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Diana Annual 1976

Picture Stories

  • Sam and Something Called a Stately Home!  (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Norman Lee]
  • The Love Locket (Pages: 15-22 ) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Love in Bloom – story without words (Page: 23)
  • Sad September (Pages: 26-32) [Art: Jordi Franch]
  • Jo and Co (Pages: 37-42) [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • Olé! We’re Away or a touch of Marjorcan Magic (Pages: 46)
  • The Manovitch Experiment (Pages: 49-57 ) [Art: Enrique Badia Romera]
  • The Handsome Lad from Old Baghdad (Pages: 67-72)  [Art: George Martin]
  • The Long Lonely Night (Pages: 76-80)
  • The Friday Rocking-Horse (Pages: 82-85)
  • Polly Private Eye (Pages: 87-94)  [Art: Jesus Redondo Roman]
  • Skeletons in the Cupboard (Man in Black story) (Pages: 104-110) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • France is Where Her Heart Lies (Pages: 115-121)

 

Text Stories

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (Pages: 24-25) [Writer: Valerie Edwards]
  • The Case of the Harassed Heiress (Pages: 34-35,43,66, 111)
  • Dear Sir (Pages:44-45)
  • Bea’s Year (Pages: 48,95)
  • I Love you, Bobby Denton (Pages: 61-62)
  • Just Justin & Me (Page:75)
  • Keep Your feet in the Sawdust & a Smile on Your Face (Pages: 122-124) [Writer: Celia Harcourt]

Features

  • Inside Cover Picture (Pages: 2-3, 126-127) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Herb Beauty  (Pages:12-13)
  • Special Day Specialities  (Page: 14)
  • Looking for Luck (Page: 36)
  • Like a Movie (poem) (Page 43) [by Lee Delaney]
  • Sorry, Wrong Show (Pages; 47)
  • Know-How a helpful quiz for you (Pages: 58-59)
  • It’s in the Bag (Page: 60)
  • Sit Tight Sit Bright (Page: 63)
  • TV or not TV game (Pages: 64-65)
  • Pony Express(ions) (Pages: 62, 66, 101, 114)
  • A Touch of Class (Pages: 74-75)
  • A Cracker of a Cross-word (Pages: 81)
  • Ve Vill Ask the Questions (Page: 86)
  • Especially for You (Pages: 96-97, 100)
  • You and Your Yuletide (Page: 99)
  • Marlyn’s (Chain)Mailbag (Page: 102-103)
  • Whats Yours? (Pages: 112-113)
  • To Top it All! (Page: 114)

Pop photos/pictures/pin ups

  • David Essex (Page: 33)
  • Alvin Stardust (Page: 73)
  • Gary Glitter (Page: 98)
  • Bay City Rollers (Page: 125)

 

*Thanks to Helen Fay for information

Diana Annual 1975

Picture Stories

  • The Old Wishing Well (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Tony Hudson]
  • The Man in Black (Pages: 20-27) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • The Tell-Tale Ring (Pages: 37-42) [Art: Martin Puigagut?]
  • Disco Date (Page 43)
  • The Fabulous Four (Pages: 66-74) [Art: Enrique Badia Romero]
  • A Lesson for Linda (Pages: 82-87)
  • Day of Danger (Pages: 98-105) [Art: Miguel Quesada]
  • A Lightsome Tale (Page 109)
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke (Pages: 113-118) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • It Happened in Rome (Pages: 121-125) [Art: Pamela Chapeau]

Text Stories

  • Charlie and the Birds (Pages: 14-16)
  • Two Girls with but a Single Thought- Dave! (Pages: 33-35) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • Bea’s Year (Pages: 44-45)
  • Boy with a Guitar (Page 48)
  • Who Said Wordsworth was Dead? Marlyn & Bea! (Page 61)
  • Tree-Top Cinderella (Pages: 106-108) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Double Talk – Double Date (Page 112)

Features

  • Star Pet Parade (Pages: 12-13)
  • Star Chat (Page 16)
  • Pop Poster (Pages: 17, 49, 65, 75, 119)
  • Kate’s Dress-Making Game (Pages: 18-19)
  • Slade Fax (Pages: 28-29)
  • Quick Flick Quiz (Pages: 30-31)
    They’ll Call You Mellow Yellow (Page 32)
  • 50 Personal Secrets from Donny Osmond (Page 36)
  • King Crossword (Pages: 46-47)
  • We’re Having a Party (Pages: 50-51) [Art: David Matysiak?]
  • Pop Panto (Pages: 52-53)
  • Make it a Merry Christmas (Pages: 54-55) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • Hot Rod! (Pages: 56-57)
  • Ace of Hearts (Pages: 58-59)
  • Musicals that Just Missed (Page 60)
  • Are You an All-The- Year-Rounder? (Pages: 62-63)
  • The Whole Band Went Crazy (Page 64)
  • Jump Off (Pages: 76-77)
  • Fancy That (Pages: 78-79) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • Beauty in the Stars (Pages: 80-81)
  • Zoom! It’s Elton (Pages: 88-89)
  • Then and Now (Page 90)
  • The Magic Tree (poem) (Page 91)
  • Marlyn’s Malebag (Pages: 92-93)
  • Your Cliff Richard Scrapbook (Pages: 94-95)
  • Hi Gary (Pages: 96-97)
  • What’s Cooking All Round the World (Pages: 110-111)
  • Goody Goody School Days (Page 120)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information

Diana Annual 1974

Picture Stories

  • My Big Brother Marmaduke (Pages: 6-13) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • Up-To-Date Kate (Pages: 14-15, 55, 64-65, 124-125)
  • Bunty’s Prince Charming (Pages: 33-38) [Art: George Martin]
  • Linda-Go-Lucky (Pages: 44-48) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • Mary Brown’s Schooldays (Pages: 49-54) [Art: Don Walker]
  • The Flight of the Fabulous Four (Pages: 56-63) [Art: Jordi Badia Romero?]
  • Sue’s Super-Looking Sister (Pages: 68-74) [Art: Miguel Quesada]
  • The Secret Behind the Wall (Pages: 75-80) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Wendy and the Boy Next Door (Pages: 87-92)
  • Christmas at Katie’s (Pages: 116-121) [Art: Roy Newby]

Text Stories

  • Trouble for the Terrible Trio (Pages: 39-41)
  • Margie’s Magic Moment (Pages: 94-96)

Features

  • Viva Victoriana! (Page 16)
  • Pop Posters (Pages: 17, 32, 97, 112)
  • Pop the Question (Pages: 18-19)
  • Action Stations! (Pages: 20-21)
  • Half an Hour with Elvis Presley (Page 22)
  • Greetings from the Groups (Page 23)
  • Stars ‘n’ Guitars (Pages: 24-25)
  • The Discoteers! (Pages: 26-29)
  • Fashion Chat with Marie Osmond (Pages: 30-31)
  • Fame is the Name of the Game (Pages: 42-43)
  • It’s a Hit – Or Is It? (Pages: 66-67)
  • Pair the Partners (Page 81)
  • Crazy Cowboys (Pages: 82-83)
  • 7 Swinging Indians (Page 84)
  • Pop Crossword (Page 85)
  • Sounds like a Diana Girl! (Page 86)
  • A Girl’s Best Friend… (Page 93)
  • Cliff’s Palace in the Sun! (Pages: 98-99)
  • The Osmonds (Pages: 100-105)
  • Taking the Mike (Pages: 106-107)
  • Pop to the Top! (Pages: 108-109)
  • Meet the Groups – Blood, Sweat and Tears (Pages: 110-111)
  • Tricky Sticky-Backs (Page 113)
  • Go to the Sales with Kate (Pages: 114-115)
  • Di’s Disco (Pages: 122-123) [Art: Mari L’Anson]

 

