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Gem Series


Series of short stories involving gems. Including:

Grandmother’s Sapphire

When Pam’s Grandmother’s sapphire ring is stolen, she tells Pam the story of how her grandfather proposed, giving her the sapphire ring and the happy life they had, even when they lost things in depression and World War. They loved each other very much. In the end the police finds the young thief and return the ring, which is actually a fake! Gran always knew it wasn’t real but it was valuable to her because it showed how romantic her husband was and seizing his chances.

Pearls Beyond Price

In the past, in Arabia, a poor young girl Jasmin was crying by a tree because her mother was ill. She wished her tears were pearls, so she could sell them and save her mother. A kind genie overheard her and made her wish come true. Unfortunately the king’s guards find her and think she is a thief they bring her to him, and when he sees what she can do, he won’t let her leave, so he can have all the pearls himself. At first he brings her mother but she is so happy that her mother is cured and they have food that she doesn’t cry anymore. So then he imprisons her in the dungeon. Then the King falls ill, his heart turning to stone and only real tears of compassion can cure him, none of his subjects cry for him. Jasmin does feel compassion for him saying he could have been a good man, if his parents hadn’t been killed. But the pearl tears cannot help himm. They go back to the tree and Jasmin asks for her gift to be taken away, she is then able to save the King and he becomes a kinder leader.


  • Each story had an individual title
  • Various artists


  • Gem Series – Debbie: #235 – #245 (22 October 1977)

List of Stories

  • The Kingsborough Diamond – Debbie: #235
  • A Jewel of Great Price – Debbie: #236
  • The Star of Barovskia – Debbie: #237
  • The Eye of Nepal – Debbie: #238
  • Grandmother’s Sapphire – Debbie: #239
  • The Stone of Truth – Debbie: #240
  • The Emerald – Debbie: #241
  • Pearls Beyond Price – Debbie: #242
  • The Gems of Mercy – Debbie: #243
  • The Tredwin Pendant – Debbie: #244
  • Black Jasper – Debbie: #245

Mona in the Village of Fear [1966]


Mona Masters, a master magician, is summoned by her friend Anita to the village of Wishpool. Wishpool is in the grip of Father Frobisher, financially and economically, apparently because he is able to control the weather, crops and fortunes of the farmers. The villagers are terrified of him and will not do anything without his permission.


  • Artist: Peter Kay


  • Mona in the Village of FearBunty: #458 (22 October 1966) – (?)

Through the Wishing Gate


Sharon Kingsley didn’t know that Miss Winston’s gateway had special powers to grant wishes. Every time  she used it as a short cut to go to school, she would sit and wish for her life to be a certain way and the gateway would show her exactly what would happen. She would end up back at the gateway thinking it was just a bad dream and eventually she learns that her own life is fine the way it is.



  • Through the Wishing Gate – Tracy: #260 (22 September 1984) – #270 (1 December 1984)

Nagoma – the Reluctant Witch-Doctor [1973]


Nagoma Kintanga is a new pupil at Quentin College. Nagoma’s classmates think she is the daughter of a witch-doctor and expect her to be able to work magic. When Nagoma fails to convince them she is nothing of the sort, she gets a spell book to see if it can either help her to meet their demands for magic or convince them that she can’t do magic. But things don’t seem to go right either way.



  • Nagoma – the Reluctant Witch-DoctorDebbie: #19 (23 June 1973) – #32 (22 September 1973)
  • Nagoma – the Reluctant Witch-Doctor – Debbie: #40 (17 November 1973),  #41 (24 November 1973)

Bossy Bessy


Bessy Barclay has an unfortunate habit of telling people  how they should tackle tasks which they are perfectly capable of doing without her help. When she does it to an Indian’ fakir and ruins his act, the fakir puts a spell on Bossy that makes her change places with anyone to whom she offers advice.

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  • Bossy Bessy – circa #462 (16 November 1968) – (?)

Magic Wishes

  • Magic Wishes –  M&J:  #119 (21 August 1993) – #128 (23 October 1993)
  • Artist: Wilf Street


While at a fairground, Beth Robinson  visits a cave, where she finds a bottle and releases a trapped sorceress. The Sorceress gives her 10 bottles as a reward. She tells her she might find happiness with all of them or she might not, but when she opens one bottle on that day she will be happy. Each bottle has it’s own note which hints at what it will do, but  Beth soon finds out the results don’t work out as she assumes they will! She tries out the first potion which tells her nasty people will take a splash. She uses it on her mean sister and friend to each them a lesson for calling her names. After taking a rowing boat out, she is the one that ends up in the water, while the girls are rescued by some boys and take a different kind of splash on a water ride.

