Another DC Thomson writer identified – Anne Bulcraig started to write for M&J before unfortunately the comic was merged in Bunty. She wrote some Mandy Picture Story Library Books and at least one of the stories she wrote initially for M&J was later published in Bunty.
Anne loved Bunty and Mandy comics when she was younger, so when she was 23 she sent in a short story to DCT. The Mandy editor at the time, Bill Moodie, liked it and published it as a text story in an annual. Anne can’t remember the name of the story but it was about a girl who’s dad booked her family a surprise holiday (Update – thanks to April commenting this may be story Something in the Air from Mandy Annual 1998). Bill then asked her to write some scripts for M&J/ Mandy PSL.
“I earned around £40 per script so not much, even then, but it was a lovely feeling to write for my childhood mag.”
The scripts were then sent to artists, most of which were in Spain. We know a couple of the artists that drew for Anne’s short spooky stories in Scream! , one of which was indeed Spanish, Carlos Freixas drew “Green Fingers” (which was later republished as “Selfish Sarah” in a Bunty Annual). Another Picture Story Library Anne wrote was Model Sister about a girl who tries to uncover her sister’s secret enemy and help her succeed at being a model. The Picture Story Library Books stopped being published in 1997, at the same time Anne had wrote serials for M&J, but the comic also folded in 1997 and was merged into Bunty.
(Green Fingers – Mandy Picture Story Library #272)
List of Stories written by Anne Bulcraig
- Something in the Air – Mandy Annual 1998 (unconfirmed but fits with author’s description)
- Model Sister – Mandy Picture Story Library #264
- Scream! – Mandy Picture Story Library #272
- Green Fingers reprinted as Selfish Sarah – Bunty Annual 2001
- Miss Fortune – Bunty unkown publication date