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Bunty Annual 1977

Picture Stories

  • Terry’s Cure for the Blues (Pages: 6-10) [Artist: Andy Tew]
  • Jenny Laker – Record Breaker (Pages: 11-13) [Artist: A E Allen]
  • Toots (Page 16) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 17-25) [Artist: James Walker]
  • The Cheddar Mob (Pages: 29-32)
  • Mad about Ballet (Pages: 33-37) [Artist: Diane Gabbott]
  • Crash! Bang! It’s Laura Lang! (Pages: 39-43) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • My Pal Cuddles (Pages: 46-48)
  • She’d Never Have “Guest”! (Pages: 49-53) [Artist: Matias Alonso]
  • It’s No Joke – the Queen’s Broke! (Pages: 57-61) [Artist: Leslie Branton]
  • Superstitious Cindy (Pages: 62-64)
  • Pamela, Pet Finder (Pages: 65-67) [Artist: A E Allen]
  • Di, the Deliver-It Girl (Pages: 68-72) [Artist: George Martin]
  • Catch the Cat! (Pages: 74-79) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • Sally “Sleighs” Them! (Pages: 83-85)
  • The Castaway from Outer Space (Pages: 86-96) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • The Redwell Ring (Pages: 97-99) [Artist: Mike White]
  • There’s Magic in her Needles! (Pages: 100-101) [Artist: Roy Newby]
  • Sing Along with Sadie (Pages: 102-104) [Artist: Selby Donnison]
  • A “Flash” of Inspiration from Fiona! (Pages: 105-109) [Artist: Tony Higham]
  • Stella, the Star Fetcher (Pages: 117-121) [Artist: Selby Donnison]
  • Tillie the Trier (Pages: 124-125)

Text Stories

  • Pop Star on the Run! (Pages: 26-28) [Artist: George Martin]
  • Podge, the School’s Big Hope! (Pages: 54-56)
  • Around the Rugged Rocks (Pages: 80-82)
  • Monkeys Galore (Pages: 110-112)

Features

  • Lady of Valour, Edith Cavell (Pages: 14-15) [Artist: Andy Tew]
  • Would You Believe it? (Page 38)
  • Pick the Princess (Pages: 44-45)
  • Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe (Page 73)
  • Pets’ Corner (Pages: 113-116)
  • Who’s Got the Goodies? (Pages: 122-123)

*Thanks to Goof for information

Bunty Annual 1974

Picture Stories

  • Penny of the Pets’ Hotel (Pages: 6-10) [Artist: Charles Morgan]
  • Lydia and the Little People (Pages: 14-16) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • Jenny Proctor – Doll Doctor (Pages: 17-20)
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 26-32) [Artist: James Walker]
  • The Secret of Granny’s Chair (Pages: 33-36) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Sally-on-the-Spot (Pages: 38-41) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • Miss Merlin (Pages: 44-46)
  • Colorado Kate (Pages: 50-53) [Artist: Mario Capaldi]
  • Mighty Mo (Pages: 54-55)
  • Belle of the Bird Sanctuary (Pages: 56-58)
  • Tina the Tester (Pages: 62-63) [Artist: Diane Gabbott]
  • Gelda’s Golden Egg (Pages: 65-69) [Artist: Mike White]
  • No-One Cares for Cora (Pages: 73-77)
  • Gail the Gipsies’ Champion (Pages: 82-85) [Artist: Patrick Williams]
  • Mary the Mayor (Pages: 90-93)
  • Teeny Genie (Pages: 94-96)
  • Barbara’s Baby Elephant (Pages: 97-99) [Artist: Antonio Borrell]
  • The Boomerang Belle (Pages: 100-101)
  • Meryl’s Market Garden (Pages: 103-105) [Artist: James Walker]
  • Her Pals – the Animals (Pages: 106-107) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • Monty of the Mountain Rescue (Pages: 111-112)
  • Bella the Bookworm (Page 113)
  • Glenda the Gimmick Girl (Pages: 114-118) [Artist: Charles Paine]
  • Humpy Dumpy’s Highland Games (Pages: 122-125) [Artist: George Parlett]

