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Dangerous Days for the Tiny Taylors

  • Dangerous Days for the Tiny Taylors – Spellbound #22 (19 Feb. 1977) – #34 (14 May 1977)
  • Artist: Jesus Redondo

Plot

The Taylors consisting of parents, daughters; Jane and Jennie and dog, Mickey are on holidays on the deserted (fictitious) Scottish island named Mulholm. They only just get out of their boat when they are sprayed by water and find themselves shrunk except for Mickey. The family seem to take it in their stride, reasoning they just need to get to the cottage to phone for help. Only Jennie complains and she has already been established as a complainer. The Taylors come to their first problem when they arrive at the cottage and realise that they are way too small to get in. Luckily they are adventurous and resourceful and Jane suggests they try the window. Her father climbs up to the window sill and breaks the glass with a pebble. The rest of the family climb up and they try to phone for help but their voices aren’t loud enough to be heard by the operator.

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Jane trips and falls off the table, luckily she is uninjured, but unknown to the family the beady eyes of a mouse is watching. The family join Jane on the floor and are attacked by the mouse. Mr Taylor scares it away, but now the situation is beginning to hit the family and they get weary. They figure that the island was once used for secret experiments and they must find out what cause the shrinking in order to cure it. After some adventures in getting food, they go and explore the island. Micky is still out there normal sized and Jane tries to use him as a horse. They find a a fenced off area. The family get through and find spilled canisters in the water, around these are small birds which prove the contamination is coming from there. They make it to a lab where they are attacked but are saved by a now tiny Mickey. In the lab they look at notes that don’t make sense. Mickey drinks from a puddle and grows back to normal size. The family don’t know which puddle he drank from as two bottles have spilled and dead mouse nearby indicates one is poison. Not being able to risk it  they decide they need to get back to mainland and find scientists for help.

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They encounter more problems such as Jeannie getting trapped in a box and Mr Taylor then gets the idea to cut a hole with razor blade to free her. Continuing to be practical they manage to get to the boat and together they are able to steer and direct it. The boat crashes on some rocks but luckily they are unharmed and manage to make it onto the shore. When seagulls attack they are saved by Mickey their protector. They come across some campers but they run away from the tiny “space people”. They figure they can at least shelter in the tent for the night but disaster as gas falls over and Taylors find themselves fleeing from grass fire. Jane falls into a hole and they take the choice to bury down with her, rather than leave her. After a crew comes to clear up the fire, Mickey gets taken in by someone.

They have no more luck in  getting help at the village as a paper boy also thinks they are space invaders. An old lady, Mrs Green, helps them but she thinks they are fairy folk and is expecting them to grant her a wish.  Jeannie spots an old purse that has fallen down the back of a cupboard and gets it for her, in order to play along. They ask her to hide them in a basket and take them to the police station but she brings them to a fairy ring instead.

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Eventually the family manage to get to London and hide out in a toy shop and they have a more comfortable night since their adventures begun, by using doll house to sleep and even getting a change of clothes. The woman that owns the shop faints the next morning at the sight of the dolls coming to life, her daughter chases them away. All this running makes them hungry so the Taylors make their way to a supermarket for food. Jane  gets knocked into an empty carton and nearly gets thrown away. The rest of the family manage to  get to the intercom to stop Jane being tossed into rubbish. They finally get the help they needed as the manager gets them to a  specialist, who is able to return them to normal size in a short time. While they recover in hospital they are even reunited with Micky.

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Thoughts

Shrinking was a popular plot device, from girls in stories like Pinkie, Tiny Tammy, Four Tasks for Tiny Tessa, Microgirl, and also popular subsection of this was specifically shrinking mothers, The Incredible Adventures of Mini-Mum, Mary’s Mini Mum, and simply called Mini-Mum! It was rare to get whole family shrunk together (it did happen in Microgirl, but it was more focused on the girl going on adventure to save her family, rather than the whole family working together).  Of course this is not just common in comics but in other media it was popular to have tiny people using their wits to get around the normal sized world – like The Borrowers (I know no shrinking involved here, but similar situations arise), Honey I Shrunk the Kids and even most recently Antman. But it is still a fun dynamic to play with. It is interesting to have the whole family working together, and it is fun to see them being inventive with how to cope with their size, which is also well captured by Redondo. It must be enjoyable to play around with size and some interesting angles.

One problem I found was Mr Taylor is very dominant, I would like to have seen the females taking the initiative more. The adventure takes precedence so characters don’t get a whole lot of development. The girls are pretty interchangeable,(also not helped in that they look so alike), at first Jeannie is more likely to complain, Jane more quick with ideas but both girls are likely to find themselves in trouble. Mrs Taylor is protective of her family but really gets very little panel time. It is also a bit strange how well the Taylors take in their new situation, no breakdowns or flipping out.

