Jacqueline Rayner wrote a very nice piece for The Guardian last month about girls’ comics of the 1970s and 80s; a whole area of British comics publishing that has since been completely wiped out. The above title, School Friend, is a couple of decades older. Inspired by Ms Rayner’s article, I went looking for some old girls’ comics for my eight year old daughter to try. The first story in this annual, The Silent Three, has a character called Peggy, and so I had to get it.
We’ve been reading a few strips from it each evening, school stories, ballet, skating, circus, western, mystery and war stories, featuring girls from lots of different countries being loyal to their friends and thwarting rivals, and occasionally rescuing men from mortal peril, and Peggy has enjoyed the novelty immensely. There’s also one story with a princess, but we haven’t got round to that.
Here’s The Silent Three, a school mystery that involves dressing up with masks - just the thing for Peg! Click pages to enlarge.
You too can play at being one of The Silent Three, even if you don’t have a mask!
All excerpts copyright their respective copyright holders - no copyright notice or author credits on original. The art is probably by Evelyn Flinders. The story is probably by Horace Boyten and Stewart Pride. Published by The Amalgamated Press Limited, The Fleetway House, Farringdon Street, London EC4.