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Cheeky Weekly ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 24

New readers start here... After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.

Whizzer and Chips dated 07 June 1986 - for the first time since the 29 March 1986 edition, a Whizz-kid was subject to a raid by one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums. Can you spot the intrepid interloper? Scroll down to see who it was...



Whizzer and Chips 07 June 1986
Art: Sid Burgon











I'm a bit puzzled as to what's happening on the roof of the school in the first panel of Joker's story above. At first I thought there was a large flower growing up there, but on looking closer there appear to be wisps of smoke above whatever it is. Is it supposed to be a lit fuse?

This is the fifth raid carried out by our moneyed mate, bringing to 10 the total incursions into Whizzer by ex-Cheeky Weekly characters. Our Cheeky pals had been the victims of 19 raids by this stage.

More raiding fun soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Animalad
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Odd-Ball
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Odd-Ball
Cheeky
Mustapha Million
Odd-Ball
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
07 June 1986Mustapha MillionJoker


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Jim Crocker's Cheeky

Cheeky, as a member of The Krazy Gang, transferred into Whizzer and Chips as of the issue dated 22 April, following the demise a week earlier of Krazy, the comic which spawned our grinning chum. By the time of this Chip-ites letters page in Whizzer and Chips dated 02 August 1980, Cheeky Weekly had itself been defunct for 6 months and subsequently Cheeky's bifurcated comics career saw his solo strips decamp to Whoopee!

Included on this page is a rendition by Jim Crocker of the toothy funster. Unfortunately Jim left our gagster pal somewhat deficient as regards his jersey.

All gags drawn by Jim Crocker

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Profile - Sherlock

Subtlety was never a priority for the creators of the multitudinous Cheeky's Week cast, so when the decision was made to include an aspiring detective among the ranks of the toothy funster's pals, said sleuth was equipped with a deerstalker hat, magnifying glass and named Sherlock.

Cheeky's investigative chum made his debut in the first issue of Krazy.

Krazy issue 1, 16 October 1976
Art: Frank McDiarmid


Sherlock's powers of deduction in his first appearance were positively Holmesian compared to those on display during his run in Cheeky Weekly. Although he did get a mention in the first issue of the toothy funster's comic, it wasn't until issue 7 that Sherlock actually appeared, cropping up on Friday and again on Saturday.

Sherlock's first appearance in Cheeky Weekly,
issue dated 03 December 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

In the comic dated 24 December 1977, Sherlock was hired by Nosy Nora to help her locate that week's copy of the ever-elusive Mystery Comic.

Art: Barrie Appleby

The issue dated 10 June 1978 featured Sherlock's first front cover appearance as he joined Cheeky in the What A Cheek strip.

Sherlaock gets a one-off page to himself - Krazy 10 September 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid


In the comic dated 24 June 1978 Petula recruited Sherlock to find a missing elephant, (no, not that one - his adventures didn't start until September that year) and the tiny 'tec's search continued in the following edition. Despite appearing on 5 pages in that issue, Sherlock was unable to locate the errant pachyderm, which had spent the week on Krazy Town High Street inside a cosy created for it by the agile knitting needles of Granny Gumdrop.

Art: Mike Lacey


It seems that Petula was rather lax in securing her betrunked pet, as Sherlock was again on its trail in the comic dated 05 August 1978. The success or otherwise of his search was on this occasion not disclosed.

The adolescent investigator was once more in pursuit of one of Petula's AWOL animals in the 16 September 1978 edition...
 
Art: Frank McDiarmid

...sadly, the species of the missing creature was not revealed.

Sherlock had the honour of being the star of the back page Cheeky's Pal Puzzle in the comic dated 04 November 1978, and the junior detective's second and final cover appearance was on the front of the 17 February 1979 edition, where he was shown as a member of that week's Joke-Box Jury panel.

The youthful gumshoe was the subject of the Burpo Special in the comic dated 30 June 1979.

Art: Mike Lacey
 

Prior to his appearance in Cheeky Weekly dated 31 December 1977, Sherlock was always depicted with pupils in the centre of his eyes, as are many comic characters. However in the aforementioned issue, Frank McDiarmid drew the junior sleuth's eyes as black ovals with no white of the eyes showing. When Frank next drew Sherlock, on the cover of the 10 June 1978 comic, he included whites, but when depicting the young investigator on 5 pages in Cheeky Weekly dated 01 July 1978, Frank showed him on some pages with whites around his pupils and on others without. All Frank's subsequent renderings of Sherlock included whites. Mike Lacey always drew Cheeky's sleuthing pal without whites, whereas Barrie Appleby drew him on some occasions with and on others without.

The daft detective's final Cheeky Weekly appearance was in the issue dated 19 January 1980, concluding a run during which he appeared in 47 issues.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Sherlock4703-Dec-197719-Jan-1980

Sherlock - Number of appearances by Element

Element Number of Appearances
Saturday16
Interval12
Friday9
Monday3
Thursday3
Tuesday3
Wednesday2
Cover Feature1
Sunday1
Sunday evening1
The Burpo Special1
What a Cheek1

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
SherlockFrank McDiarmid23
SherlockMike Lacey12
SherlockFrank McDiarmid pencils11
SherlockBarrie Appleby4
SherlockJim Watson1
SherlockUnknown Cheeky Artist 11
SherlockJimmy Hansen1

Thursday, 27 April 2017

RIP Leo Baxendale

I'm not enough of a comics expert to be able to offer much comment on Leo's massive influence on the development of the comics industry - I'll leave that to others. But I will say thanks Mr Baxendale for the legacy of fun you leave behind.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 27 October 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid






Manhole Man returns to the front page for the 26th time, sharing this delightfully surreal cover image with our chirpy chum and a Caledonian choo-choo.












 
On the Sunday page, the vulture circling above Jogging Jeremy puts me in mind of The Gobbles from The Beezer, and is that Roger the Dodger's Joe the Crow flying alongside?


Frank again

It's 6 Million Dollar Gran versus 1 Million Pound Octopus...

Art: Nigel Edwards



 
...but the sum lost as a result of Disaster Des becoming embroiled in a grommet sales drive is far in excess of the cost of the aged automaton and her synthetic squid adversary...

Art: Mike Lacey
 
There's a shockingly violent conclusion to this week's episode of The Gang, but thankfully it seems everyone escapes unscathed (physically, at least).

Art: Robert MacGillivray


The colouring of the rodent-related Why, Dad, Why? is at variance with the dialogue...

Art: John Geering


Cheeky's tailor chum Ah Sew makes his debut on the Thursday page. Ah Sew was the final addition to the Cheeky's Week supporting cast.

More Frank

Our toothy pal's friends find that the museum offers no refuge against his corny gags as Cheeky pays a visit on Saturday. As has become the custom, the comic concludes with the back garden antics of Snail.

This issue features an all-Frank-McDiarmid Cheeky's Week, a month since the last one, with Frank this time delivering nine pages packed with striped-jerseyed jocularity.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 27-Oct-1979, Issue 103 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 6 of 7 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
6Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
7Joke-Box Jury\Ad: IPC 'Knockout Annual' 3 of 3
8Chit-Chat
9Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
12The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
13The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
14Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
15Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
16Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
17Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
18Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
19Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
20Joke-Box Jury
21Joke-Box Jury
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Stage School - Art Barry Glennard
25Stage School - Art Barry Glennard
26Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27What's New, Kids
28Ad: Palitoy 'Star Wars Collection' 2 of 3 - Art Brian Bolland (final art on feature)
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Monday, 17 April 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 23

New readers start here... After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.

In the 31 May 1986 edition of Whizzer and Chips, Calculator Kid was again the subject of a Whizz-kid raider. Can you spot the crafty interloper? Scroll down to see Whizz-kid supremo Sid spill the beans.

Whizzer and Chips 31 May 1986
Art: Terry Bave













As with the previous raid documented in this series, the Calculator Kid reprint (in this case from a colour episode in Cheeky Weekly dated 28 July 1979) has undergone some modifications in addition to the placement of a raider.


Maybe it was felt that by 1986 'bah!' was something of an archaic expression of frustration. The reason for the change to Charlie's subsequent comment in the second example above is less clear. I could have understood if  the word 'still' had been removed. Possibly the decision to substitute the comma after 'ice-cream' with 'or' and remove the second comma in the same sentence was intended to emphasise Charlie's dire financial dilemma by making it clear that he could afford only one of the seaside treats listed. The exclamation mark in Calc's reply has been replaced with a full stop.

Sid was clearly orchestrating something of a vendetta against Charlie and Calc, as this was the eighth time he had sent a raider into their strip. The ex-Cheeky Weekly folk had by this point been raided on 19 occasions, having undertaken raids into Whizzer just 9 times.

Mor raiding fun soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Animalad
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Odd-Ball
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Odd-Ball
Cheeky
Mustapha Million
Odd-Ball
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid