Welcome to the Cheeky Weekly blog!

Welcome to the Cheeky Weekly blog!
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.

Quick links...
Basic Stats
Cheeky Weekly Index
Cheeky Weekly Artist Index
Features by Number of Appearances
Issue Summaries posted to date
Major Characters from the Cheeky pages
Features Ordered by Date of Commencement


The images posted on this blog can be enlarged by clicking on them.  Depending on your browser, you may have to click again on the enlarged image to see it in full size.
Thanks for reading the blog.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Cover Collaborations

By early 1989 the 'rival comics' aspect of Whizzer and Chips was being de-emphasised, to the extent that all cross-comic raids had ceased, Sid and Shiner's letters pages were both located in Whizzer while their respective comic strips had been combined into single a feature within Chips, and readers were no longer encouraged to separate the two 'titles'. Also gone were the cover comic strips, replaced by a series of full-page depictions of the W&C stars in situations various. As the comic increasingly resorted to reprints, these covers showed resurrected IPC veterans such as Fuss-Pot sharing jolly japes with newcomers including Wonder Wimp.

In the 04 March 1989 edition, reader Rachel Thomas asked who was responsible for the cover art. The answer revealed that the covers were a collaborative effort (a surprise to  me) between Jimmy Hansen and Barrie Appleby.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 29 September 1979

This week it's the turn of Charlie and Calc to get an above-title banner promotion, below which Gunga Jim is the instigator of maritime mirth. The action takes us to Krazy Town harbour once again, and we even get a glimpse of the lighthouse in the distance. Do snails find the salty coastal atmosphere uncomfortable? Cheeky's slithering pal gives no indication, but appears to be enjoying the gag. Sadly the unnamed pirate character, despite seeming ripe material for a smattering of corny nautical witticisms, never returned to the Cheeky's Week supporting cast.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

6 Million Dollar Gran takes a trip to a stock car racing tournament, and it's not long before she pits her own jalopy against another old banger. Needless to say, the aged automaton emerges triumphant, and blows the prize money at a food stall. Ian Knox's typically grotesque final panel shows Gran cramming celebratory comestibles into her synthetic alimentary canal.

Cheeky can't resist his own sausage-related gag on the following page....

Frank McDiarmid
It's not often that I include Mystery Boy in these posts, but this week his already bleak predicament seems about to get much worse...

Sadly I can't identify this artist
Having a much easier time of it is Mustapha Million, who this week is enjoying a story in colour.

Art: Joe McCaffrey

With the festive season on the horizon, WH Smith place an ad aimed at those readers busy compiling their Christmas lists, notifying them that this year's annuals (dated a year ahead, as is the tradition) are now in stock. The Beano is prominently featured, and a number of other DC Thomson titles are mentioned, but sadly the 1980 Cheeky Annual doesn't get a promotional boost. However, IPC ran an ad for it in last week's issue.

Thursday sees Cheeky's first encounter with humorous hack Rex Press, although it's quite possible that the similar character named Reg Press who appeared in the comic dated 15 September 1979 was intended to be the same person.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Paddywack encounters an open aperture – I've always said Manhole Man should take more care.

Art: Jack Clayton

The comic concludes with the garden-goings-on of Snail of the Century, which was absent from last week's issue.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

This is a gratifyingly all-Frank McDiarmid-Cheeky's Week issue, the previous such edition being that dated 08 September 1979.

 Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 29-Sep-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid9

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 29-Sep-1979, Issue 99 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim' 3 of 5 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
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 Frank McDiarmid
8Ad: Trebor 'Olympic Game' 1 of 2
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Ad: Palitoy 'Star Wars Collection' 1 of 3
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
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
19Ad: WH Smith (final appearance) 'Annuals'
21Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Ad: IPC 'Top Soccer' 2 of 3 \Ad: Pop-A-Points (first appearance)
25What's New, Kids
26Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27Ad: IPC 'Whoopee Guy Fawkes mask' 2 of 3 Ad: 'Puzzle Time' 6 of 6
28Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Saturday, 1 October 2016

More Toothy Fun

There are more Cheeky goings-on over at GNFAR today, as a pre-Cheeky Weekly issue of Krazy comes under the spotlight. This issue is one of those featuring the teasers that preceded the debut of the toothy funster's own spin-off title.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 19

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.

One month after Calculator Kid's story was infiltrated by Benny 'Lazy' Bones, poor old Charlie Counter and his number-crunching pal were subjected once again to the unwanted attentions of a wily Whizz-kid raider. Can you spot the intruder (and no, it's not the opportunist mouse in the final panel)? Scroll down for the answer.

Whizzer and Chips 15 March 1986
Art: Terry Bave
Reprinted from Cheeky Weekly dated 06 January 1979

Once again a raid has been perpetrated by that rubbery alien sphere, Odd-Ball.

