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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Jinty's CONCRETE SURFER to be collected next summer

Glancing at the books section of Amazon earlier I noticed that June 2020 will see the publication of Concrete Surfer by Pat Mills and Christine Ellingham. This story first appeared in Jinty in 1978.

The description on Amazon reads:
Sent home to Britain after her parents fail to establish a new life in Australia, Jean Everidge is forced to rely on family charity, moving in with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin Carol, successful gymnast, beloved of teachers and pupils alike, and all round charming “top girl”. Jean has one solace left to her – skateboarding, surfing the concrete pavement, while forgetting all her troubles, and feel free.

But Jean’s freestyling talent soon attracts attention, and if there’s one thing Carol can’t stand, it’s being out of the spotlight. With the new skatepark freestyle contest coming up, just how far will Carol go to stay number one?

Jenni Scott's excellent blog A Resource on Jinty, featured a post on the strip a while ago and you can read it at the following link, although it does contain spoilers so I didn't read the whole entry. The blog itself is well worth following though!

It's good to know that Rebellion will be bringing us more classics from the girls' comics. Christine Ellingham is an artist who is new to me so it's good to discover her art 40 years on! These well-told tales and superb artwork deserve to be seen by a new generation, and the emotional punch of their storylines makes a nice balance to the action-orientated stories from the boys' comics of yesteryear. 


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