Text Stories

  • Tiffany Tornado the Tenth (Pages: 21-23)
  • Jack and the Box (Pages: 59-61)
  • A Hat for a Heroine! (Pages: 87-89)
  • Snap-Happy Meg (Pages: 108-110)

Features

  • Cookery Nook:
    • Gingerbread (Page 11)
    • Buns (Page 47)
    • Cakes (Page 72)
    • Bakewell Tart (Page 119)
  • Anya Linden (Pages: 12-13)
  • It’s Just Your Luck! (Pages: 24-25)
  • Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe (Page 37)
  • Nadia Nerina (Pages: 42-43)
  • Bunty’s Own Kennel Club:
    • The Poodle (Pages: 48-49)
    • The Welsh Corgi (Pages: 80-81)
  • Watchers of the Night (Page 64)
  • Belinda Wright (Pages: 70-71)
  • The Great Cross-Country Race! (Pages: 78-79)
  • And So Say All Of Us! (Page 86)
  • Ten Little Wonders (Page 102)
  • Georgina Parkinson (Pages: 120-121)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

Bunty Annual 1973

Picture Stories

  • The Little Shrimp (Pages: 6-10) [Artist: Douglas Perry]
  • Bella the Bookworm (Page 11)
  • Superstitious Cindy (Page 17)
  • “It’s a Dog’s Life” Says Inky (Pages: 18-22) [Artist: Jose Casanovas]
  • Dopey Dora, School Governor (Pages: 28-32) [Artist: Charles Morgan]
  • Lydia and the Little People (Pages: 33-37) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • The Garden of Edie (Pages: 40-45) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 50-54) [Artist: James Walker]
  • Margo’s Magic Carpet (Pages: 58-59)
  • Penny of the Pets Hotel (Pages: 60-64) [Artist: Charles Morgan]
  • Miss Merlin (Pages: 65-67)
  • Jenny Proctor – Doll Doctor (Pages: 70-73) [Artist: Mike White]
  • Gelda – The Girl from the Glacier (Pages: 76-80) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • The Terrors of Tumbledown Academy (Pages: 81-86)
  • Mighty Mo (Pages: 87-90)
  • Blabberbeak (Pages: 91-95) [Artist: Mario Capaldi]
  • Princess of the Packet-Tops (Pages: 99-103) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • The Call of the Sea (Pages: 104-107)
  • Sally on-the-Spot (Pages: 108-112) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • Paula and the Catnappers (Pages: 113-117) [Artist: Andy Tew]
  • “You’re a Disgrace, Your Grace!” (Pages: 122-125) [Artist: John Woods]

Text Stories

  • Little Girl Blue (Pages: 23-25)
  • Gilly of the Flower Garden (Pages: 55-57)
  • Carol of Cherry Acre (Pages: 96-98)

Features

  • The History of Flowers:
    • Regal Lily (Pages: 12-13)
    • Daffodil (Pages: 46-47)
    • Anemone (Pages: 74-75)
    • Chrysanthemum (Pages: 120-121)
  • Calendar 1973 (Pages: 14-16)
  • Playtime in the Park (Pages: 26-27)
  • Petrouchka (Pages: 38-39)
  • Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe (Page 48)
  • Bunty’s Do-It-Yourself Wardrobe (Page 49)
  • Coppelia (Pages: 68-69)
  • The Sugar Plum Fairy (Pages: 118-119)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

