Publication Dates: 6 February 1971 – 23 June 1984
Number of Issues Published: 138 (#6 February 1971 – #23 June 1984)
Color: Colour Cover; Two Colour Interior; Black & White Interior
Dimensions: 23.6 cm x 28 cm
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Last issue June 23 1984.
It is believed that it was intended to merge Tammy with Girl, but a printer’s dispute in June 1984 prevented the final issues being published and it was simply cancelled. Girl did carry the Tammy masthead for several issues from 25th August 1984 but these issues contain no material from Tammy.
Comic was not numbered, only dated.
No published issues on: 12/28/1974, 1/4/1975, 1/11/1975, 12/30/1978, 5/17/1980, 5/24/1980, 5/31/1980
Doubled dated issues: 21st & 28th June 1980
Tammy was a weekly British comic for girls published by Fleetway in London from 1971 to 1984, at which point it merged with Girl. Other titles which had merged with Tammy before then include Sally, Sandie, June, Jinty, and Misty. The first Editor was Gerry Finley-Day, followed by Wilf Prigmore. The Editor of Sally was Len Wenn. The Editor of Sandie was John Wagner. The Editor of Misty was Malcolm Shaw.
It consisted of a collection of many small strips, with the stories themselves normally being three or four pages long. As well as the weekly comic, Christmas annuals were also published. While there were similarities with its Fleetway stablemates Jinty and Misty, each comic had its own focus, with Tammy concentrating on sadder Cinderella-themed stories and dark tales of tortured heroines, most notoriously in Slaves of War Orphan Farm and No Tears for Molly. Tammy’s respective merges with Misty brought darker, horror tones, and her merge with Jinty more science-fiction. Despite these, changes in editorship brought Tammy to a more traditional mold in storytelling during the 1980s. The dark, cruel streaks that made Tammy so revolutionary in the 1970s had disappeared, except for Bella Barlow.
Tammy had more long-running regulars than most girls’ comics due to her respective merges. The Tammy and Sandie brought Wee Sue in 1973. The Tammy and June merger brought Bessie Bunter and the Storyteller with The Strangest Stories Ever Told in 1974. The Tammy and Misty merger brought Miss T and Misty herself to join the Storyteller, in 1980. The Tammy and Jinty merger brought Pam of Pond Hill in 1981.
Artists featured in the pages of Tammy included John Armstrong, who drew the long-running character Bella Barlow. Others included Mario Capaldi, Jose Casanovas, Tony Coleman, Diane Gabbott, Douglas Perry, Eduardo Feito, Giorgio Giorgetti, Juliana Buch, and Miguel Quesada.
Writers featured included Jenny McDade, who wrote Star Struck Sister, the first Bella Barlow story and Come Back, Bindi; Benita Brown, who wrote the science fiction story Tomorrow Town; Gerry Finley-Day, who wrote The Camp on Candy Island; Maureen Spurgeon, who wrote the Molly Mills stories; Pat Mills, who wrote Becky Never Saw the Ball, Thursday’s Child and Glenda’s Glossy Pages; Malcolm Shaw, who wrote E.T. Estate; Ian Mennell, who wrote Namby Pamby and Cuckoo in the Nest; Alison Christie, who specialised in heart-tugging stories such as A Gran for the Gregorys and Cassie’s Coach; Jay Over, who wrote Slave of the Clock and Pam of Pond Hill from the Jinty merger; Primrose Cumming, who wrote the later Bella Barlow stories; and Anne Digby, who wrote Olympia Jones; Terence Magee who wrote The Four Friends at Spartan School, The Witch of Widecombe Wold and Sally In A Shell
Amongst the strips that ran in Tammy were:
“Alison All Alone”
“Becky Never Saw the Ball”, written by Pat Mills (first appeared 1974)
“Bella at the Bar”, drawn by John Armstrong, written by Jenny McDade, Primrose Cumming
“The Camp on Candy Island”, written by Gerry Finley-Day
“Cassie’s Coach”, written by Alison Christie
“Come Back, Bindi”, written by Jenny McDade
“Cuckoo in the Nest”, written by Ian Mennell
“Ella on Easy Street”, written by Gerry Finley-Day
“E.T. Estate”, written by Malcolm Shaw
“The Fairground of Fear”
“The Four Friends at Spartan School”, written by Terence Magee
“The Girls of Liberty Lodge”
“Glen – Lonely Dog on a Quest”, drawn by Jim Baikie
“Glenda’s Glossy Pages”, written by Pat Mills
“A Gran for the Gregorys”, written by Alison Christie
“Katie on Thin Ice”
“Namby Pamby”, written by Ian Mennell
“No Tears for Molly”, written by Maureen Spurgeon
“Olympia Jones, written by Anne Digby
“Pam of Pond Hill”, written by Jay Over
“Sarah in the Shadows”
“The Shadow in Shona’s Life”
“Slave of the Clock”, written by Jay Over
“Slaves of War Orphan Farm”
“Star Struck Sister”, written by Jenny McDade
“The Strange Story”
“Thursday’s Child”, written by Pat Mills
“Tomorrow Town”, written by Benita Brown