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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The Other Cheeky Artists - Dick Millington

In his interview in Crikey! issue 12, Frank McDiarmid says that Bob Paynter, Fleetway's Group Editor, wanted to use as much of Frank's artwork on Cheeky Weekly as possible.

However, given the Herculean task of generating the high number of Cheeky features in each issue, not to mention the material that Frank drew for the summer specials and annuals, it's not surprising that other artists were drafted in from time to time.  In this series of The Other Cheeky Artists posts, I'm going to focus on those intrepid pencil-wielders who manfully filled Frank's shoes.

I have to say that I'm certainly not an expert on comics and have no insight into what was happening behind the scenes of Cheeky Weekly.  However I reckon I have a reasonable knowledge of the IPC humour artists of the 70s and 80s.  My attempts to identify artists are just my opinions and you're welcome to disagree.

Let's look first at the Cheeky pages supplied by Dick Millington.

Dick's first Cheeky artwork was a single page in the issue dated 17 December 1977.


He provided all the Cheeky features in the following week's 24 December issue, with the exception of the Friday page, which coincidentally was the feature that he drew in the 17 December issue, so maybe there was some juggling going on.  The fact that the 17 December Friday page includes a trip to see Father Christmas rather suggests it was originally destined for the 24 December issue, which has a Christmas theme running through it, although the Christmas issue was dated 31 December.



In Cheeky Weekly dated 27 May 1978, Dick drew all the Cheeky features except the front page 'What a Cheek' strip which was by Frank.

The next Cheeky-related work of Dick's that I'm aware of is the two-page Cheeky strip in the centre of the Cheeky mini comic which appeared in Buster dated 15 July 1978 (my thanks to Zeg for the scans which I'll be using in a future post).  A different Cheeky strip drawn by Dick appeared in the Cheeky mini comic in Whizzer and Chips dated 22 July 1978.  I can only assume that Dick drew the Cheeky pages in the Cheeky mini comic which appeared in Mickey Mouse comic dated 01 July 1978, as unfortunately I have never seen a copy of that issue.  If anyone has it please contact me as I'm planning a post on the mini Cheekys, so it would be great to be able to feature all of them.

In Cheeky Weekly dated 26 May 1979, Dick supplied the artwork for a 'Star Guest' appearance of Happy Families, the strip he regularly drew in Whizzer and Chips, but since this post is about his work on the Cheeky pages, I won't mention it.

After a break of over a year, Dick was back on full-size Cheeky Weekly duty in the 30 June 1979 issue, for which he supplied all the Cheeky's Week pages apart from the cover. The comic dated 28 July 1979 is the only issue of Cheeky Weekly in which Dick drew all the Cheeky's Week features (I don't count Snail of the Century as a Cheeky's Week feature).

Dick's final stint on Cheeky Weekly was to provide four pages in the issue dated 03 November 1979.

Dick Millington's Cheeky pages in Cheeky Weekly

Cover Date
Page
Element
17-Dec-197721Friday
24-Dec-19771What a Cheek
24-Dec-19772Sunday
24-Dec-19774Sunday evening
24-Dec-19777Monday
24-Dec-197712Tuesday
24-Dec-197714Tuesday
24-Dec-197715Wednesday
24-Dec-197717Wednesday
24-Dec-197719Thursday
24-Dec-197724Saturday
24-Dec-197727Interval
27-May-19782Sunday
27-May-19784Sunday evening
27-May-19788Monday
27-May-197811Suddenly
27-May-197812Tuesday
27-May-197815Wednesday
27-May-197819Thursday
27-May-197821Friday
27-May-197825Saturday
27-May-197828Interval
27-May-197831Saturday
23-Jun-19791Cheeky's Week
30-Jun-19792Sunday
30-Jun-19796Monday
30-Jun-19799Tuesday
30-Jun-197912Wednesday
30-Jun-197923Thursday
30-Jun-197925Friday
30-Jun-197930Saturday
30-Jun-197931Saturday
28-Jul-19791Dr Braincell
28-Jul-19792Sunday
28-Jul-19797Monday
28-Jul-197912Tuesday
28-Jul-197918Wednesday
28-Jul-197922Thursday
28-Jul-197926Friday
28-Jul-197930Saturday
28-Jul-197931Saturday
03-Nov-19792Sunday
03-Nov-19797Monday
03-Nov-197910Tuesday
03-Nov-197915Wednesday
More on the other Cheeky artists in future posts.

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