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The next bottle she tries isn’t any better. Trying to get a boyfriend, she follows the instructions to get  her crush, Dave, to ask her out but he instead asks her if she would like to go out with his friend, William, whom she can’t stand. Other attempts with trying to get a boyfriend don’t work out either such as when she makes Simon a slave for a day. Unfortunately it’s just before a family trip. While he is away he phones and makes all sorts of promises to her but when he comes back he has forgotten all he said. Another time she gets her new date to stick to her, but after finding out more about him, she is happy when the note actually means they get stuck to a bench.

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She hopes to get to the top of the class with another potion instead it causes an explosion and she ends up top of the class cleaning the ingredients off the ceiling. Another bottle her sister gets to first and it makes her hair look great, so Beth thinks this one will work great and she even enters a beauty contest. But then when sun comes out it goes frizzy and orange and she has to runaway from her angry sister. Another bottle promises fame and fortune, assuming it means she will win the school raffle she spends all her money on tickets, only to win a board game “Fame and fortune”

The last bottle she opens promises people will crowd around her. They do, but it’s not about popularity, they think she has written nasty notes about people. Beth goes home annoyed but things start to look up as it turns out her father has got a promotion which means an increase in pocket money.  Then she is asked about Simon, who realizes what a good sport she was about his brush off. Finally her friends come to apologize as they find out someone else stole Beth’s notepaper to write nasty notes. So it works out that Beth has found happiness but again the interpretation of the Sorceress  words are not as she expected.

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This is a fun story, it is drawn by Wilf Street whi has an easily recognizable style. He is most known for lighthearted stories and as is the case here, it suits to capture the humour of the situation. I like also that  there is a consistent set up at the start of each episode, there is a panel dedicated to Beth picking a bottle and  a panel of the bottle and its label. This nicely establishes what the episode is focusing on, and gives a reader a chance to wonder what the message actually means.

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The bottles have a sort of curse about them, twisting the meaning of what they say they will do in ways Beth or the reader doesn’t expect . This kind  of “monkeys paw” type story is often played for horror (like in Misty’s The Evil Djinn) but here none of the consequences are that that terrible, even if it does cause problems for the protagonist.

In some cases it seems Beth causes the outcomes by trying to make her own interpretations of the inscriptions come true. When she believes her sister will take a splash – she takes her out on the boat,  when she thinks a raffle will lead to fame and fortune – she buys lots of tickets, and when she is trying to get Dave to drink a potion – she comes across as showing an interest in his friend.

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To keep things interesting the way each of the bottles are used is different as well. It’s not just a case of Beth drinking the potion, there are cases where she is trying to get the object of her affection to drink the potion, or using it as a shampoo. It’s these little touches that makes the episodes less repetitive. Its a good ending where actually none of what is in the bottles gives her happiness. It again fits with the running theme that the Sorceress words are not what they seem Also you may not rely on wishes and magic solutions but you can still find happiness anyway.



The Sea Witch


The peace and tranquillity of the island of Honan had been shattered by the arrival, some years before, of the evil Sea Witch. When the Sea Witch turned Yoko’s parents into pillars of stone, Yoko consulted an old hermit, who told her that the three gold pearls of Kojima were her only hope of defeating the Sea Witch. The hermit also gave Yoko an amulet, the only thing which could offer any protection from the Sea Witch . Yoko made for the long-deserted school.

the sea witch



  • The Sea Witch – Spellbound: #53 (24 September 1977) – #60 (12 November 1977)

Merry at St Mead’s


Sheryl Barnes and Kirsty Connor at St Mead’s Boarding School unknowingly release Merry, a mischievous fairy from medieval times who had been imprisoned in a bottle for over 500 years. In addition to her mischievous nature, Merry’s lack of understanding about modern life is causing problems, such as interfering with school equipment.


  • Artist: Matías Alonso


  • Merry at St Mead’s –  Bunty:  circa #1984 (20 January 1996) – (?)

Run, Rana, Run!


Rana Mogambu is a brilliant athlete from Bokana. She is sent to be educated at Lingon Girls’ School. Shari, an elder from Rana’s village, accompanies her to monitor her athletics training. He also has strange powers, which he uses to help Rana win races.



  • Run, Rana, Run! – Bunty: circa #877 (2 November 1974) -(?)