|Art Reg Parlett|
|1st appearance - art Reg Parlett|
The strip was drawn by 4 artists during its Cheeky run, with Reg Parlett, who was the original artist, and Joe McCaffrey each delivering 56 episodes, While John K Geering and Colin Whittock each stood in on one occasion. Joe's first work on the character was a single page story in the issue dated 14 January 1978, after which Joe deputised occasionally until Reg's last Mustapha story appeared in the issue dated 17 February 1979. Joe then supplied all the artwork with the exception of John K Geering's contribution in the 03 November 1979 comic and Colin Whittock's in the 17 November 1979 edition.
|Joe McCaffrey's first Mustapha strip|
Eventually Mustapha developed a friendship with Jimmy (who was first named in the issue dated 04 March 1978), a lad whose hair colour wasn't consistent across the episodes.
In the early issues of Cheeky Weekly, Fridays would find Cheeky seeking out the Mystery Comic, in which Mustapha was one of the characters. Initially, Mustapha's was the only story from the mysterious publication that we saw, until Cheeky Weekly dated 30 September 1978, from which date the whole of the Mystery Comic was incorporated into Cheeky Weekly. In his strip in the comic dated 17 November 1979, Mustapha is seen reading a copy of Cheeky Weekly. Thus, in an infinitely recursive, meta-disappearing-up-their-own-fictionality loop, Mustapha is a character in a comic read by Cheeky, while Cheeky is a character in a comic read by Mustapha.
Mustapha was one of the guests at Pete and Pauline Potts' party in the 6 Million Dollar Gran strip in Cheeky Weekly dated 06 October 1979.
|Jimmy's inconsistent hair|
Mustapha exceeded his planned year's stay in Britain by some time, lasting the 2-year-plus run of Cheeky Weekly, and some years more in Whoopee! then Whizzer and Chips.
|John K Geering|
The Mustapha Million strips that originally appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 05 November 1977, 26 November 1977 and 03 December 1977 were reprinted in the 1985 Cheeky Annual, which was the final Cheeky Annual to be published, and relied more heavily on reprints than the earlier annuals. For more details see Bruce's blog.
|Friends of Cheeky Chit-Chat|
24 March 1979
|Feature||First Appearance||Final Appearance||Total Issues||Total Issues Missed In Run||Page History|
|Issues Missed In Run|
UPDATE 10 January 2012: In the table below, Mustapha Million's appearances in The Mystery Comic are counted separately where indicated in the Feature column.
|Feature||Artist||Number of Issues||First Appearance||Final Appearance|
|Mustapha Million||Reg Parlett||45||22-Oct-1977||23-Sep-1978|
|Mustapha Million||Joe McCaffrey||33||14-Jan-1978||02-Feb-1980|
|Mustapha Million Mystery Comic||Reg Parlett||11||30-Sep-1978||17-Feb-1979|
|Mustapha Million Mystery Comic||Joe McCaffrey||23||14-Oct-1978||30-Jun-1979|
|Mustapha Million||John K. Geering||1||03-Nov-1979||03-Nov-1979|
|Mustapha Million||Colin Whittock||1||17-Nov-1979||17-Nov-1979|