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Marion Turner – DCT writer

Another prolific DCT writer, that I am happy to be able to give credit to – Marion Turner (née Eadie)  under the pen name Fiona Turner, submitted over 500 scripts to various DC Thomson magazines/ comics, from 1973 to her retirement in 1994.  Stories that will be well remembered by many people including Supercats (Spellbound) Madame Marlova Remembers (Debbie) , The Double Life of Sad Sarah (Mandy) and Cybela (Judy).

List of stories on next page

(Supercats : Wings of Fear – Spellbound #67)

As she begin her career editing Urania (Journal of the Junior Astronomical Association) and later contributed stories and editorial experience to science fiction fanzine Zenith, it’s then no surprise that she many of the girls comics stories she wrote were science fiction stories. Her Supercats scripts combined with Badia’s artwork must make it one of the most well regarded stories (although she didn’t write all the scripts for that serial). She wasn’t limited to just science fiction though, she should she could write variety of styles successfully such as historical emotional stories like Cold as Charity (Judy) or mystery stories like Where is Melanie Forbes? (Judy) . My personal favourite story of hers has to be The Double Life of Sad Sarah. In the story the protagonist, Debbie’s father writes a comic strip “Sad Sarah” which had the character Sarah endure many hardships but was always patient. When the Sarah character comes to life, she is not as nice as she is written and causes trouble for Debbie! It is very cleverly written and for anyone with familiarity of these comics will appreciate the meta commentary!

(The Double Life of Sad Sarah – Mandy)

It’s interesting to see a glimpse of some of the working before the finished product, many of the stories submitted had their names changed, such as Madame Marlova originally being Madam Zaza and Marsali-Girl of Mystery becoming Nola -Girl From Nowhere. Supercats had an editorial note to “do a kind of female Star Trek” but to avoid being over technical considering the readership. It was editorial that suggested having a dark-skinned protagonist for Cybela, which is nice that they were pushing for more diverse protagonists in these comics.

(Cybela – Judy)

Sadly Marion has since passed away , but her on Phillip (who got in contact with me) is keeping her memory alive with a site dedicated to her, which is a good read as she led an interesting life and has lots of information on her writings – http://www.htspweb.co.uk/fandf/romart/mft/mftidx.htm

Susan and the Sea People

Plot

Susan Craig made friends with seagirl, Thana, who possessed bracelet so they could breathe on land or in water. When the sea people had an uprising and captured Thana’s parents, Susan had to help her new friend.

Notes

  • Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • Susan and the Sea People – Tracy: #268 (17 November 1984) – #277 (19 January 1985)

Shadow of Doom

Plot

Linda and Carol Milne, twelve year old twins, discovered that because of a witch’s curse laid on an ancestor, one of every pair of twins born in the family, was doomed to die before their thirteenth birthday. The curse could only be undone by a strange witch’s necklace made up of thirteen linking pieces. To spare their family the girls kept their discovery a secret and set out to track down the 12 medallions and the chain.

Notes

  • Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • Shadow of Doom – Tracy: #215 (12 November 1983) – #227 (4 February 1984)

Slave to her Sister

Plot

After the tragic death of their archaeologist parents, Candy and Jill decided to start a small cattery to enable them to keep their home. Then Jill fell victim to a strange delusion believing herself to be the Princess Nefren of Ancient Egypt. Fearing they would lose their home if Jill’s state of mind became known, Candy resolved to keep quiet, even though it meant acting as her slave.

Notes

  • Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • Slave to her Sister – Tracy: #106 (10 October 1981) – #115 (12 December 1981)

The Secret of the Ice Maiden

Plot

Crystal Starr had the strange ability to project freezing power from her fingertips! She made friends with Gwen Jackson, whose parents had recently opened a small cafe—but Crystal suspected they had a secret enemy in Joe Hardman, a local business man.

Notes

  • Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)
  • Script submitted had the title The Ice Maiden but was changed to The Secret of the Ice Maiden for publication.

Appeared

  • The Secret of the Ice Maiden – Tracy: #16 (19 January 1980) – #31 (3 May 1980)

Girls on Film

Plot

Jill Jackson had found holiday work as a photo story model for a girls magazine. Jill was unaware that the other model Shaney Travers was really an older girl pretending to be a schoolgirl, but she did suspect that Shaney was out to cause difficulties for Rob Harper the young photographer

Notes

  • From notes have received most likely Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)
  • Photo story

Appeared

  • Girls on Film – Suzy: #65 (3 December 1983) – #70 (7 January 1984)

The Grimthorpe Secret

Plot

In Victorian times, Paulina Grimthorpe was turned out of her home, Grimthorpe Hall, along with all the servants when her uncle Darley claimed the estate after the sudden death of her father. In order to search for the will she felt sure her father must have left, Paulina took a job as a scullery maid in her own home under the name Polly Ford.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan
  • From notes received most likely writer is Marion Turner (under pen name Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • The Grimthorpe Secret – Suzy: #55 (24 September 1983) – #66 (10 December 1983)

I Don’t Want to Be a Model! [1984]

Plot

Roslyn Grant is taken in by Gerda Grayson, a (so-called) friend of her mother’s while her mother is away. Grayson abuses Rosyln into becoming a model and holds her prisoner by removing her glasses so Roslyn can’t see properly, and takes her out of school. When Roslyn tries to run away, she is caught, and the label of runaway gives Grayson even more blackmail power over Roslyn. Eventually Roslyn learns that Grayson’s cruelty is due to a long-standing jealousy she has held against her mother ever since their school days, and Grayson has a long record of bullying.

Notes

  • Artist: Rodney Sutton
  • Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • I Don’t Want to Be a Model! – Tracy: #235 (31 March 1984) – #243 (26 May 1984)

 

Diana’s Dark Secret

Plot

Diana Sefton is an excellent gymnast at Linwood School despite being completely blind. When she regains her sight after an accident, she keeps it a secret because she cannot bear to part with Goldie, her guide dog. But her conscience keeps niggling.

Notes

  • Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • Diana’s Dark Secret – Mandy: #786 (6 February 1982) – #798 (1 May 1982)

Snow White and the Seventh Dwarf

Plot

Sara White is nicknamed Snow White by her father. She finds one of the garden gnomes is actually the youngest of the Seven Dwarfs. His name is Grem, and he has been disowned by the other dwarfs for running off with a gang of naughty elves and then turned into stone by a witch for playing tricks. The name of Snow White was needed to break the spell, and now that has happened, Sara is trying to help Grem reform so his brothers will forgive him. But Grem’s efforts don’t seem to go right.

Snow White

Notes

  • Writer: Marion Turner (under pen-name: Fiona Turner)

Appeared

  • Snow White and the Seventh Dwarf –  Mandy: #1213 (14 April 1990) – #1225 (7 July 1990)