* Thanks to Goof for the information

Diana Annual 1973

Picture Stories

  • Mary Brown’s Schooldays (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Don Walker]
  • Up-To-Date Kate (Pages: 12-13, 106-107, 124)
  • Queen of the Planet of Flowers (Pages: 16-23) [Art: Enrique Badia Romero]
  • Lorna in the Court of King Arthur (Pages: 25-31)
  • Maureen and the Boy Next Door (Pages: 33-37)
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke (Pages: 40-44) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • Jane – Model Miss (Pages: 49-55) [Art: Pamela Chapeau]
  • The Bully in Blue (Pages: 56-57)
  • The Unlucky Horseshoe (Pages: 58-63) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Rosie Red Riding Hood (Pages: 66-67, 125)
  • Letty Leads the Way! (Pages: 68-73)
  • Rusty’s First Rosettes (Pages: 76-80) [Art: Eduardo Feito]
  • Day of the Dancing Dolls (Pages: 81-86)
  • A Penny for the Cornets (Pages: 90-95) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • A Girl Called Sarah (Pages: 97-103) [Art: Matias Alonso]
  • Dear Little Elf (Pages: 108-113)
  • Shona’s Faithful Friend (Pages: 115-118)
  • Willa the Witch (Pages: 119-123) [Art: George Martin]

Text Stories

  • Sing a Song of Puppets (Pages: 46-47) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • A Spot of Bother! (Pages: 88-89) [Art: George Martin]

Features

  • How do you Doodle? (Pages: 14-15)
  • The Favourites – Posters (Pages: 24, 32, 114)
  • Way Out Weddings (Pages: 38-39)
  • All in the Family (Page 45)
  • Madame Gaga Looks at a Diana Girl’s Hand! (Page 48)
  • Kate’s Autograph Hunt (Pages: 64-65)
  • Horse Poem (Pages: 74-75)
  • Cute Customer (Page 87)
  • Picture Crossword (Page 96)
  • Ho-Ho Holidays (Pages: 104-105)

 

* Thanks to Goof for the information

 

Diana Annual 1972

Picture Stories

  • My Big Brother Marmaduke (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • Sara and the Singing Planet (Pages: 14-19) [Art: Enrique Badia Romero]
  • Up-to-Date Kate (Pages: 20-21, 102-103)
  • Jane – Model Miss (Pages: 23-27)
  • The Ghost in the Big Top (Pages: 28-32) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • California – Here We Come! (Pages: 33-37) [Art: Tony Hudson]
  • Hi There, I’m Belle of the Ball! (Pages: 40-41)
  • A Girl Called Sarah (Pages: 42-45) [Art: George Martin]
  • Mary Brown’s Schooldays (Pages: 49-55, 120-125) [Art: Don Walker]
  • The Pony Who Liked Fun (Pages: 58-63) [Art: Jose Ariza?]
  • Rosie’s Hit Parade (Page 68)
  • Miranda’s Mexican Ballet (Pages: 70-75)
  • Lucy and the Dog Next Door (Pages: 77-80)
  • The Boy Next Door (Pages: 81-86) [Art: Rodney Sutton]
  • Patti’s Pony Express (Pages: 92-96)
  • Slave of the Romans (Pages: 97-101)
  • The Pride of St Petersburg (Pages: 104-107)
  • A Thin Time for Tessa (Pages: 109-113)
  • Willa the Witch (Pages: 114-117) [Art: George Martin]
  • Rosie Red Riding Hood (Pages: 118-119)

Text Stories

  • Escape to the New Forest (Pages: 46-47)
  • Sammy Goes to Sea (Pages: 66-67)
  • When Vinegar Lil Turned Purple (Pages: 88-89) [Art: George Martin]

Features

  • Kate’s Year (Pages: 2-3, 126-127)
  • Sketch-a-Star (Pages: 12-13)
  • Get Packing! (Page 22)
  • Dishes for All Seasons (Pages: 38-39)
  • Training a Young Pony (Page 48)
  • A Lead on Dogs (Pages: 56-57)
  • Kate Goes Shopping (Pages: 64-65)
  • Belle of the Beach (Page 69)
  • All Present and Correct (Page 76)
  • Words and Music (Page 87)
  • Perfect Partners (Pages: 90-91)
  • Anna Pavlova (Page 108)

 

* Thanks to Goof for the information

Diana Annual 1971

Picture Stories

  • Kate’s Ancestors (Pages: 2-3, 126-127)
  • The Swish Family Robinson (Pages: 6-12) [Art: Jose Ortiz]
  • The Long Exciting Life of Countess Tolstoy (Pages: 13-16)
  • Margaret, Countess of Airlie (Page 17)
  • Lady Mabella de Tichborne (Page 18)
  • Lorna in the Wild West (Pages: 27-30)
  • The Sacred Geese of Juno (Pages: 31-32)
  • Mister Magic’s Last Trick (Pages: 33-36) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Little Yoo (Pages: 39-44) [Art: Jose Gonzalez]
  • Up-To-Date Kate (Pages: 49, 80)
  • Mouse in the House (Pages: 50, 73)
  • Rosie Red Riding Hood (Pages: 51, 74)
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke (Pages: 52-55) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • Mary Brown’s Schooldays (Pages: 56-63) [Art: Don Walker]
  • The Ballad of Betsy May (Page 72)
  • The Terrors from the Tiny Planet (Pages: 75-78) [Art: George Martin]
  • School for Pen Friends (Pages: 81-84) [Art: Geoffrey Whittam]
  • The Secret of the White Rose (Pages: 85-88)
  • Sue of the Silver Arrow (Pages: 93-96) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • Secret of the Mountain Dog (Pages: 97-102) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • Ingrid and the Robot (Pages: 107-110) [Art: Augustin Navarro]
  • Patsy O’Hara (Pages: 113-115)
  • Jane – Model Miss (Pages: 116-119) [Art: Pamela Chapeau]
  • Starr of Wonderland (Pages: 120-125) [Art: Luis Bermejo]

Text Stories

  • Aunt Gretchen’s Secret Recipe (Pages: 37-38)
  • Two Can Play (Pages: 45-46)
  • The Day the Monet Fell Off the Mantelpiece (Pages: 66-67)
  • The Affair of the Artful Dodgers (Pages: 70-71) [Art: George Martin]
  • Agatha’s Fourteenth Birthday (Pages: 89-90)
  • What’s the Time in Trinidad? (Pages: 91-92)
  • A Bird Called Peg-Leg (Pages: 111-112)

Features

  • Dances of America (Page 19)
  • Dances of Wales (Page 20)
  • Tales of the Trees (Pages: 21-24)
  • Sweet Mixtures (Page 25)
  • Tea-Time Treats (Page 26)
  • Mini-Models (Page 47)
  • Animal Wisecrackers (Page 48)
  • Kate’s Continental Tour Game (Pages: 64-65)
  • Pantomime Time (Pages: 68-69)
  • It’s a Funny Fact (Page 79)
  • Film File on Jean Simmons (Page 103)
  • The Best of Chums (Pages: 104-105)
  • My Goldfish (Page 106)

 

* Thanks to Goof for information and picture

Diana Annual 1970

Picture Stories

  • Mary Brown’s Schooldays (Pages: 6-11, 121-125) [Art: Don Walker]
  • Our Gang (Pages: 12-13, 55-56, 104-105) [Art: Luis Bermejo]
  • Up-To-Date Kate (Pages: 14, 70, 103)
  • Jane – Model Miss (Pages: 15-20) [Art: Pamela Chapeau]
  • Starr of Wonderland (Pages: 25-30) [Art: Jose Ortiz]
  • Rosie Red Riding Hood (Pages: 31, 71)
  • Night of the Witches (Pages: 33-36) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • My Big Sister Billie (Pages: 44-47) [Art: George Martin]
  • Mum’s on the Council (Pages: 57-59)
  • Afraid to Tell the Truth (Pages: 60-64)
  • School for Penfriends (Pages: 65-69) [Art: Geoffrey Whittam]
  • My Big Brother Marmaduke (Pages: 73-76) [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • MacTaggart of the Mounted Police (Pages: 81-85)
  • Clumsy Claudia (Pages: 88-91)
  • The Broken Ballerina (Pages: 92-95)
  • Nellie Bashem and the Unwelcome Guests (Pages: 97-102) [Art: Geoffrey Whittam]
  • Ingrid at Push-Button Academy (Pages: 106-110)
  • Lorna on Stage (Pages: 117-120)

