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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Cheeky Weekly cover date 07 January 1978

This week's cover foregoes the What A Cheek strip to announce the Cheeky Spotter Book of Fun, starting today.  Readers are invited to cut out the booklet instalments over the next four weeks, and assemble it when they have all the sections.

The cover looks to me as though it's an assembly of cut-and-paste and original artwork by unknown hand.



There's a running joke throughout Cheeky's Week with Do-Good Dora compiling a list of new year resolutions that eventually totals 1000 good deeds.

Page 2 is the only occasion where a day is continued from the previous issue, as we are still in the final seconds of New Year's Eve, eagerly awaiting midnight and the first guest of the New Year.  The first-footer turns out to be Uncle Hamish.  Cheeky's mum has changed her outfit and hair colour in the few seconds that have elapsed since we saw her in the previous issue.  A group of Cheeky's (adult) pals arrive, including Milkie who has some bottles (of gold top?), and the new year bash commences.




6 Million Dollar Gran is brought forward a day to Sunday in this issue, and stars in a new year-themed episode as she carries the church bell to London for repair and returns it in time for ringing in 1978.

On Monday Cheeky visits the newsagents to collect his paper round money and is unable to resist a free read of the new James Bold novel.  On being discovered and ejected by the newsagent, Cheeky walks past a puddle that some Krazy Town graffiti artist (surely not Cheeky?) has attributed to Walter Wurx.



 Oscar explains on Thursday that he didn't have time to make a home movie this week, but we all know that the Home Movie page was actually bumped because of the New Year's Eve page, which resulted in extra Cheeky's Week material in this week's issue.

I wonder how many kids will spend their Christmas money on a Practical Joker set as advertised on the What's New, Kids page.  The artist who assembled the image of Cheeky at the top left has given the poor lad a left hand on his right arm.

 This week's Mustapha Million story is another new year resolution-themed tale, and concludes in a single page instead of the normal 2-pager.  We can't blame this one on New Year's Eve again - Mustapha owes his truncation to the amount of IPC in-house advertising in this week's issue.  Page 18 features 2 ads; one for Shoot!, which is featuring the first part of their cut out 1978 calendar, and another promoting the cut out spotter books starting this week in Krazy, Whoopee! and Whizzer and Chips.  On page 30 there's an ad for Roy of the Rovers, (whose readers can cut out the first part of a full-colour FA Cup chart), plus a couple of stamp collecting ads ('please tell your parents'), and the instructions for saving the spotter book instalment in this issue.  IPC management certainly believe reader loyalty can be secured by getting them to hack chunks out of their favourite comics.  Don't they think that if readers are keen on a particular title they will keep the whole comic rather than just bits of it?  I always feel short-changed by any cut-out-and-keep items, I much prefer pages of strips.


All the Cheeky's Week art this week is by Frank McDiarmid pencils.  Jim Petrie does the honours on the spotter book.  Uncle Hamish and Newsagent make their first appearances.  This week we say goodbye (and good riddance as far as I'm concerned) to the Wile E Coyote feature.



































































Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 07-Jan-1978, Issue 12 of 117
PageDetails
1Hey, Pals! You'll have some fun with this! (single appearance)
2New Year's Eve (final appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
3Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
4Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
5Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
76 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
86 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
9Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
10James Bold 'The Ghost Highwayman' 1 of 9 - Art Mike White
11James Bold 'The Ghost Highwayman' 1 of 9 - Art Mike White
12Suddenly (first appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
13Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
14Old Comic reprint from Chips 'Dickie Duffer' 1 of 2 reprint from Chips 'Rudolf the Red Nosed Ranger'
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known\Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
18Ad: IPC 'Shoot' 2 of 13 Ad: 'Spotter Books promo' 1 of 2
19Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
20What's New, Kids
21Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Joke-Box Jury
24Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
25Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 'Extra Long Division'
26Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 'Extra Long Division'
27Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
28Space Family Robinson 'The Icemen'
29Space Family Robinson 'The Icemen'
30Ad: IPC 'Roy of the Rovers' 2 of 8
31The Cheeky Spotter Book of Fun (first appearance) - Art Jim Petrie
32The Cheeky Spotter Book of Fun (first appearance) - Art Jim Petrie

Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Features - Skateboard Squad


Post updated 14 June 2016 - artwork credit changed from Mike Lacey to Jimmy Hansen.



Rolling on the crest of the late 70s skateboard craze, the Skateboard Squad consisted of Skipper aka Skip (male), Skatie (female) and Wipe-Out (canine, male).  When trouble loomed, the Squad would mount their trusty boards and roar off to right wrongs, foil robberies (on one occasion retrieving the Cheeky editor's wages, a huge sack of money) and generally do good.  The only person for whom they seemed to have no regard was Cheeky, who was run over on several occasions as the intrepid team raced to their latest adventure.  In the Squad's story in the comic dated 11 March 1978, Cheeky was run over again in the final panel.


The stories quite often took place in Krazy Town park, where the team would deal with spoilsport parkies, bullies, and stranded cats.  There were also a number of stories set on farms, not an environment one would consider conducive to skateboarding.

In the third issue of Cheeky Weekly we meet a gang who are apparently the Squad's arch enemies, the Roller Skate Mob.  However the Mob only makes one more appearance, in the comic dated 07 January 1978.



The conclusion to the story in the comic dated 03 June 1978 reveals that Skipper and Skatie are siblings, as they return home to their mum.

