Speech Bubbles
Drawn by Ken Harrison

102 appearances (over 102 pages) between issue no. 1 (20/01/73) and no. 103 (04/01/75).
Did not appear in issue no. 16.
The stories in issue nos. 53 to 59 were printed in colour, the rest in red/black.

Young Jimmy's good side is personified as an angel and known as 'Goodie' and his bad side as a devil, known as 'Baddie'. Saying that Jimmy wrestles with his conscience is not quite true. He usually has mischief on his mind and doesn't need much persuading from Baddie (who calls him "Jim") to indulge. Goodie (who calls him "James") always tries to keep him on the right track.

In the first story Jimmy repeatedly tries to get rid of his catapult as he has overheard Teacher saying he is looking for Jimmy because of it. Baddie urges Jimmy to keep the catapult; Goodie looks pleased as Jimmy tries to dispose of it. However, Teacher eventually catches up with Jimmy and explains "The wind blew my hat into the tree and I want you to knock it down." Jimmy obliges, and with a smile on his face says "I'm glad I didn't get rid of it!" Baddie is smiling too, but Goodie isn't.

This story is extremely unusual. The usual ending is one of "naughtiness does not pay" with Jimmy being punished by a whacking from Dad's slipper (or anything else that comes to his hand), Mum's hand, Teacher's cane, or an equally distressing fate (issue no.23 sees probably the worst - having to listen to Uncle Angus' bagpipes). There are occasional deviations from this, such as in issue nos. 34, 59, 71, 83 and 98. In issue nos. 53 and 73 Jimmy's misfortune is as a result of Dad's Baddie; in issue no. 44 it's his rich Uncle Cyril's.

Other people's 'Goodie' and/or'Baddie' featured include Mum's (issue nos. 22 and 39), cousin Gertie (20) and little Susan (75). Animals are not exempt ; Fido the dog (7) and a pony (72) have 'Baddies' that appear.

The story in issue no.35 is the only one that ends with Jimmy's Goodie and Baddie both looking pleased with themselves (Jimmy is laid up in his hospital bed while they watch a football match on the outside).

Not to be confused with... Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky