*Girls’ Comics: From 1967, the trans-European Tina, launched in multiple language editions, was so heavily pre-sold prior to its launch that it could legitimately claim, even on the front of its debut issue, ‘More copies sold than any other girl’s paper in the world!’ With a strong adventure-oriented line-up, curvaceous secret agent ‘Jane Bond’ illustrated by Michael Hubbard, was the lead, and the ‘Space Girls’ (in colour, by Dan Dare illustrator Keith Watson) added a sci-fi touch. Other features which debuted here were ‘Moira – Slave Girl of Rome’, exotic island drama with Brenda Burn and ‘My Chum Yum-Yum’, pop musicians ‘Jackie and the Wild Boys’, western adventuress ‘Glory Gold’ and ‘Barbie’. Yep, that Barbie. After thirty issues, Tina merged with Princess and lived a long and happy life as Princess Tina, but the pre-Princess issues remain scarce. This copy of #1 comes with its original free gift, ‘Gold Plated’ Troll Brooch! (bear in mind that in 1967, phrases like that were understood not to imply that there was any actual gold involved…) The ‘gold’ of the brooch has partially flaked off over the intervening decades, giving the badge a slightly grubby aspect, but the comic itself is Fine; the troll brooch, structurally sound, we have graded as GD/VG. Our price for the two together: £50.