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Mandy Stories for Girls 1992

The Mandy annual was always very story focused, this is another annual with no features  or articles just text and picture stories. This is also one of the books I had when I was younger and read many times, so these stories have a special place for me, although I think they all hold up well in their own right without the nostalgia attached.

Mandy took advantage of telling longer stories in parts over the annual and the Red Box of Destiny is certainly a memorable one. Most of the stories are one-offs for the annual but there are a few regular characters Valda, Picture-Book Polly, Attractive Angie and of course Mandy & Patch all show up. (For just a list of contents go to the next page)

Picture Stories

The Red Box of Destiny (Pages: 4-12, 49-55, 73-80, 113-125)

A story in 4 parts, the first 3 parts each tell a different story of a girl in trouble who each end up using an old telephone box and in the final part the girls are all enlisted to help in a campaign to save the box and it saves them in the process.

First we have Carrie, an orphan, she lives with her abusive Uncle, Aunt and cousins. When her Aunt Edna allows her to keep a stray puppy, she should have known there was a catch. They only let her have Jasper the puppy as another means of controlling her. Aunt Edna wasn’t happy when Carrie stood up to her cousin about taking her locket but by using Jasper now Carrie is completely powerless. When a new girl joins at school, Carrie knows she can’t give her home number but then she remembers the Red Box’s number and gives her that. Carrie asks Jilly to call when she knows she will be out running errands, she is desperate to hear a friendly voice. The next girl, Kelly, is a promising dancer, her parents take on extra work so she has a chance at a prestigious dance school, but the car crashes on the way to the audition leaving Kelly’s legs permanently damaged. She becomes very bitter about it and blames her parents for it. She stops at the phone box to ring for a lift home and makes her mother feel guilty when she implies Kelly could manage to make it the rest of the small journey home. Finally we have Rama a talented musician but her father wants her to help with the family business, a restaurant, when she leaves school. He believes she shouldn’t spend so much time on music. Rama uses the phone box to ring her teacher and say she will play in a festival behind her father’s back, but then has a dilemma when her father wants Rama to work the same day to help impress a food critic.

In the last part the community start a campaign when red box is to be torn down. When she is approached, Aunt Edna volunteers Carrie  to help. An overworked Carrie collapses on the way home with shopping one day. Once she is inside they start to abuse her, but luckily Jilly and her mother arrive just in time to stop them. They had noticed the number Carrie gave Jilly was the red box number, that along with some other instances made them suspicious to check up on her. They bring Carrie and Jasper to stay in their home. Kelly meanwhile only goes to the campaign talk so she can inconvenience her parents. There she meets David, a boy in wheelchair, he has a bone disease, but he doesn’t feel sorry for himself, he is very enthusiastic and volunteers him and Kelly’s services. He suddenly takes a turn for the worse and dies but Kelly changes her ways and decides to follow his example and not be bitter about how life changed for her. Rama’s father finds out about festival and forbids her from going. They go to meeting and he is fine for Rama to sing to draw attention to the red box. He says he doesn’t mind her singing as hobby he just doesn’t want her taking it seriously. She does well singing for the campaign and people make him realise her talent. He agrees she can go to music school but has to still learn about business if music career doesn’t work out. The last panel of the story has the girls each thanking the box for changing their lives for the better.

It is a heart-wrenching story, Carrie and her dog are cruelly mistreated by her family. Kelly has her dreams shattered and then her new friend dies. Rama doesn’t have it as bad, but still family problems are not easy to cope with and like Kelly, she feels her dreams being taken away. Rama is a bit more sympathetic than Kelly too. Even before the accident she doesn’t seem to appreciate her parents working extra shifts to pay for her school and complains when her dad is running late for the audition. Because she is so worked up, she distracts her father while driving and while I don’t think she is deserving of her fate, her parents definitely don’t deserve her bitterness directed at her. It is nice that David showed her the error of her ways but again sad that he died so young.

Rama and her dad have different viewpoints and story could easily have painted him as the villain but we see that he cares about her. He wants her to work in restaurant but worries when she seems overworked, and he doesn’t ban music completely, he just is cautious of the fickleness of the music business.  He comes to a good compromise in the end so Rama can follow her dream but still have something to fall back on.

