Comics for girls
It's 1953 and you're an eleven year old girl, dreaming about all the fantastic adventures life has to offer. What, you want a little help here? Okay, when you think of the fifties and gender roles, what do you imagine? I'd think of home-making, to be honest.
I might be wrong!
The School Friend Annual, issued from Farringdon Street, London, is what you've been given to read. Maybe by a kindly aunt.
Jean's heading to a Steeplechase, with her trusty steed Flame. She has high hopes of winning this race. WHEN..
Jean shows her what she's going to do! She is going to be craaazy brave, that's what.
She meets up with Melita again and gives her back her horse, explaining that all the bravery and credit should really go to the horse, not her.
A little later..
So Jean asks Melita to swap hats and scarves. Because she is crazy brave!
And sure enough, the villains mistake her for Melita and endanger her life callously.
She manages to escape though, and they shoot at her. But she out-rides their bullets and their wrath, and catches up with Melita.. during the race she figures out that Melita is riding to win her home ranch, and the villains are trying to stop her because, well, they are villainous and they want it.
And that's Jean Gray and the adventure of the Steeplechase: Flame's Finest Race.
Comics for girls! All about boyfriends and cancer. Except for when they're awesome!
Oh, and this is from an eight-page story, it's exactly a third.