Tag Archives: Paddy Brennan

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School for Scoundrels

Plot

When her explorer parents went missing, Jane Carrington’s guardian sent her to Thorn Hall a school for wayward girls. Going under the name of Jayne Gray she had to work for her keep between classes, unknown to the other pupils who were all from wealthy families.

Notes

  • Art:  Paddy Brennan

Appeared

  • School for Scoundrels – Judy: #1499 (1 October 1988) – #1509 (10 December 1988)

Sharon

Plot

Sharon Best was a new member of the successful Mordene School Hockey team, whose couch Dilys Hobb was in line the coach the England team. Years before Sharon’s Aunt Kath Beaton had her knee broken by Dilys in a hockey game accident and thus lost her chance to play for England. She had trained Sharon to take revenge for her.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan

Appeared

  • Sharon  – Judy: #1207 (26 February 1983) – #1216 (30 April 1983)

Forced to Fail

Plot

Jill Danvers brilliantly clever attended St Hilda school where her cousin Marie blackmailed her into doing badly in her own lessons, while doing Marie’s schoolwork for her. Marie had a letter accusing Jill’s father of theft and Jill was desperate to try and get the letter back.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan
  • Reprinted and translated into Dutch as “Chantage op het internaat” (“Blackmail at the Boarding School”) – Tina #4/1983-13/1983.

Appeared

  • Forced to Fail – Judy: #1143 (05 December 1981) – #1152 (6 February  1982)
  • Reprinted – Judy: #1619 (19 January 1991) – #1628 (23 March 1991)

I’ll Make You Dance!

Plot

Years ago Debra Dukes promised her dying mother that she would help make her sister Drina become a famous ballerina. Confined to wheelchair herself she was determined to keep her promise without a thought to her sisters happiness and she schemed to make sure she got her way coming between her sister’s relationship.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan

Appeared

  • I’ll Make You Dance! – Judy: #767 (21 September 1974) – #776 (23 November 1974)

Miss England’s Ugly Duckling

Plot

Miss Carol England was Class III’s new teacher at run-down Grime Street School in Graymill and was to be Graymill’s next Carnival Queen. To every-body’s surprise, under Miss England’s guidance, plain little Polly Meek won through the first and second rounds of  a contest to find a Carnival Princess. Unfortunately, though, Polly’s grasping aunt, with whom she lived, began taking an unwelcome interest in Polly’s success, thinking that there might be money to be made out of it.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan

Appeared

  • Miss England’s Ugly Duckling – Judy: #733 (26 January 1974) – #750 (25 May 1974)

The Gipsy at Queen’s

Plot

Gipsy Anita Sancho came to Queens Lea College with her pet chimp Pepe to claim privileges granted by her ancestor. Anita insted she had the right to bed, board and education but she could hardly read or write. Dismissed by the headmistress Anita swore she would teach herself, while staff tried to get rid of her.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan

Appeared

  • The Gipsy at Queen’s – Judy: #710 (18 August 1973) – #719 (20 October 1973)

The Lost Champion

Plot

Kate Crawford, a British tennis champion lost her memory after a road accident in the US. Badly injured her appearance was altered with plastic surgery and another girl’s body was mistakenly identified as Kate. Given the name Virginia Britton, she tried to start a new life and had gotten a job at an exclusive tennis club. There she made an enemy of young tennis star Laurel Morley.

Notes

  • Art: Paddy Brennan

Appeared

  • The Lost Champion – Judy: #663 (23 September 1972) – #677 (30 December 1972)

Diana Annual 1985

Picture Stories

  • One Day in Camelot…  (Pages: 7-16)
  • Rubies of Revenge  (Pages: 21-32, 114-125)  [Art: Paddy Brennan]
  • Becky and Brock  (Pages: 33-45) [Art: Pat Tourret]
  • Yasmin’s Mission of Mercy (Pages: 53-62)
  • Sam 2000  (Pages: 69-77)  [Norman Lee]
  • How Miss Puddlethorpe 1984 became Miss World 1985 (Pages:81-92) [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • Ghost Train – a man in black story  (Pages:97-107 ) [Art: Davd Matysiak]

Text Stories

  • A Gift of Love (Pages: 46-48) [Writer: V. Edwards]

Features

  • David Essex (Page: 6)
  • At the King’s Court (Page: 17)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Gone with the Wind  (Pages: 18-19)
  • Hart to Hart poster  (Page: 20)
  • Harrison Ford poster (Page: 49)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Jaws (Pages: 50-51)
  • Act Your Age! (Pages: 52)
  • Persian (Page: 63)
  • Ribbon Rainbows  (Pages: 64-65)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Star Wars (Pages: 66-67)
  • It’s Magic the Paul Daniels Story (Pages: 68)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Grease (Pages: 78-79)
  • Tom Selleck poster (Page: 80)
  • It’s a Funny (Miss)World (Page: 93)
  • Border Collie poster (Page:94)
  • Dance!Dance! Dance! (Page: 95)
  • Put a Face on It  (Page: 96)
  • Bucks Fizz poster (Pages: 108-109)
  • Teddy Bears’ Picnic (Pages;110-111)  [by Jane McFie]
  • Fun Food  (Pages: 112-113)

The Gold Medal [1966] /Slave of the Watch [1978]

  • The Gold Medal – Judy: #329 (30 April 1966) – #336 (18 June 1966)
  • Art: Paddy Brennan
  • Reprinted as Slave of the Watch – Debbie Picture Story Library: #05 [1978]
  • Cover Art: Ian Kennedy, Inside Art: John McNamara

Plot

June Laing lived with her strict guardian, Miss Sharpe, who didn’t allow her to have any close friends, as that could interfere with her swimming training. She was determined June would be a British champion and she trained her in secret in a pool at their house. Miss Sharpe had some secrets, and spent time in the attic, where June was not allowed go. One day June is alone in house and finds Miss Sharpe has not locked the attic door properly. There June finds magazine scrapbook about another June Laing and Olympic gold medalist, but all the photos are scratched out! Some of the ceiling of the old house falls,she is knocked unconscious, and Miss Sharpe finds her. She is not pleased to find Jane was in attic, but thinks she doesn’t remember what she saw. A few days later June collapses going home from school (Miss Sharpe has not let her recover from her injury enough). A man Colonel Blount helps June, and insist on bringing her home. He recognizes Miss Sharpe but she cuts him off before he can say too much.

