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Rebellion Specials 2020 – Part 3: Tammy & Jinty

As this site is about girls comics clearly Tammy & Jinty special is one I’ve been eagerly awaiting. I was pleased with last year’s issue and this year takes a different approach but is still a joy to read.

This  year there are just 2 new complete stories and  1 reprint of the first episode of Ping-Pong Paula (compared to last year’s 9 short stories). This approach certainly has the advantage of giving the stories more time to breathe, although I was little disappointed not to see some returns from last year like Justice of Justine or Bella of the Bar. Personal preference would maybe have split the difference and have 3-4 new stories, so could still have longer stories but bit more variety. Still the stories here are a great read and I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing more retro strips occasionally too. Starting off we have Boarding School (by Rachael Smith and Yishan Li) where a girl, Tabatha and her brother, Richard are the only students at a mysterious boarding school with 4 governesses. While they all fawn over Richard, Tabatha is pretty much ignored, because of this while exploring she meets a girl from outside the school and after talking with her, Tabatha begins to question the motives of the governesses and what are they hiding. I won’t give too much away, but this was an intriguing mystery story, with strong sibling bond and a good villain.

In Cat Girl Returns (by Ramzee and Elkys Nova) we meet the original Cat Girl, Cathy, all grown up and still tracking down bad guys though now as police officer, not as a costumed hero. Meanwhile her daughter Claire is trying to find a costume for a party and comes across her mother’s old cat girl outfit. While at the party Claire begins to notice some strange things, like she now has enhanced senses, and when a social media star gets taken by some criminal she is on hand to help. I like that we get to see Cathy work her case and how it connects to Claire’s heroics. While I’ve liked Rebellions update on characters, it was very fun to see continuation of the Cat Girl story rather than a straightforward reboot. DCT digital Spellbound reprint (which unfortunately was only available for short period before being pulled) had a similar idea where after reprint of  I Don’t want to Be a Witch” there was a short story focusing on Celia’s daughter. It is nice to see these legacy characters as we get a new updated character but also get to see what the older character grew up to become. It probably wouldn’t work for every story but it fits Cat Girl just right.

The other story we get is the first episode of Ping-Pong Paula,this comes after an interview with Alison Fitt (nee Christie) and is fitting example of her work. I wonder if the story is set for a reprint, which would be another reason to print the first episode here to entice readers in, I would be happy to see a volume of this. The other feature we get is a piece on Giorgio Giorgetti, I had not realised he’d died young, so it was nice to read his son’s memories of his fathers work.

An excellent addition to Rebellion’s specials collection and I must also mention a gorgeous cover by Marguerite Sauvage.

Mandy Annual 1990

Picture Stories

  • The Guardian Tree (Pages: 4-12, 33-43, 81-89, 118-127)
  • I Can’t Stand My Sister! (Pages: 13-16)
  • I Hate Humpty! (Pages: 19-26) [Art: Veronica Weir]
  • Meddling Maggie (Pages: 28-31) [Art: George Martin]
  • My Little Green Prince (Pages: 44-48) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • Something to Hide (Pages: 44-56) [[Writer: Alison Christie, Art: “B Jackson”]
  • I Want to Win! (Pages: 49-64) [[Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Bert Hill]
  • The Daffodil Dancer (Pages: 67-74) [[Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Pamela Chapeau]
  • Atlanta’s Tale (Pages: 76-80) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • The Return of Ted (Pages: 90-96) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Andrew Wilson]
  • Princess Dinah (Page 101)
  • The Secret of Cousin Tania (Pages: 102-111) [Art: Carlos Freixas]
  • My Best Friend? (Pages: 113-117) [Art: Leslie Branton]

Text Stories

  • Face the Music (Pages: 17-18) [Writer: Alison Christie, [Art: George Martin]
  • Tidy Your Room! (Page 32) [Writer: Alison Christie]
  • Swing High (Pages: 65-66) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Claude Berridge]
  • The Phantom of the 13th Floor (Pages: 98-100)

Features

  • Christmas Puzzles (Page 27)
  • Have a Handy Boyfriend Hanging Around! (Page 57)
  • Best of Breeds (Page 75)
  • Book-End Girls (Page 9)
  • Play the Game! (Page 112)

* Thanks to Goof for information and picture

 