This Calculator Kid episode is revealing, as we learn that Calc doesn't always act in Charlie's best interests, since the sentient silicon chip is aware that the directions he is giving his pal will culminate in dental distress.

This is the sixth time Calculator Kid has been subjected to a raid, and the fourth time that Odd-Ball has impinged on the doings of Charlie and Calc. This raid is the 16th carried out on our ex Cheeky Weekly chums, who have carried out 8 cross-border sorties into Whizzer.

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

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Pages - Page 23

The Friday element of Cheeky's Week was the occupant of page 23 in the first two issues of Cheeky Weekly, but the same location in issue 3 was home to 'More Joke Strips' – a further supply of funnies to be used in conjunction with the Friend of Cheeky Fun Wallet that had been presented as the free gift a week earlier.

Cheeky Weekly's juvenile philanthropist Mustapha Million then commenced a 6-week run on page 23 before being displaced by a returning Friday in the 31 December 1977 Christmas issue. The gag-evaluating panel which comprised Joke-Box Jury then turned up to pronounce judgement on the week's batch of reader's funnies (or otherwise). The following week page 23 was the site of 2 half-page ads, the first for IPC's iconic football-focused title Roy of the Rovers, and the second reminding potential readers that the publisher's humour comics Whoopee!, Whizzer and Chips and Krazy were all running the second instalment of their respective Spotter Book cut-out-and-keep pamphlets. The toothy funster's comic was of course running its own Spotter Book concurrently.
Mustapha then resumed occupation of the subject page for a run that lasted 14 weeks before being interrupted by a page containing a half-page ad for Whizzer and Chips which that week (cover date 29 April 1978) contained the second part of a guide to the solar system alliteratively described as a 'planet panorama'. Sharing the page was a handwritten note from Cheeky asking readers to send in their Father's Day messages for inclusion in an upcoming edition of the comic.

Plucky Mustapha then took up occupation once again for a further 8 weeks, culminating in the comic dated 24 June 1978. This would be our moneyed mate's penultimate visit to page 23.

A week later Friday was back, and held on to the location under review for 4 issues before being interrupted for one week by an ad for Peter Pan Playthings' range of outdoor toys, not coincidentally in time for the start of the school holidays (issue dated 29 July 1978). Friday then returned for a single week, being ousted in the following issue by a surprise appearance on page 23 of Saturday – the only time this particular feature would come to rest in that location. However, Friday was also missing from page 23 a week later when Joke- Box Jury came to rest there.

A 5-week run of Friday then commenced, and in the 30 September 1978 edition there were more gags and groans as the Joke-Box Jury team returned. A week later What's New, Kids shared the page with an ad for the 1979 Krazy Annual, which would be welcome news for those still mourning the demise, in April of that year, of the comic which spawned our grinning hero.

Friday was then back for 3 weeks, before the surprise appearance of Calculator Kid, the only visit by Charlie Counter and his battery-powered buddy to the page in question. In the following issue, page 23 was home to 2 half-page ads, one for IPC's Mickey Mouse comic and the other promoting cereal manufacturer Nabisco's less-than-thrilling breakfast biscuits, Shredded Wheat. Johnny Morris, presenter of TV's Animal Magic, was fronting a campaign inviting consumers of the straw-like comestible to send off tokens which would translate into cash for animal charity the PDSA. As a sweetener (which is something the bland wheaty slabs were certainly in need of), those sending off the cardboard coupons stood the chance of winning a radio cassette player.

A week later Friday returned, but the following issue (dated 25 November 1978) saw IPC announcing on page 23 their upcoming '4 Papers Competition' including prizes of Corgi's model Jaguar car based on that driven by TV's Simon Templar aka The Saint, the ad sharing that location with another promotional push for Mickey Mouse comic.

There was not a little upheaval in the ensuing edition, due to an industrial dispute which reduced the effective page count from the usual 32 to 27. The promised 4 Papers Saint Competition went ahead, but this and the loss of available pages resulted in Tweety and Sylvester's final appearance making a surprise page 23 manifestation. The next issue was similarly afflicted (although regaining one page to make 28), and the consequent disturbance saw another newcomer to page 23 – and also bowing out of the comic as of this issue – Laugh and Learn.

Cheeky Weekly then disappeared from newsagents altogether as industrial relations broke down entirely, returning with an issue dated 06 January 1979, in which the lucky winners of the Chutes Away competition, which ran in the 16 September 1978 edition, were announced on page 23.