Bunty Annual 1972

Picture Stories

  • Tillie the Trend-Setter (Pages: 6-9) [Artist: Andy Tew]
  • Rose Budd – Model Girl (Pages: 12-15) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 17-21) [Artist: James Walker]
  • Bella the Bookworm (Pages: 22-23)
  • Leave it to Lindy! (Pages: 26-30) [Artist: Jose Casanovas]
  • High-Speed Pam! (Pages: 31-32)
  • A Miracle for Millie (Pages: 37-40)
  • Jenny Proctor – Doll Doctor (Pages: 44-48) [Artist: Mike White]
  • There’s Joy in Store (Pages: 49-53) [Artist: E C Julien]
  • Toots (Pages: 54-55) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • The Laughing Lady of Hamble Hall (Pages: 58-63) [Artist: Douglas Perry]
  • I’ll Never Ride Again! (Pages: 65-68) [Artist: Dudley Wynne]
  • Scapegoat of the School (Pages: 72-76) [Artist: Charles Paine]
  • Lydia and the Little People (Pages: 78-80) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • Superstitious Cindy (Pages: 85-86)
  • The Tick-Tock Teacher (Pages: 94-101) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Mighty Mo (Pages: 102-105)
  • Lazy Liza – She’s Always Eating or Sleeping (Pages: 108-112)
  • Susan and the Purple Queen (Pages: 114-119) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Circus Susie (Pages: 122-125) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]

Text Stories

  • The Girl with the Golden Smile (Pages: 24-25)
  • A Home for Hector (Page 64)
  • Sue in the Saddle (Pages: 106-107) [Artist: Doris Kinnear]

Features

  • The Story of Aran Knitting 10-11)
  • The Way to Wimbledon (Page 16)
  • Bunty Dog Show (Pages: 33-36)
  • Pretty Ways with Pretty Shells (Page 41)
  • Margot Fonteyn (Pages: 42-43)
  • When I Was Three/When I was Four (Pages: 56-57) [Artist: Doris Kinnear]
  • Anna Pavlova (Pages: 70-71)
  • Facts About Flowers (Page 77)
  • Famous Landmarks:
    • Cleopatra’s Needle (Page 81)
    • The Eiffel Tower (Page 82)
    • The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Page 83)
    • The Old Bailey (Page 84)
  • Fun for Nimble Fingers (Page 87)
  • Race to the Top (Pages: 88-89)
  • It’s a Frame-Up! (Page 90)
  • Spell it Out! (Page 91)
  • Bunty’s Colour-it-yourself Wardrobe (Pages: 92-93)
  • Paper Flowers (Page 113)
  • Alicia Markova (Pages: 120-121)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

Bunty Annual 1971

Picture Stories

  • Rosie and the Orphan Thrushes (Pages: 6-9) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • Square Peg (Pages: 12-16) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • The Priceless Penny (Pages: 18-20) [Artist: John Woods]
  • Tina the Tester (Pages: 24-25) [Artist: Diane Gabbott]
  • Toots in Dreamland/Toots As She Really Is (Pages: 26-27) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 28-32) [Artist: James Walker]
  • Katie’s Country Garden (Pages: 34-41) [Artist: Douglas Perry]
  • The Wild Girl of Westerley (Pages: 44-48) [Artist: E C Julien]
  • Susie Sleepyhead (Pages: 53-56)
  • The Golden Needle Girls (Pages: 57-58)
  • Monty of the Mountain Rescue (Pages: 63-64)
  • Colorado Kate (Pages: 66-69) [Artist: Mario Capaldi]
  • Clare’s Kiosk (Pages: 70-71)
  • Wendy Round the World (Pages: 73-75) [Artist: E C Julien]
  • Sally Sew-Sew (Pages: 79-80)
  • The Tulip of Hope (Pages: 81-85) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Lizzie the First (Pages: 86-88) [Artist: Manuel Cuyas]
  • Betty, the Bird Girl (Pages: 92-96) [Artist: Mike White]
  • Sally on-the-Spot (Pages: 97-99) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • The Autograph Hunters (Pages: 103-105)
  • Treetop Tessa (Pages: 106-107)
  • Maid of the Mountains (Pages: 109-111) [Artist: Douglas Perry]
  • Four Forbidden Fruits (Pages: 113-115)
  • Tumbling Toni (Pages: 118-121) [Artist: Charles Paine]
  • Hetty’s Happy Hippo (Pages: 122-125)

Text Stories

  • Little Miss Misery (Pages: 21-23)
  • The Double Life of Marion Brown (Pages: 49-52)
  • No Tears for Annya (Pages: 76-78)
  • The Clown with Four Legs (Pages: 100-102)

Features

  • Butterflies of Britain (Pages: 10-11)
  • Round Britain Race (Page 17)
  • Bedroom Brighteners (Page 33)
  • Famous Pets (Pages: 42-43)
  • Wonderful Women (Pages: 59-62)
  • Christmas Morning (Page 65)
  • Try Your Luck (Page 72)
  • They Gave It a Name (Pages: 89-91)
  • Thinking… (Page 108)
  • La Marseillaise – The Story Behind the Song (Page 112)
  • Tale of the Cat (Pages: 116-117)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

 

Bunty Annual 1970

Picture Stories

  • Willa the Wisp (Pages: 6-9) [Artist: Douglas Perry]
  • Bianca’s Golden Gift (Pages: 12-15) [Artist: E C Julien]
  • The Sparrows of Love Street (Pages: 20-24) [Artist: Charles Paine]
  • Friend “Funny Face”! (Pages: 25-29) [Artist: Charles Morgan]
  • My Dad – A Poem by Toots (Pages: 30-31) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • Square Peg (Pages: 34-38) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • The Legend of the Lake (Pages: 42-47)
  • Wings for Wilma (Pages: 49-52)
  • Tina the Tester (Pages: 53-54) [Artist: Diane Gabbott]
  • Wendy Round the World (Pages: 55-57) [Artist: E C Julien]
  • Marcia with the Magic Voice (Pages: 62-64) [Artist: Charles Morgan]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 65-69) [Artist: James Walker]
  • The Hungry Head (Pages: 70-74) [Artist: Len Potts]
  • The Autograph Hunters (Pages: 78-80)
  • She Couldn’t Stop Dancing! (Pages: 82-90) [Artist: Mike White?]
  • The Problem Girls (Pages: 92-96) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Monty of the Mountain Rescue (Pages: 97-100) [Artist: Rodney Sutton]
  • Clare’s Kiosk (Pages: 101-102)
  • The Story of Spinning Jenny (Pages: 103-105) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • The Golden Needle Girls (Pages: 106-107)
  • Hairdresser on Wheels (Pages: 116-120)
  • Pippa – the Artful Painter (Pages: 121-125) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]

Text Stories

  • The Urchin with the Skates (Pages: 17-19)
  • The Lonely One (Pages: 40-41)
  • Mandy and the Magpie Man (Pages: 59-61)
  • My Crazy Cousin (Pages: 75-77)
  • No Stick-in-the-Mud! (Pages: 110-112)
  • His Heart’s in the Highlands (Pages: 114-115)

Features

  • Horses through the Ages (Pages: 10-11)
  • Dog Posters:
    • Alsatian (Page 16)
    • Afghan Hound (Page 33)
    • Dalmatian (Page 81)
  • Home, Sweet Home – The Story Behind the Song (Page 32)
  • How We Got the Granny Smith (Page 39)
  • Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe (Page 48)
  • The Story of the Statue of Liberty (Page 58)
  • Get in the Swing! (Page 91)
  • Who’s First Home? (Pages: 108-109)
  • Beautiful Bridesmaid (Page 113)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

Bunty Annual 1968

Picture Stories

  • The Star’s a Char! (Pages: 6-11) [Artist: Emilio Frejo?]
  • Hairdresser on Wheels (Pages: 12-15) [Artist: Robert MacGillivray]
  • Princess of the Keyboard (Pages: 18-23)
  • Dora’s Donkeys (Pages: 29-32) [Artist: Mike White]
  • Problem Girl (Pages: 34-40) [Artist: Diane Gabbot]
  • Little Mum (Pages: 42-47) [Artist: A E Allen]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 49-53) [Artist: James Walker]
  • Flower of Fortune (Pages: 57-60) [Artist: “B Jackson”]
  • Monty of the Mountain Rescue (Pages: 61-64) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • The Prophecy of Tong (Pages: 65-71) [Artist: Robert MacGillivray]
  • Flower Shop Flora (Pages: 73-76)
  • The Return of the White Fawn (Pages: 77-80)
  • Forbidden to Dance (Pages: 81-90) [Artist: Tony Thewenetti]
  • Every Dog Has His Day (Pages: 94-99)
  • The Thirteenth Witch (Pages: 100-103) [Artist: Mike White]
  • An ABC of Toots (Pages: 104-105) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • Kids of the Big Top (Pages: 106-111) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • The Stranger in the Glen (Pages: 113-119) [Artist: Charles Morgan]
  • The Pearl of Monravia (Pages: 121-125) [Artist: Peter Kay]

