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Judy for Girls 1982

I like to do a post about an annual around Christmas time, although with this book I originally wanted to do it for Halloween as it’s filled with so many spooky stories (and actually hardly a Christmas theme in sight!). But as I didn’t have the time to finish it for then, it will be a Christmas post after all.

From the cover we see no Winter theme, just two girls holding a balloon. Like most Judy annuals of the 80s, featured inside the front and back covers are a collection of photos – here we have everything from diving helmets to highland horses. As I mentioned lots of spooky stories, along with regular characters from the weeklies, a large selection of features and just the one photo story.

(For just a list of contents go to the last page)

Picture Stories

Lost Saturday (Pages: 5-9)

Art: Martin Puigagut?

Carla Trent is intending to visit her friend Sandra, but gets lost on her way, then a helpful motorist picks her up. Oddly it starts to snow in August, though the woman is not surprised. She brings her back to her house, she has a daughter her age and says she may know Sandra. They are having a party and say they will ring Sandra to come over. Carla still finds things odd, she  checks to see if a car coming is Sandra arriving, it is not her friend and the car skids into a gas main and there is big explosion. Carla wakes up in Sandra’s house, she tells Carla that she was found by  the roadside, she must have dreamed all the other events as there is no snow and the house she describes are still being developed. Months later Sandra invites her to a party with a new family that has moved in close by. Carla realises its the same party she was at before so she manages to get everyone out before the car explodes.

Junior Nanny (Pages: 13-15)

Art: Oliver Passingham

This is the only Christmas story in the annual (although there are some stories set during Winter). Chris Johnson has her work cut out for her when a 4 year old orphan, Alan, joins the home. He had been living with relatives who neglected him and his treasured comfort was an old bucket as it was the only toy he owned. When one of the other children kicks the bucket, Alan gets upset and doesn’t trust them and won’t play with them. Chris puzzles about how to help Alan she notices he is fond of helping with the babies. So Chris gets a little Christmas tree for the babies and talking with Alan, he agrees it needs a special bucket. After successfully separating him from his bucket, Alan begins to play with other kids.

Her Finest Hour (Pages: 17-19)

Harriet Cole had performed her first concert as a pianist. The audience gave her an encore and many praised Harriet, saying she had a bright future ahead of her. Terpsichore, the muse of dance and music, appears in her dressing room saying she will grant her her dearest wish. Harriet says she would like to relive the hour between 8pm to 9pm again. She gets her wish and she enjoys hearing herself play as everything is on autopilot, but then she meets the muse again and can’t stop herself from wishing for the same thing again. She only then realises her mistake, that she made her wish a few minutes before 9 and now is she is stuck in this loop forever!

Dottie’s Ye Olde Joke Book (Pages: 20-21)

One panel jokes with a historical theme.

Danger, Min at Work! (Pages: 24-25)

Min can never keep a job, in this story she gets a job in a bakery. It ends up being a disaster – Min puts her foot in flour, stacks the bread tins too high causing them to fall over on the baker. Then she manages to knock the water tap on and the flour and yeast making a whole dough the takes over the shop!

Wee Slavey (Pages: 27-31)

Art: John Leonard Higson

This Wee Slavey story takes place before Nellie worked for the Selby-Smythes. Instead she is working in an orphanage under the mean and grasping, Mrs Eckstine. While working picking up stones for a Lady Burrows, Nellie finds a ruby. Mrs Eckstine immediately takes it from her. Then Nellie finds out the stone is cursed and tries to warn Mrs Eckstine to give it back. She dismisses such superstition, but after several mishaps it does seem the ruby is out to get her! It does get returned to Lady Burrows, and she is so happy to have the jewel back, she takes all the orphans out for the day.

Lost Chance (Pages: 37-39)

Art: Claude Berridge

Jenny Norton wants to become a writer, and writes whenever she gets the chance, even if gets her in trouble in school!  She sees a competition to write for “Girls’ Weekly” but the final day for posting is the next day. She pits all her time into the competition staying up late at night and starting early next  morning.  She is just finished and goes to help her mom with something, when the wind blows her manuscript  onto a bonfire. With no time to write another entry Jenny believes her opportunity is gone. Then to her surprise, the next week her teacher calls her over to tell her she has given Jenny’s confiscated writings to friend at “Girls’ Weekly”. The friend was so impressed she wants Jenny to write for the book.

The Afanc (Pages: 42-46)

Art: Norman Lee

In a village in North Wales, Ben Evans, the gamekeeper has disappeared. Then one night a police patrol car sees Ben Evans on a horse but he is shaggy and wild looking, and suddenly vanishes again. They report back to the station, a woman says what they saw was the Afanc returned for revenge. Old folk tales tell of him, ruling the Welsh forest and hunting the unwary traveler, he was lured away but vowed to return. The police think this is rubbish, but the local gazette run the story and schoolgirl Prue and her friends are interested in the story. Their teacher is not impressed by the girls talk and makes them write an essay on critical journalism. The girls decide that she would believe them if she saw herself the Afanc herself.  So Prue dresses up and  rides out on horse, she frightens Miss Bake, who swerves her car into a ditch and causes the horse to bolt.The other girls own up and help Miss Blake, but Prue has disappeared. She is never seen again, at least by anyone who can tell the tale. Later a lost tourist goes missing. With all the disappearances, the police begin the wonder if there is some truth with the Afanc story.

Big ‘n’ Bertha (Pages: 50-51)

Dad wants to teach Big to be a guard dog, but he’s not having much success. Then Big catches a burgler, when he trips over the sleeping dog!

Born to Dance (Pages: 52-55)

Art: Jose Ariza?