Skateboard Squad had quite a number of crossovers with characters from Cheeky's Week.  Prior to the meeting with Cheeky on 11 March 1978 referred to above, on 04 February 1978 the Vicar, Cheeky and 6 Million Dollar Gran had been seen in the crowd as the Squad gave a demonstration of their boarding skills at the new sports centre.  The decision to include Gran in the crowd is debatable since in Cheeky's world Gran is a fictional character from a TV show.  On 01 April 1978 the Squad race to save a runaway pram, finding that it's occupied by Baby Burpo.  In the Squad page in the 13 May 1978 comic, the team encounter Manhole Man, Baker's Boy, the goalie cat and Snail.  24 June 1978's adventure sees the Squad meet Spiv, Libby, Louise, Jogging Jeremy, Six-Gun Sam, Bump-Bump Bernie, Cheeky and Burpo.  On 16 September 1978 they meet Cheeky once more, returning to help pick up his newspapers after colliding with the toothy funster on the preceding page.  The comic dated 07 October 1978 sees the Squad introduce a skateboard into Jogging Jeremy's fitness regime.  Snail makes cameo appearances in the following two episodes, the second of which also features Farmer Giles.  The 13 January 1979 instalment has a new year theme as the squad resolve to do good turns for Sid the Street-Sweeper, Louise and Cheeky.  Sadly, the good deeds fail to please the recipients, except for Louise who is seen clinging lovingly to Cheeky's leg in the final panel.  Constable Chuckle takes into custody the thief the Squad have just captured, at the end of the 03 March 1979 story, and he appears again on 17 March 1979.  Teacher lets Skipper off the lines he'd been set, as a reward for the team's good deed in the Squad's final story, in the issue dated 12 May 1979.

An unsettlingly evil-looking Squad are featured on the Pin-Up Pal poster in the 31 March 1979 issue.

14 January 1978
06 January 1979

I suspect that the Squad page printed in the 17 February 1979 issue was originally intended for the aborted Christmas 1978 comic, which failed to appear due to a strike.  I would guess that the reference to the infants' 'annual party' was changed from 'Christmas party'.

The first Skateboard Squad story had no introductory caption or title panel.  The remaining episodes up to and including 16 September 1978 commence with an above-story caption reading either 'Here comes the Skateboard Squad' or 'Watch the Skateboard Squad in action' (the strip in 19 August 1978's 60-years-into-the-future issue had a caption reading 'Here comes the 1978 Skateboard Squad' since the terrific trio of 2038 were unlikely to still be propelling themselves around Krazy Town on boards), but in the 23 September 1978 comic, a conventional title frame appears in the first panel of the top row of frames.  Limiting the title of the strip to a single panel meant that the name had to be printed as Skate Board Squad.  Subsequent stories had a title across the top of the page showing the Squad trailing a banner, allowing the strip name to be printed as  Skateboard Squad.  The move to replace the introductory caption with more conventional title frames was probably made in order to render the strips more easily used as reprints.

The Squad's canine component, Wipe-Out, seemed to develop the ability to speak in the 18 November 1978 issue of the toothy funster's comic, seemingly unnoticed by his companions (his previous utterances being limited to sundry woofs, growls or on one occasion a few words to a fellow pooch in 'dog language'). The only other instance of Wipe-Out's mongrel verbosity came during the Squad's Star Guest appearance in Whizzer and Chips dated 14 April 1979, in the course of which our mutt mate conversed with his companions.

All 76 episodes of the Squad's adventures were drawn by Jimmy Hansen.  In the issue dated 04 February 1978, their adventure covered two thirds of a second page, but all the other Squad episodes were single-pagers.  The strip most regularly followed the Sunday page, but migrated to the page after Thursday as it headed toward the end of its run.



From Cheeky Weekly's first issue to that dated 23 September 1978, Skateboard Squad followed Cheeky's Sunday page. During this 50-issue run the Squad would, with one exception, make an introductory appearance in the final panel of the Sunday page, where they were seen zooming off to their latest adventure and bowling Cheeky off his feet in the process. The one instance from this period on which the terrific trio didn't make an appearance on the page preceding their story occurred in the 31 December 1977 Christmas issue, as the Skateboard Squad tale began with them at home opening their presents (skateboards, naturally).

With effect from the 30 September 1978 revamp issue, and as a result of the upheaval caused by the introduction of the Mystery Comic section, the Squad's page moved so that it followed the Tuesday page. However, as of the following week the introductions were dropped until the 09 December 1978 issue. This issue was reduced to 28 pages as a consequence of industrial action and although Cheeky introduced the Squad on page 17, the following page actually contained Disaster Des and the Squad appeared on page 19. Maybe the resumption of the introductions following a 9-week break was due to reader feedback.

Cheeky Weekly then failed to be published for 3 weeks, and on its return, and until the final Squad story in the 12 May 1979 comic, Skateboard Squad relocated to the page after Thursday (with a couple of exceptions) and most of the introductory panels of this period showed the Squad experimenting with some ingenious method of warning the populace of their approach.

Obviously sensing that the boarding craze had passed its peak, Cheeky Weekly's generously remunerated editor retired the Skateboard Squad after their appearance in the 12 May 1979 issue.  However, following a two week break, Skipper, Skatie and Wipe-Out were back in their new incarnation, the Speed Squad.
                                                                                                                                                             

FeatureFirst AppearanceFinal AppearanceTotal IssuesTotal Issues Missed In RunPage History
Skateboard Squad22-Oct-7712-May-797632,3,4,7,9,10,11,19,22,23,24



Issues Missed In Run
24-Mar-79
14-Apr-79
28-Apr-79



                                                                                                                                   
FeatureArtistNumber of IssuesFirst AppearanceFinal Appearance
Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen7622-Oct-197712-May-1979


Count of pages preceding feature


                                                                 
Preceding PageCount
Sunday47
Thursday14
Tuesday10
Disaster Des1
Paddywack1
Monday1
Christmas Morning1
Easter Sunday1

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Profile - Baker's Boy

Employed by bakers Burnitt & Scorchit to transport a tray of cakes around Krazy Town for no apparent reason, the Baker's Boy repeatedly fell victim to Cheeky's challenge to answer a riddle or forfeit one of his goodies.  In the 28 January 1978 issue, Cheeky set Baker's Boy the riddle 'what's black and white and fast?' on Sunday, and allowed the purveyor of pastries a whole week to supply the right answer.  Despite making valiant attempts to provide the correct solution each day (with, according to Cheeky, an extra 2 attempts on Friday although I can only see one), the hapless comestible conveyor eventually lost 9 of his confections to our grinning hero the following Saturday, on learning that the correct answer is 'a jet-propelled domino'.


It wasn't just Cheeky who preyed on the Baker's Boy's wares, a bird also appeared when Baker's Boy was drawn by Unknown Cheeky Artist1, gorging itself into ornithological obesity.



