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Monday, 17 July 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 10 November 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
If you're getting a sensation of deja chuckle from this cover it's because the visuals are constructed from previously-published artwork. The image of Uncle Hamish originally appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 21 July 1979, and the drawing of a newspaper-delivery-bag-toting Cheeky is sourced from the cover of the 07 July 1979 edition.

Cheeky Weekly 21 July 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's Week proper starts over the page with a Sunday rendered by Barrie Appleby, following which we get to see what Batman looks like when drawn by Terry Bave (and which of us hasn't pondered that at some time or other?).

Art: Terry Bave

It's very rare to find oneself disappointed by Terry Bave's artwork, but I must admit I feel we've been a bit short-changed as regards the TV-related fancy dress costumes on display above. Apart from the caped crusader and Kojak (and Charlie's inadvertent Doctor), there are no other identifiable characters on view, unless those are two Monster Muncheers in panel 3, row 3. I  would have expected a dustbin-based Dalek at the very least.

This week's 6 Million Dollar Gran story is her final 3-pager.

Elephant on The Run recognises an old friend this week but it would seem that our amnesiac pachyderm pal doesn't appreciate the significance of this recovered memory and so fails to question  The Great Mysto about who he is and how he came to be in his current peripatetic predicament.

Art: Robert Nixon

Barrie Appleby draws Cheeky's Week up to and including Wednesday, after which Bob Hill takes up the pen to furnish the remainder of our grinning pal's seven day gagfest. This was the only time that Bob drew Cheeky's Week (though his association with the toothy funster goes back to the 10 September 1977 issue of Krazy wherein he took over the artwork on The Krazy Gang from Ian Knox), and Barrie's work on this issue was the final time he contributed to the daily pages of Cheeky's Week, although his final Cheeky Weekly art was on the cover of the 17 November 1979 edition.

Art: Bob Hill
I like the Rodin reference

As he has done for the previous 2 issues, Cheeky uses his column on the Chit-Chat page to enlighten us (although not very extensively) as to the Cheeky Weekly creators, this time focusing on Robert Nixon...

Colin Whittock stands in for Jimmy Hansen as the Speed Squad artist...

Art: Colin Whittock
Cheeky's Saturday is devoted to a visit to the newspaper offices courtesy of Rex Press. The big news is that a number of the toothy funster's pals are there and the jokes flow like newsprint off the presses.

For the second week, Snail of the Century is absent so the comic concludes with an ad for Mr Bellamy's Amazing Liquorice Novelties

As mentioned above, Bob Hill and Barrie Appleby share the Cheeky's Week artwork duties in this issue while Frank McDiarmid's recycled renderings grace the cover.

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 10-Nov-1979
Artist Elements
Bob Hill4
Barrie Appleby4

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 10-Nov-1979, Issue 105 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Uncle Hamish' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
7Monday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
8Ad: Pocket Popamatics (single appearance)
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
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
14Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
15Wednesday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Ad: Weetabix 'DC Comics promotion' 1 of 2
19Thursday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
23Speed Squad - Art Colin Whittock (first art on feature)
24Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
25Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
26Friday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
27Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 6 of 7 Ad: 'Cheeky Weekly: Knock-Knock Jokes Booklet next week'
28Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
31Saturday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
32Ad: Mr Bellamy's (final appearance)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 25

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 28 June 1986 is the source of this Mustapha Million tale in which the philanthropic funster causes a certain amount of athletic antagonism before resolving the train of events to the satisfaction of all. But who is the errant Whizz-kid intent on derailing the fun? Scroll down for the answer.

Whizzer and Chips 28 June 1986
Art: Barry Glennard

Yes, it's the mono-molared* confectionery consumer Sweet Tooth, carrying out his first raid on one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums. This is the eighth raid perpetrated upon the middle-eastern moneybags, and the twentieth incursion by those pesky Whizz-kids into the pages of Cheeky Weekly survivors, who themselves had by this stage infiltrated Whizzer on 10 occasions.

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
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
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
Mustapha Million
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
28 June 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million

*Okay, I know that Sweet Tooth's surviving gnasher is in fact an incisor but that didn't serve my alliterative purposes.

Monday, 3 July 2017

The One-Offs - Little Stitch

Over the weeks there were many anonymous stooges who shared a joke with Cheeky and were never seen again. Certain of these ephemeral members of the Cheeky cast, however, were introduced in such a way that one expected them to become regular characters. This series of posts examines those 'one-off' appearances.

Ah Sew's younger brother Little Stitch made his one and only Cheeky Weekly appearance in the issue dated 01 December 1979. This one-off character's name was punningly based on that of the diminutive but large-booted music hall performer Little Tich (1867-1928). The joke assigned to Little Stitch could quite easily have been delivered by his older sibling, but the Cheeky's Week scriptwiter evidently felt that it was worth creating a new character just to wring out an extra gag from his name (though whether kids of the late 70's would have been aware of the music hall allusion is open to question).

Cheeky Weekly 01 December 1979
Art: Mike Lacey