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Petra the Party Maker

Plot

Petra Dawson is  junior partner in her father’s firm, “James Dawson & Daughter, Party Makers”. It is her job to arrange the children’s parties. She is a great problem-solver.

petra the party maker

Notes:

  • First printed as a text story later updated to picture story format

Appeared:

  • Petra the Party Maker (text)- Judy:  #103 (30 December 1961) – #121 (05 May 1962)
  • Petra the Party Maker  – Judy: #158 (19 January 1963) – #183 (13 July 1963)
  • Petra the Party Maker  – Judy: #314 (15 January 1966) – (?)
  • Reprints: (?) –  #1239 (08 October 1983)

Other Appearances:

  • Petra the Party Maker (text story) – Judy Annual 1963
  • Petra the Party Maker – Judy Annual 1964
  • Petra the Party Maker – Judy Annual 1965
  • Petra the Party Maker – Judy Annual 1967
  • Petra the Party Maker – Judy Annual 1972
  • Petra the Party Maker – Judy Picture Story Library:  #21

Backstage Betty

Plot:

Betty Ramsden works behind the scenes with the Bluebird Dancing Troupe. Betty is always on hand to keep the show running smoothly. When she is unable to join the Troupe on tour she temporarily joins another theatre group. Things don’t run too smoothly when a fire breaks out and a dancer blames Betty because she broke her lucky charm.

backstage betty

Notes:

  • Artist: Don Walker

Appeared:

  • Backstage Betty – Judy:  #52 (07 January 1961) – #93 (21 October 1961)
  • Backstage Betty – Judy:  #131 (14 July 1962) – #138 (1 September 1962)
  • Backstage Betty – Judy:  #187 (10 August 1963) – #203 (30 November 1963)
  • Backstage Betty – Judy:  #285 (03 July 1965) – ?
  • Backstage Betty – Judy:  circa #730 (05 January 1974) – #732 (19 January 1974)
  • Backstage Betty – Judy:  circa #751 (1 June 1974) – #766 (14 September 1974)
  • Backstage Betty – Judy:  #777 (30 November 1974) – ?

Other Appearances:

  • Backstage Betty – Judy Annual 1962
  • Backstage Betty – Judy Annual 1963
  • Backstage Betty – Judy Annual 1964
  • Backstage Betty – Judy Annual 1965
  • Backstage Betty – Judy Annual 1975
  • Backstage Betty – Judy Annual 1976
  • Backstage Betty – Judy Picture Story Library #50

Polly Perkins

Plot

Polly Perkins lives in the pleasant seaside town of Portsea. Although she is a small girl, Polly has a big heart and is always ready to help anyone in trouble.  People she helps include,  two lodgers of different ages who disagree on music,  Jim, a flower grower when a rival florist opens.

polly Perkins

Notes

  • Each issue had a different title related to the plot that week e.g.  Polly Perkins and the Sad Gardener  or Polly Perkins and the Birthday Invitations

Appeared

  • Polly Perkins – Judy:  #17 (07 May 1960) – #39 (08 October 1960)

 

Anna Junior Miss / Girl with the Golden Smile

Plot

Anna  Marshall also known as  the “Girl with the Golden Smile”, is a young trainee at Westerby’s department store. She enjoys working in the various department in the store. As she is young and small for her age, she often has trouble convincing people she can do a good job. But they are soon won over be her radiant smile, helpfulness and bright ideas.

anna junior miss(Anna Junior Miss – 1960s)

girl with golden smile(Girl with the Golden Smile – 1980s,  Art: Bert Hill)

Notes

  • Artist: Bert Hill (1980s)
  • First appeared as a text story.
  • It was later reprinted as a picture story.
  • The picture story was reprinted again with updated art by Bert Hill.
  • The character appeared as Wendy Marshall instead of Anna Marshall, in the Debbie Picture story library book: Wendy’s World

Appeared

  • Anna Junior Miss (text story) –  Judy:  #1 (16 January 1960) – #20 (28 May 1960)
  • Reprinted as picture story – Judy:  #86 (2 September 1961) – #106 (20 January 1962)
  • Reprinted (new art) as Girl with the Golden Smile  –  Judy:  #1085 (25 October 1980) – #1101 (14 February 1981)
  • Reprinted Girl with the Golden Smile  – Judy:  #1571 (17 February 1990) – #1581 (28 April 1990)

Other Appearances:

  • Anna Junior Miss (text story) – Judy Annual 1962
  • Anna Junior Miss – Judy Annual 1963
  • The Honest Thief – Judy Annual 1982
  • Girl with the Golden Smile  – Judy Annual 1983
  • Girl with the Golden Smile  – Judy Annual 1985
  • Girl with the Golden Smile  – Judy Annual 1986
  • The Girl with the Golden Smile  – Judy Annual 1992
  • The Girl with the Golden Smile  – Bunty Picture Story Library #344
  • Wendy’s World  – Debbie Picture Story Library #180

 

 

Nanette of the North

Plot

While her father recovers from his broken leg, Nanette Gordon is in charge of their trading store  which stands on the shore of Moose Lake in Canada.  This includes taking charge of deliveries.

nanette of the north

Notes

  • Art: Claude Berridge (Judy Annual 1963)

Appeared

  • Nanette of the North –  Judy:  #01 (16 January 1960) – #16 (30 April 1960)

Other Appearances

  • Nanette of the North – Judy Annual 1963
  • Nanette of the North – Judy Picture Story Library #04

 

Big Sister

Plot:

Jane Masters has a job with Universal Escort who provide an escort for anyone to anywhere. For Jane this usually means escorting children around the world, but sometimes she has had more unusual charges like pets, a doll or even a watermelon! She is a good problem solver and often helps her charges with other problems they may have.