In another example of the inconsistencies that appear in Cheeky Weekly, the name Scorchit on the Baker's Boy's tray is sometimes spelled Scorchitt. Sometimes there are no names on the tray.



Baker's Boy featured in 99 issues of Cheeky Weekly, most regularly appearing on the Monday page.  In the 13 May 1978 issue, Baker's Boy appeared in the Skateboard Squad story, and he 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.


Character
Total Issues
First Appearance
Final Appearance
Baker's Boy9924-Dec-197702-Feb-1980



Missing From Issues
22-Oct-1977
29-Oct-1977
05-Nov-1977
12-Nov-1977
19-Nov-1977
26-Nov-1977
03-Dec-1977
10-Dec-1977
17-Dec-1977
07-Jan-1978
21-Jan-1978
04-Feb-1978
11-Feb-1978
29-Jul-1978
02-Dec-1978
13-Jan-1979
17-Feb-1979
04-Aug-1979



Baker's Boy - Number of appearances by Element
Element
Number of Appearances
Monday23
Thursday21
Saturday17
Wednesday16
Tuesday13
Friday7
Sunday5
Suddenly3
Cheeky's Week1
Easter Monday1
Happy leap year1
Hey Presto! Magic Show1
Interval1
Saturday - April Fool's Day1
Shrove Tuesday1
Sunday evening1



Baker's Boy - Number of appearances by Page
Page
Number of Appearances
910
309
88
128
238
157
66
76
196
25
104
224
314
113
183
203
213
243
263
12
252
41
51
131
171
271
291

Sunday, 24 October 2010

The other Cheeky artists - Unknown Cheeky Artist 1

This post updated 10 May 2012.


I have changed the artist credit that I previously referred to as Frank McDiarmid pencils 2. I had originally thought the artwork in question was a combination of Frank's pencils with another artist doing the inking, but since doing the research while writing the profile of Flash Harry, I have begun to doubt that Frank had any input into this art.


Flash Harry - Frank McDiarmid 31 December 1977

Flash Harry - unknown artist 04 March 1978
This change of opinion hinges on the distinctive way this artist drew Flash Harry in the 04 March 1978 issue, in which Harry's appearance was unlike any other depiction of the character to appear in the comic's run. It seems to me that if this artwork was based on Frank's pencils, Harry's design in that issue would have been closer to the version that Frank drew when the funny photographer made his debut in the 31 December 1977 comic. It could be that at the time the unknown artist was assigned the work that eventually appeared in the 04 March 1978 comic, he/she had no visual reference for Harry, as the silly snapper had only appeared in two issues prior to 04 March 1978, so the artist just took his/her best guess at what the character looked like. This comic is the only one in which the artist that I'm referring to drew Flash Harry, although the artist contributed to 13 issues in total.


As I mentioned in my original post on this artist, he/she did include a number of distinctive components in the drawings, which is another reason to suppose that the work was entirely original, with no input from Frank - I doubt an inker would be given license to add to the pencilled pages.


Consequently, I have redesignated this artist as Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (UCA1).



In an earlier post I discussed the Cheeky's Week artwork that I have attributed to Frank McDiarmid as penciller, with inks by other artists.  I refer to this combination of talents as 'Frank McDiarmid pencils', but I believe that the inking on the artwork that I have placed in that category may not all be by the same hand.  


Note as of 10 May 2012:  I believe that the artist credit Frank McDiarmid pencils is still valid, but I have struck out the reference to it above as I felt it was confusing.


However, in the process of preparing this blog I have looked through all the Cheeky art several times, and to me it seems that there is one inker who added some of his/her own touches when working on the Cheeky's Week pages he/she was assigned.  I have rather unimaginatively called this particular Frank-and-inker combination 'Frank McDiarmid pencils 2' (FMP2).
For a while, I wasn't sure whether this artwork was by Frank with an inker, but having looked at it over a period of time I see enough of Frank's work in it to satisfy myself that it's not entirely the work of another artist. I have some statistical evidence to support my theory that FMP2 is the work of Frank and an assistant, which I will discuss in my wrap-up post on the subject of the other Cheeky artists.  But then again maybe I'm completely wrong.

 The trademarks which appear to be exclusive to FMP2 UCA1 are;

* A bird that eats the Baker's Boy's cakes, and sometimes perches on the edge of the panel, occasionally hanging upside-down.

* A punctured hot-air balloon which is propelled across the sky with attendant rude noises.

* A bat circling Ursula's head.

* The Starship Enterprise boldly going over Krazy Town.

* Two references to saving Krazy comic.  Krazy was to come to an end 6 months into Cheeky Weekly's run, so maybe this inker artist was also doing work on Krazy.

* References to Cheeky putting sugar on his porridge. Scots famously put salt on theirs, so maybe this was a reference to Frank.

FMP2 UCA1's work first appeared in Cheeky Weekly issue 13, cover date 14 January 1978.  This issue featured A whole Cheeky's Week of UCA1 artwork.

UCA1 was back in the following week's issue, but this time he/she contributed the Saturday page only. In the next issue, dated 28 January 1978, UCA1 was responsible for 5 pages.

After skipping a week, UCA1 was back in the 11 February 1978 issue with the cover's What a Cheek plus 4 pages, and the following week there were again 4 UCA1 pages, but no What a Cheek.  There was then another week's break before UCA1 was back with 5 pages in the 04 March 1978 issue.  The 11 March issue contained 5 pages of art, plus the cover's What A Cheek, by UCA1.

The comic dated 25 March 1978 featured the highest number of UCA1 contributions to a single issue, totalling 6 pages.

The next comic to feature UCA1 art was the issue dated 08 April 1978, which contained 4 of his/her pages.

After another week's gap, UCA1 contributed the 3-panel conclusion to Wednesday in the 22 April 1978 issue, and delivered the same element again on 29 April, and again in the 06 May 1978 comic, which was the last to feature UCA1 art.  Continuing my speculation that this artist had a link with Krazy comic, and the fact that Krazy's final issue was dated 15 April 1978, maybe it's significant that no further UCA1 art appeared in Cheeky Weekly after 06 May 1978.

