Princess Tina (at times known as Princess Tina and Penelope and then simply Tina) was a weekly British girls' comic published from fall 1967 to summer 1973 by the International Publishing Company, initially under the Fleetway Publications banner. Two comics, Princess and Tina, were merged to form Princess Tina; another title, Penelope, was merged into Princess Tina in 1969; the publication itself came to an end when it was merged into Pink.
|Publisher||International Publishing Company|
|Publication date||23 September 1967 – 18 August 1973|
|No. of issues||256|
|Main character(s)||Patty Lucas|
|Written by||Jenny Butterworth, Philip Douglas, Betty Roland|
|Artist(s)||Purita Campos, D. C. Eyles, Mike Hubbard, Terence Magee, Hugh McNeill, Leslie Otway, Dudley Pout, Andrew J. Wilson|
It was standard practice in the twentieth-century British comics industry to merge a comic into another one when it declined in sales. Typically, three stories or strips from the canceled comic would continue for a while in the surviving comic, and both titles would appear on the cover (one in a smaller font than the other) until the title of the canceled comic was eventually dropped. Princess Tina was a prototypical example of this phenomenon:
- Girl was a weekly comic magazine for girls published from 1951 to 1964. It was launched by Hulton Press on 2 November 1951 as a sister paper to the Eagle, and lasted through Hultons' acquisition by Odhams Press in 1959 and Odhams' merger into IPC in 1963. After Girl''s issue of 3 October 1964 (its 675th overall), it was merged into Princess.
- Princess, published under the Fleetway banner, had debuted with a 30 January 1960 issue, publishing 399 issues before the merger.
- The first issue of the merged title, New Princess and Girl, debuted on 10 October 1964. By March 1967, the title had reverted to simply Princess.
- Tina was launched on 25 February 1967 as "the new schoolgirls paper for 1967." It lasted only 30 issues before the merger.
- Princess Tina was launched on 23 September 1967 by merging Princess and Tina. The featured comic strips from Princess — Alona: The Wild One and The Happy Days — and from Tina — Jane Bond: Secret Agent — were carried over to the new publication.
- In late December 1969, the City Magazines title Penelope was merged into Princess Tina. This merger appears to have been arranged hastily and left some of Penelope's weekly comic strip serials unfinished, so the endings of these were included in the form of text stories in its final issue, #204 (13 December 1969). The 20 December 1969 issue of the merged title was Princess Tina and Penelope. Despite the combined title, only one comic serial from Penelope survived the merge,[which?] albeit with the format and main character's name altered.
- Before the end of 1970, the title reverted to Princess Tina.
- By March 1973, the title was now simply Tina.
- In August 1973 the publication was merged into Pink. At first, the merged title remained simply Pink, but by issue #48 (23 February 1974) it was retitled Pink & Tina. By issue #89 (December 1974), the title had reverted back to Pink.
- Pink was merged into its sister IPC title Mates in 1980.
Annuals and specialsEdit
Twelve hardcover Princess Tina annuals were published between 1968 and 1980 (bearing the cover dates 1969–1981). Other hardcover annuals associated with the title were Princess Tina Ballet Book, dated 1969 to 1977, and Princess Tina Pony Book, from 1969 to 1981. Five annual saddle-stapled magazines were published as Princess Tina Summer Extra dated 1969 to 1974.
One of the title's most notable strips was Purita Campos' Patty's World, created with writer Philip Douglas, "about the everyday life of 13-year old Patty Lucas." Launched in 1971, the strip survived the merger with Pink, finally moving on to Mates, and then the 1980s relaunch of Girl, finally ending in 1988. As described in Lambiek's Comiclopedia:
The feature deviated from the genre's traditional love stories, and instead focused on thirteen-year-old Patty Lucas, who lives with her widowed mother in a small British town. The stories deal with growing up (Patty gradually ages throughout the years), falling in love, trouble with parents, schoolyard confrontations, and other relatable subjects for teenage girls. The death of Patty's father added a dramatic layer to the series' tone, and more serious subject matter like alcoholism and unemployment was also touched.
Launched in 1967, the Dutch comic Tina was initially a translated version of Princess Tina (but unlike the source publication, was from the start executed in color). It became the most notable of the British-inspired girls' magazines which published a lot of comics, predominantly from British origin (albeit mostly drawn by anonymous Spanish Fleetway studios artists), just like Sjors magazine had at first. And like Sjors, Tina would provide a platform for Dutch talents like Jan Kruis, Jan Steeman, and Patty Klein to flourish, unsurprisingly perhaps as both magazines were at the time published by Dutch publishing house Uitgeverij en Drukkerij De Spaarnestad.
- Alona: The Wild One by Leslie Otway (from 1967; continued from Princess)
- The Happy Days by Jenny Butterworth and Andrew J. Wilson (from 1967; continued from Princess)
- Jane Bond: Secret Agent by Mike Hubbard (continued from Tina)
- Patty's World by Philip Douglas and Purita Campos (1971–1973; continued in Pink)
- Run, Kristina, Run by Terence Magee
- The Trolls by Hugh McNeill
- Vicky in Australia by Betty Roland and Dudley Pout — reprinted from Girl, where it ran from 1954 to 1958
- Willy the Wily Wolf by Hugh McNeill
- David Bishop, "John Wagner: The Quiet American", Judge Dredd Megazine #250, 17 October 2006, pp. 24–30
- Complete AP/Fleetway Comic Index
- "Girl," Grand Comics Database. Retrieved Feb. 28, 2021: "Title continues in New Princess and Girl (Hulton, 1964 series) #10 October 1964."
- W. R. Logan, Interview with John Wagner Archived 18 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine, Class of '79 (undated)
- The Comic Book Price Guide of Great Britain - Princess Tina Annual
- The Comic Book Price Guide of Great Britain - Princess Tina Summer Extra
- Purita Campos entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Retrieved Feb. 28, 2021.
- "Stripgeschiedenis: 1960-1970 Tijdschriften". Lambiek.nl (in Dutch).
- "Princess," Grand Comics Database. Retrieved Feb. 28, 2021: "Main serials (The Happy Days, Alona The Wild One) continued in Princess Tina (1967)."
- Steve Holland, Betty Roland, Bear Alley, 8 September 2006
- Girl (Hulton Press, 1951–1964) at the Grand Comics Database
- Princess (Fleetway, 1960–1967) at the Grand Comics Database
- Tina (Fleetway, 1967) at the Grand Comics Database
- Princess Tina (IPC, 1967–1973) at the Grand Comics Database
- Penelope (City Magazines, 1968–1969) at the Grand Comics Database
- Pink (IPC, 1973–1980) at the Grand Comics Database
- Mates (IPC, 1975–1981) at the Grand Comics Database
- Girl (IPC, 1981–1990) at the Grand Comics Database