Text Stories

  • My Sister Mitsy (Pages: 24-27)
  • Jill – Junior Reporter (Pages: 54-56)
  • The Missing Bride (Pages: 91-93)

Features

  • Which Fancy Dress do you Fancy? (Page 16)
  • Creatures of Our Countryside:
    • The Badger (Page 17)
    • The Brown Hare (Page 28)
    • The Fox (Page 112)
  • The Girl who Preferred Lions (Page 33)
  • Famous Dances From All Over The World (Page 41)
  • How to make Penny the Puppet (Page 48)
  • Cold Comforts (Page 72)
  • The Beautiful Barbette (Page 120)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

Bunty Annual 1967

Picture Stories

  • The Little Gondolier (Pages: 6-11) [Artist: Emilio Frejo?]
  • The Party Dress (Pages: 13-16)
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 18-23) [Artist: James Walker]
  • Fan-Fan and her Friends (Page 28)
  • Hill-Billie Harriet (Pages: 29-32) [Artist: Mike White]
  • The Girl with Red Hair (Pages: 35-46)
  • Humpy Dumpy (Pages: 49-54) [Artist: George Parlett]
  • The Chippendale Chair (Pages: 59-64)
  • Moira Kent in The Island of Dancers (Pages: 65-70) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Hairdresser on Wheels (Pages: 72-75)
  • The Ride of the May Queen (Pages: 76-80) [Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones]
  • Toots (Page 81) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • Danger Girl (Pages: 82-87) [Artist: Robert MacGillivray]
  • The Gift (Pages: 90-95) [Artist: Charles Paine]
  • Myrtle the Mermaid (Pages: 97-102) [Artist: A E Allen]
  • The Ring from the River (Pages: 103-107) [Artist: E C Julien]
  • The Silver Key (Pages: 109-112) [Artist: Charles Morgan]
  • The Song from Heaven (Pages: 113-117) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Angel with the Broken Wing (Pages: 118-124)

Text Stories

  • Very Important Person (Pages: 24-27)
  • Carol of the Corner Shop (Pages: 56-58)
  • Jan’s Best Birthday (Pages: 88-89)

Features

  • [Untitled poem by Pat Watson] (Page 12)
  • How to Make:
    • Polly the Pelican (Page 17)
    • The Cotton-Reel Kid (Page 33)
    • Jeremy the Giraffe (Page 55)
    • Dixie the Pixie (Page 71)
    • Celia the Swan (Page 96)
    • Your Own Zoo (Page 108)
  • Food for Thought (Page 34)
  • The Go-Girl (Page 47)
  • [Untitled poem by Pat Watson] (Page 48)
  • Swinging in the Rain (Page 125)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