Paula Delaney is assistant to Madame Nina Nerova a ballet teacher. They invite a film team to see Madame teaching hoping to attract new stars. While lots of enthusiastic girls audition only one girl, Tessie has star quality, but she runs away when she realises she is being filmed. Watching the film Paula figures out who she is by her resemblance to another dancer.  They go to Tessie’s house where they meet her mother, a previous pupil of Madame Nerova and whose promising ballerina career was destroyed by accident. She was so bitter and sad about it, that Tessie hid her love of ballet from her, but it turns out her mother is happy to see her daughter dance and wants to see her become the str she could never be.

Dottie’s New Year (Pages: 56-57)

A humour strip with a panel for every month, that tells how Dottie has spent her year.

Cora Cupid (Pages: 58-63)

Art: Giorgio Letteri

Cora is always meddling in peoples love lives after a falling out with friends, she decides not to meddle any more. Even when she sees opportunities to get long term couple,Neil and Laura, back together, she resists. Then her friends start talking to her again because they want her to sort Neil and Laura out! But Cora has convinced herself not to meddle so much, that she can’t work her magic anymore. So her friends end up scheming with Neil and Laura to get her confidence back.

The Honest Thief (Pages: 65-67)

Art: Bert Hill

A “Girl with the Golden Smile” story. Jill steals a book about art from Westerby Department store. She wants to give it to her disabled sister to use, and plans to return it later. Anna tracks her down, and finds out her whole story, how they have little money, but Jill wants to help encourage her sister’s art talent. She promises not to steal again and Anna gets her sister a job doing portraits at Westerby’s.  Seems odd that Jill would “borrow” the book from the department store, when there are libraries whose purpose is the lend books and its all legal too!

Anita’s Butler (Pages: 74-76)

Art: Bert Hill

Mareton (Anita’s ghost butler) does not trust a boy, Bob Wilson, who is helping with a charity auction, that Anita is also volunteering at. Mareton sees him steal a medal and go off in sports car with older woman. Then he sees him tampering with a plane at air display. He convinces Anita to stop the plane, but the pilot turns out to be the woman from the sports car. She is Bob’s mother, he was fixing her plane and the medal he “stole” was actually his grandfathers medal, that was wrongly donated. The Wilson’s don’t mind the misunderstanding and take Anita for a plane ride.

First-Time Faith (Pages: 77-79)

Art: Jim Baikie

Faith Hope wanted to be the girl with the most entries in a local firm’s Book of Records. She gets an idea of getting new entry, when it comes to celebrating Lady Bernicia, the town’s hero. Bernicia never wore her wedding dress, instead wearing black in protest and started uprising against the invading Normans. Faith wants to be the first to wear the dress. She  enlists the help of Monica the museum curators daughter to get the dress for her. On the day of pageant, the lights go out and Monica ends of getting her dad’s overalls instead. Somehow Faith doesn’t notice the difference in the dark! So Faith doesn’t get her entry in the Record book.

Pony Tales (Pages: 80)

Humour strip about girls and their pony.

Is a Goldfish Really a Girl’s Best Friend? (Pages: 81-83)

A girl ponders about what the best pet would be. A dog would be a lot of work with all the walks, tortoise sleeps half the year, budgies tend to fly off an elephant takes up too much room. She concludes her goldfish really is the best.

The Golden Touch (Pages: 84-87)

May Ferrier’s father works for Lady Meshan. One night a constable comes across May with box of jewels, which had been missing for a year. May claims to have just sensed it, but her father is accused of stealing it from Lady Mesham and telling May where he hid them. At a trial their lawyer has an idea. He proposes that May is a diviner who can detect gold. Lady Mesham dismisses the idea, thinking the test has been set up in advance. But then May says she has gold on her person and a dentist in the courtroom confirms she has gold fillings. The charges are dropped and the Ferriers even get a reward for finding stolen goods.

The Haunted Churchyard (Pages: 91-95)

Art: Norman Lee

Petra Markham is dared by her friends to take a shortcut through a supposedly haunted graveyard. Her bravery soon leaves her when she hears a low wailing sound and she runs towards the church finding the vicars house. The Vicar goes with her to investigate and they find a trapped dog is source of wailing. The Vicar says it must belong to a neighbour, Mrs Bragg, and they go to his house for cocoa. The next day after recounting the tale to her friends, Petra realises she left her homework at the  Vicar’s house. She goes back but the house is derelict. She finds her homework there and is confronted by Mrs Bragg. She tells Petra, she had a puppy 40 years ago but he injured his paw around the time the last vicar of the church died!

Boyfriends (Pages: 97)

Humour strip where a poor guy is hassled by wannabe girlfriend.

Abandoned! (Pages: 98-101)

Art: Jose Ariza?

This is an Emma Report story, at Morningside Children’s Home, the children are watching Emma do a report at zoo, then the Matron has special surprise, Emma has come to visit. Afterwards Janey sneaks into Emma’s car, she wants her help as she’s been looking after dog and the Home doesn’t allow big pets. They take the dog to a vet, Emma met through her time at television. Emma leaves vet to contact the children’s home as Janey seems to be hitting it off with him and his wife, and she suspects Janey could find a new home with them.

Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 106-107)

Art: Giorgio Letteri

Don and Mike both want to accompany Bobby to disco and there is only one spare ticket. She tells them whoever scores most goals at next match will take her. They get the same amount of goals but Bobby has managed to get an extra ticket, she just decided to wait until after the match to tell them!