The 13 January 1979 comic saw the commencement of the cut-out-and-keep feature The Friends of Cheeky Snap Game, which was to run across 4 issues. The need to have the cards necessary to play this variant on the traditional snap game boast colour images of the toothy funster and and pals meant they were printed on the centre pages, displacing Elephant on the Run. This disturbance to the normal order of things resulted in Skateboard Squad fetching up on page 23 for this and the subsequent 3 issues. The loss of Cheeky's weekly cinema visit, which came to an end in the 02 December 1978 comic, caused a subsequent perturbation to the distribution of the remaining strips that, due to the truncated issues and presence of the snap game, really only became apparent as of the 10 February 1979 comic when, among other shunting of features, the Thursday element of Cheeky's week turned up on page 23. Having said that, in the following issue the juvenile jest judges of joke-Box Jury moved back in the following week, but were deposed by Thursday for 2 weeks and then Skateboard Squad for another fortnight.

Page 23 in the 24 March 1979 issue was no doubt scoured by those readers who had entered the Saint competition back in December 1978, containing as it did a list of lucky prize winners. A week later IPC's 1979 Star Guest promotion began and the subject location hosted a visit by Lolly Pop from Whoopee!. Thursday then returned for a 8-week run, interrupted in the comic dated 02 June 1979 by Speed Squad, after which Thursday resumed for 4 weeks.

Another Star Guest came to rest on page 23 in the 07 July 1979 comic, and this time the visitor was Whizzer and Chips' pesky prankster, Joker. The following week the page under review was home to 2 ads for summer specials, wherein readers would be able to catch up on the holiday doings of the characters from Whoopee! and Jackpot respectively. Speed Squad then returned for a week before being displaced by yet another page of ads – this time an ad for the debut issue of Walt Disney's Puzzle Time shared space with a message from the people at North Pacific Flyers who were keen to set the parks of the nation swarming with their rubber-band-driven model aircraft.

Speed Squad regained control for 5 weeks, but in the following issue page 23 hosted a half-page competition to win Lone Star's facsimile of James Bond's pistol from 007's latest cinema outing, Moonraker. This competition shared the page with an ad for the first issue of IPC's 'super new mag for young soccer fans', Top Soccer. More ads, the main one promoting IPC's '5 Top Comics', namely Cheeky Weekly (natch), Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic, newcomer Jackpot, Whoopee! and the veteran Buster, appeared 7 days later.

Speed Squad re-established control for a further 3 weeks, after which What's New Kids moved back in. However, the terrific trio were back a week later for the first of a 4 week sojourn, which was to conclude their appearances on page 23 and bring to 14 their total visits to the site in question, making them the third most regular inhabitants. Adding the 6 appearances of Skateboard Squad (same team members but different name and modes of transport) would bring the total to 20, making Skipper, Skatie and Wipe-Out the second most regular occupants of page 23, if you choose to focus on characters rather than strip titles.

7 days after the intrepid trio bade farewell to page 23, Elephant on the Run began a 5-week residency before being displaced in the 22 December 1979 issue by Snail of the Century, the only time that Cheeky's mollusc mate's very own feature fetched up at the subject location. The following issue was the eagerly-anticipated Christmas edition, but sadly page 23 was given over to a quiz page which, though festooned with festive imagery, had a distinct whiff of 'filler' about it.

The perplexing perorations of Paddywack then made a surprise visit to page 23, and a week later Elephant's run brought him back to page 23 for the final time. In the following issue the subject location was again the site of a valedictory appearance – on this occasion Friday made its final visit to page 23, bringing to 17 the number of times Friday appeared on the page under review and making Friday the second-most regular occupant (unless you're one of those contrary folks who have decided to lump Speed and Skateboard Squad's appearances together, in which case Friday is the third most regular visitor).

The penultimate Cheeky Weekly saw bus-based buddies The Gang make a late bid for control of page 23 but in the final edition of the comic, Mustapha Million returned after being absent from that page for 84 weeks. Mustapha was the most regular page 23 resident, having appeared there 30 times.
Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 23
Elements Total
Mustapha Million 2/228
Speed Squad14
Skateboard Squad6
Elephant On The Run5
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC3
Joke-Box Jury3
Mustapha Million 1/22
Star Guest2
Advertisement: IPC1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: North Pacific Flyers1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: Shredded Wheat1
Advertisement: IPC\Send a Father's Day message1
Advertisement: Peter Pan Playthings1
Calculator Kid1
Christmas Quiz1
Chutes Away competition winners1
Elephant On The Run 2/21
Friday 2/21
James Bond competition\Advertisement: IPC1
Joke-Box Jury 2/21
Laugh and Learn 2/21
More joke strips 1/21
Paddywack 2/21
Saint competition results 2/21
Saturday 1/21
Snail of the Century1
The Gang 2/21
Thursday 1/21
Tweety and Sylvester 1/21
What's New, Kids1
What's New, Kids\Advertisement: IPC1