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Thursday, 14 December 2017

1981 - A Cheeky Christmas part 2

In the second part of this look back at the festive frolics of the survivors from Cheeky Weekly who continued to appear in Whoopee! at the end of 1981, our attention turns to Stage School, where the eternal battle between the juvenile showbiz wannabes and their resolutely anti-theatrical tutor shows no sign of letting up as the season of goodwill approaches...

Whoopee! 26 December 1981
Art: Robert Nixon



I always feel a bit cheated if a Christmas story doesn't end with a slap-up feed, and Robert Nixon (who does some great seasonal border work) furnishes a sizeable festive nosh-up, complete with steaming turkey. The Christmas truce ending is suitably heartwarming.

Another look back to Christmas '81 coming soon.

Monday, 11 December 2017

1981 - A Cheeky Christmas part 1

Art: Nick Baker

This issue of Whoopee!, the Christmas 1981 edition despite its Boxing Day cover date, features a Yuletastic cover by the great Nick Baker. Nick, who's probably most well known for drawing the ever-grinning little lad Smiler, endows the entire Whoopee! line-up of fun pals with Smiler-like 'beams' (well, apart from Frankie Stein). Mercifully, we are spared the full horror of Cheeky, whose gob could hardly accommodate a more fearsome set of gnashers than his own, with a mouthful of Smiler-alike dinner manglers, since the toothy funster is only seen in profile. However, Calculator Kid, Mustapha Million, Teacher and kids from Stage School and 6 Million Dollar Gran (survivors all from Cheeky Weekly which merged into Whoopee! when the toothy funster's comic ceased publication in February 1980) all get a dental upgrade.

Not seen on this cover is Paddywack, the other Cheeky Weekly survivor who continued to appear in Whoopee! at this stage.

Let's see what our mate Mustapha was up to as Christmas 1981 approached...

Art: Joe McCaffrey



Pity we don't get to see a slap-up feed at the end.

I'll be examining the 1981 festive doings of our other Cheeky Weekly pals soon.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Profile - Buster the Busker

Before the rise in television ownership began to dent cinema attendances, it was common to see street performers attempting to entertain queues of eager film fans as they waited for the picturehouse to open. These musicians/dancers/escapologists etc would of course be hoping to raise cash from their captive audience. Krazy Town’s busker, Buster, was often seen performing to the queue of kids waiting to stampede over the Commissionaire and into the Saturday morning picture show, but his less-than-harmonious one-man-band stylings were never seen to result in donations.

Buster's debut in Cheeky Weekly issue 1
Art: Frank McDiarmid

The 03 December 1977 issue was the only edition in which Buster had two separate encounters with Cheeky – the first being in the usual pre-film show sequence, but the second occurring as Cheeky left the cinema after watching the programme. This 3-panel strip was constructed from images originally seen when Buster made his debut in issue 1 (above).

Cheeky Weekly 03 December 1977
Art: copied and pasted from above Frank McDiarmid artwork

It would seem that Buster’s absence during the 16 weeks between his 31 December 1977 and 22 April 1978 appearances (something that Cheeky remarked on when he returned) was due to a change in his choice of audience…

Cheeky Weekly 22 April 1978
Art: Barrie Appleby

In Cheeky Weekly dated 19 August 1978 the toothy funster got a glimpse of his life in the year 2038, where his bewhiskered future self met up with Buster…

Art: Frank McDiarmid
 
The final Saturday picture show sequence appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 02 December 1978. A week later Buster was seen on Friday (the first time he had appeared on any day other than Saturday) departing for a new location…

More Frank
 
Buster was then absent from the comic until the 05 January 1980 edition where he was seen (or WAS he?) on Monday at Cheeky’s new year party. My original thought regarding the long gap between Buster's 09 December 1978 and 05 January 1980 appearances was that the January 1980 artwork was drawn a year earlier when Buster would still have been fresh in readers’ memories, but was not used at that time due to the industrial dispute which caused the comic to suspend publication for 3 weeks in December 1978. However, this is clearly not the case as Cheeky's new year 1979 party was depicted in the 13 January 1979 comic. This makes me wonder whether the one-man-band shown at Cheeky's 1980 Hogmanay bash was indeed Buster with his bass drum moved to his back to accommodate the accordion, or in fact a musician hired by Cheeky's parents. The fact that the partygoers seem to be enjoying the music (the way that Disco Kid is seriously getting down indicates some damn funky accordion) suggests that it isn't Buster.

Cheeky Weekly 05 January 1980
Frank again

Discounting the above as being a performance by Buster means that the incompetent instrumentalist appeared in a total of 32 editions of Cheeky Weekly.

The terrible tunesmith was featured on the Pin-Up Pal poster in Cheeky Weekly dated 25 March 1978.

Since the Saturday morning picture show sequence was never depicted in Cheeky’s strips in Krazy, it’s no surprise that Buster never appeared in that comic.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Buster the Busker3222-Oct-197709-Dec-1978


Buster the Busker - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Saturday32
Friday1


Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
Buster the BuskerFrank McDiarmid15
Buster the BuskerFrank McDiarmid pencils8
Buster the BuskerMike Lacey4
Buster the BuskerDick Millington2
Buster the BuskerJim Watson2
Buster the BuskerBarrie Appleby2

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 01 December 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
The latest Cheeky Catalogue of Jokes gets plugged in this week’s above-title banner while below, Gunga Jim joins Cheeky for a cover gag for the fifth (sixth if we include Jim's appearance in the Cheeky's Week strip on the front of the 17 March 1979 edition) and final time.


