Mum’s Secret (Pages: 13-16)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt

When a new neighbour moves in that is known to be a ladies man, and Jane sees her mum going into his house, when she said she was going to the shop, she starts thinking they are having an affair. She thinks her mum will leave the family, but it turns out the man is a painter and mum has being going over to  his to get her portrait painted in secret as a surprise for father’s birthday.

Valda and the Burning of Barthol  (Pages: 17-24)

[Art: Dudley Wynne]

This classic Mandy character appeared in many annuals, here Valda comes across a town of Barthol and burning of effigy of  Richard Bartholomew. It seems a professor of history has reinstated an old village costum of “The Burning of Barthol”. This upsets Richard’s ancestor greatly especially as other villagers have been mean to her saying Richard burnt out villagers because they couldn’t pay rent. Valda sets the history straight about the man, when she leads the villagers to a hidden document. In Richards’ time a plague broke out and with the help of a mysterious girl they crossed ravine to build new settlement. Richard then burnt the village and his castle to stop the plague spreading. With the truth now known Valda leave, though the professor and villagers have many questions about how she knew such things.

Down with Boys (Pages: 25-32)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Art: Carmen Barbara

Best friends, Jane and Polly make a pact to not get distracted by boys for Valentines Day, but when Neil starts paying attention to both of them, they end up playing dirty tricks on each other to win his favour. Such as Polly throwing away Jane’s valentine’s card for Neil, and Jane sending lots of cards out in Polly’s name. They eventually find out Neil was using them, so they would help set up a disco for him and he already has a girlfriend. After that they revert back to their original sentiment of down with boys!

Who is Sylvie? (Pages: 35-45)

Art: Andrew Wilson

Rachel thinks there is something mysterious about the new girl, Sylvie.  Although Rachel becomes friends with her she notices somethings she says doesn’t add up, like where she said she went to school previously. Also the teachers seem to let her get away with things other pupils wouldn’t be able to. Despite being a good singer and dancer, Sylvie claims to be stage shy and says she can’t help out in concert to raise money for school pool. Then it turns out her secret is she is a tv star trying to live normal life. Everyone is surprised and even more pleased when a change in her contract means she can now perform in public and help raise money for school.

Picture-Story Polly (Pages: 46-48)

Art: Tom Hurst

Polly tries to copy the picture-stories she reads in her magazine “Candy”. In this story she tries to be like “Olympic Olga” a girl who never gave up and won a gold medal.  Polly tries out some sports but finds out she is better as just a spectator.

The Lucky Locket  (Pages: 56-64)

Art: Guy Peeters

In Victorian times, Charlotte receives a locket on her last day in orphanage, from one of the workers, Harriet. She tells Charlotte it was wrapped in her baby shawl, when she found her on the doorstep.Charlotte then goes to work in a grand house as a scullery maid but the rest of the staff are not kind to her. When one of the other maids spies her pretending to be a lady, they are even more cruel and mocking. She does make one friend, Hugh, the stable-boy,  so when his sister falls ill, she decides to sell her precious locket to help. But one of the other maids follow her and accuses her of theft. Harriet has died so noone can collaborate her story, that the locket belongs to her and she goes to jail. After a few weeks an old French lady arrives and seeing a birthmark confirms that Charlotte is her grandaughter. It seems her mother had run off and got married to man whom they didn’t approve of. They fell on hard times when he died and soon after giving Charlotte up, her mother died too. Her Grandmother helps Hugh’s sister and is to bring her back to France, she no longer has to pretend to be a lady.

Under Her Spell?  (Pages: 65-72)

Art: Wilf Street

Jenny’s mother is researching the family tree and believe they descendants of a witch, Lizzie Blount. Then some things happen that makes Lizzie’s friends think she has witchy qualities. Lizzie embraces it and tries to make a spell to win a writing contest. She does win the contest, then her mum says she has made a mistake they are not related to witch but a writer,, Eliza Blunt. Lizzie isn’t disappointed though, she is happy it is her own talent and not  a spell that let her win.

Come to My Party! (Pages: 83-93)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Art: Terry Aspin

Best friends Kim and Laura share the same birthday. They both want to have a special 13th birthday party on the actual day. Neither will back down and they play tricks on each other so friends will come to one of the partys. On the day of  her birthday Kim is upset it seems everyone has chosen Laura’s party. Her parents take her out and she finds out that instead their friends come together with their parents to throw joint surprise party.