Big Sister(text)

(Big Sister 1960s)

 

big sister

(Big Sister 1970s)

Notes:

  • First appeared as a text story, it was later updated into picture story format.

Appeared:

  • Big Sister (text story) –  Judy:  #1 (16 January 1960) – #27 (16 July 1960)
  • Big Sister (picture story) –  Judy:  #116 (31  March 1962) – #130 (07 July 1962)
  • Big Sister (picture story) –  Judy:  #154 (22  December 1962) – #157?
  • Big Sister  (text story) –  Judy:  circa #215 (1964) – #231 (13 June 1964)
  • Big Sister  (text story) –  Judy:  #244 (12 September 1964) – (?)
  • Big Sister (picture story) –  Judy:  circa #799 (1975) – #815 (23 August 1975)
  • Big Sister (picture story)–  Judy:  circa #879 (1976) – #886 (01 January 1977)

Other Appearances:

  • Big Sister (text story) – Judy Annual 1962
  • Big Sister  – Judy Annual 1964
  • Big Sister  – Judy Annual 1965
  • Big Sister  – Judy Annual 1977
  • Big Sister  – Judy Annual 1979
  • Big Sister – Judy Picture Story Library #06
  • Big Sister – Bunty Picture Story Library #221
  • The Return of Big Sister – Bunty Picture Story Library #264
  • Big Sister – Mandy Picture Story Library #136

 

 

Animal Nurse

Plot

Jill Harris was training to qualify as a registered Animal Nursing Auxiliary at a Dispensary for Sick Animals. She solves a lot of different problems.

animal-nurse

(Animal Nurse – 1960s)

animal nurse

(Animal Nurse – 1980s)

Notes

  • First appeared as a text story in Judy comic later updated to a picture story and appeared in Debbie.
  • The first 2 series in Debbie each story had their own title.
  • Debbie Annual 1983, Art: Pamela Chapeau
  • Debbie Annual 1984, Art: Tony Hudson

Appeared

  • Animal Nurse (text story) – Judy: circa #489 (24 May 1969) – (?)
  • Animal Nurse (text story) – Judy: circa #538 (2 May 1970) – (?)
  • Animal Nurse –  Debbie:  #336 (21 July 1979) – #345 (22 September 1979)
  • Animal Nurse –  Debbie:  #423 (21 March 1981) – #435 (13 June 1981) [no episode #434]
  • Animal Nurse –  Debbie: #485 (29 May 1982), #490 (3 Jul 1982), #497 (21 Aug 1982)
  • Animal Nurse –  Debbie:  #505 (06 October 1982) – #510 (20 November 1982)

Other Appearances:

  • Animal Nurse – Debbie Annual 1983
  • A Boy and His Dog! – Debbie Annual 1984

List of Stories

  • “Walk Before You Can Run…”  – Debbie #336
  • The Gentle Giant – Debbie #337
  • “Don’t Make Rash Promises…” – Debbie #338
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb… – Debbie #339
  • Rufus the Rascal – Debbie #340
  • Monkey Business – Debbie #341
  • A New Home for Belle – Debbie #342
  • Hello Dolly! – Debbie #343
  • Goodbye Sammy!– Debbie #344
  • “I Don’t Need Anyone!” – Debbie #345
  • A Friend in Need – Debbie: #423
  • Sam the Spitfire – Debbie: #424
  • A Job to Do – Debbie: #425
  • Comfort for Ricky  – Debbie: #426
  • Charlie the Chimp – Debbie: #427
  • Billy the Kid – Debbie: #428
  • A Guilty Conscience – Debbie: #429
  • A Fear of Dogs – Debbie: #430
  • The Gentle Giant – Debbie: #431
  • Penny the Pinning Pig – Debbie: #432
  • The Best of Friends – Debbie: #433
  • Never Give Up – Debbie: #435

 

Bobby’s Girl

Plot

Christine Roberts kept house for her father, the village policeman in Ashmead. She was a good problem-solver, helping people around the village.

Bobby’s Girl

Notes

Appeared

  • Bobby’s Girl –  Debbie:  #1 (17 February 1973) – #10 (21 April 1973)
  • Bobby’s Girl –  Debbie:  #31 (15 September 1973) – #32 (22 September 1973)
  • Bobby’s Girl –  Debbie:  #37 (27 October 1973)

Sue at the Wheel

Plot:

Sue Horner worked at her aunt’s café, delivering home-made cakes to customers living in the country. Sue loved driving much more than cooking, although her aunt didn’t understand her attachment to her car “Jemima”.

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Notes:

  • Text Story

Appeared:

  • Sue At The Wheel –  Bunty:   circa #78 (11 July 1959) – ?

 

Other Appearances:

  • Sue At The Wheel – Bunty Annual 1960