Tag Archives: ice-skating

The Black Nightingale [1973]

Plot

In Nazi-occupied Rotterdam in 1941, former ice-skating champion Linda Konig works in a German-occupied hospital during the day. But by night she is a resistance fighter against the Nazis known as “The Black Nightingale”, and she uses her ice-skating skills for fast navigation of the frozen Rotterdam canals to help the Dutch.

Black Nightingale

Notes

Appeared

  • The Black Nightingale Diana #526 (17 March 1973) – #540 (23 June 1973)

 

Beth and Boy Georgie

Plot

Georgina Foster and Beth Dawson enter the Bendall Cup for ice-skating but lose their partners when they go to register. Just for a joke, Georgina and Beth enter together, with Georgina pretending to be a boy, George. But when they pass the first heat, this gets them trapped in a deception with Georgina forced to go on pretending to be a boy. To add to their problems, their schools are bitter rivals.

George

Notes:

Artist: Wilf Street

Appeared:

  • Beth and Boy Georgie –  Mandy: #972 (31 August 1985) – #986 (7 December 1985)

 

Little Miss Icicle

Plot:

In one week, Joanna Blake suffers a triple loss: her gran, her dog Sandy and her best friend Jane. Joanne starts freezing her heart to make it as hard as ice so she will not feel such pain again. Joanne’s attitude earns her the nickname “Miss Icicle” and does not make her popular as she makes her way through the inter-school ice-skating championship.

icicle

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Little Miss Icicle –  Mandy: #707 (02 August 1980) – #716( 04 October 1980)

 

The Secret Life of Sally Shaw

Plot

Sally Shaw secretly becomes friendly with John, the crippled son of Colonel Blakely. The Colonel has kept John in a secret room at Redhill Manor, and few people know of his existence. Sally is a keen skater and is delighted when she finds a cleaning job at the ice-rink, as she can skate between chores. An instructor spots Sally and arranges for a boy called Drew to come and skate her. Drew is not happy with the idea, but then John begins to regain the use of his legs and take up secret skating with Sally.

Shaw

Notes

  • Artist: J Badia

Appeared

  • The Secret Life of Sally Shaw –  Mandy: #675 (22 December 1979) – #688 (22 March 1980)

 

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)

Tina and the Touring Ice-Show

Plot:

Fifteen-year old Tina Westlake is in the chorus of “Fantasy on Ice”, a touring ice-show. At Torbury, Pat, the leading skater, completes her contract and leaves to join a show, going to the Far East. At the railway station, the cast watch her setting out on the  first part of her journey. Tina touring ice show

Notes:

Appeared:

  • Tina and the Touring Ice-Show – Judy:  circa 215 (22 February 1964) – (?)

 

Vicky on Skates / Belinda Born to Skate

Plot

Vicky Rodgers (Belinda Rodgers in reprint) lives in Swanton with her stepmother.  Her father is abroad. Her stepsister, Noreen, is a jealous and spiteful girl. Vicky cherishes an ambition to be a champion skater and when Miss Deanna Roberts, invalid niece of Lady Barlow, sees Vicky skating, she offers to make her into a champion and train her on the frozen pond in the grounds of the manor. Vicky is mystified by Miss Roberts’ knowledge of skating, but is delighted when the invalid presents her with a special pair of figure skates as a reword for a service she has done. [This was reprinted as Belinda Born to Skate with new art in Emma]

Vicky returns in Vicky in Switzerland where she has been entered for a Swiss competition—The Marshall Trophy—by her coach, Miss Roberts. When Vicky and Miss Roberts reach St Segeberg, the scene of the contest, they meet a rich American girl, Lorna Starr, who talks as if the trophy were already hers. While Miss Roberts is in hospital, Vicky and Lorna are invited to give an exhibition in the small town of Reeso. Lorna deceives Vicky into catching the wrong train and Vicky is stranded miles from Reeso. However, Vicky gets a “lift” in a sleigh and reaches the rink in the nick of time.

In Vicky’s Ice Show,  Vicky and Miss  Roberts, decide to stage an ice show at Cheamsford Ice Rink in an effort to save the rink, which will be closed down unless it shows a profit. George Haywood, a local businessman, has secretly paid Kyra Kenton, a skating star, and Goddard, the rink porter, to make sure that the rink closes, as he wants the land on which the rink stands to build offices. On orders from Haywood, Goddard is busy putting a cunning plot into action.

Vicky on skate
Vicky on Skates
belinda must skate
Belinda Born to Skate – Art: Carlos Freixas

Notes

  • Vicky on Skates reprinted as Belinda Born to Skate in Emma
  • Artist:  Carlos Freixas [Belinda Born to Skate]

Appeared

  • Vicky on Skates  – Judy:  #90 (30 September 1961) – #108 (03 February 1962)
  • Reprinted – Judy: #1053 (15 March 1980) – #1063 (24 May 1980)
  • Reprinted as Belinda Born to Skate –  Emma:  #66 (26 May 1979)  – #80 (01 September 1979)
  • Vicky in Switzerland – Judy: #119 (21 March 1962)  – #130 (07 July 1962)
  • Vicky’s Ice Show – Judy: #158 (19 January 1963) – #168 (30 March 1963)