Bunty Annual 1978

Picture Stories

  • Heartbreak House  (Pages: 6-10) [Artist Colin Merrett]
  • Super Gran  (Pages: 11-16) [Artist A E Allen]
  • Publicity Pam  (Pages: 20-24)
  • Gertie’s Ghost   (Pages: 28-32) [Artist A E Allen]
  • Maid Marion  (Pages: 33-39) [Artist Selby Donnison]
  • Girl Friday  (Pages: 40-44) [Artist Charles Paine]
  • Shrinking Violet  (Pages: 45-48)
  • Superstitious Cindy  (Pages: 52)
  • The Redwell Ring   (Pages: 53-57) [Artist Mike White]
  • Nurse Dinkum   (Pages: 60-64)
  • Catch the Cat  (Pages: 65-71) [Artist Robert MacGillivray]
  • Tillie the Trier   (Pages: 72-73)
  • Pamela Pet Finder  (Pages: 74-77) [Artist A E Allen]
  • The Cheddar Mob  (Pages: 81-84)
  • The Four Marys  (Pages: 85-96) [Artist James Walker]
  • Dancer of Despair  (Pages: 100-106) [Artist: Andy Tew]
  • The Travels of Tillie  (Pages: 107-109) [Artist: Rodney Sutton]
  • Sandra Deane – Hairdresser  (Pages: 110-112) [Artist: George Martin]
  • Paula Painter   (Pages: 113-117) [Artist: Peter Kay]
  • Toots   (Pages: 120) [Artist: Bill Ritchie]
  • Watchdog Winnie  (Pages: 121-125)

Text Stories

  • The Fairy-Tale Princess   (Pages: 25-27)
  • Belinda the Baby with a Bite!  (Pages: 49-51)
  • That Horse Must Go!   (Pages: 97-99)
  • Julie Plays her Part!  (Pages: 118-119)

Features

  • There’s More Ways Than One – of having Fun!   (Pages: 2-3 , 126-127)
  • Table of Contents  (Pages: 4-5)
  • Bunty’s Cut-Out and Colour Wardrobe   (Pages: 17)
  • Eyes for the Blind   (Pages: 18-19)
  • Heads You Win!  (Pages: 58-59)
  • Works of Wax  (Pages: 78-80)

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The Cat on the Trail of the German Flying Bomb (1976)

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Bunty Picture Library: #161

Artist: Mike White

Published: 1976

 Plot:

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, Marie Bonnet is despised for appearing to be over-friendly with the Germans, particularly the Commandant. Josee and Burnetta are two bullies who are always picking on Marie over it. Nobody suspects that the apparent collaboration is all part of Marie’s cover for her secret life as a costumed resister known as “The Cat”!

The story opens with The Cat robbing the Commandant’s safe. The silly old boy thought hiding the key in the flower vase (clichéd!) would make the money “as safe as it would be in the bank in Berlin”. Plus, he never thinks to make his window more secure though he knows how The Cat can climb.

The Cat gives the loot to the town bank manager to redistribute among the poor. The Commandant is furious of course, but his retributive measures against The Cat (searches everywhere and new “wanted” posters that double the reward money) are futile.

Cat 1

Then fellow resister Henri puts out the signal for The Cat to call. When The Cat arrives, Henri says there has been a message from London to investigate happenings at the Chateau Villai. The chateau is heavily guarded, but The Cat infiltrates it (swimming the moat and then climbing the bell tower). She discovers a huge laboratory and fuel stores.

London orders a second infiltration, this time with a special camera they have sent, because they want photographs. The Cat gets the photographs (the laboratory, documents, scientists and the stores), but then a guard spots her and gives the alarm. She gets away on the top of a truck and slips into the woods. However, the Germans have now been alerted, which makes a third infiltration too risky.

Cat 3

When the photographs are developed, they reveal that the scientists are developing V.1 rockets. The resisters believe that these rockets are to be used on London and send the photographs there immediately. When Marie tries to pump information out of the Commandant later with her ‘friendliness’, she gets confirmation of what they suspect, but little else.

In London, the military realise they need time to build defences against the V.1, but bombing the weapons sites are ineffectual because they are too well protected. So they decide to enlist the aid of The Cat once more, to sabotage the rocket and cause the Nazis a setback that would buy them time to build their defences. They also dispatch one of their own men and explosives to help The Cat.

The man arrives safely, but then the Germans detect the plane. It is forced to take off with the explosives still on board. So The Cat raids the Germans’ stores for some replacement explosives.