This mystery has spurred June to stand up to Miss Sharpe more, she thinks the other June Laing was her mother but she wonders how Miss Sharpe is involved.  June does well at her first swim competition and she finds out the older June, lost her gold medal because she took money for advertising swim wear and was no longer considered an amateur. She also finds out Colonel Blount’s daughter Jessica was June’s biggest rival, but Miss Sharpe hurries her away before she can talk to them. When June asks if someone could lose their medal for taking money for advertising, it brings on a headache for Miss Sharpe. Soon after a coach interested in June, sneaks in to the backyard to see June swim and offers to coach her. Normally Miss Sharpe wouldn’t consider it, but as her headaches are getting worse she relents. Mr Shefford is right that competition spurs on June and her timings improve. June becomes friendly with her rival Anne Clifton, while at her father’s store one day, June. After finds the advert that caused Laing to be disqualified. Mr Clifton tells her more of the story, that Laing claimed to have been tricked by her rival Jessica, but Mr Clifton suspects that it was actually the work of her sister, Janice Sinclair. Miss Sharpe finds them in the shop and after some harsh words, the girls fall out,  but they make up again, when they are both chosen for British team.

Between swimming training and competition, Jane does a bit more investigating into her namesake. She finds out more about Janice who apparently was jealous of June, despite being famous as a first class glider pilot herself. June begins to suspect Miss Sharpe is Janice (especially as Mr Clifton thought she resembled her), but then she sees she is afraid of flying. At the international competitions, Miss Sharpe continues to push June hard and doesn’t allow her to socialise with the other competitors. June barely qualifies for  next stage of the  competition,and Miss Sharpe blames Coach Shefford for being too soft on her. But he tells Miss Sharpe that she’s too hard on June and has never made her feel wanted or loved.  Miss Sharpe seems surprised at this. That night someone sneaks into June’s room to wish her luck and it spurs her on to win her next race. While Miss Sharpe dismisses the visitor as superstitious nonsense, June’s mystery friend is what keeps June going.

June’s is becoming quite famous and offers start pouring in, but she won’t make the same mistake as the older June and she burns them all. While doing this she notices one letter is a personal one, she rescues it and although it is half burnt,  she gathers that it is from her aunt Janice and she wants to meet at the international championships.  When June turns up, it turns out Janice wanted to meet original June to ask her for forgiveness, as it was indeed her that was the cause of the medal loss. June tells Janice, her mother is dead, but then later that night Miss Sharpe arrives and tells her she is her mother!  She confesses that she wanted to make Jane into a champion, to make up for her own disappointment.  She was also her secret visitor, showing that she did care about June, and she forgives her. With the truth out in the open, Miss Sharpe’s headaches go away as they were caused by tension. Her mother now openly affectionate and encouraging June is motivated to do her best and she wins the International gold medal.

Thoughts

While the reader may hope that June will win her swimming competitions and go on to win gold, the real drive of the plot is the mystery. The mystery of Miss Sharpe and June’s mother is quite intriguing, with some good red herrings throughout. Good pacing, means we get more snippets of information inter-weaved with June trying to become a swimming champion. With the case of many of these shorter stories, the end with the explanations and quickly forgiving protagonist, doesn’t work as well. Miss Sharpe/June Laing told her daughter she was dead and didn’t want to show her affection for fear she would lose control of her and she wouldn’t become a swimming champion, and June is very quick to accept that! I think it might have worked better if Miss Sharpe turned out to be the aunt trying to make up for her mistake through misguided means! I do appreciate the story did show us some of Miss Sharpe’s thoughts throughout, showing that all the lies are causing her headaches and her genuine surprise  when Shefford tells her June feels unloved. It makes her a bit more sympathetic and that she started visiting June unseen, showing more affection. Though I still think June is a bit too happy with the revelations of all the lies!

It’s funny that Laing chose the name Miss Sharpe, as she does embody the name with her sharp and harsh demeanor.  The artist (in Slave of the Watch) does a good job  showing the change from her usual stern face to her softer affectionate face when she reveals the truth. June is a sympathetic character throughout, her isolation makes her all the more vulnerable. It is good to see when she gains a friend, she begins gaining confidence and is able to push back against Miss Sharpe’s methods more. Of course while Miss Sharpe has taught her a lot, in the end she wouldn’t have become a champion without encouragement, some affection and a life outside of swimming!

Updated: Reading through some old Judys I realised this is actually a reprint of The Gold Medal, reformatted into a picture story library size with new art. Surprisingly the story is pretty much word for word despite restrictions in the smaller size, a few small things may have been changed but otherwise a pretty straight forward reprint. It wasn’t a long serial but would have been nice to see a few things expanded on, like I mentioned above, perhaps the original story could have down with an extra episode to wrap it up.