Mandy Annual 1989

Picture Stories

  • The Best Gift of All (Pages: 4-10) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Pamela Chapeau]
  • Paula’s Picture [4 parts] (Pages: 11-16, 49-60, 75-80, 114-125)
  • Little Frankie (Pages: 19-24) [Art: Andrew Wilson]
  • The Romances of Rhoda (Pages: 26-29) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Valda – And the Secret of the Snows (Pages: 33-47) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
  • Once Upon a Rhyme (Pages: 61-64) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • Looking After Gran (Pages: 65-74) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Andrew Wilson]
  • The Piano that Wouldn’t Play (Pages: 82-90) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Hannah’s Horoscope (Pages: 92-96) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Leslie Branton]
  • The Dance of the Swan (Pages: 100-104) [Art: Veronica Weir]
  • We Three (Pages: 106-109) [Art: Wilf Street]

Text Stories

  • A Bit of Good News (Pages: 17-18) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Bill Baker?]
  • A Better Way (Pages: 30-32)
  • Chamber of Horrors (Page 81)
  • The Face in the Photograph (Pages: 97-99 [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Bill Baker?]
  • A Beautiful Friendship (Pages: 110-112) [Writer: Alison Christie, Art: Bill Baker?]

Features

  • Christmas Puzzles (Page 25)
  • Colour Capers/Felt Pen Magic (Page 48)
  • Fine Faces/Fearful Finger (Page 91)
  • Jungle Chains (Page 105)
  • Garden Quiz (Page 113)
  • Somewhere Under the Rainbow (Pages: 126-127)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

The Cloud on Sunshine Cottage

Plot

Hannah Watson parents were killed in a car crash just before buying their dream house. Afterwards Hannah stays with the Hoppers who ended up buying the house instead. She felt resentful of this and was determined to put a cloud on their happiness

Notes

  • Writer: Alison Christie (Fitt)

Appeared

  • The Cloud on Sunshine Cottage – Tracy: #271 (8 December 1984) – #277 (19 January 1985)

Room in your Heart for Two

Plot

Pretty and talented Dale Peters had been in Hill-side Children’s home since the death of her parents. She’d become close friends with Donna Ducksworth, a kind, but accident prone girl. Dale was determined she’d only go to a couple who’d take Donna too.

Notes

  • Writer: Alison Christie (Fitt)
  • Artist: Ron Lumsden

Appeared

  • Room in your Heart for Two – Tracy:   #209 (1 October 1983) – #224 (14 January 1984)

The Secret of Brother Ben

Plot

When Katie Balfour’s parents were killed in a plane crash, her nasty Aunt Esther, whom she had ever met before, moved into the Balfour home. Aunt Esther didn’t know Katie had a little brother, Ben and because her Aunt hated boys, Katie hid Ben in the attic, to keep him safe.

Notes

  • Writer: Alison Christie (Fitt)

Appeared

  • The Secret of Brother Ben – Tracy:  #200 (30 July 1983) – #209 (1 October 1983)

Morna’s Ancient Mum

Plot

Morna Moore loved her widowed mum dearly, but when they moved to a new housing estate, she became terribly ashamed of her mum because she was old and dowdy! In fact lots of people thought she was her gran, and Morna decided not to correct them to save her own embarrassment.

Notes

  • Writer: Alison Christie (Fitt)
  • Artist: Ron Lumsden

Appeared

  • Morna’s Ancient Mum –  Tracy: #136 (08 May 1982) – #146 (17 July 1982)

Bev’s Bewitched Baton

Plot 

Bev Milne’s blind mum was in New York for an operation hopefully to restore her sight. She left Bev in charge of her newly formed Majorettes, telling her to use the silver baton she had used in her own majorette days. But the baton had struck a witches stone and under the evil power of witch Grizel, it was out to destroy the majorettes.

Notes

  • Writer: Alison Christie (Fitt)

Appeared

  • Bev’s Bewitched Baton –  #130 (27 March 1982) – #141 (12 June 1982)

When the Clock Strikes Twelve

Plot 

Since orphan Cindy Rollo went to stay with loving foster parents, she was over the moon with happiness. But past events convinced Cindy that she must never hear a clock strike 12 midnight, or like the story of Cinderella her happiness would disappear.

Notes

  • Writer: Alison Christie (Fitt)
  • Artist: Hugh Thornton-Jones

Appeared

  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve –  Tracy: #126 (27 February 1982) – #135 (1 May 1982)