Schoolgirl Vet (Pages: 109-111)

Kay Burrows family have a visitor, Miss Soong, who practice acupuncture. Wen Kay’s brother hasto attend to a lame cow, Kay and Miss Soong help. The cow is given all sort of treatments, including Miss Soong’s alternative treatments and the cow is cured. Kay is convinced it is Miss Soong that cured her, but Kay’s brothers not so sure, but he keeps that to himself!

The Warning (Pages: 113-115)

Art: Claude Berridge

Prudence Wells is on a train when she is puzzled that she keeps seeing the same man at each stop. At the third stop the man the man calls out for help. She gets off at next stop and sees the man. She goes to talk to him, causing him to move towards her and narrowly avoid a falling trunk that would have knocked him in front of a train!

Party Girl (Pages: 121-125)

Art: Matias Alonso

Samantha Parry is only interested in going to parties and having fun. She neglects her ill grandmother so she can go out with her potential new boyfriend Dominic. She even considers poisoning her grandmother to get rid of her. After midnight when a party ends, Dominic invites her to an all night party. While he goes to meet the host, Samantha finds something unsettling about the party, the drinks are flat, the food stale and the people seem strange and unhappy. She tries to leave but somehow ends up back in the same room again. She tells Dominic she wants to leave, but he tells her the host is very interested in meeting her and as her grandmother died tonight she can stay and have a life long party just like she wanted. We see the hosts shadow which appears to be the devil. Meanwhile a cop interviews a man, as an ambulance takes body away. He says the girl just drove into the wall but the shocking part was she was sitting on pillion and nobody was actually driving the bike!

Judy 1980

Picture Stories

  • The Hobbies of Holly (Pages: 6-8) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Gentle Jenny (Pages: 10-15)
  • Boyfriends (Pages: 20)
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 21-23) [Art: John Higson]
  • Meet Johnny Nash (Pages: 24-25)
  • Schoolgirl Vet (Pages: 26-28)
  • The Fish Twins (Pages: 29-33) [Art: Carlos Laffond]
  • First-Time Faith (Pages: 42-44) [Art: Jim Baikie]
  • Danger! Min at Work (Pages: 46-47)
  • Pages From Dottie’s Diary (Pages: 56)
  • Cora Cupid (Pages: 57-59) [Art: Giorgio Letteri]
  • Big ‘n’ Bertha (Pages: 60)
  • Val of the Valley (Pages: 64-67)
  • Junior Nanny (Pages: 70-73) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • Dark Danger (Pages: 82-87)
  • Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 90-91) [Art: Giorgio Letteri]
  • The Ghost of the Grange (Pages: 102-106)
  • Orphan Island (Pages: 109-113)
  • The Homecoming (Pages: 116-119) [Art: Carlos Laffond]

Text Stories

  • Sez Sue (Pages: 48-49)
  • Just Like Your Mum (Pages: 50-52)
  • The Sponsored Walk (Pages: 93-96)


  • Photos (Pages:2-3, 122-123)
  • Fish in Fancy Dress (Pages: 9)
  • Elton John – pin-up (Pages: 16)
  • Ten Tips for Pony Owners (Pages: 17-19)
  • What’s in a Name? (Pages: 34-35)
  • Joust in Fun! (Pages: 36-39)
  • Magic in the Air (Pages: 40-41)
  • Boy Bait! / Your Personality (Pages: 45)
  • Doggie Data (Pages: 53-55)
  • Make These Snug Mittens/ Knit a Crinoline Cosy (Pages: 61)
  • Dottie’s Joke Book (Pages: 62-63)
  • Animal Antics (Pages: 68-69)
  • Jazz Dance for Gymnastics / Modern Rhythmic Gymnastics (Pages: 74-81)
  • Presto! / Over the Fence… (Pages: 88)
  • Cliff Richard – pin up (Pages: 89)
  • Christmas Tree (Pages: 92)
  • Meet Wings (Pages:  97-99)
  • Cat Tails (Pages: 100-101)
  • Get Out of School (Pages: 107-108)
  • Curious Customs (Pages: 114-115)
  • Strange Creatures of the Sea (Pages: 120-121)

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Judy 1978

Picture Stories

  • What a Day! (Pages: 6-9) [Art: Martin Puigagut?]
  • Second Thoughts (Pages: 14-16)
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 17-21) [Art: John Higson]
  • Dottie’s Excuses, Excuses! (Pages: 22)
  • Boyfriends (Pages: 28)
  • Getting the Hump! (Pages: 29-32) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Trader Tess (Pages: 33-35) [Art: Jim Baikie]
  • Jane to the Rescue (Pages: 38-41) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • Meet Cilla Black (Pages: 44-47)
  • Dolf (Pages: 53-55)
  • Mighty Midge (Pages: 57)
  • Big Spender (Pages: 58-59) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • It’s the Goodies (Pages: 60-63)
  • Big ‘n’ Bertha (Pages: 64)
  • Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 66-69) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Dopey Dinah (Pages: 70)
  • Junior Nanny (Pages: 71-73) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • Dottie’s Goggle Box (Pages: 76-77)
  • The Hobbies of Holly (Pages: 81-83) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Janet on Wheels (Pages: 86-88) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • Moira’s Magic Mirror (Pages: 94-95) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • Liza’s Luck (Pages: 97-99) [Art: John Higson]
  • Valof the Valley (Pages: 100-102)
  • Pony Tales (Pages: 103)
  • Schoolgirl Vet (Pages: 105-107)
  • “I Wish I Were You!” (Pages: 108-109) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • The Summer Princess (Pages: 110-116)
  • Your Life in Your Hand (Pages: 117-119)