Attractive Angie (Pages: 94-96)

Art: Giorgio Letteri

A strange lotion had made Angie Agams magnetic which caused her lots of problems. It is particularly bad when she is feeling bothered, which is the case at the fair, where she attracts coins from the wishing well and accidentally launches a pie at someone. Her powers come in useful when she stops some thieves and she is able to relax and enjoy rest of her day.

Storm Horse (Pages: 99-110)

Art: Veronica Weir

Kylie is out riding with her horse, Heather, when they get caught in a storm and slip down an embankment. A mysterious grey horse appears and leads them to safety, then disappears. Kylie tries and track him down, she finds him and after freeing him from some wire he does grow to trust her but always disappears when someone else is nearby. Then he warns her of the nearby dam breaking and she raises the alarm for the village. She doesn’t see him again but Heather gives birth to foal which Kylie names Storm, proof that the magical horse was real.

Mandy and Patch  (Pages: 126-127)

Art: Claude Berridge

Mandy looks through a book to figure out Patch’s breed. He doesn’t seem to match with any but she doesn’t care as he’s still the best friend a girl can have.

Text Stories

Each of the text stories have a subtitle with the name of person who is telling the story.

Losing Lucy – Carol’s story (Pages: 33-34)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Spot Art: Leslie Branton

Carol meets a fortune teller who tells her she will lose her best friend to the water. Carol is horrified by the thought, so she tries to teach her friend Lucy to swim. At first she takes persuading but then she succeeds so well that Lucy becomes a competitive champion and she doesn’t have as much time for friends. Watching her at one of her competitions she realises she did lose Lucy to the water, just not in the terrible way she thought. It’s a nice play on words, the twist of the fortune teller fortune coming true and Carol leads it to come true y trying to prevent it.

In The Bag – Chester’s story (Pages: 81-82)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt

Chester is a monkey who is curious what women carry around in bags. He sees an opportunity to steal one, and is confused by contents and why they are so important. The daughter of the woman he stole the bag from is pleased her mom still carries a picture of her dad as he had left after a falling out. She writes Chester a thank you letter, explaining after seeing that she called her dad, he came around and her family is back together. She also sends Chester a cake as thanks. Chester doesn’t nderstand what that is all about but is very happy with his cake.

Jardine’s in a Tin – Sally’s story (Pages: 97-98)

Writer: Alison (Christie) Fitt, Spot Art: Leslie Branton

Sally and her family live in crowded council house. She is jealous of her friend Tina, an only child, who has a bedroom to herself with all the latest things. Then Tina gets a holiday home and that seems even more unfair. For the holidays the Jardines rent a caravan near where TIna will be. Sally thinks they really are Jardines in a tin, in the caravan, she is eager to visit Tina, but doesn’t know why she is so reluctant. Then Sally discovers it is not a holiday home and that Tina’s parents have separated. Tina didn’t want to admit that she is just spending weekends and holidays at her Dads. Sally realises Tina’s not so lucky after all and appreciates having her family together. Soon after holidays things improve even more for Sally as they get to top of the housing waiting list and get a 4 bed house.

Joining St. John’s – Katy’s story (Pages: 111-112)

While attending a Gilbert and Sullivan show with her mom, Katy gets the idea to join St Johns Ambulance so she can go to theatre for free. She actually finds herself really enjoying the experience and she helps an old woman feel better bu sneaking her cat in for a visit in the hospital. A  friend of the woman, appreciates what Katy has done and gives her a free theatre entry card, but Katy is so busy with St John’s that by the end of the story she still hasn’t had the chance to use it!


Final Thoughts

Last year I covered the Judy 1982 annual and noted there was a lot of spooky stories in that book. This book meanwhile concentrates on the more realistic dramas of life and majority of stories are set in contemporary times. Under her Spell? hints at possible supernatural elements, although in the end those are only coincidence and seems to be no magic at work, which leaves only two stories with characters that are not the average girl, Attractive Angie a character with magnetic powers and Valda the long-living character with powers and knowledge. Valda and the Burning of Barthol is a good story, as I’ve mentioned before I like Valda stories that aren’t about her competing in a sport the best. Here we get to see her in past helping a village and in the present restoring the good name of Lord Barthol. There is only one other story that is set in the past, The Lucky Locket, nicely drawn by Guy Peeters and is a classic story of poor girl not realising her rich heritage.

