*Girls’ Comics: Our latest British #1 comes with a whole lot of successive issues! The venerable but faltering Princess weekly had, by 1967, seen better days, but its editors had a cunning plan: Tina, the weekly comic launched earlier that year, was a rollicking success, with translated iterations all over Europe and hundreds of thousands of girls rejoicing in the antics of ‘Jackie and the Wild Boys’, ‘Jane Bond’, ‘Super-Girl Sandra’ and ‘Moira – Slave Girl of Ancient Rome’, not to mention fashion-doll ‘Barbie’. So in the last few days of Princess, they had Tina stalwarts ‘guest’ in order to lull the readership for the upcoming ‘great news, chums!’ announcement, wherein Princess combined with Tina – but this was no ordinary merger, more a virtual relaunch as ‘Princess Tina’, with Princess stalwarts ‘Sue Day’ and ‘Alona’ taking prime positions. The re-branded Princess Tina ran on happily, in one form or another, until 1972, and we have the first issue from 1967, as well as a scattering from 1968 & 1969, and then a reasonable selection from 1970, the year in which Princess T. absorbed the faltering Penelope – though Penny’s own series was the only one to make that jump! Illustrated are the first Princess Tina issue from 23rd September 1967 (VG at £25), and 17th October 1970, just because it’s a very nice cover!