Text Stories

  • Shorty (Pages: 23-25)
  • Odd Girl Out (Pages: 78-80)
  • Cat Out of Nowhere (Pages: 120)
  • The Wayz Goose (Pages: 124-125)


  • Horse Power Through the Ages (Pages: 2-3, 126-127)
  • Rod Stewart – Pin-Up (Pages: 10)
  • Simple Simon (Pages: 11)
  • Santa’s Sleigh (Pages: 12-13)
  • Now You See It…Don’t! (Pages: 26-27)
  • They’ve Got the World on a String (Pages: 36-37)
  • The Osprey the Feathered Fisherman (Pages: 42-43)
  • Make Your Own Big ‘n’ Bertha (Pages: 48-51)
  • Missie Mouse (Pages: 52)
  • I’ll Eat My Hat (Pages: 56)
  • Ringo Starr (Pages: 65)
  • On the Move (Pages: 74-75)
  • Zoo Trail (Pages: 84-85)
  • The Island of Secrets (Pages: 89-91)
  • Lots of Boxes (Pages: 92-93)
  • Dottie’s Signs (Pages: 96)
  • Silly Sayings (Pages: 104)
  • New Hobbies from Old Skills (Pages: 110-112)
  • Bright Ideas for a Rainy Day (Pages: 121-123)

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Judy 1975

Picture Stories

  • Mary – You’re a Menace! (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Ian Kennedy]
  • The Legend of the Mists (Pages: 14-19) [Art: “B Jackson”]
  • Donkey Work for Dolly (Pages: 21-27)
  • The Peacock Family (Pages: 30-31) [Art: Roy Newby]
  • Polly and Her Pram (Pages: 42)
  • Dinah Wants a Dog (Pages: 50)
  • Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 55-58) [Art: Giorgio Letteri]
  • Lorna’s Leprechaun (Pages: 59-61)
  • Tell-A-Tale Tess (Pages: 63-64)
  • The Boy Next Door (Pages: 65-70) [Art: Martin Puigagut?]
  • The Beatles Growing Up (Pages: 71-73)
  • Junior Nanny  (Pages: 78-79) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • Dottie’s Daydreams (Pages: 84-85)
  • Janet the Janitor (Pages: 86-90) [Art: John Higson]
  • Backstage Betty (Pages: 95-97) [Art: Don Walker]
  • Lazy Daisy (Pages: 108-109)
  • My Brother Barney (Pages: 113-117) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • Mary of Moorlands (Pages: 120-125)

Text Stories

  • Seeds of Success (Pages: 34-38)
  • Oh, Brother! (Pages: 80-83)
  • Special Things (Pages: 99-102)


  • Dear Dottie (Pages: 2-3, 126-127)
  • Felt-tips & Flowers (Pages: 12-13)
  • Ship, Ahoy! (Pages: 20)
  • What’s Your Day of Destiny? (Pages: 28-29)
  • Make a Miniature Garden Inside a Glass Box (Pages: 32)
  • Castles in the Air (Pages: 33)
  • Can You…Make Your Own Clock? (Pages: 39)
  • Cat-Lines and Dod-Lines (Pages: 40-41)
  • Horoscope 1975 (Pages: 43-45)
  • Looking After Granny (Pages: 46-47)
  • Dating in 1975 – Bobby & Mike Style! (Pages: 48-49)
  • Chart-Buster Maybe! (Pages: 51-54)
  • Judy’s Secret Pop Wallet (Pages: 62)
  • Fun and Games (Pages: 74-75)
  • Just the Job for You! (Pages: 76-77)
  • Are You a Be-“Leaver”? (Pages: 91-92)
  • Are You a Lazy-Bones? (Pages: 93)
  • Do You Really Like People? (Pages: 94)
  • Kitchen Kapers (Pages: 98)
  • Funny Bunny (Pages: 103-105)
  • Ink-a-Pic (Pages: 106-107)
  • Make Your Own Christmas Decorations (Pages: 110)
  • Looking After Little Brother (Pages: 111-112)
  • Make and Bake… a Crinoline Lady Cake! (Pages: 118-119)

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Judy 1974

Picture Stories

  • Junior Nanny (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • Skinflint School (Pages: 14-19) [Art: Robert Hamilton ]
  • Bobtail the Beach Rescue (Pages: 22-28)
  • Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 35-38) [Art: Giorgio Letteri]
  • Our Class (Pages: 47-48) Art: Roy Newby]
  • Polly and Her Pram (Pages: 52-54)
  • Sandra and the Ballet of Macbeth (Pages: 55-61) [Art: Paddy Brennan]
  • The Secret of Sylva (Pages: 68-73) [Art: Ian Kennedy]
  • Pages From Dottie’s Diary (Pages: 81)
  • Lorna’s Leprechaun (Pages: 86-87)
  • Tell-a-Tale Tess (Pages: 91)
  • Lazy Daisy (Pages: 92)
  • Pony Tale (Pages: 93)
  • Cinderella of the Orphanage (Pages: 94-96) [Art: Julio Bosch]
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 98-99) [Art: John Higson]
  • Dinah Wats a Dog (Pages: 112)
  • The King and I (Pages: 113-119)
  • The Hobbies of Holly (Pages: 121-125) [Art: Rodney Sutton]

Text Stories

  • Pony in Trouble (Pages: 39-43)
  • Whisker (Pages: 102-105) [Spot Art: John Higson]