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Other people have a bigger reaction, although it is funny to think how terrified some people get of tiny people. The ending leaves some questions, we never find out why there were people making shrinking chemicals on  the island and who they were and if the island was cleaned up after this incident. Curing the Taylors doesn’t take a lot of effort, it only takes a week to get them back to normal size. It doesn’t say how the specialist did this, if he looked at the notes from the island or contacted the experimenters. It also doesn’t say what he is a specialist of, it seems unlikely that it would be a top specialist for this very specific incident! I suppose the point of the story is not to worry about the why, but enjoy the fun adventure and the journey.

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The Mystery Birds of Mora

Plot:

When the Marshall family inherited the remote Scottish island of Mora, they discovered that they had enemies—a flock of birds! Fiona was convinced that the birds were being controlled by someone, but her father dismissed this as nonsense. Fiona was sent to recover some stores from their wrecked boat but was attacked by birds.

Mystery birds of mora

Notes:

  • Art Jesus Redondo

Appeared:

  • The Mystery Birds of Mora – Spellbound:  #57 (22 Oct. 1977) –  #66 (24 Dec 1977)

Sing-a-Song of Terror

Plot:

Madame Sabbatha, a strange commanding woman, had taken over Carston Girls’ Choir which was touring Britain. Using dark powers and mysterious Scarlet Stars, she was harnessing the girls’ combined voices for destruction! Only Sally Wilson had escaped the full force of her power, and with Miss Blake, the former choir mistress, she was trying to unravel the evil woman’s secret.

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Notes:

  • Artist: Jesus Redondo

Appeared:

  • Sing a Song of Terror – Spellbound: #11 (04 Dec. 1976) – #20 (05 Feb. 1977)

Plain Jane [1971]

Plot

Plain Jane Rose enters for a competition which has as its first prize; a holiday in Hawaii. That would be just right for Jane’s widowed mother who works very hard, pandering to the needs of her three other beautiful, but lazy, daughters.

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Notes

  • Art: Jesus Redondo

Appeared

  • Plain Jane – Diana: circa #450 (2 October 1971) – (?)
  • Reprinted – Emma:  #56 (17 March 1979) – #67 (2 June 1979)

Flower Story

Plot

Complete stories from the Flower Story Series. Including:

The Lady of the Daisies

Flower: Daisy

The Queen of Belrovia is a harsh ruler and banishes a girl called Delza for making a daisy chain, which the Queen deems a form of idleness. A witch punishes the Queen with a curse that causes nothing but daisies to grow in summer, but even this does not move the Queen to change her mind about Delza. But then the daisies come in useful when enemies invade. They mistake the daisies for snow in summer and retreat, fearing the land is bewitched.  The Queen finally relents and gives Delza the title of Lady of the Daisies.

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Five Flowers for Fleur

Flower: Dandelion. The pansy, rose, orchid (imitation) and unknown tropical flower (possibly stinking corpse lily) that gives off a terrible stench when it opens also feature.

Four princes claim the hand of Princess Fleur. To decide her groom, she tells them to bring a flower they think is worthy of her and she will cherish. All four fail the test because their choices reflect how unsuitable they are. But then there is a surprise fifth gift of flowers for Fleur, from Hugo-of-the-Great-City. Not realising she is a princess, he offers her a bouquet of dandelions, which he says matches her hair. Fleur realises that it is not so much the flower but the thought behind it and comes to cherish the “humble dandelion as a symbol of love and compassion, and virtues of a true and noble prince and worthy lord for his princess.” Hugo and Fleur are married, much to the consternation of the four failed princes.

Fleur

The Legend of the Water Lily

Flower: Water lily

In ancient China, Lily-Blossom and her family are devoted to gardening. Lily’s brother Lin is called up for war. Lily is distraught as she has no idea if Lin will return. She consults a fortune-teller, who says that if her brother will live, she will receive a sign. The sign will be a strange lily, unlike any other, that will bloom in the garden Lin made for her. As time goes by, there is no sign of the strange lily, and the family begins to doubt it will appear. Lily keeps weeping by the pool Lin constructed in the garden. But then she is surprised when something starts growing in the pool. It is the water lily, and it is the strange lily in question. Lily’s parents say the lily is an enchanted flower that grew from the tears Lily shed into the pool. Lin returns a year later and gets married beside a pool full of water lilies.

Water Lily

The Happiness Plant

Flower: unknown, but is dubbed “the Happiness Plant”

In the year 1900, Maggy Mayce becomes intrigued by the devotion Miss Bird gives to her plant, although she does not know its proper name. They strike a friendship, with Maggy calling in on her way to work to see Mrs Bird and her plant. But then Miss Bird’s nephew takes her away and Maggy has no address to follow up. Miss Bird has left Maggy the plant, which Maggy cherishes by the window, as Miss Bird had done. Then Maggy loses her job and cannot find another. She is just about at the end of the line when Miss Bird arrives. She had tracked Maggy down through the plant. Realising Maggy’s plight, Miss Bird offers her a job as a companion, and Maggy is happy to accept. She dubs the unknown plant “the Happiness Plant”.