Text Stories

  • The Other Catriona (Pages: 37-38)
  • New to the Prairies (Pages: 49-51, 54)
  • Snow in Summer (Pages: 86-87)

Features

  • Up-To-Date Kate Spring and Summer (Pages: 2-3)
  • Tales of the Trees (Pages: 21-24)
  • Gipsy Sam (Page 32)
  • The Pony Alphabet (Page 39)
  • Escape from the Red Giant (Pages: 40-41)
  • Wonder Horses (Pages: 42-43)
  • Pony Postbox (Page 48)
  • TV Tricks (Pages: 52-53)
  • Thoughts on a Penny (Page 72)
  • Cooking Round the Clock (Page 77)
  • Boutique, or Kate’s Game (Pages: 78-79)
  • Monkey Muses (Page 80)
  • Lucy Had a Little Boy (Page 96)
  • Festivals are Fun (Pages: 111-116)
  • Up-To-Date Kate Autumn and Winter (Pages: 126-127)

 

* Thanks to Goof for the information

Debbie Complete Picture/Photo Stories

Plot

Debbie had a lot of complete short stories, some of them had a theme such as the flower series and the famous names. Most didn’t have a theme, but historical settings were popular. Later there was also complete photo stories too. Some picture stories include:

Determined to Dance
Madame Greta Petrov spends an evening where one of her former pupils, Dianne Terry, is performing with the Stellar Ballet Company. In flashback, Madame Greta tells Dianne’s story. As a pupil she was a determined dancer but there was a mystery about her, particularly about her family. Madame Greta investigates and finds that Dianne is having lessons in secret because her father will not allow her to pursue ballet as her ballet star mother had died in a theatre fire. Madame Greta persuades the father to change his mind. Ironically, Dianne is now performing at the theatre where she used to work to pay for her secret lessons. (This story and an earlier story The Wild One – featuring a Madame Romanov, seem to be a prototype for the Madame Marlova series)

Dance

 

Some photo stories include:

Dim Days for Dawn
Dawn Wilson keeps causing problems for herself by not wearing the glasses she ought to be wearing. Then a strange incident occurs, where Dawn accidentally stops a thief, whom she mistook for a pop star because she was not wearing her glasses. She becomes a heroine, but can’t admit the truth because she would look foolish. And she missed out on all the autographs of the pop stars because she could not see them properly. She learns her lesson and starts wearing her glasses. To her surprise, the glasses bring her together with the boy she fancies.

Dawn

The Missing Pages
When Catherine clears out her grandmother’s attic, she finds missing pages in a diary from when her grandmother was in service. When she asks her grandmother about it, the grandmother gets extremely upset. The ghost of a maidservant, also named Catherine, appears in the attic and tells Catherine that the missing pages refer to when her grandmother was wrongfully dismissed for stealing a brooch. She herself is the true thief, and she hid the brooch in the spine of the diary. She had not intended the grandmother to be blamed and meant to confess, but then she died. She asks Catherine to return the brooch to the big house so she can find peace. She chose to appear to Catherine because they share the same name.

Missing

 