  • Photos (Pages: 2-3, 126-127)
  • Dressed to Dance (Pages: 7-8)
  • Your Judyscope for 1974 (Pages: 20-21)
  • The Tense Pense Game (Pages: 29)
  • The Animals Went in Two by Two (Pages: 30)
  • Judy Cut Out Wardrobe (Pages: 31-32)
  • Remember, Remember! (Pages: 33-34)
  • Friend or Foe? (Pages: 44-45)
  • Animal Puzzle (Pages: 46)
  • Can You Make this Super “Judy” Pocket Hair Styler? (Pages: 49)
  • Sweet Treats (Pages: 50-51)
  • Your Pets in Winter (Pages: 62-63)
  • Can You Make Janie Run? (Pages: 64)
  • Calling All Super-Stars! (Pages: 65-67)
  • Games in the Garden (Pages: 74-75)
  • Make this Super ‘Judy’ Jacket (Pages: 76)
  • Can You…Make Costume Dolls? (Pages: 77)
  • What’s Your Decor-rating (Pages: 78-79)
  • Leap Frog Game (Pages: 80)
  • A Flair for Hair (Pages: 82-85)
  • Beautiful Dreamer (Pages: 88-89)
  • King-Lines (Pages: 90)
  • Pop Projector (Pages: 97)
  • Leaves From Dottie’s Joke Box (Pages: 100-101)
  • Lend a Helping Hand (Pages: 109-109)
  • Can You…Make this ‘Fun’ Camera? (Pages: 110-111)
  • Make the Judy Finger Puppets (Pages: 120)

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Judy 1973

Picture Stories

  • The New Girl (Pages: 6-10) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Fay Farrell Factory Nurse (Pages: 12-16)
  • Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 18-23) [Art: Giorgio Letteri]
  • Polly and her Pram (Pages: 24-25)
  • Annie’s Ark (Pages: 26-27) [Art: Sebastia Boada]
  • Cinderella of the Orphanage (Pages: 28-30) [Art: Julio Bosch]
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 32-35) [Art: John Higson]
  • Junior Nanny (Pages: 38-39) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • Janie B. Quick (Pages: 46)
  • Sandra and the Silver Shoes (Pages: 52-56) [Art: Paddy Brennan]
  • Our Class (Pages: 58-59) [Art: Roy Newby]
  • Sam and Sally (Pages: 64-67) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Ty – the Untameable (Pages: 73-76) [Art: Ian Kennedy]
  • Me and My Family (Pages: 80-81) [Art: Roy Newby]
  • Gentle Jenny (Pages: 82-83) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • The Bottle Imp (Pages: 84-87)
  • The Girl Who Could Do Anything (Pages: 90-91) [Art: Ron Smith]
  • The Babysitters (Pages: 96-97) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Lorna’s Leprechaun (Pages: 100-101)
  • Dinah Wants a Dog (Pages: 106)
  • Faith of Fell Rescue (Pages: 107-109)
  • The Hobbies of Holly (Pages: 112-116) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Isabella Queen of Spain (Pages: 118-122)

Text Stories

  • Evangeline (Pages: 40-43)


  • Make a Judy Jigsaw Puzzle (Pages: 11)
  • Softy Sue a Toy for You to Make! (Pages: 17)
  • Toby Tortoise (Pages: 31)
  • Make a Mobile! (Pages: 36)
  • Clear Round! (Pages: 37)
  • What’s Your Line? (Pages: 44-45)
  • Baby Chimp’s Bath Night (Pages: 47)
  • Print Your Own Pictures (Pages: 48-49)
  • Can You…Help Tina Get Tootsie out of the Tub? (Pages: 50-51)
  • Ant Lines (Pages: 57)
  • Dotty Says…Here”s How to be a Good “Knotty” Girl! (Pages: 60-62)
  • Plink-Plonk! (Pages: 63)
  • Painting for Pleasure! (Pages: 68-69)
  • Tea Time (Pages: 70-71)
  • Your Fortune in a Teacup! (Pages: 72)
  • Beelines (Pages: 77)
  • Good Shot! (Pages: 78)
  • Elizabeth the Egg-Box Elephant! (Pages: 79)
  • The Twins’ Teasers (Pages: 87)
  • It’s Hair-Raising! / Stting the Style (Pages: 88-89)
  • Are You a Dragon? (Pages: 92-93)
  • Cluewords (Pages: 94)
  • Shoe-Box Skittles (Pages: 95)
  • Face-to-Face Draw Your Own Portrait (Pages: 98-99)
  • Party Fare (Pages: 102-103)
  • Party Games (Pages: 104-105)
  • Scent to Your Room! (Pages: 110)
  • Baron v Knight (Pages: 111)
  • Make a Jolly Dolly Bag (Pages: 117)
  • Fly-Fishing (Pages: 123)

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Judy 1972

Picture Stories

  • Petra the Party Maker (Pages: 6-11) [Art: John Higson]
  • Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 16- 18) [Art: Giorgio Letteri]
  • The Hobbies of Holly (Pages: 19-23) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Sandra and the Black Rose (Pages: 26-29) [Art: Paddy Brennan]
  • Cinderella of the Orphange (Pages: 33-37)  [Art: Julio Bosch ]
  • Janie B Quick (Pages: 38)
  • Polly and Her Pram (Pages: 40)
  • Naughty Dottie (Pages: 48)
  • Do It All Debbie (Pages: 49-51)
  • Emergency Emma (Pages: 54-55) [Art: Ian Kennedy]
  • Junior Nanny (Pages: 57-61) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • Skinflint School (Pages: 66-69) [Art: Ron Smith]
  • The Old Funniosity Shop (Pages: 74-78) [Art: Sebastia Boada]
  • Lorna’s Leprechaun (Pages: 81-83)
  • The Babysitter Sisters (Pages: 86-89) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 90-91) [Art: John Higson]
  • Flower-Power Fay (Pages: 94-95)
  • Naughty Dottie (Pages: 96)
  • Candy’s Camera (Pages: 101-105) [Art: Ron Smith]
  • Mandy of the Mobile Zoo (Pages: 106-107) [Art: Trini Tinturé]
  • Moira’s Magic Mirror (Pages: 116-117) [Art: Paddy Brennan]
  • Jenny Appleseed (Pages: 119-125) [Art: Ian Kennedy]