Happiness Plant

Notes

  • Artist: David Matysiak (The Lady of the Daisies)
  • Artist: Jesus Redondo (Five Flowers for Fleur)
  • Artist: Giorgio Giorgetti (The Legend of the Water Lily)
  • Artist: Terry Aspin (The Flowers of Hope)
  • Artist: Maria Barrera (The Happiness Plant)

Appeared

  • The Lady of the Daisies –  Debbie: #155 (31 January 1975)
  • Five Flowers for Fleur –  Debbie: #156 (07 February 1976)
  • Flowers in the Rain – Debbie: #157 (14 February 1976)
  • Rosemary for Remembrance –  Debbie: #158 (21 February 1976)
  • The Tell-Tale Blossoms – Debbie: #159 (28 February 1976)
  • Tiny-Tell-Me-True – Debbie: #160 (6 March 1976)
  • The Legend of the Water Lily –  Debbie: #161 (13 March 1976)
  • Angie and the Red Rose –  Debbie: #162 (20 March 1976)
  • The Flowers of Hope – Debbie: #163 (27 March 1976)
  • The Mystery of the Vanishing Flowers – Debbie: #164 (3 April 1976)
  • The Happiness Plant – Debbie: #166 (17 April 1976)
  • Snowdrop Rock – Debbie: #167 (24 April 1976)
  • Who Says Flowers are Useless? – Debbie: #168 (1 May 1976)
  • The First Flight Of The “Marigold” – Debbie: #169 (8 May 1976)
  • A Posy To Remember – Debbie: #170 (15 May 1976)
  • Lily of the Valley –  Debbie: #183 (14 August 1976)
  • The Flower That Saved A Life – Debbie: #184 (21 August 1976)
  • Little Lilac Wedding Bells – Debbie: #185 (28 August 1976)

School With Super Ma’am

Plot

Jackie Brown has come to stay with her Aunt Sarah a headmistress in Marimba capital of Matagonia,  a South American republic. When there is a revolution, Sarah doesn’t let it upset her routine and is determined to continue to teach no matter what.

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Notes

  • Artist: Jesús Redondo Román

Appeared

  • School With Super Ma’am–  Diana: #187 (17 September 1966) – #200 (17 December 1966)

 

The House of the Silver Sword /Suzette of the Silver Sword

Plot

Suzette Jamieson is a promising fencer, and  her rich but sharp aunt has taken an interest in her. She was a fencing champion (with her prized silver sword) and  she wishes to leave her estate to someone that will live up to the family tradition.  Suzette’s cousin Glenda sets out to sabotage her, so she can inherit  the money. Suzette returns in later stories as an achieved fencer and owner of the silver sword.

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(The House of the Silver Sword)

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(Suzette of the Silver Sword, Art: Jesús Redondo Román)

Notes

  • Artist of the first series “House of the Silver Sword” is unknown.
  • Artist:  Jesús Redondo Román (Suzette of the Silver Sword)

Appeared:

  • The House of the Silver Sword–  Diana: #01 (23 February 1963) – #07 (06 April 1963)
  • Suzette of the Silver Sword – Diana: #86 (10 October 1964) – #93 (28 November 1964)
  • Suzette of the Silver Sword – Diana: #178 (16 July 1966) – #186 (10 September 1966)
  • Suzette of the Silver Sword – Diana: #212 (11 March 1967) – #219 (29 April 1967)
  • Suzette of the Silver Sword – Diana: #264 (09 March 1968) – #275 (25 May 1968)

 

My Big Brother Marmaduke

Plot

Jane Curtis  had problems when the girls in her school are interested in her older brother, Marmaduke.She thinks her troubles were over when  Marmaduke left school, but he comes back as a student teacher. He becomes interested In Carol Baxter, another student teacher, but he had a rival a good-looker called Roger Layton.

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Notes

  • Artist: Jesús Redondo

Appeared

  • My Big Brother Marmaduke – Diana: #322 (19 April 1969) – #339 (16 August 1969)
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke – Diana: #398 (3 October 1970) – #416 (6 February 1970)
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke – Diana: #457 (20 November 1971) – #463 (1 Jan. 1972)
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke  – Diana: #488 (24 June 1972) – #505 (21 October 1972)

Other Appearances:

  • My Big Brother Marmaduke – Diana Annual 1970
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke – Diana Annual 1971
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke – Diana Annual 1975