All the other stories are set in contemporary times and majority have themes of friendship or family. A favourite story has to be The Red Box of Destiny, as the big 4 part story it is a strong component of the annual, it brings a lot of drama and heartbreak for the characters and as a reader I certainly hoped that they would each get their happy endings. In the last part where everything comes together, one may expect the characters to interact but instead the stories are resolved separately, although you can see the other protagonists in the backgrounds of some scenes. This actually is more effective as it highlights people that we just pass by, each have their own problems that we may never know about, and also not know that one thing could touch a life in different ways.

Other favourites was Losing Lucy, I like a good twist on a fortune tellers words, and of course it was well written by Alison (Christie) Fitt who wrote many great stories including a number for Mandy Annuals in the early 1990s. Two of her other stories here Come to My Party! and Down With Boys, have similar ideas of friends playing tricks on each other to win the favour of someone but are executed quite differently, so they each have their merits. Carmen Barbara and Terry Aspin respectively each complement the story well, I don’t think if the artists were switched they would have been as effective stories, which shows how important pairings can be. Honourable mentions goes to Picture-Story Polly, just because I enjoy a meta-commentry story and a girl trying to imitate the characters from her “Candy” comic is a lot of fun, and Who is Sylvie? a small sized mystery with lovely art as always by Andrew Wilson.

Skate-Cat Kate [1978]

  • Skate-Cat Kate –  Emma: #10 (29 April 1978) – #23 (29 July 1978)
  • Art: Leslie Branton


Kate Dobie is excited about the new skate-park that is opening and wants to join the new Ketworth skate-boarding team, her brother Simon isn’t too happy about this. He is the jealous type that always wants to be centre of attention. He is also grumpy as he had an accident on his skateboard and hurt his leg. He tells Kate they won’t allow girls on the team. Kate eagerly goes to the opening of the new skate-park opens, but when Brett Kenn, the new team trainer, prompts any “boys” with the skills to tryout for the team, Kate is nervous that Simon is right. She decides to audition under Simon’s name and figures once she gets in the team she can reveal her true self. She makes the team but the next part doesn’t go to plan as Simon shows up asking if can audition once his plaster is off, and Kate scurries off before she can be questioned. She believes her chances are now ruined as no one will believe she was going to tell the truth.

She does eventually get to ask Brett for another chance, he gives it to her, but Simon isn’t happy. She suspects that Simon messes with her equipment ruining her 2nd chance audition and then Simon ends up getting her place on the team. She watches the team practicing in the hopes of learning something. Even at home Kate doesn’t find things easy  as her parents keep praising Simon and buying him new equipment and tell her she should be supportive of him.  For the first competition, the whole family go to support Simon and it is only then that Kate finds out she was made reserve on team but Simon didn’t pass the message onto her. As one of the team doesn’t show up, Brett asks her to step in, as she is ill-prepared she has to do the whole competition in a dress. Simon always wanting to be the best attempts to jump over the rest of the team, but his leg gets caught on Kate’s dress at the end. While she argues that he was already coming in low, he still blames her.

While Kate is doing some early practice, a truck crashes near the skatepark, Kate skateboards for help. When reporter hears of this and wants to interview her, Simon pushes in to get some of the spotlight saying she is part of Kenworth team. So Kate is back on team officially. The team continue to prepare for a big competition, and Simon continues to make things difficult for Kate and tries to be the most prominent team member.  While practicing Simon tries a stunt without safety gear and when Kate breaks his fall, she injures her hand.  Before competition she has to have a final check on her wrist, Simon says there is no point waiting for her, but  luckily Brett decides to swing by hospital anyway and Kate makes it to competition. At the competition Kate is worried about Simon trying to cheat, especially as despite how boastful as he is, he is actually a good skateboarder. She puts a stop to some of his plans and the team do end up winning partly because of a skateboarding trick Simon pulls off.

