If we had a list of the 100 greatest serials in girls comics

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I wasn't sure about Jane - Model Miss either. She and Mary Jo could get an honourable mention. What do others think about what should get the last three spots? I haven't actually seen Hetty in the House of Secrets, so I can't evaluate it all that well. The Fairground of Fear is one that sticks with me, but I don't know if it's fair to judge on that basis.

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Tammyfan wrote:I wasn't sure about Jane - Model Miss either. She and Mary Jo could get an honourable mention. What do others think about what should get the last three spots? I haven't actually seen Hetty in the House of Secrets, so I can't evaluate it all that well. The Fairground of Fear is one that sticks with me, but I don't know if it's fair to judge on that basis.
I've not been getting too much spare time lately either, but I'll try and get a couple of episodes of Hetty In The House Of Secrets posted on here later for everyone's consideration.

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helsbels wrote:
Tammyfan wrote:I wasn't sure about Jane - Model Miss either. She and Mary Jo could get an honourable mention. What do others think about what should get the last three spots? I haven't actually seen Hetty in the House of Secrets, so I can't evaluate it all that well. The Fairground of Fear is one that sticks with me, but I don't know if it's fair to judge on that basis.
I've not been getting too much spare time lately either, but I'll try and get a couple of episodes of Hetty In The House Of Secrets posted on here later for everyone's consideration.
Thanks!

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Okay, a scene setter- Hetty in The House of Secrets episode 1:

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Here is episode 5, halfway through the series:

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Here is episode 6, with the children and Arlene Calder becoming ever more dangerous:

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@Helsbels. Thank you for those. I only know the artist as Carmona; I don't have the full name.

Brr, those possessed kids got up to some very nasty stuff (acid in the perfume bottle?!). That Arlene spirit is definitely one of the most evil ever in girls' comics! :shock:

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Here is the list now. Only one space left. What do you think? Are you fine with the list or do you think something should be changed?

1. A Horse Called September (June/Tammy)
2. Alice in Spaceland (Princess Tina)
3. Alona the Wild One (Princess Tina)
4. Angel; The Diary of Angel (Mandy)
5. Anna, Junior Miss/Girl with the Golden Smile (Judy)
6. Balloon of Doom (Bunty)
7. Bella (Tammy)
8. Belle and Marie; Belle of the Ballet (Girl – first series)
9. Bessie Bunter (School Friend/June/Tammy)
10. Bobby Dazzler (Judy)
11. Catch the Cat (Bunty)
12. Cherry & The Children (Girls Crystal/Schoolfriend/June)
13. Cinderella Jones (Judy)
14. Cinderella Spiteful (Tammy)
15. Climbing Rose (Judy)
16. Cuckoo in the Nest (Tammy)
17. Cult of the Cat (Misty)
18. Down with St Desmonds! (Bunty)
19. Dracula's Daughter (Jinty)
20. Ella on Easy Street (Tammy)
21. Force of Evil (Suzy)
22. Fran’ll Fix It! (Jinty)
23. Fran of the Floods (Jinty)
24. Glenda’s Glossy Pages (Tammy)
25. Hannah in the House of Dolls (Bunty)
26. I Hate Janey! (Judy & Tracy)
27. Jane Bond (Princess Tina)
28. Jill Crusoe (School Friend)
29. Junior Nanny (Judy)
30. Lady Penelope (Lady Penelope)
31. Land of No Tears (Jinty)
32. Lettice Leefe: The Greenest Girl in School (Girl – first series/Princess Tina)
33. Lisa the Lonely Ballerina (Debbie)
34. Lorna Drake (Bunty)
35. Lucky’s Living Doll (June)
36. Luv Lisa (Bunty)
37. Maisie’s Magic Eye (Sally/Tammy)
38. Mam’selle X (Girls’ Crystal/School Friend/June)
39. Moira, Slave Girl of Rome (Princess Tina)
40. Molly Mills (Tammy)
41. Moonchild (Misty)
42. My Schoolfriend Sara/My Friend Sara (School Friend/June)
43. Nothing Ever Goes Right! (Judy)
44. Olympia Jones (Tammy)
45. Pam of Pond Hill (Jinty/Tammy)
46. Patsy on the Warpath (June)
47. Patty’s World (Princess Tina/Pink/Mates/Girl – second series)
48. Penny’s Place (M&J/Bunty)
49. Sandra of the Secret Ballet (Judy)
50. Secret of the Skulls (Tammy)
51. Skinflint School (Judy)
52. Slaves of War Orphan Farm (Tammy)
53. Starr of Wonderland (Diana)
54. Sue Spiker (Emma)
55. Sugar Jones (Pink)
56. Surprise Corner (Poppet/June)
57. Susan of St Bride's (Girl – first series)
58. The Blind Ballerina (Judy)
59. The Button Box (Tammy)
60. The Cat Girl (Sally/Tammy)
61. The Chair that Rocked St. Claire's (Judy)
62. The Children’s Champion (Bunty)
63. The Comp (Nikki/Bunty)
64. The Dancing Donnellys (Bunty)
65. The Double Life of Sad Sarah (Mandy)
66. The Daughter of Lorna Doone (Princess – first series)
67. The Face of Romany Fortune (Spellbound)
68. The Flights of Flopear (Bunty)
69. The Four Faces of Eve (Misty)
70. The Four Marys (Bunty)
71. The Frightening Fours (Judy)
72. The Girls from NOODLES (Diana)
73. The Guardian Tree (Mandy)
74. The Happy Days (Princess Tina)
75. The Honourable S. J. (Judy)
76. The Human Zoo (Jinty)
77. The Jealousy of Jemma (Debbie/Mandy/M&J)
78. The Land of Nowhere (Bunty)
79. The Pink Peril (Diana)
80. The Quest Of Katie Courage (Suzy)
81. The Sad Spells Of Fay Martin (Mandy)
82. The Secrets of Charlie Chatterbox (Bunty)
83. The Seeker (Bunty)
84. The Silent Three (School Friend)
85. The Sentinels (Misty)
86. The Strangest Stories Ever Told (School Friend/June/Tammy)
87. The Supercats (Spellbound/Debbie)
88. Toots (Bunty)
89. Trixie’s Treasure Chest (Debbie)
90. Two-Faced Teesha (Tammy)
91. Valda (Mandy)
92. Vanessa from Venus (June)
93. Wee Slavey (Judy)
94. Wee Sue (Sandie/Tammy)
95. Wendy and Jinx (Girl – first series)
96. Wendy at War (Debbie)
97. Westward the Wagons (Princess Tina)
98. Winner Loses All! (Misty)
99. Worlds Apart (Jinty)
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Plus what is left on the list of possibilities and my thoughts on what to do with them. Your thoughts are welcome as to what should make it to the honourable mentions or the final position. Or if you have a last minute suggestion for either, let's hear it.

1. A Leap in Time (Misty) – honourable mention
2. Captain Kate (June) – honourable mention?
3. Cloris and Claire (June) – honourable mention?
4. Come Home Kathleen (Bunty) – honourable mention?
5. Hetty in the House of Secrets (Spellbound) – honourable mention or advance?
6. Mary Jo (Princess – first series) – honourable mention
7. Mouse (Tammy) – honourable mention
8. My School Chum Mum (Bunty) – honourable mention
9. Skeleton Corner (Judy/M&J) – honourable mention or advance?
10. Slave to the Dolls (Tracy) – honourable mention?
11. The Fairground of Fear – honourable mention or advance?
12. The Sorrows of Supergirl (Tracy) – honourable mention?
13. Time after Time [1999] (Bunty) – honourable mention?
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For those who don't know what Skeleton Corner is, here is a link to a discussion of it.

http://girlscomicsofyesterday.com/2012/ ... on-corner/

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Roughly half of the thirteen possibles, the non-Thomson stories, I can't comment on because I haven't read them. Of the ones I have read, I favour Hetty In The House Of Secrets. My least favourite, which I wouldn't even put forward for inclusion in a list of 100 Honourable Mentions, is Skeleton Corner. To my way of thinking, it is just too lightweight. I remember thinking when I first saw it that it must be a filler, used only because the editorial staff had no decent serial ready.

I read through the Top 99 list this morning, and it struck me that there are quite a few titles there that haven't actually been discussed. Obviously I'm not suggesting any major review at this late stage, Tammyfan, but could you possibly think of one that could drop out to allow the inclusion of The Fairground Of Fear? I also believe that a reread of its posted summary, comparing its fear-factor with that in Skeleton Corner, will reveal their relative strengths.

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Phoenix: maybe I could reconsider Cinderella Spiteful or Two-Faced Teesha. Personally, I like The Fairground of Fear better than those two.

Any thoughts about the remaining ones on the list of possibilities?

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Tammyfan wrote:Any thoughts about the remaining ones on the list of possibilities?
Not really, Tammyfan. I've no strong feelings either way about any that I haven't commented on before.

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Phoenix: "I read through the Top 99 list this morning, and it struck me that there are quite a few titles there that haven't actually been discussed."

Must be loads we haven't considered either. For example, I have started thinking of a few from Jinty, such as The Forbidden Garden. A dystopian world where humanity has wiped out all plant life. Then Laika finds a fertile patch of soil and uses it to grow a flower for her dying sister Valli. She has to do it against the face of breaking a few laws and imprisonment if discovered, blackmail, her whole family being demoted to the dreaded C Block (the C must stand for Crap, judging by the state it is in), eventually going on the run from the law, and being attacked by wild dogs, cats and rats. And all the while it is a race against time - can Valli stay alive long enough to receive her flower? All brought to us with brilliant artwork from Jim Baikie.

We can always consider new options or reconsider some of the ones we already have; the first draft of the 100 will not be the the final one.
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Well, here it is: the first draft of the 100! Not definite, still open to discussion, and I still want to seek an opinion from Pat Mills about it. But what do you think of it right now?

