When Gaynor Wood’s mother leaves home, her grans move into the street to help out. The trouble is, the two grans do not get along.
Hannah Littleton’s father remarries and the marriage goes well until the stepmother, Jill, gives birth to Thomas. Jill becomes moody and temperamental and the marriage starts going downhill.
- Heartache for Hannah – M&J: #116 (10 August 1993) – #127 (16 October 1993)
Note: this feature was not actually named Jade Jenkins’ Stall. The titles used were individual titles.
Jade Jenkins runs a bring-and-buy stall. Many of her items have a story behind them. Not surprisingly, each story is concerned with why the seller did not want the item and brought it to the stall – which does not make for happy reading. For example:
- The karaoke kit (below) gets Sharon discovered as a singer and she becomes famous. But she gets so busy with her career that she has no time for friends and family.
- A pile of unwanted teddy bears tell how Nicola rues the day she said she loves teddy bears, because she ends up with nothing else for her birthday and people keep lumbering her with even more. She gets rid of the teddies at the stall, hoping they will get the message – but her family just buys the teddies back for her Christmas present!
- A school blazer tells a sad story about bullying. Denise does not have the courage to stand up for new girl Claire when she gets bullied. Then when Denise transfers to a new school, she finds herself in the same position as Claire, with nobody willing to stand up for her.
- A tennis racquet is strangely unlucky for whoever has used it. They have won no games since they acquired it and it ended up returned.
- Artists: Maria Dembilio (main artist) and Norman Lee (#115, #118)
- This was not actually titled Jade Jenkins’ Stall. The stories appeared with individual titles.
- First appeared M&J #115 (24 July 1993), it appeared sporadically.
- Last appeared M&J #221 (5 August 1995)
List of Stories
- Fame – M&J: #115
- Whose Song? – M&J: #118
- Two-Timer – M&J: #120
- Champion – M&J: #126
- Rachel – M&J: #135
- Bear With It – M&J: #137
- Tall Story – M&J: #138
- Turnabout – M&J: #142
- Unlucky for Some – M&J: #143
- Changed Too Much – M&J: #148
- Masked Feelings – M&J: #149
- Broken-Hearted – M&J: #150
- The Boaster – M&J: #196
- Happy Holiday – M&J: #198
- Oh, Brother – M&J: #197
- Lee’s Story – M&J: #199
- Time to Choose – M&J: #200
- Excuses! – M&J: #221
Helen Wood wants to be a top figure skater. The mysterious Madame Swenson offers to coach her in return for total dedication. And she means TOTAL – Madame Swenson is an extremely demanding coach.
- You Can Do Better – M&J: #113 (10 July 1993) – #127 (16 October 1993)
Complete stories about boyfriends and romance. Some had happy endings, some had not. Stories included a girl who makes up a boyfriend so she doesn’t feel left out of conversations, this backfires on her when a boy does ask her out, but on hearing she has a “boyfriend” doesn’t want to have anything to do with a two-timer.
- Writer: Alison Christie (Fitt)
- Artists: Maria Dembilio (main artist), Guy Peeters, Peter Wilkes
- The name switched from just “Boy Zone” to “The Boy Zone”
- Early stories were sometimes reprints of Nikki short stories
- Boy Zone – M&J: #70 (12 September 1992) – #73 (3 October 1992)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #92 (13 February 1993) – #99 (3 April 1993)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #129 (30 October 1993) – #141 (22 January 1994)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #161 (11 June 1994)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #172 (27 August 1994)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #189 (24 December 1994) – #197 (18 February 1995)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #208 (6 May 1995)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #211 (27 May 1995) – #214 (17 June 1995)
- The Boy Zone – M&J: #281 (28 September 1996) [art: David Matysiak]
Tina Baxter is hopeless at English. Then she acquires a typewriter that can type stories by itself.
- Ghostwriter – M&J: #75(17 October 1992) – #85 (26 Decmber 1992)
Rosa Mason is bullied at her new school, and each time a mysterious girl called Jemima appears to save her. But there is something strange about Jemima and Rosa begins to think she is a ghost.
- Rosa’s New Friend – M&J: #39 (8 February 1992) – #48 (11 April 1992)
An only child, Becky Burton, had always wanted a brother or sister. Then, suddenly, she found herself with THREE foster brothers and she was finding it hard to adjust.
- Becky’s Brothers – M&J: #225 (2 September 1995) – #232 (21 October 1995)