On page 2 Mike Lacey gets Cheeky’s week of gags rolling with the toothy funster’s traditional Sunday paper round, including a delivery to Constable Chuckle.

Art: Mike Lacey, who uses a different spelling of Chuckle's address to that he used in the 15 July 1978 comic

Page 4 is devoted to Paddywack who continues to confound in another 3 gags submitted by readers.

Art: Jack Clayton


This week we get to see the full complement of Stage School teaching staff; with ‘real’ teacher, headmaster and ‘showbiz’ teacher all taking part in the story.


Art: Robert Nixon


 
With an eye on Christmas sales, Palitoy place on page 8 a deftly-timed full-page ad for Action Man Transport Command vehicles. Evidently concerned about cheap knockoffs denting their profits, the toy manufacturer is keen to stress that their Transport Command rage is the ‘only kind’ of vehicle the mini military man ‘ever drives’ and that purchasers should ‘look for the picture of Action Man on every box’.

Poor old Auntie Daisy, the school meals lady, has her culinary skills called into question on two occasions this week…


Art: Mike

More Mike

 
On page 27 is the second ad this week placed by Palitoy, this time giving details of their Mainline Railways train sets, Big Loader battery-powered construction set and the Gargon, deadly alien monster adversary of Action Man Space Ranger.



Colin Whittock stands in for Jimmy Hansen on Speed Squad for the second (and final) time. The rarely-seen mum of Skipper and Skatie makes an appearance the end of the strip. 

Art: Colin Whittock

On the Chit-Chat page Cheeky continues his series focusing on the creative team behind his comic. This week ‘Uncle’ Joe McCaffrey is the subject.


 
On Saturday the toothy funster realises he hasn’t met many of his female pals so far this week (Ursula, Crystal Belle and the aforementioned Auntie Daisy to be precise), so sets about trading gags with Lily Pop, Do-Good Dora, GrannyGumdrop, Snoozin’ Susan, Petula, Gloomy Glad, Hypno-Tessa and one more of the female supporting cast who he professes to dislike, but we all know different...

Mike again
 
As has become the custom, the comic finishes with the back-page, back yard banter of Snail of the Century.

Mike Lacey handles all the Cheeky’s Week artwork this issue, with Frank McDiarmid providing the cover and Snail of the Century.



Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 01-Dec-1979, Issue 108 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim' 5 of 5 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
5Monday - Art Mike Lacey
6Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
7Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
8Ad: Action Man (final appearance)
9Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
10Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
11Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon
12Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
13Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue 'Doctor Jokes'
14Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue 'Doctor Jokes'
15Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
19The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
20Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
21Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
22Joke-Box Jury
23Elephant On The Run - Art Vic Neill
246 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
25Ad: IPC 'Look and Learn' 15 of 16 Ad: 'Whizzer and Chips Annual'
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Ad: Palitoy (final appearance)
28Speed Squad - Art Colin Whittock (final art on feature)
29Chit-Chat
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Barry Glennard and Robert Nixon's Cheekys

The management at comic publishers IPC were clearly convinced of the effectiveness of cut-out-and-collect promotions, which appeared incessantly in their comics during the seventies and eighties. This cover of Whizzer and Chips dated 30 August 1980 sees the comic in week 3 of its Book Snap promotion...


Citrussy Sid's Snake art - Mike Lacey
Parfum de Pongo Snodgrass art - Ian Knox


Book Snap added another level of marketing into the usual cut-and-keep scenario, as the images on each of the snap cards were re-drawn versions by Barry Glennard of the covers of that autumn's IPC annuals, including the 1981 Cheeky Annual (publication of the Cheeky annuals continued until 1984's 1985-cover-dated annual, despite Cheeky Weekly having folded in February 1980). The rather primitive printing process used at the time could not handle colour photographs, hence the need for these re-drawn, slightly simplified versions.

Art: Barry Glennard

Below is the actual cover, drawn by Robert Nixon. Unfortunately, the front and back of the annual both feature the same image. It would have been nice if the back cover showed a 'what happened next' pic of Cheeky, whose rather un-Christmassy intention would no doubt have backfired, leaving him liberally coated in custard, but the IPC budget clearly didn't stretch to such extravagances (they couldn't afford to waste the custard). I'll leave you to work out what (and more importantly who) is missing from Barry Glennard's version of the cover.

Art: Robert Nixon

A later example of Robert's renderings of Cheeky and pals can be seen here, while the entirety of this The Other Artist's Cheekys series can be tracked down here.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 28

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. Calculator Kid survived a little longer, his run of reprints coming to an end in the 26 July 1986 edition and leaving Mustapha Million as the sole Cheeky Weekly survivor.

Can you spot the interloper in Mustapha's story from Whizzer and Chips dated 18 October 1986? Scroll down to discover the identity of the raider...

Whizzer and Chips 18 October 1986
Art: Barry Glennard











Yes, it's Winnie the Royal Nag, who made her debut in Whizzer and Chips dated 02 August 1986, to coincide (more or less) with that year's royal wedding. Here's her first appearance...

Whizzer and Chips 02 August 1986
Art: Ian Knox

It's good to see in Mustapha's story above that he remained pals with Jimmy, a friendship that developed way back in the early days of Cheeky Weekly, where Jimmy was first named in the 04 March 1978 edition.

By this point Mustapha was the sole survivor from the toothy funster's comic, so I won't be continuing to report an the tally of raids suffered and perpetrated by our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums since, with just the one representative remaining, there's no way our Cheeky pals can emerge triumphant.

But watch for 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
28 June 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million
26 July 1986
Calculator Kid ends this issue
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
16 August 1986Mustapha MillionJoker
23 August 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million
18 October 1986Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million