UCA1's Cheeky's Week pages in Cheeky Weekly


Cover Date
                     
Page
                     
Element
                     
14-Jan-19781What a Cheek
14-Jan-19782Sunday
14-Jan-19784Sunday evening
14-Jan-19788Monday
14-Jan-197811Suddenly
14-Jan-197812Tuesday
14-Jan-197815Wednesday
14-Jan-197817Wednesday
14-Jan-197819Thursday
14-Jan-197821Friday
14-Jan-197824Saturday
14-Jan-197827Interval
21-Jan-197824Saturday
28-Jan-197815Wednesday
28-Jan-197819Thursday
28-Jan-197821Friday
28-Jan-197824Saturday
28-Jan-197827Interval
11-Feb-19781What a Cheek
11-Feb-197821Friday
11-Feb-197825Saturday
11-Feb-197828Interval
11-Feb-197831Saturday
18-Feb-197819Thursday
18-Feb-197821Friday
18-Feb-197824Saturday
18-Feb-197827Interval
04-Mar-197819Thursday
04-Mar-197821Friday
04-Mar-197825Saturday
04-Mar-197828Interval
04-Mar-197831Saturday
11-Mar-19781What a Cheek
11-Mar-19782Sunday
11-Mar-19784Sunday evening
11-Mar-19789Monday
11-Mar-197810Suddenly
11-Mar-197812Tuesday
25-Mar-19782Sunday
25-Mar-19784Sunday evening
25-Mar-19788Monday
25-Mar-197811Suddenly
25-Mar-197812Tuesday
25-Mar-197831Saturday
01-Apr-197817Wednesday
08-Apr-197815Wednesday
08-Apr-197819Thursday
08-Apr-197821Friday
08-Apr-197825Saturday
22-Apr-197817Wednesday
29-Apr-197817Wednesday
06-May-197817Wednesday

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Revision

I have made some slight revisions to an earlier post in the The Other Cheeky Artists series.  I found a few more Frank McDiarmid pencils elements while working on my next post.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Cheeky Weekly cover date 31 Dec 1977

 Happy Christmas, pals!  And so we reach a Cheeky Weekly milestone, the first Christmas issue. The front page dispenses with the British comic tradition of a snow-topped title, but Frank McDiarmid furnishes a seasonal, Christmas cracker-based cover with a nice falling snow background.

This is a great issue, with Frank firing on all cylinders as he delivers a whole festive-fun-packed Cheeky's Week.  Included are such treats as a group photo featuring the whole of the Cheeky clan (hope Flash Harry used the 'reduce tooth glare' setting on his camera), and Cheeky scoffing a huge slice of Christmas pud in front of 6 Million Dollar Gran on TV.  There's even a Cheeky's Week page in full colour.

Krazy Town looks very seasonal under a blanket of snow, although it poses something of a problem for Snail.  Even Gloomy Glad has the Christmas spirit, and everyone is looking forward to the Vicar's Boxing Day party.
As promised in last week's comic, in this week's Skateboard Squad story we discover which presents the Squad bought for each other with their reward money.  Er, skateboards.  Right.  However, the ingenious team find that by inverting their boards they can travel on the snow.
Sadly, it seems Snail doesn't get a look in with the Christmas grub, but he does get to read the rather unsatisfying concluding chapter of James Bold's first adventure, Fangs of Fear. Although Bold will be back with a new adventure next week, this is the final edition to show Cheeky having a sneaky bedtime read of a Bold novel.

At the Vicar's party there are 2 interlopers; Pongo Snodgrass from Krazy comic makes his only appearance in a Cheeky's Week's strip (although he will appear in a later Creepy Sleepy Tale and 6 Million Dollar Gran episode), and Billy Bunter, also in a one-off appearance, is assumed by the other partygoers to be Krazy's Micky Mimic.  Wipeout, the canine member of The Skateboard Squad, makes his debut as part of Cheeky's Week, but I'm not sure if he was invited.  Skatie from the Squad is also present in her second Cheeky's Week appearance (her first being in the 03 December 1977 issue), but Skipper seems to be absent.
 The comic ends on a cliffhanger - who will be the first person through the front door on new year's day?

As it's Christmas, I won't mention that on page 9, Cheeky's mum says that Dad gave Cheeky the racing game, when on page 2 we clearly see it's from Aunt Sarah.



































































Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 31-Dec-1977, Issue 11 of 117
PageDetails
1Christmas Issue (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Christmas Morning (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Christmas Morning (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid
4Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
5Christmas Dinner (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
76 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
86 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
9Christmas Day (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid
10James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 11 of 11 - Art Lopez
11James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 11 of 11 - Art Lopez
12Boxing Day (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Boxing Day (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid
14Ad: IPC 'Spotter Book next week'
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
16Creepy Pantomime (single appearance) - Art Not known
17Creepy Pantomime (single appearance) - Art Not known\Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
18Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
19Home Movie 'Xmas Past' - Art Jack Clayton
20Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
21Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
24Old Comic reprint from Film Fun 'Frank Randle'
25Joke-Box Jury
26Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27Cocky Doodle reprint from Buster\Ad: IPC 'Roy of the Rovers' 1 of 8
28Bam Splat and Blooie reprint from Buster\Ad: IPC 'Shoot' 1 of 13
29Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid
30Space Family Robinson 'Forest of Fear'
31Space Family Robinson 'Forest of Fear'
32New Year's Eve (first appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Profile - Walter Wurx


Walter Wurx suffered from an affliction that today's advertisers are describing as overactive bladder.  Whenever Walter was around, Cheeky would delight in spouting (pardon the pun) mischievous double entendres that reminded master Wurx of his urgent need to visit the little boy's room.  Walter would then depart in haste, seeking the nearest comfort station.

Walter made 57 leg-crossing appearances in Cheeky Weekly, most regularly on Saturdays.

In the the late 70s, pee jokes in mainstream (if you'll pardon another pun) children's comics were an entirely new, rather daring development and delighted kids of the time.









Character
                     
Total Issues
                     
First Appearance
                     
Final Appearance
                     
Walter Wurx5722-Oct-197719-Jan-1980

Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Features - 6 Million Dollar Gran

A spoof on the popular TV show of the period, The Six Million Dollar Man, 6 Million Dollar Gran appeared in all but 3 issues of Cheeky Weekly.  In the first episode, robotics expert Professor Potts unveiled his new creation, an android 'so lifelike that it has cost six million dollars to make'.  Immediately after presenting the robot to his colleagues at the World Authority for Scientific Projects (WASP), an attempt was made to steal this technological wonder, but the robot overcame its would-be abductors.

Fearing his synthetic humanoid may fall into enemy hands, Potts made the questionable decision to take the robot home to his family.  However, in a cunning ruse to disguise its true nature, the 'metal masterpiece' was dressed as an elderly woman, and Potts' children, Pete and Pauline, adopted the robot as their granny.


Any readers keen to find out more about the mysterious WASP organisation were to be disappointed, as that aspect of the story was never mentioned again (although the Prof was seen working in a laboratory in the 22 September 1979 issue).  Instead, most of the scripts just played with the idea of a deceptively powerful old lady who often foiled felons or carried out rescues.  Early episodes were introduced by a caption explaining that Gran is a robot, but after the 6th instalment such captions appeared only sporadically, sometimes just describing our heroine as a 'super-gran'.  The captions ceased entirely after the 31 December 1977 issue.  New readers were left to work out for themselves what was going on as Gran's true nature was rarely mentioned from then on, and in some of the strips even Gran seems to forget she is not human.

For the majority of the issues of Cheeky Weekly, the page preceding the 6 Million Dollar Gran feature would show Cheeky rushing home to watch Gran's latest adventure on TV.  Gran appeared most regularly following the Sunday page (39 times), with 37 appearances after the Sunday evening page (the Sunday evening feature came to an end in the issue dated 23 September 1978 - in the following issue Cheeky told us that Gran's programme had been moved to a mid-day slot), and 10 after Monday.  Near the end of the comic's run, as the feature continued its trajectory towards the rear pages of the comic, Gran wouldn't follow directly from a Cheeky's Week page.

Until Cheeky Weekly dated 06 May 1978, the final panel of each 6 Million Dollar Gran story showed Cheeky looking at a caption on his TV which read  'End of Episode XX. Tune in again next week', but in the following stories the episode number was omitted and sometimes the caption would just read 'The End'.  The final time that Cheeky was shown to be heading home to watch Gran was in the 30 June 1979 comic.  As mentioned above, in subsequent issues, the Gran page wouldn't follow directly from a Cheeky's Week page, most regularly following Calculator Kid.  From the issue dated 21 July 1979 the final-panel-showing-Cheeky-watching-TV idea was abandoned, and the strip would fill the whole of the final page of each episode.  The final reference to Gran being a TV show, the title panel which showed a TV screen, was revamped on 15 December 1979.  In this issue the original title was replaced by a simple, unadorned caption and the new style of title panel continued (albeit with the traditional snow-covered variant in the 29 December 1979 issue) for the remaining 7 issues until Cheeky Weekly's demise.

In the 19 January 1980 edition, Gran's usual strip was replaced with a spot the difference puzzle based on a panel lifted from her story in the issue dated 17 March 1979.

Mustapha Million is seen watching an episode of 6 Million Dollar Gran on TV in the first panel of his strip in the comic dated 29 April 1978.

I suspect that the Gran strip which was prepared for the 1978 Christmas issue of Cheeky Weekly (one of the issues that failed to appear due to industrial action) was eventually published in the 1980 Cheeky Annual on pages 9-11.  In the annual, It seems to me that the wording of Gran’s first speech balloon has been changed to refer to a new year party, but Gran brings a giant Christmas cracker. Also, a Jim Petrie rendition of Cheeky has been substituted in the final panel, where in Cheeky Weekly we would see Cheeky looking at a ‘The End’ caption on the TV.

6 Million Dollar Gran was the only feature in Cheeky Weekly to regularly run to 3 page stories, although not all the episodes were that lengthy.  84 episodes were 3-pagers, 27 were 2-pagers, and 3 stories completed on a single page.

Gran's adventures in Cheeky Weekly were drawn by Ian Knox (94 episodes), Nigel Edwards (18 episodes) and Mike Lacey (2 episodes).  In the Mustapha Million strip in the comic dated 29 April 1978 (as mentioned above), Reg Parlett draws Gran on TV in the first panel.

Despite it being made clear in the first episode and subsequent introductory captions that Gran was a robot, on several occasions in the comic the aged automaton's fantastic abilities were referred to as bionic (examples here, here and here). This was clearly an attempt to attract fans of the popular TV show that the strip spoofed, which was often referred to by the public as The Bionic Man. Why, then, didn't the scriptwriter just make Gran bionic in the first place? One online dictionary defines 'bionic' thusly;

Having anatomical structures or physiological processes that are replaced or enhanced by electronic or mechanical components.
 
TV's 6 Million Dollar Man gained his electromechanical upgrades as a result of injuries suffered in a terrible accident. Having a sweet old granny lose some limbs or vital organs or otherwise undergo ground-breaking surgery was clearly not really an option for a humour strip aimed at children, so Gran was envisaged as entirely synthetic.

Gran survived the merge at the end of Cheeky Weekly's run, appearing in Whoopee for some years, although as from Whoopee! and Cheeky dated 09 May 1981 the strip was retitled Robot Granny.  Following Whoopee's merge with Wow, the title of the strip was again changed, this time to Gran's Gang.  See Peter Gray's blog for more info and examples of Gran's post-Cheeky Weekly incarnations.

In the special skateboard issue of Cheeky Weekly dated 04 February 1978, someone resembling Gran appears in the Skateboard Squad strip as one of the spectators watching the Squad give a display of their boarding skills.  This cannot actually be Gran, since in Cheeky's universe (in which the Squad also exist), Gran is a fictional character from a TV show.  We must therefore assume that a member of the crowd is wearing a Gran mask, possibly as a publicity gimmick by the TV company, or maybe the wearer of the mask is a Gran fan. A little harder to explain is the 6 Million Dollar Gran story in Cheeky Weekly dated 06 October 1979, in which the Potts kids invite the synthetic senior citizen to their party. At the end of the strip, Pete and Pauline are delighted to welcome "Our chums from Cheeky Weekly" (including Cheeky, Baker's Boy and Mustapha Million among others) to join the festivities. Although, as mentioned above, Cheeky had not been shown heading home to watch Gran on TV since the 30 June 1979 issue, and the feature had not ended with the toothy funster watching a 'The End' caption on TV since 21 July 1979, so maybe we're supposed to infer that the nature of Gran's relationship with the Cheeky universe had changed by this stage.

Gran also appeared on page 31 of the final issue of Cheeky Weekly dated 02 February 1980, as those characters who would survive the merge with Whoopee! met their new comic chums.  I think we can allow a little license in this instance, since Gran had not been depicted as a TV programme in Cheeky Weekly since July the previous year, and anyway the editor had little option than to include Gran alongside the other characters who would transfer into Whoopee!  However, having said that, Paddywack, whose ambiguous position in Cheeky's universe mirrors Gran's, (being a fictitious character who made one appearance in Cheeky's world) also survived the merge yet did not appear in that meeting between refugees from Cheeky Weekly and their Whoopee! Pals.  Cheeky Weekly remained inconsistent to the end.




                                                                                                                                                         
FeatureFirst AppearanceFinal AppearanceTotal IssuesTotal Issues Missed In RunPage History
6 Million Dollar Gran22-Oct-7702-Feb-8011433,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,13,14,15,19,24,25



Issues Missed In Run
02-Dec-78
09-Dec-78
19-Jan-80



                                                                                                                                   
FeatureArtistNumber of IssuesFirst AppearanceFinal Appearance
6 Million Dollar Gran Ian Knox9422-Oct-197726-Jan-1980
6 Million Dollar Gran Nigel Edwards1825-Mar-197802-Feb-1980
6 Million Dollar Gran Mike Lacey224-Jun-197822-Jul-1978

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The Other Cheeky Artists - Frank McDiarmid Pencils

In this post I'm going to look at the Cheeky's Week artwork that I have attributed to 'Frank McDiarmid pencils' (FMP).  To quote from my earlier post here -

'I originally thought [some of the artwork in question] was by Tom Paterson but I got no support when I postulated this theory on the Comics UK forum.  However, RobFilth on the forum suggested that these pages may be Frank's pencils inked by another artist, and Lew Stringer put forward the idea that possibly Frank had an assistant to help him out at times.

My inclination now is that the art assistant suggestion is the most likely answer, so I'm going to record the artist for these pages, and similar-looking pages in later issues, as 'Frank McDiarmid pencils', unless anyone knows otherwise.'

I'm not suggesting that all the artwork in my FMP category is inked by the same artist.  What the artwork has in common (in my opinion) is a similarity to the style we know to be pure Frank (pages he signed are the obvious template), yet the art also has an element of un-Frank-ness about it.

FMP art first appeared in Cheeky Weekly issue 4, dated 12 November 1977.  FMP were responsible for 11 of that issue's Cheeky's Week elements, with Frank providing the post-Creepy Sleepy Tale Wednesday strip on his own.  The two-panel conclusion to Saturday, reminding readers to call the Fun Phone, consisted of a previously-published Frank McD panel originating from the back page of the first issue, and another panel which looks as though it's the result of a cut-and paste job.

The following week, FMP were responsible for 5 pages, and in the next issue they delivered a whole Cheeky's Week.

This brings us to the 03 December 1977 issue, in which FMP artwork appeared on 11 elements.  In the 10 December issue the FMP count was down to 5 elements, one of which was the What A Cheek cover feature.

In the comic dated 17 December, there were 8 FMP elements, and the 24 December, issue had Friday as the only FMP art.

I'm pleased to say that the Christmas issue dated 31 December 1977 featured an all-Frank Cheeky's Week.  No doubt the assistance given to Frank by his inker(s) and Dick Millington in the issues running up to this one was intended to allow him time to generate a whole week of Cheeky festive fun on his own, for which we must all give thanks.


The first comic of 1978, dated 07 January, featured FMP across the whole of Cheeky's Week, but FMP then skipped a week and returned with 3 pages on 21 January.

28 January saw 4 pages of FMP art, and there was then a break until 11 February's 4 FMP pages plus Wednesday conclusion, followed by the 18 February comic which featured FMP art on What A Cheek and the final two panels of the Saturday conclusion on page 30.

FMP were responsible for 9 elements the following week, 25 February, but didn't return until 11 March, when they delivered the Wednesday conclusion only. The 18 March issue featured provided 7 FMP elements.  2 pages by FMP appeared in the issue cover dated 25 March, and a total of 5 elements appeared in the 01 April 1978 issue.

The Wednesday conclusion was the only FMP art in the 08 April issue, but FMP returned with 4 pages in the 15 April issue, followed by a single FMP page on 22 April.  4 pages of FMP appeared in the 29 April comic, and a further week was skipped before FMP contributed 7 elements to the 13 May issue.

After a gap of 2 weeks, FMP were back with 8 elements in the 03 June issue.  After another 2 week break, FMP furnished us with 5 elements in the 24 June 1978 comic.

The following week saw a single FMP-produced element (What A Cheek again), but the 08 July issue contained 10 FMP elements.  15 July 1978 had only the Wednesday conclusion by FMP, and after skipping a week FMP were back to provide only the Wednesday conclusion again in the 29 July issue.

The element count was back in double figures as FMP generated 10 elements in the 12 August 1978 comic, but dropped to 8 on 02 September before increase to 10 elements again in the 23 September issue.

There then followed one FMP issue a month, as the 21 October issue featured 10 FMP elements, while 18 November saw another 10 FMP elements.

However, just as this pattern seemed to become established we encounter a month's gap, due in part to the non-publication of the comic for 3 weeks in December 1978 because of industrial action, with FMP not returning until the 06 January 1979 issue with a 9 FMP-element comic.

An even longer break then followed, with no more FMP art until the issue dated 14 April 1979, which featured 8 elements by FMP.

We then entered another period of 'one-a-month' FMP issues, with 4 elements in the 26 May comic, 8 in the issue dated 09 June, 4 on 21 July and 5 in the issue cover dated 18 August.

The pattern was broken when 3 FMP elements appeared in the 25 August comic. FMP supplied 2 pages in the 02 September 1978 issue, and the cover of the issue dated 15 September 1979.  The final comic to feature FMP art was issue number 98 dated 22 September 1979 which contained 3 FMP elements.

FMP's Cheeky's Week pages in Cheeky Weekly

Cover Date
Page
Element
12-Nov-19771What a Cheek
12-Nov-19772Sunday
12-Nov-19774Sunday evening
12-Nov-19778Monday
12-Nov-197712Tuesday
12-Nov-197714Tuesday
12-Nov-197715Wednesday
12-Nov-197718Thursday
12-Nov-197720Friday
12-Nov-197725Saturday
12-Nov-197727Interval
19-Nov-19774Sunday evening
19-Nov-197719Thursday
19-Nov-197721Friday
19-Nov-197724Saturday
19-Nov-197727Interval
26-Nov-19771What a Cheek
26-Nov-19772Sunday
26-Nov-19774Sunday evening
26-Nov-19777Monday
26-Nov-197712Tuesday
26-Nov-197715Wednesday
26-Nov-197717Wednesday
26-Nov-197719Thursday
26-Nov-197721Friday
26-Nov-197724Saturday
26-Nov-197727Interval
26-Nov-197730Saturday
03-Dec-19774Sunday evening
03-Dec-19777Monday
03-Dec-197711Tuesday
03-Dec-197713Tuesday
03-Dec-197715Wednesday
03-Dec-197717Wednesday
03-Dec-197719Thursday
03-Dec-197721Friday
03-Dec-197724Saturday
03-Dec-197727Interval
03-Dec-197730Saturday
10-Dec-19771What a Cheek
10-Dec-19772Sunday
10-Dec-197719Thursday
10-Dec-197724Saturday
10-Dec-197727Interval
17-Dec-19771What a Cheek
17-Dec-19772Sunday
17-Dec-19774Sunday evening
17-Dec-19777Monday
17-Dec-197712Tuesday
17-Dec-197714Tuesday
17-Dec-197715Wednesday
17-Dec-197717Wednesday
24-Dec-197721Friday
07-Jan-19782New Year's Eve
07-Jan-19783Sunday
07-Jan-19785Sunday evening
07-Jan-19789Monday
07-Jan-197812Suddenly
07-Jan-197813Tuesday
07-Jan-197815Wednesday
07-Jan-197817Wednesday
07-Jan-197819Thursday
07-Jan-197821Friday
07-Jan-197824Saturday
07-Jan-197827Interval
21-Jan-197819Thursday
21-Jan-197821Friday
21-Jan-197827Interval
28-Jan-19782Sunday
28-Jan-19784Sunday evening
28-Jan-19787Monday
28-Jan-197812Tuesday
11-Feb-19782Sunday
11-Feb-19784Sunday evening
11-Feb-19788Monday
11-Feb-197811Suddenly
11-Feb-197817Wednesday
18-Feb-19781What a Cheek
18-Feb-197830Saturday
25-Feb-19781What a Cheek
25-Feb-19782Sunday
25-Feb-19784Sunday evening
25-Feb-19788Monday
25-Feb-197811Suddenly
25-Feb-197812Tuesday
25-Feb-197815Wednesday
25-Feb-197819Thursday
25-Feb-197825Saturday
11-Mar-197817Wednesday
18-Mar-197815Wednesday
18-Mar-197817Wednesday
18-Mar-197819Thursday
18-Mar-197821Friday
18-Mar-197825Saturday
18-Mar-197828Interval
18-Mar-197831Saturday
25-Mar-19781What a Cheek
25-Mar-197828Interval
01-Apr-197815Wednesday
01-Apr-197819Thursday
01-Apr-197821Friday
01-Apr-197824Saturday - April Fool's Day
01-Apr-197825Saturday - April Fool's Day
08-Apr-197817Wednesday
15-Apr-197819Thursday
15-Apr-197821Friday
15-Apr-197825Saturday
15-Apr-197828Interval
22-Apr-19781What a Cheek
29-Apr-19782Sunday
29-Apr-19784Sunday evening
29-Apr-197812Suddenly
29-Apr-197815Wednesday
13-May-197815Wednesday
13-May-197817Wednesday
13-May-197819Thursday
13-May-197821Friday
13-May-197824Saturday
13-May-197828Interval
13-May-197831Saturday
03-Jun-19781What a Cheek
03-Jun-19782Sunday
03-Jun-19784Sunday evening
03-Jun-19789Monday
03-Jun-197812Suddenly
03-Jun-197813Tuesday
03-Jun-197815Wednesday
03-Jun-197819Thursday
24-Jun-197819Thursday
24-Jun-197821Friday
24-Jun-197826Saturday
24-Jun-197828Interval
24-Jun-197831Saturday
01-Jul-19781What a Cheek
08-Jul-19782Sunday
08-Jul-19784Sunday evening
08-Jul-19787Monday
08-Jul-197813Tuesday
08-Jul-197816Wednesday
08-Jul-197820Thursday
08-Jul-197823Friday
08-Jul-197826Saturday
08-Jul-197829Interval
08-Jul-197832Saturday
15-Jul-197819Wednesday
29-Jul-197817Wednesday
12-Aug-19782Sunday
12-Aug-19784Sunday evening
12-Aug-19788Monday
12-Aug-197810Tuesday
12-Aug-197812Wednesday
12-Aug-197815Thursday
12-Aug-197819Friday
12-Aug-197823Saturday
12-Aug-197827Interval
12-Aug-197831Saturday
02-Sep-19782Sunday
02-Sep-19784Sunday evening
02-Sep-19789Monday
02-Sep-197810Tuesday
02-Sep-197815Wednesday
02-Sep-197819Thursday
02-Sep-197823Friday
02-Sep-197825Saturday
02-Sep-197828Interval
02-Sep-197831Saturday
23-Sep-19782Sunday
23-Sep-19784Sunday evening
23-Sep-19788Monday
23-Sep-197812Tuesday
23-Sep-197816Wednesday
23-Sep-197819Thursday
23-Sep-197823Friday
23-Sep-197825Saturday
23-Sep-197828Interval
23-Sep-197831Saturday
21-Oct-19781Cheeky's Week
21-Oct-19782Sunday
21-Oct-19786Monday
21-Oct-19789Tuesday
21-Oct-197812Wednesday
21-Oct-197821Thursday
21-Oct-197823Friday
21-Oct-197826Saturday
21-Oct-197829Interval
21-Oct-197832Saturday
18-Nov-19781Cheeky's Week
18-Nov-19782Sunday
18-Nov-19787Monday
18-Nov-19789Tuesday
18-Nov-197812Wednesday
18-Nov-197821Thursday
18-Nov-197823Friday
18-Nov-197826Saturday
18-Nov-197829Interval
18-Nov-197832Saturday
06-Jan-19791Cheeky's Week
06-Jan-19792Sunday
06-Jan-19796Monday
06-Jan-19799Tuesday
06-Jan-197912Wednesday
06-Jan-197921Thursday
06-Jan-197925Friday
06-Jan-197930Saturday
06-Jan-197931Saturday
14-Apr-19792Sunday
14-Apr-19796Monday
14-Apr-19798Tuesday
14-Apr-197910Wednesday
14-Apr-197923Thursday
14-Apr-197925Good Friday
14-Apr-197930Easter Saturday
14-Apr-197931Easter Saturday
26-May-197923Thursday
26-May-197925Friday
26-May-197930Saturday
26-May-197931Saturday
09-Jun-19792Sunday
09-Jun-19796Monday
09-Jun-19799Tuesday
09-Jun-197912Wednesday
09-Jun-197923Thursday
09-Jun-197925Friday
09-Jun-197930Saturday
09-Jun-197931Saturday
21-Jul-197922Thursday
21-Jul-197926Friday
21-Jul-197930Saturday
21-Jul-197931Saturday
18-Aug-197918Wednesday
18-Aug-197922Thursday
18-Aug-197926Friday
18-Aug-197930Saturday
18-Aug-197931Saturday
25-Aug-19792Sunday
25-Aug-19797Monday
25-Aug-197912Tuesday
15-Sep-19791Old Croc's Race
22-Sep-19792Sunday
22-Sep-19797Monday
22-Sep-197911Tuesday