List of Stories

  • The Wild One – Debbie: #97
  • Winken, Blinken and Nod – Debbie: #108
  • Snap-Happy Sandie – Debbie: #108
  • Wendy’s Surprise Saturday – Debbie: #134  [Art: Jesus Redondo]
  • Night Rider – Debbie: #135
  • The Crimson Cloak – Debbie: #136
  • No Place to Hide – Debbie: #137
  • Determined to Dance –  Debbie:  #139
  • The Forbidden Island – Debbie:  #152
  • The Sad and Silent Pool – Debbie: #185
  • The Escape Clinic – Debbie #246
  • The Spider’s Cave – Debbie: #254 [Art: Andy Tew]
  • When Frenchmen Came to Stay – Debbie: #256
  • Rose the Gentle Maid – Debbie: #268
  • The Seamstress and the Song – Debbie: #269
  • Voyage of a Lifetime – Debbie: #270
  • The Unhappy Dancers – Debbie: #274
  • Gateway to Happiness – Debbie: #278
  • The Little Apple Tree – Debbie: #286
  • The Dancers of Osiris – Debbie: #288
  • He Loves Me… – Debbie: #332
  • No More Jumping for Jenny (photo) – Debbie: #354
  • Forgetful Flora – Debbie: #365
  • A Tale of Old London Bridge – Debbie: #368 [Art: George Martin]
  • The Young Hero – Debbie: #370 [Art: George Martin]
  • Jason Must Go! (photo) – Debbie: #375
  • The Missing Pages (photo)-  Debbie: #376
  • The Copycat (photo) – Debbie: #377
  • No Trust for Cathy (photo) – Debbie: #385
  • The Runaway! (photo) – Debbie: #386
  • Connie’s Camera Clue (photo) – Debbie: #394
  • The Glamour Girls (photo) – Debbie: #395
  • Margie on the Mat (photo) – Debbie: #396
  • My Dream Holiday (photo) – Debbie: #397
  • “Ballets Just for Cissies” (photo) – Debbie: #398
  • Margie Saves the Day (photo) – Debbie: #399
  • A Bit of a Dunce… (photo) – Debbie: #411
  • Strange Things in the Night (photo) – Debbie: #414
  • Shes My Mum! (photo) – Debbie: #415
  • The Black Eleven (photo) – Debbie: #416
  • The Portrait That Smiled (photo) – Debbie: #417
  • Shelley’s Swing (photo) – Debbie: #418
  • The Witch’s Stone (photo) – Debbie: #419
  • The Whistling Kettle (photo) – Debbie: #422
  • “Teddy Bear Trouble” (photo) – Debbie: #428
  • Something Old, Something New… (photo) – Debbie: #429
  • Forget Me-Not… – Debbie: #430
  • When Lightning Strikes! – Debbie: #431
  • Dim Days for Dawn (photo)-  Debbie: #435
  • A String of Beads (photo) –  Debbie: #436
  • Buried Treasure (photo) – Debbie: #441
  • Second Fiddle (photo) –  Debbie: #461
  • The New Girl (photo) –  Debbie: #462
  • Nobody’s Perfect (photo) –  Debbie: #463
  • The Perfect Rose (photo) – Debbie: #468
  • That Special Hat! – Debbie: #475
  • Donna’s Rag Doll (photo) – Debbie: #500

Dangerous Days for the Tiny Taylors

  • Dangerous Days for the Tiny Taylors – Spellbound #22 (19 Feb. 1977) – #34 (14 May 1977)
  • Artist: Jesus Redondo

Plot

The Taylors consisting of parents, daughters; Jane and Jennie and dog, Mickey are on holidays on the deserted (fictitious) Scottish island named Mulholm. They only just get out of their boat when they are sprayed by water and find themselves shrunk except for Mickey. The family seem to take it in their stride, reasoning they just need to get to the cottage to phone for help. Only Jennie complains and she has already been established as a complainer. The Taylors come to their first problem when they arrive at the cottage and realise that they are way too small to get in. Luckily they are adventurous and resourceful and Jane suggests they try the window. Her father climbs up to the window sill and breaks the glass with a pebble. The rest of the family climb up and they try to phone for help but their voices aren’t loud enough to be heard by the operator.

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Jane trips and falls off the table, luckily she is uninjured, but unknown to the family the beady eyes of a mouse is watching. The family join Jane on the floor and are attacked by the mouse. Mr Taylor scares it away, but now the situation is beginning to hit the family and they get weary. They figure that the island was once used for secret experiments and they must find out what cause the shrinking in order to cure it. After some adventures in getting food, they go and explore the island. Micky is still out there normal sized and Jane tries to use him as a horse. They find a a fenced off area. The family get through and find spilled canisters in the water, around these are small birds which prove the contamination is coming from there. They make it to a lab where they are attacked but are saved by a now tiny Mickey. In the lab they look at notes that don’t make sense. Mickey drinks from a puddle and grows back to normal size. The family don’t know which puddle he drank from as two bottles have spilled and dead mouse nearby indicates one is poison. Not being able to risk it  they decide they need to get back to mainland and find scientists for help.