Cat 5

However, at the chateau the Germans have built the launching site underground, which poses a problem in how to plant the explosives. Then the air-raid siren sounds and there is a bomb strike on the site. The bombing is accurate, but cannot destroy the launching site because it is underground. It is up to the resisters to do the rest, and the air raid gives The Cat an idea – trigger the air-raid siren to draw the Germans out.

So next night, they rig the siren to go off. The Germans are drawn out and into the air-raid shelter, and the resisters barricade them in there. They proceed to plant the explosives. But the Germans rumble the trick and manage to force their way out. They catch the resisters just as they are about to detonate the explosives. The explosives are set off, but there are still enough Germans ready to fire on the resisters. The Cat resorts to launching the V.1 that was meant for London – they have destroyed its guidance system, which turns it into a runaway rocket. It ends up landing on the chateau, where it ignites the fuel stores and creates a huge explosion that is a definite setback for the Germans and helps the resisters to escape.

Two months later the V.1s are launched against London, but the British now have defences against them. The military are pleased that more than half of the V.1s are failing to hit their targets, and are so grateful to Henri and The Cat for the time they bought them to prepare their defences. They wish they could give The Cat a medal. But until the war ends, it’s daily bullying for Marie as part of her secret war against the Nazis as The Cat.

Thoughts

This is the only Bunty Picture Library that was inspired by the Bunty classic serial “Catch the Cat”. It is a pity Bunty didn’t produce more Picture Libraries on The Cat, because they would have been extremely popular. The Cat is one of Bunty’s best-remembered characters and one of the most proactive heroines ever produced. She doesn’t hesitate to rob the Commandant in a Robin Hood style, commit acts of sabotage, help blow things up, or commit other acts of defiance that thumb her nose right at the Nazis, including leaving her trademark Cat signature. The costumed identity also adds to the appeal, as does the fact that there are no super-powers or gimmicky weapons. In fact, she isn’t armed at all. The only weapons she has are her suction pads, her incredible acrobatic abilities, and her amazing wits that can get her out of any scrape.

Cat 4

The Cat’s Clark Kent identity also arouses readers’ sympathies for her, because of the daily bullying she has to endure as part of pretending to be a collaborator in order to infiltrate the Germans. She always tells herself “One day they will know the truth”, “If only they knew” or other words of comfort, but she always looks sad and never holds her head very high against the jeers and ostracism from her fellow classmates. Living a secret life as The Cat does not do much for her schoolwork either, and we have to wonder at how much sleep she gets.

We also wonder why everyone, on both sides of the war, always thinks The Cat is a “he”. Why can’t anyone see that The Cat is a female? Not even Henri realises, and he is the one who is in the closest proximity to The Cat. Is it chauvinistic attitudes, or is there something about Marie that enables her to pass a male when it’s not so obvious that she’s a female? Whatever the reason, it must help Marie to keep her secret.

Cat 2

The picture library Cat story certainly is a strong, racy one. We see acts of war against the Nazis that are truly spectacular and go beyond sabotaging vehicles, sending Nazi commemorative statues to a watery fate, helping the Allies to bomb factories and such. Rather, we see The Cat helping to blow up rockets! How many heroines get to have such fun as that? And even before she starts on the rockets, she’s committing a heist on the Commandant. And it’s a heist that could have gotten her killed, because she has to haul a huge, heavy bag of loot across rooftops. We can just see that bag is so heavy that it could easily fall and send The Cat plunging to the ground with it. And how can The Cat lug anything so heavy across a rooftop? But she pulls it off, much to the gratitude of the townsfolk and the fury of the Commandant (next time, use safe combinations, Herr Commandant!).

And in her Cat identity, Marie even gets a bit of her own back on Josee and Burnetta in this story! They unwittingly get in her way during her second raid on the chateau, and she shoves them into a stream to get rid of them. They end up having to face very angry parents about their messed-up clothes. The sneaky girls twist it around to Marie later and brag that they helped The Cat. Little do they know!

But nobody must know until the war ends, which is what The Cat thinks to herself as she goes back on the prowl against the Nazis yet again in the last panel. How wonderful it would have been to see more of her prowling in the Picture Libraries.

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