Simon is still not the best team player, and always wants to be star of the show, so while Kate is concerned when Mr Keen gets bad news about his fiancee being missing, Simon sees it as opportunity to take over the team and do his plan for the semi-finals. At the semi final Simon manages to hurt his hand. He has to ask Kate for help doing a handstand trick pretending to be him and they succeed in making to finals. While watching the televised report after, Simon’s jealousy flares up again, when the TV reporter calls Kate more stylish than Simon. Simon then decides its best to replace Kate and a younger small boy, Johnny, with two stronger boys. Though soon even Simon has to admit the replacements aren’t as good but he has hard time telling them that. Luckily Mr Keen turns up with his fiancee just in time for the finals and reinstated the team as it should be. At the finals Kate tells Simon he can beat the other team’s best time and win the individual prize. Finally Simon realises Kate is still cheering for him after all he did to her and that she is a good sister. The team win and conveniently Simon and Kate jointly win the individual prize all expense paid trip to California.


With the release of IPC’s Concrete Surfer thought it was an opportunity to look at a DCT skateboarding story. They are very different takes and having recently read Concrete Surfer, it is clearly the superior of the two and a better crafted story, but Skate-Cat Kate still has some merits. Interesting while Concrete Surfer did come out first  there was only a couple of months between the 2 stories and they ran consecutively for a while (so it doesn’t seem like it was an influence,  Emma previously had articles about skateboarding as well).  While skateboarding wasn’t the most common sport to see in these comics, it does seem like 1978 was a popular year for skateboarding as Mandy also had a humour strip Skateboard Sally, that year. Clearly to comics were trying to keep in tune with trends at the time.

Concrete Surfer  among other things does well at addressing class divide, Skate-Cat Kate addresses a different issue – sexism (although it’s not the main focus). Simon is antagonistic towards his sister, jealous and conceited, so overall not great person, but it is actually the actions of people around him, particularly Brett,that highlights the sexism issues. Simon winds Kate up by telling her girls won’t be allowed on the team, but it is Brett’s statement about boys should try out for the team, that makes Kate believe it’s true. In the end Brett doesn’t mind girls on the team but he does make assumptions that it’s a boys sport first. His treatment of Kate and Simon, is to see them equally responsible for their fighting. Even when it’s clear that Simon is starting arguments, or not passing information to Kate, they are both seen as in the wrong. When Kate gets in the newspaper at Simon’s pushing, Brett reprimands her as using it as opportunity  to sneak back on the team, but when Simon says it was his idea to get good publicity he praises him for being shrewd. Brett seems unaware of his biases, but at least as times go in he begins to value Kate more and not just take Simon’s word on things, such as actually going to collect Kate from hospital so she can attend event.

Maybe more favoritism than sexism (though still a bit of that mixed in) the Dobies do take Simon’s side of things a lot, buying him new skateboarding gear, encouraging Kate to congratulate and cheer her brother on and never do much to encourage her own skateboarding. With all this against her, no wonder Kate fears standing up to her brother too much in case he becomes even more spiteful to her. Yet despite all of what Simon has done she does clearly care for him, even injuring herself saving him. Simon really doesn’t get repercussions for his actions, he finally comes around to Kate and says she is a good sister but doesn’t actually apologise for what he has done and they both end up getting the prize. (Very odd that the prize could be afforded to be split  as surely logistics of paying for a trip to California for one wouldn’t match up to price of sending two people!). It is also odd that a lot of time is spent showcasing Simon’s skills,  like how he’s the only team member that can beat the rival’s team speed times. Both Kate, and another team member Paul who is far nicer and encouraging of Kate, actually seem to put in the work, whereas Simon tries flashy things that only sometimes work. Some of the lesson seems to be Simon overcompensating and maybe should have faith in his own skills, but a far more satisfying ending would have been Kate winning the individual prize for her precision skillful skateboarding, and Simon apologizing, realizing she deserves it more!

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)


  • 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 1988

Picture Stories

  • Watch What You Tell Tina! (Pages: 4-13) [Art: Andrew Wilson]
  • Striker Sue (Pages: 14-18) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Once Upon a Time (Pages: 19-23) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • Pie’s Promise (Pages: 24-32)
  • Polly’s Perfect Mum (Pages: 35-39)
  • The Long and Short of It! (Pages: 41-46)
  • Valda and the Way of the Messenger (Pages: 49-61) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
  • A Little Bit of Sunshine (Pages: 65-70) [Art: Norman Lee]
  • I Won’t Spoil Her Wedding! (Pages: 71-80) [Art: Pamela Chapeau]
  • Laura and the Little People (Pages: 81-85) [Art: Robert MacGillivray]
  • Love Thy Neighbour (Pages: 86-90) [Art: Leslie Branton]
  • The Sing-a-Gram Girl (Pages: 92-96) [Art: George Martin]
  • Lucy’s Loving Cake (Pages: 98-102) [Art: Richard Neillands]
  • A Friend for Shining Star (Pages: 104-111) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Angel and the Box of Comfort (Pages: 113-127) [Art: Dudley Wynne]