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They encounter more problems such as Jeannie getting trapped in a box and Mr Taylor then gets the idea to cut a hole with razor blade to free her. Continuing to be practical they manage to get to the boat and together they are able to steer and direct it. The boat crashes on some rocks but luckily they are unharmed and manage to make it onto the shore. When seagulls attack they are saved by Mickey their protector. They come across some campers but they run away from the tiny “space people”. They figure they can at least shelter in the tent for the night but disaster as gas falls over and Taylors find themselves fleeing from grass fire. Jane falls into a hole and they take the choice to bury down with her, rather than leave her. After a crew comes to clear up the fire, Mickey gets taken in by someone.

They have no more luck in  getting help at the village as a paper boy also thinks they are space invaders. An old lady, Mrs Green, helps them but she thinks they are fairy folk and is expecting them to grant her a wish.  Jeannie spots an old purse that has fallen down the back of a cupboard and gets it for her, in order to play along. They ask her to hide them in a basket and take them to the police station but she brings them to a fairy ring instead.

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Eventually the family manage to get to London and hide out in a toy shop and they have a more comfortable night since their adventures begun, by using doll house to sleep and even getting a change of clothes. The woman that owns the shop faints the next morning at the sight of the dolls coming to life, her daughter chases them away. All this running makes them hungry so the Taylors make their way to a supermarket for food. Jane  gets knocked into an empty carton and nearly gets thrown away. The rest of the family manage to  get to the intercom to stop Jane being tossed into rubbish. They finally get the help they needed as the manager gets them to a  specialist, who is able to return them to normal size in a short time. While they recover in hospital they are even reunited with Micky.

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Thoughts

Shrinking was a popular plot device, from girls in stories like Pinkie, Tiny Tammy, Four Tasks for Tiny Tessa, Microgirl, and also popular subsection of this was specifically shrinking mothers, The Incredible Adventures of Mini-Mum, Mary’s Mini Mum, and simply called Mini-Mum! It was rare to get whole family shrunk together (it did happen in Microgirl, but it was more focused on the girl going on adventure to save her family, rather than the whole family working together).  Of course this is not just common in comics but in other media it was popular to have tiny people using their wits to get around the normal sized world – like The Borrowers (I know no shrinking involved here, but similar situations arise), Honey I Shrunk the Kids and even most recently Antman. But it is still a fun dynamic to play with. It is interesting to have the whole family working together, and it is fun to see them being inventive with how to cope with their size, which is also well captured by Redondo. It must be enjoyable to play around with size and some interesting angles.

One problem I found was Mr Taylor is very dominant, I would like to have seen the females taking the initiative more. The adventure takes precedence so characters don’t get a whole lot of development. The girls are pretty interchangeable,(also not helped in that they look so alike), at first Jeannie is more likely to complain, Jane more quick with ideas but both girls are likely to find themselves in trouble. Mrs Taylor is protective of her family but really gets very little panel time. It is also a bit strange how well the Taylors take in their new situation, no breakdowns or flipping out.

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Other people have a bigger reaction, although it is funny to think how terrified some people get of tiny people. The ending leaves some questions, we never find out why there were people making shrinking chemicals on  the island and who they were and if the island was cleaned up after this incident. Curing the Taylors doesn’t take a lot of effort, it only takes a week to get them back to normal size. It doesn’t say how the specialist did this, if he looked at the notes from the island or contacted the experimenters. It also doesn’t say what he is a specialist of, it seems unlikely that it would be a top specialist for this very specific incident! I suppose the point of the story is not to worry about the why, but enjoy the fun adventure and the journey.

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The Mystery Birds of Mora

Plot:

When the Marshall family inherited the remote Scottish island of Mora, they discovered that they had enemies—a flock of birds! Fiona was convinced that the birds were being controlled by someone, but her father dismissed this as nonsense. Fiona was sent to recover some stores from their wrecked boat but was attacked by birds.

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Notes:

  • Art Jesus Redondo

Appeared:

  • The Mystery Birds of Mora – Spellbound:  #57 (22 Oct. 1977) –  #66 (24 Dec 1977)