Text Stories

  • Saturday Girl (Pages: 41-44)
  • Cindy (Pages: 109-112)


  • The Bee-Line Game (Pages: 2-3)
  • Make Your Own Judy Zoo (Pages: 12-15)
  • Colourful Characters! (Pages: 24-25)
  • Are You Smart? (Pages: 30-31)
  • Flip the Fast Game (Pages: 32)
  • A Letter From Naughty Dottie (Pages: 39)
  • Feed the Birds (Pages: 45-47)
  • Picture Puzzles (Pages: 52-53)
  • The Orchard Game (Pages: 56)
  • Catch! (Pages: 62)
  • Bags of Style (Pages: 63)
  • Smart Set (Pages: 64)
  • Hello, Dolly! (Pages: 65)
  • The Present…and the Future! (Pages: 70-71)
  • Paint Your Own Picture (Pages: 72-73)
  • Judy’s Cut-Out Doll (Pages: 79-80)
  • Shape Up! (Pages: 84-85)
  • All Write Then! (Pages: 92-93)
  • The Story of Shoes… (Pages: 97-99)
  • Cluewords (Pages: 100)
  • PDSA in Action (Pages: 108)
  • The Judy Farm (Pages: 113-115)
  • Click! (Pages: 118)
  • Butterfly Game (Pages: 126-127)

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Judy 1966

Picture Stories

  • Sandra and the Snow Ballet (Pages: 6-12)  [Art: Paddy Brennan]
  • Penny the Post (Pages: 17-21)
  • Galina Ulanova Growing Up (Pages: 22-25)
  • Fay Farrell Emergency Nurse (Pages: 26-31)
  • Polly and her Pram (Pages: 33-35)
  • Where Did You Get That Hat? (Pages: 36)
  • Robin Redbreast of Roxell (Pages: 44-48)
  • Katy’s Casebook (Pages: 50-55)
  • Topsy and the Strange Spectators (Pages: 58-63)  [Art: Don Walker]
  • Ballet at Bleak House (Pages: 66-71)  [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Shipshape Shirley (Pages: 74-79)
  • Skinflint School (Pages: 84-89) [Art: John Higson]
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 93-97) [Art: John Higson]
  • Willpower Winnie (Pages: 100-105)
  • Polly and her Pram (Pages: 113-115)
  • Paula Pulls the Strings! (Pages: 119-125) [Art: Geoff Jones]

Text Stories

  • Kolka the Otter  (Pages: 37-41)


  • Ribbons (Pages: 13-15)
  • All About the Red Deer (Pages: 16)
  • Hour glass (Pages: 32)
  • Judy Meets Michel and Carol (Pages: 42-43)
  • Magic Moments (Pages: 49)
  • Play the Game -and Get Home Safely (Pages: 56-57)
  • Snap Happy (Pages: 64)
  • Flowery Fairytales (Pages: 65)
  • Basic Ballet (Pages: 72-73)
  • A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody (Pages: 80)
  • Let’s Go to Hairdressing School (Pages: 81-83)
  • Skydiver (Pages: 90-91)
  • Doggy Doggerel (Pages: 92)
  • Gonk Giggles! (Pages: 98-99)
  • Let’s Go to Model School (Pages: 106-111)
  • My Brother Robert (Pages: 112)
  • Just Your Luck (Pages: 116-118)

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Wee Slavey

  • Wee Slavey – First series: Judy: #249 (17 October 1964) – #262 (16 January 1965)
  • There was a number of sequels after the first series. They are listed here
  • Artist: John Leonard Higson  (1960s)


In Victorian times, Nellie Perks works as a maid servant for the Shelby Smythes. The family consists of;  William, Amelia, their daughters Alice and Flora, and their young son Algy. A lot of stories set in this time period would be a set up for a hard life and tragedy, and certainly the title suggests a life of drudgery but this is presented in a humorous way. Nellie has to work hard, but she is shown to be smart and loyal and the family appreciate her (even if they don’t like to admit it!). There were some ongoing story arcs but most of  the plots were standalone. There were common themes that appeared regularly;

An idea by the family ends up being more hard work for Nellie.

Often this idea would be presented to Nellie as something to make her work easier or seen as a treat!  Such as when Flora and Alice decide to go on a picnic and bring Nellie along. They tell her how nice it must be for her to get out of the house and have an easy time in the country. But as Nellie ends up carrying a heavy picnic basket, getting stuck in mud and rained on it’s not such a nice treat for her! She does get breakfast in bed after catching a chill, which she appreciates much more. Another time the girls get a new wardrobe and they give Nellie their old one – on the condition she gets it to her room herself. It turns out the wardrobe is too big for her little room and gets stuck in the door, so she ends up having to chop through it, to escape from her room. When Amelia Shelby Smythe insists on getting a new invention vacuum cleaner to help Nellie with her work, she expects it will speed things up for her, but it’s so heavy it takes twice the time for Nellie to get her work done. Luckily a missing piece of jewellery and Nellie’s quick thinking gets rid of the machine. Even when the family decide to do good and work for charity, it is Nellie and Cook that end up doing all the hard work!

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Nellie stops a thief!

