I didn't start reading girls' comics until I was in my thirties. Wait. That sounds weird.
Hang on.... No, it is weird. But it's just me.
As a child (a boy-child) it was an extreme no-no to wander into areas of pop culture meant for "the other". As a child (a man-cub) to pick up or even look at a Bunty or a Care Bear would be like painting a sign saying "I like girls' things!" which was patently horrific.
Nowadays those gender lines do not seem to be as firmly set, as the growth of the Brony movement can show. And I can look upon the classic comics I totally ignored as a child (a he-pup) to the point where I did not realise just how many of them there were.
As a starting point, here is an issue Judy from 1974.
The original cover star was Judy herself. That's her in the top right of the cover.
Bobby Dazzler was full of very proto-feminist "I'll show those boys I'm just as good" shenanigans which seems like it would have done a lot of good for the age group at which Judy was aimed.
Before we move on to the other strips, here is an image from an Airfix ad to haunt your nightmares:
Just like big sister Bunty, Judy's strips consisted of many tales of girls in terrible circumstances outside of their control or forced into menial jobs that were beneath their talents.
There was "Backstage Betty", the wannabe ballerina who worked as a stage-hand and Wilma and the Wild One ("Wilma Simpson was a shy girl, and she found life at Windrush School hard. But she made friends with Lorne, a wild girl who lived on the moors").
There was also "Pam the Peacemaker" whose parents were a Richard and Judy-ish TV couple, always forced to smooth over their marital difficulties.
It is interesting to see the scars of the second world war still showing in 1970s childrens' comics. Of course boys' comics were full of stories of brave derring-do amongst tommies fighting the evil Hun, so this is a surprising "girlish" take on that.
Elsewhere you could have your portrait sketched by an in-house artist and win the art as a prize!
Here's a letter I doubt you'd get in a magazine aimed at children today:
Best of all though is this letter of one excited girl's encounter with a certain "famous disc jockey":
There is a small smattering of humour strips, too (the best being "Tell-Tale Tess" a Munchausen-esque auntie who's seen some adventures) and a weekly biographical strip on the famous faces of the day.
This issue: the true-life story of Faron Young!
Also about were a couple of fantasy strips. There was robot hijinks with a Tin Lizzie, who was quite similar to The Dandy's Brassneck, except, this being for girls, Lizzie was a robot maid. Losing some feminism points there, Judy.
To be fair, it appears Tin Lizzie originated in The Dandy in 1953. I'm not sure how similar they were (it started as prose stories before becoming a strip from 55-59) but my attempts to research it have just told me that the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy named themselves after her!
Anyway, no time for catnaps, Ali.
Ali sends a psychic push to David's teacher, sending her outside.
And I don't care that it was a girls' comic.