Text Stories

  • To Love and Cherish (Pages: 33-34) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Time for Terror! (Pages: 47-48)
  • A Spell of Success (Pages: 62-63) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • The Foundling (Page 97)


  • Tea-cup Tales (Page 40) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Make a G-lovely Puppet (Page 48)
  • What’s Cooking? (Page 64)
  • Making Faces with Mandy (Page 91) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • On the Seashore (Page 103)
  • The Seasons’ Spell (Page 112)


* Thanks to Goof for information and picture

Mandy Annual 1985

Picture Stories

  • Valda (Pages: 4-15) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
  • Lucky’s Christmas Dinner (Pages: 17-22) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • Home of Last Hopes (Pages: 28-32) [Art: Richard Neillands]
  • Faith, Hope and Charity (Pages: 33-37) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Mandy (A Story without Words) (Pages: 38, 96) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • “You’ll Never Believe This, But…” (Pages: 39-42) [Art: Leslie Branton]
  • Charmette (Pages: 44-48) [Art: Wilf Street]
  • The Portraits (Pages: 49-55) [Art: Jim Eldridge]
  • Mum’s Bargains (Pages: 57-60) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • The Masked Ballerina (Pages: 66-74) [Art: Andy Tew]
  • The Best of Friends (Pages: 76-79)
  • The Raggedy-Anne Doll (Pages: 81-88) [Art: Andrew Wilson]
  • A Christmas Story (Pages: 90-95) [Art: Stanley Houghton]
  • Who…? (Pages: 97-102) [Art: Ron Lumsden]
  • “My Brother Hates Me!” (Pages: 105-108) [Art: George Martin]
  • Smiley (Pages: 109-112) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Angel (Pages: 114-125) [Art: Dudley Wynne]

Text Stories

  • The Secret from the Past (Pages: 23-26)
  • Down Among the Dinosaurs (Pages: 61-64)
  • Emily (Page 75)
  • The Ugly Queen Contest (Pages: 103-104)


  • It’s a Date! (Pages: 16, 27, 43, 56, 65, 80, 89, 113)
  • “What a Nice Girl!” (Pages: 126-127)


* Thanks to Goof for information and picture

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)


  • 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

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?]


  • 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

Mandy Annual 1972

Picture Stories

  • Valda (Pages: 6-15) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
  • Mandy (Pages: 16, 41) [Art: Peter Kay]
  • Meg of Magpie Manor [4 parts] (Pages: 24-20, 49-53, 77-80, 97-101) [Art: Len Potts]
  • The Twopenny Times (Pages: 25-28) [Art: Tony Thewenetti]
  • A Home for Heather (Pages: 33-40) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • Jill’s Gentle Giant (Pages: 42-44) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Snapshot Susie (Pages: 45-48)
  • Away Went Wendy (Pages: 56-64) [Art: Douglas Perry]
  • My Chum – Mum! (Pages: 68-72) [Art: Leslie Branton]
  • Elsie’s Elephant (Pages: 81-85)
  • Friend of the Lonely (Pages: 86-89)
  • The Kazoo Kids (Pages: 90-96 [Art: Guy Peeters]
  • Betty the Babysitter (Page: 102)
  • Milly’s Magic Box (Pages: 107-112) [Art: Leslie Otway]
  • The Wishing Well (Pages: 113-118) [Art: Richard Neillands]
  • Wendy the Winner (Pages: 119-125) [Art: Andy Tew]

Text Stories

  • The Princess and the Wild One (Pages: 17-19)
  • Welcome House (Pages: 29-32) [Art: George Martin]
  • The Secret of the Shoes (Pages: 54-55)
  • O, Christmas Tree (Pages: 65-67)
  • The Mini-Movers (Pages: 73-76)
  • Mum on Wheels (Pages: 103-106)