Nellie is responsible for catching many crooks. Often she outsmarts the crook although sometimes it is just by luck, such as when Cook reads Nellie’s tea leaves and they say she will be swept off her feet by a tall dark stranger; it turns out Nellie stumbles upon a burglar, which is not what she was expecting the reading meant! A different time two thieves use a fake invitation by Arthur Conan Doyle to sneak into the house, it’s Nellie’s detective skills that notice a gong moved in the hallway and figures out where a thief is hiding waiting for everyone to go to sleep. [Note: the reference to Conan Doyle would place the time period somewhere between 1887 -1901]. Another event has Nellie stopping thieves using bowls and is delighted to be invited to play bowls with an upper class family in thanks. Although that does put the women Shelby Smythes noses out of joint! The biggest crook Nellie helps stop is William Shelby Smythe’s business partner Mortimor who absconded with the business funds. This is a long running plot with the Shelby Smythes losing all their money and Nellie staying on as their only servant, which shows her loyalty. At first the story arc, shows the family having difficulty but when Mortimor is spotted it is Nellie that helps capture him. She goes as far to jump on the back of his carriage and she figures out where he hid the money.

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The family tries to move up in society

The family often try to better themselves and get themselves in higher social circles. This does not always work out the way they expect and they are often surprised when it’s Nellie that ends up on top!   When the women decide to host a party in aid of  charity, it doesn’t turn out as they hope, as the priest misunderstands their intentions and invites poor people to the house, instead of the money raising ball they had in mind. In another story William is pleased when he becomes knighted  in part because of Nellie’s loyalty. Although the family are surprised to see Nellie beside Queen Victoria during the knighthood (due to good timing with smelling salts before the ceremony). Another long running story has the family move to the country when the inherit Oakley estate. It doesn’t work out quite as they hope as the estate is in need of a lot of repairs. After their time in the country they return to London for the social season, but they are not happy that everyone seems to have forgotten them, but know Nellie well! Although they are still sure to remind Nellie of her place when they get the chance. They are not happy when Cousin Gerald seems to have written a love letter  to Nellie, thinking she’s getting ideas above her station, although it just turns out Gerald is just a song writer.  Snobbery gets Nellie into trouble when she saves a girl’s life but a series of misunderstandings lead to the girl’s family being insulted and the Shelby Smythe’s thinking Nellie was trying to pass herself off as one of the family. Luckily a respectable doctor who had seen what had happened gets her out of trouble again!

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Nellie is the family confidant

Nellie shows her loyalty to the family time and time again, and often she is the person the family turn to for help or to confide in. Most commonly with the girls or William, Amelia is better at keeping a distance. Several times Alice and Flora’s potential love interest have to be hidden with Nellie’s help, as their parents don’t approve. Another time Nellie helps Flora get back her diary after William accidentally picked up. Being closer to age it makes sense that the young ladies of the house would turn to Nellie for help when they are in need. An even stronger friendship seems to be between William and Nellie. Quite a few times Nellie saves William money from some of the ladies high ideas, like redecorating or she helps by getting rid of someone/something he doesn’t like (in one instance an annoying parrot). He often shows his appreciation by giving her a bit of extra money, or even paying for her photo to be taken.  When he has to make a big speech it is Nellie that he confides his fears to. William even crosses some normal social boundaries like when learning to dance he chooses her as a dance partner!

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Nellie gets into trouble or solves a problem

Nellie can find herself in difficult situations, sometimes she makes mistakes which get her into trouble, but either by luck or quick thinking it is okay by the end. Such as Nellie having the job to clean the attic, but ends up losing track of time and having fun exploring. This get her into trouble with Amelia, but William, Flora and Alice are delighted in rediscovering their old things and gets Nellie off the hook. At least two different occasions she has trouble with an  organ grinder monkey. She solves other animal mischief when cook is told to get rid of her chickens for causing trouble. Nellie buys rotting eggs in order to persuade the family they are better to have fresh eggs than rely on the shop.

Nellie experiences a harder life

Although life isn’t always the easiest working for the Shelby Smythes, Nellie could have it a lot worse. There are times when Nellie gets to see this other side. When on holiday Nellie takes the time to help a girl who works in a corrupt factory. A long running story has Nellie go to work for the Kedges temporarily while the Shelby Smythes are away. Hartley Kedge and his sister Maria, are a tough and sour pair who mistreat their young ward, Arthur. Nellie uncovers the Kedge’s plot to try and get Arthur’s inheritance. Luckily she is able to help Arthur. Another long running plot set in the early days of Nellie, which shows she didn’t have the best time before coming to work for the Shelby Smythes. When Nellie’s gran dies, her Aunt Ada takes over the house and sends Nellie to the workhouse. She has several run ins with the matron, who is quick to hit, keeps the best food for herself and runs cons. Nellie crosses path with the Shelby Smythes when they come to the workhouse as charitable ladies, but an assault and mix up leaves them working in the workhouse while Nellie tracks down William to help them. On route  she (again) saves the house from a robber who was working with the maid. After William comes to get his family the matron gets removed and Nellie is hired by the family. Which may be a big reason why she is so loyal to the family.

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Clearly this was a popular story first appearing in 1964. In the late 80s the story got a new artist and regularly appeared right up to the last issue of Judy in 1991. The stories were reprinted as a Judy classic in M&J and also regularly appeared in Annuals and Picture Story Library Books. It’s easy to see why – this was a fun, smart character with interesting supporting characters and while there was some common plots that appeared, there was still enough variety to keep the stories engaging. I actually started making notes to write this post ages, but then I got busy and didn’t have enough time to dedicate to what I knew would be a big post. But I definitely enjoyed rereading these stories and noticing things that would have passed over my head when I was younger, such as literature references and the politics like the suffragette movement.

