Valentine #12 January 1974
(12 January 1974)

IPC, 1957 Series
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Price
0.05 GBP
Pages
32
Indicia Frequency
every Saturday
On-sale date
1974-01-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
IPC Magazines Ltd.
Editing
Kathy Walker (editor); Andrea Danzig (assistant editor); Kathy Watts (features); Dick Lewis (scripts); Tony Hall (production); Tony Baldwin (art); David Canns (art); Xy (art)
Color
Black and white
Dimensions
195mm x 230mm (1960s); 220mm x 300mm (1970s)
Paper Stock
Newsprint
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
Ongoing series

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

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First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Real Elton John - interview & pin-up

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

Tone's Mailbox / letters page / 1 page (report information)

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Indexer Notes

Letters from: Helen Bootes (from Newcastle), Sindy Sau (from Malaysia), P. Dallas (from Glenrothes, Fife), K. W. Swan (from Linton, Cambridge), S. Hantshorn (from Walsall, Stafs.), Nicola Beavers (from Halifax, Yorkshire), Sandy and Sharon (from Herts.), Julie Ivinson (from Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire), Yvonne Pearson (from Warwickshire), J. Fox (from Chelmsford, Essex), Kim Wyer (from London), and M. McCister (from Banbridge)

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Seeing Stars / text article / 0.2 page (report information)

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Horoscopes.

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Poets Corner / text article / 0.2 page (report information)

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Make a Card Competition (Table of Contents: 4)

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Jimmy Osmond (Table of Contents: 5)

Pop Pic / illustration / 0.3 page (report information)

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Brainy Borris's Box / text article / 0.2 page (report information)

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Midwinter Love (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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Sarah had fallen so deeply in love last summer, but could her love stand the test of time--and the heartaches and tears of winter…?
Genre
romance
Characters
Sarah; Pam; Mike
Synopsis
Sarah meets Mike when he has a summer job on the coast. When summer ends, he gets a permanent job to stay. But soon, his leg is badly damaged in an accident and he changes. He tells Sarah he is a millstone and she should leave him. She runs in fear, but an old beachcomber encourages her to reflect on winter, its beauty and the certainty of another spring. Sarah returns to Mike and persists until he understands also.

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What's Going On / text article / 0.5 page (report information)

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Indexer Notes

This is a new regular pop gossip column beginning in this issue.

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A Moment with Michael / text article / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Michael Jackson
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Skate Away a Freezing Day (Table of Contents: 10)

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Genre
fashion

The Lonely Road (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

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Linda and Kevin were running away--to an uncertain future. But was it the right way, the only way?
Genre
romance
Characters
Kevin; Linda Baxter; Mr Baxter; Mrs Baxter
Synopsis
The Baxters tell Linda she's too young to marry, so she drives with Keven through a snow storm to marry in Scotland. A tree falls across the road and Kevin's skilled driving saves Linda, but he's hurt. Worrying she is doing the right thing, Linda moves Kevin to a barn and gives him first aid. Heading off to seek help, she finds her parents looking for her. They are impressed with how Linda has handled herself and decide to support the couple's relationship.
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Indexer Notes

Kevin is referred to as Kenny at the end of page 2.

The Goodies (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Kathy Watts
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Our Kathie returns unscathed from an afternoon with the three nuttiest guys in the land

New Years Eve (Table of Contents: 13)

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Indexer Notes

This feature is a poem. It looks like it has been used to fill unsold advertising space.

Are You an Ideal Girlfriend? (Table of Contents: 14)

Quiz / text article / 1 page (report information)

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"I'm a Frustrated Sportsman" Says Elton John (Table of Contents: 15)

text article / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Nancy Dowlen
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Indexer Notes

The issue refers to this article by "our Nancy", who appears to be the staff member previously listed as responsible for features and last credited in the 5 January 1974 issue. The feature includes a centrespread pinup of Elton John.

The Happiness Girl (Table of Contents: 16)

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How do you cure a broken heart? Sandy thought she knew the easy way...the instant way...
Genre
romance
Characters
Mark; Sandy Savage; Nicky; Alan Benson; Paul; Mrs Blake; Mrs Bamford
Synopsis
After Mark breaks up with Sandy, she is depressed. Nicky encourages her to try a new job and Sandy becomes the 'happiness girl, determined to be happy and selling 'Happiness' nail polish door-to-door. It's a hard gig, but she meets Alan, who generously buys some nail polish and invites her out. She puts on her happy face, but Alan is not impressed by the façade. An encounter with lonely Mrs Bamford makes Sandy reflect on the real meaning of happiness and to seek out Alan for a second chance.
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Why Do We Worship Pop Idols? (Table of Contents: 17)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Andrea Danzig
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

Journey into Fear! / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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When my adored father died, Ian Fraser asked me to Scotland to look after his motherless children...
Genre
romance
Characters
Christina (Tina) Taylor; Ian Fraser; Patsy; Paul; Morag; Duncan; Terry Nelson
Synopsis
Tina stops Ian's kiss, but can't tell if he is disappointed or relieved. For no obvious reason, Morag and Duncan are upset with her. Morag won't answer questions and Duncan stops her looking around the farm. Terry comes to apologise and offers to show her the town. At the end of the day, Tina runs from his car to avoid his kiss. In the house, she hears a noise in the children's room and is shocked to see a woman standing there. The woman says she is Ian's wife—who Tina knows is dead.

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Dear Stevie / text article / 1 page (report information)

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Indexer Notes

Advice column.

Roger Sutton of Riff Raff Tells Kathy How He Went from Building Sites to Building Guitars (Table of Contents: 20)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Kathy Watts
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Jenny Never Joins in the Fun (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

Immac / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Come Back, Yesterday (Table of Contents: 22)

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Enric Badia Romero ?
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Enric Badia Romero ?
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Jean just wanted to go on re-living the past, with all its happiness and heartbreak…
Genre
romance
Characters
Jean; Paul; Gary
Synopsis
Jean runs into Paul. He tells her how pleased he is that Jean got engaged to Gary and they remember their childhood growing up together. Jean was always Gary's girl and he was her hero. To protect his memory, Jean doesn't tell Paul that Gary didn't want to live up to being a hero. Jean caught him cheating on her and, that night, he was killed in a motorbike accident with the other girl. Jean takes Gary to the cemetery and tells him Gary has died. Jean wonders if there might be a future with Paul.