Today I've brought out my collection of Twinkle comics again, from the 1970s. When I grew out of Topsy and Tim (see last post), I graduated to Twinkle - every Thursday after school my comic would be delivered by the newspaper boy, and at Christmas time there was always a new Twinkle annual in my stocking - 'full of gay features, puzzles, stories and things to do'.
I adored Twinkle, and all of the regular characters in her comic, like Belinda, Jenny Wren, Nurse Nancy and Patty Pickle. And it felt so grown-up to get my own 'magazine' every week, just like my big sisters who would get Bunty and Jackie comics delivered.
I don't know much about the illustrators behind Twinkle, as they are anonymous, but their style is instantly recognisable. Donna told me her nan was one of the Twinkle illustrators, how cool!
I don't know if Twinkle was available in Australia - I did once find a huge pile of Twinkle comics at Camberwell market in Melbourne, which I added to my collection (imagine how thrilled I was!). I put all of Twinkle collection on to Flickr some time ago, have a look! Aren't the covers just so fab?