Nellie, is a character that you want to succeed, she is smart, resourceful, loyal, hard working and has a sense of fun.  All the family are distinct characters; William is an upstanding honest man, who in one long plot runs as a parliamentary candidate. He is more frugal than his family and less prone to the bright ideas that make more work for Nellie.  Amelia is the most distant, as we see the family mostly through Nellie’s eyes. Amelia is most often giving instructions to Nellie and is more conscious of class barriers, although she does appreciate Nellie’s hard work and trusts her. The sisters are quite similar and are usually seen together, but there are some differences. Alice the blonde older sister is a bit harsher than Flora, particularly to her sister. Alice points out Flora’s lack of croquet skills and when they overhear some ladies comment on Flora’s plumpness, Alice keeps teasing her about it. Although in that instance Alice gets her comeuppance as it turns out the ladies who commented had got their names mixed up. Flora is also quicker to fall in love and have romantic ideas. Lastly there is young Algy who is usually away at school but when he’s home can cause mischief for Nellie and she ends up running after him a lot. There is no maliciousness in his actions though and he likes Nellie. When Nellie gets the blame for damp sheets, Algy owns up that he had accidentally splashed them.

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The other character we see most in the household is Cook. In early stories there were more servants, but Cook is the only person who really develops (Benson the butler appears for a bit). In the first episode none of the family appear, Cook is more stern than later appearances, although not as harsh as the housekeeper, Mrs Crisp! Cook and Nellie often conspire together, but Cook is also well aware of their place and is quick to remind Nellie. She is also very protective of Nellie and they both help each other out.

Like I mentioned previously there are references to famous books and literary figures in the story. Nellie is shown to read The Man in the Iron Mask, she also reads Hamlet after accidentally getting locked in a shop, and shows her good memory by being able to quote it afterward! There is reference to Arthur Conan Doyle and the family go to hear a reading by Charles Dickens. The latter proves very beneficial for Nellie, as the family feel guilty for refusing Nellie some extra money, even though she has no idea why the change of heart she is grateful for it! [Note:  Nellie gets £5 a year and home and food, afterwards they add an extra shilling a week]

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There are some mixed feminist messages in the text. For the most part, Alice and Flora are somewhat oblivious to women’s movements, when suffragettes are rallying around during William’s election run, the ladies don’t have much time for them, but as they are often seen to be feather-headed, I would say this gives more weight to the cause. But mostly the suffragettes are painted as overly aggressive. This is shown particularly when Cousin Ada comes to stay. Her pushy ways, are seen to be a nuisance and Nellie finds an idea to quieten her when Tom the coachman needs help with his baby and Ada can prove that there are jobs women are better at. Still that may be more fitting reaction in the time it’s set in and having a resourceful young female who is often shown to be cleverer than her upper class counterparts, is still an inspiring character to have.

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One of Wee Slavey’s strengths was it’s great humour not just in situations but in the dialogue and expressions. Both artists did a great job at capturing the era and there is some very pretty settings and clothes drawn, but I have to give preference to the original artist who captured some great humorous expressions and moments. Such as Flora taking a “quiet” stroll soon after being called plump, so much is captured in two panels, from Alice’s smug look in the background to Flora’s look of determination and Nellie’s realisation!

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With interesting characters, humour, varied plots and great art work it’s no surprise Wee Slavey stuck around so long and became a well loved favourite.

Skinflint School


Life  is hard for Poppy Clark and her classmates at March Wind Boarding School. The school is run by an old miser, — Ebeneezer Scrape, who refuses to spend a penny more than he has to. Consequently, conditions are bad at “Skinflint School”—but Poppy is determined to change things for the better.  The school hockey team wins a magnificent cup, but, when this is presented to their miserly headmaster, he makes off with it and pops it into the nearest pawnshop. Poppy vows to get the cup bock and teach Scrape a lesson he’ll never forget !

skinflint school(Skinflint School –  1962; Art: George Ramsbottom)

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skinflint school2(Skinflint School –  1970s)


  • Art: George Ramsbottom (#116 – #129)
  • Art: John Leonard Higson (circa #290, 1965)


  • Skinflint School – Judy:  #116 (31 March 1962) – #129 (30 June 1962)
  • Skinflint School – Judy:  circa #292 (14 August 1965) –  (?)
  • Skinflint School – Judy:  #354 (22 October 1966) –  #371 (18 February 1967)
  • Skinflint School – Judy: #401 (16 September 1967) – #408 (04 November 1967)
  • Skinflint School on Tour – Judy: #418 (13 January 1968) – (?)
  • Skinflint School – Judy: circa #561 (10 October 1970) – (?)
  • Skinflint School Abroad – Judy:  #610 (18 September 1971) –  #630 (5 February 1972)
  • Skinflint School Afloat – Judy:  #808 (05 July 1975) –  (?)
  • Skinflint School  – Judy:  #903 (30 April 1977) – (?)
  • Skinflint School – Judy:  #1066 (14 June 1980) – #1078 (06 September 1980)

Other Appearances:

  • Skinflint School – Judy Annual 1969
  • Skinflint School – Judy Annual 1970
  • Skinflint School – Judy Annual 1974
  • Skinflint School – Judy Annual 1976
  • Skinflint School – Judy Annual 1979
  • Skinflint School – Judy Picture Story Library: #116
  • The TV Stars of Skinflint School – Judy Picture Story Library: #153
  • The Diamond of Skinflint School – Judy Picture Story Library: #162