* Thanks to Goof for information and cover picture

Mandy Annual 2005

Picture Stories

  • Penny’s Place (Pages: 5-11) [Art: Peter Wilkes]
  • Angel (Pages: 25-30) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994
  • A Friend for Keeps! (Pages: 55-58) [Art: Leslie Branton]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1994
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 83-90) [Art: “B Jackson”]
  • The Bargain (Pages: 97-103) [Art: Carlos Freixas]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1995 (The Gift Horse)
  • Cool! (Pages: 113-115) [Art: Peter Wilkes]
    • Reprinted from Mandy Annual 1995 (M&J)
  • The Visitor (Pages: 119-125) [Art: Eduardo Feito]

Text  Stories

  • Let’s Dance! (Pages: 36-37)
  • Follow Me! (Pages: 94-95)

Photo Stories

  • The Talent (Pages: 15-19)
  • Good Move! (Pages: 41-48)
  • Sounds Right! (Pages: 73-77)
  • Looking Good! (Pages: 106-109)


  • Lion Poster (Page: 2-3)
  • Hand-tastic! (Pages: 12-14)
  • Red Faced! (Pages: 20-21)
  • Pets! Pets! Pets! (Pages: 22-23)
  • Take Off! (Pages: 24)
  • Piglet Poster (Pages: 31)
  • Tree-mendous! (Pages: 32-33)
  • Funky Puzzles! (Pages: 34-35)
  • It’s Magic! (Pages: 38-40)
  • Bunny Poster (Pages: 49)
  • Mandy’s Mega A to Z (Pages: 50-51)
  • Clear Round (Pages: 52-53)
  • Hi, There! (Pages: 54)
  • Starscope (Pages: 59)
  • Big Sister! (Pages: 60)
  • Mmm! Flapjacks (Pages: 61)
  • Mirror, Mirror! (Pages: 62-63)
  • In the Spotlight (Pages: 64-65)
  • Who’s Your Spooky Pal? (Pages: 66-67)
  • Mandy’s Mega A to Z (Pages: 68-69)
  • Boredom Beaters! (Pages: 70-71)
  • Starscope (Pages: 72)
  • Red Faced! (Pages: 78-79)
  • All About You! (Pages: 80-82)
  • So You Want to Be… (Pages: 91-93)
  • Cat Poster (Pages: 96)
  • Pick a Puzzle! (Pages: 104-105)
  • It’s a Doodle! (Pages: 110-111)
  • Bird Poster (Pages: 112)
  • It’s Christmas! (Pages: 116-117)
  • Starscope (Pages: 118)
  • Bear Poster (Pages: 126-127)

(Click on thumbnails for bigger pictures)

Mandy Annual 1973

Picture Stories

  • Mandy (Pages: 2-3, 96, 126-127) [Art: Peter Kay]
  • With Love from Lindy (Pages: 6-16) [Art: Dudley Wynne]
  • Caesar and Cleo (Pages: 17-23) [Art: Claude Berridge]
  • Little Miss No-Name [4 parts] (Pages: 24-28, 52-58, 74-80, 108-112)
  • Carol’s Cauldron (Pages: 33-36)
  • The Ghost of Sunday Manor (Pages: 37-42) [Art: “B Jackson”]
  • Carrie Chase – Girl Reporter (Pages: 43-48) [Art: Bernard Greenbaum?]
  • Late Kate (Pages: 49)
  • Elsie’s Elephant (Pages: 65-69)
  • Melinda – You’re A Marvel (Pages: 81-87) [Art: Tom Hurst]
  • Terry and her Trike (Pages: 88-91) [Art: Guy Peeters]
  • Mona’s Monkey (Pages: 92-95)
  • Tessa Pulls Her Weight (Pages: 97-102) [Art: Tony Higham]
  • The Singing Hinneys (Pages: 113-117) [Art: Richard Neillands]
  • Mighty Minnie (Pages: 118-125) [Art: Leslie Branton]

Text Stories

  • Lost Property (Pages: 29-32) [Art: George Martin]
  • Pirates Ahoy! (Pages: 50-51)
  • The Cave of Zuma (Pages: 59-64)
  • Beagle for Sale (Pages: 70-73)
  • The Girl with the Smile (Pages: 103-107)


* Thanks to Kaylana for information and cover picture