direct threats to put Victoria out of business after Victoria offends her, and there’s a story that she’s a witch.

Notes

  • The plot of Victoria Jones and the Golden Dresses seems to be reused from [Diana] Jane-Model Miss story
  • Artist: Norman Lee (The Glamour World of Victoria Jones / Victoria Jones and the Queen of Diamonds/ Victoria Jones and the Dragon Girl)
  • Different artists drew the sequels.

Appeared

  • The Glamour World of Victoria Jones – Debbie:  #121 (7 June 1975) – #128 (26 July 1975)
  • Victoria Jones  and the Queen of Diamonds –  Debbie: #136 (20 September 1975) – #150 (27 December 1975)
  • Victoria Jones and the Dragon Girl – Debbie: #171 (22 May 1976) – #179 (17 July 1976)
  • Victoria Jones and the Mystery Princess – #247 (5 November 1977) – #252 (10 December 1977)
  • Victoria Jones and the Golden Dresses – Debbie: #271 (22  April 1978) – #279 (17 June 1978)
  • Victoria Jones  and the Black Cat Boutique – Debbie: #320 (31 March 1979) – #323 (21 April 1979)

Up-to-Date Kate

Plot:

A humour strip following Kate – a dedicated follower of fashion.

up-to date-kate

Notes:

  • In Debbie it started off as a 1 page strip usually on the back page, later in issue #186  it increased to a 2 page strip, usually in middle page.

Appeared:

  • Up-to-Date Kate – Diana: circa #260 (23 Feb 1963) – #476?
  • Up-to-Date Kate – Debbie: circa #121 (7 June 1975) – (?)
  • Up-to-Date Kate – Debbie: #134 (6 September 1975) – #160? (6 March 1976) 
  • Up-to-Date Kate – Debbie: #186 (4 September 1976) – #282 (8 July 1978)

Trendy Wendy

Plot

A  humour strip, about Wendy is a girl concerned with keeping up to date with all current trends and often starts new trends herself.

trendy-wendy

Notes

Appeared

  • Trendy Wendy – Debbie: #453 (17 October 1981) – #517 (8 January 1983)  [ no episodes in issues; #473, #474, #499, #500, #501, #505, #506 or #507]

Other Appearances:

  • Trendy Wendy (x2) – Debbie Annual 1983
  • Trendy Wendy (x2) – Debbie Annual 1984