Friday, 1 October 2010

Cheeky Weekly cover date 24 Dec 1977

The inspiration for this week's cover
Jogging Jeremy is the featured character on this week's cover, in a depiction which is based on a panel from the first issue of Cheeky Weekly. Snail is back after being absent from the front page last week. A Dick Millington Cheeky's Week completes the cover fun.

On page 3 the Skateboard Squad foil a bank robbery and are promised a big reward, with which they plan to buy each other Christmas presents. A caption at the end of their story tells us we can see what they buy in next week's comic.

Gran is also in seasonal mood, and embarks on a Christmas shopping spree. In trying to help people she causes damage that has to be paid for out of her Christmas money but, in a storyline that seems remarkably familiar, she foils a robbery and is given a reward.

On Tuesday, Cheeky has a classic encounter with Walter Wurx, just before getting another mystifying call from the Telephone Pole Man.

There's further festive fun with Mustapha Million, but mercifully no robberies are either perpetrated or foiled in the course of the story.


The Bubblegum Boy has now perfected the art of speaking with a mouth full of gum, and makes a comment on Friday, although why he doesn't shout for help remains a mystery.

Cover star Jogging Jeremy makes a brief appearance on Saturday, before falling through the slats of a drain.

On page 30, Cheeky invites us to spend Christmas with him and his pals (who are depicted in a selection of cut and pasted images) in next week's Christmas issue.

Rounding off this week's comic is the final part of the cut-out 1978 diary.

The majority of the Cheeky's Week artwork this week is handled by Dick Millington (9 full pages plus What A Cheek and the Wednesday conclusion). There's a single page of Frank McDiarmid pencils (Friday), and a single-panel conclusion to Saturday that is cobbled together from two previously published panels by Frank, from the 29 October 1977 and 03 December 1977 issues.



Let's hope that all this deputising and recycling has given Frank time to work on the Christmas issue.

There are 2 character debuts in Krazy Town this week. On Sunday, Baker's Boy chips in a joke while Cheeky is having a gag with the mechanic, making this one of the rare occasions where the Baker's Boy doesn't lose a cake to our hero. Posh Claude's mum makes her first appearance on Wednesday, although her voice has previously been heard in the 26 November 1977 issue.

Daffy Duck makes his feature debut this week. I don't care much for these Warner Brothers filler strips.


































































Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 24-Dec-1977, Issue 10 of 117
PageDetails
1What a Cheek - Art Dick Millington
2Sunday - Art Dick Millington
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
4Sunday evening - Art Dick Millington
5James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 10 of 11 - Art Lopez
6James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 10 of 11 - Art Lopez
7Monday - Art Dick Millington
86 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
96 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
106 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
11What's New, Kids
12Tuesday - Art Dick Millington
13Old Comic reprint from Tip Top 'Our Jean' reprint from Tip Top 'Artie'
14Tuesday - Art Dick Millington\Doug's Doodle - Art Terry Bave
15Wednesday - Art Dick Millington
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known\Wednesday - Art Dick Millington
18Joke-Box Jury
19Thursday - Art Dick Millington
20Home Movie 'Top Hat and Tails' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Saturday - Art Dick Millington
25Daffy Duck (first appearance) 'Daffy's Diner'
26Daffy Duck (first appearance) 'Daffy's Diner'
27Interval - Art Dick Millington
28Space Family Robinson 'Black Menace'
29Space Family Robinson 'Black Menace'
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid\Ad: IPC 'Next week, you're all invited to spend Christmas with me and my pals'
31Diary (final appearance) - Art Jim Petrie
32Diary (final appearance) - Art Jim Petrie