On this day, 13 July 1974: Jinty
The tenth issue of Jinty included the first of six instalments of a detachable, collectible mini-magazine that typified Jinty as a comic grounded in the everyday concerns and interests of the majority of its readers. Like so many of the title's stories (such as Gwen's Stolen Glory and A Dream for Yvonne), a promotion such as this indicated a shift away from the fantastical, high-adventure tone of the likes of June and Sally towards a more realistic and relatable publication. The success of Jinty - it ran for another seven years while many older comics disappeared from newsagents' shelves - suggests that it was giving the young girl readers of the 1970s what they wanted.
With hindsight, a poster of Gary Glitter is a reminder that not all in children's entertainment was positive, progressive or responsibly safeguarded at this time, but otherwise there appears to be good content in the first part of this 'lifestyle supplement'. The editorial 'You ... and your world' is encouraging and empowering, and the first part of the 'friendship issues' comic strip Jenny - Good Friend or Bad Friend? isn't too patronising, using the perspective of a reader-age character to invite readers to consider the rights and wrongs of a troubled relationship.