Note: I have not decided on the honourable mentions yet, so there is room for discussion there too.

1. A Horse Called September (June/Tammy)
2. Alice in Spaceland (Princess Tina)
3. Alona the Wild One (Princess Tina)
4. Angel; The Diary of Angel (Mandy)
5. Anna, Junior Miss/Girl with the Golden Smile (Judy)
6. Balloon of Doom (Bunty)
7. Bella (Tammy)
8. Belle and Marie; Belle of the Ballet (Girl – first series)
9. Bessie Bunter (School Friend/June/Tammy)
10. Bobby Dazzler (Judy)
11. Catch the Cat (Bunty)
12. Cherry & The Children (Girls Crystal/Schoolfriend/June)
13. Cinderella Jones (Judy)
14. Cinderella Spiteful (Tammy)
15. Climbing Rose (Judy)
16. Cuckoo in the Nest (Tammy)
17. Cult of the Cat (Misty)
18. Down with St Desmonds! (Bunty)
19. Dracula's Daughter (Jinty)
20. Ella on Easy Street (Tammy)
21. Force of Evil (Suzy)
22. Fran’ll Fix It! (Jinty)
23. Fran of the Floods (Jinty)
24. Glenda’s Glossy Pages (Tammy)
25. Hannah in the House of Dolls (Bunty)
26. Hetty in the House of Secrets (Spellbound)
27. I Hate Janey! (Judy & Tracy)
28. Jane Bond (Princess Tina)
29. Jill Crusoe (School Friend)
30. Junior Nanny (Judy)
31. Lady Penelope (Lady Penelope)
32. Land of No Tears (Jinty)
33. Lettice Leefe: The Greenest Girl in School (Girl – first series/Princess Tina)
34. Lisa the Lonely Ballerina (Debbie)
35. Lorna Drake (Bunty)
36. Lucky’s Living Doll (June)
37. Luv Lisa (Bunty)
38. Maisie’s Magic Eye (Sally/Tammy)
39. Mam’selle X (Girls’ Crystal/School Friend/June)
40. Moira, Slave Girl of Rome (Princess Tina)
41. Molly Mills (Tammy)
42. Moonchild (Misty)
43. My Schoolfriend Sara/My Friend Sara (School Friend/June)
44. Nothing Ever Goes Right! (Judy)
45. Olympia Jones (Tammy)
46. Pam of Pond Hill (Jinty/Tammy)
47. Patsy on the Warpath (June)
48. Patty’s World (Princess Tina/Pink/Mates/Girl – second series)
49. Penny’s Place (M&J/Bunty)
50. Sandra of the Secret Ballet (Judy)
51. Secret of the Skulls (Tammy)
52. Skinflint School (Judy)
53. Slaves of War Orphan Farm (Tammy)
54. Starr of Wonderland (Diana)
55. Sue Spiker (Emma)
56. Sugar Jones (Pink)
57. Surprise Corner (Poppet/June)
58. Susan of St Bride's (Girl – first series)
59. The Blind Ballerina (Judy)
60. The Button Box (Tammy)
61. The Cat Girl (Sally/Tammy)
62. The Chair that Rocked St. Claire's (Judy)
63. The Children’s Champion (Bunty)
64. The Comp (Nikki/Bunty)
65. The Dancing Donnellys (Bunty)
66. The Double Life of Sad Sarah (Mandy)
67. The Daughter of Lorna Doone (Princess – first series)
68. The Face of Romany Fortune (Spellbound)
69. The Fairground of Fear (Tammy)
70. The Flights of Flopear (Bunty)
71. The Four Faces of Eve (Misty)
72. The Four Marys (Bunty)
73. The Frightening Fours (Judy)
74. The Girls from NOODLES (Diana)
75. The Guardian Tree (Mandy)
76. The Happy Days (Princess Tina)
77. The Honourable S. J. (Judy)
78. The Human Zoo (Jinty)
79. The Jealousy of Jemma (Debbie/Mandy/M&J)
80. The Land of Nowhere (Bunty)
81. The Pink Peril (Diana)
82. The Quest Of Katie Courage (Suzy)
83. The Sad Spells Of Fay Martin (Mandy)
84. The Secrets of Charlie Chatterbox (Bunty)
85. The Seeker (Bunty)
86. The Silent Three (School Friend)
87. The Sentinels (Misty)
88. The Strangest Stories Ever Told (School Friend/June/Tammy)
89. The Supercats (Spellbound/Debbie)
90. Toots (Bunty)
91. Trixie’s Treasure Chest (Debbie)
92. Valda (Mandy)
93. Vanessa from Venus (June)
94. Wee Slavey (Judy)
95. Wee Sue (Sandie/Tammy)
96. Wendy and Jinx (Girl – first series)
97. Wendy at War (Debbie)
98. Westward the Wagons (Princess Tina)
99. Winner Loses All! (Misty)
100. Worlds Apart (Jinty)

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