The joy of Jinty….
Jenni Scott, once organiser of the Caption Comics event in Oxford returns with a new project, a great new blog focusing on the 70s/80s UK comic Jinty; A Resource On Jinty.
As Scott says on the site:
So far, it’s been running for a month and what’s there looks absolutely fascinating. Long may it continue. The legacy of “girls comics” of the past is full of lost works, unrecognised by too many for too long, these sorts of projects are well worth supporting. Below are just a few snippets from the site…
(artist unknown – site suggests Sian Cardy)
That’s a page from Gypsy Rose that ran in Tammy & Jinty in ’81-’82. Scott’s notes tell us that artists on that strip included Jim Baikie, Guy Peeters, Phil Townsend, Trini Tinturé, Carlos Freixas, Douglas Perry and Hugo D’Adderio.
“As Rose often acted as a supernatural advisor, her stories were set in the present and centred on ghosts, curses, strange happenings, and evil objects, places or people. For example, in ‘The Box of Hate’, one girl comes to Rose saying that she is being blamed for strange activities that are destroying her guardians’ shop. Rose comes along, traces the problem to a box which is inhabited by a poltergeist, and has the box buried. In ‘The Haunted Ballerina’, another client comes to complain of a malevolent force emanating from a mirror that she has just bought. It seems to be out to destroy her dancing career. Rose tells the client that the mirror is haunted by a jealous ballerina who hated to see others dance because she could not do so following an accident. The evil ends up destroying itself. We never see Rose fighting evil with exorcisms, magic charms or spells, though in one story she urges an angry god to stop chasing a girl who took a bracelet from a sacred site.“
(art by Phil Gascoigne)
It’s quite fitting that the first artist to be written about on this blog should be Phil Gascoine, who was in Jinty from the first issue (with Gail’s Indian Necklace) to the last one (with Badgered Belinda). His art is distinctive in any case but identification of him as the artist of these stories is indisputable, because he often signed his work with large, looping letters, as is the case in this page from ‘No Cheers for Cherry’.
Spanish comic artist Trini is an iconic Jinty creator; her sharp lines lend themselves well to mean girls (Stacey in ‘The Slave of Form 3B’) and to humour (The Zodiac Prince). She has illustrated some true classics – ‘Creepy Crawley’ and ‘The Slave of Form 3B’ in particular – but whether drawing a one-shot Gypsy Rose story or a longer arc that gives her free rein with mad eyes and grins, her distinctive style is always a delight to see. She seems particularly good at brunettes with snapping glares, but her happy-go-lucky Zodiac Prince, one of the few male protagonists in a Jinty story, is also a memorable character.
Some of her stories are signed, such as this page from ‘Sisters At War!’ – a small neat signature in the very bottom left of the page that would be easy to miss. Even without that, it would be hard to avoid a contented recognition of her beautiful artwork on first sight.