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Monday, 11 March 2013

Cheeky Weekly cover date 17 February 1979

Reader participation feature Joke-Box Jury gets a front cover boost for the second and final time this issue - the previous occasion was just over a year ago. The prize on offer for readers whose jokes appear in the comic hasn't increased in the intervening months - it remains at £2.00, despite UK inflation running at 8.3% in 1978 and the price of Cheeky Weekly rising by 12.5% in the same period. A different panel of judges is shown on the cover this time, all of whom seem highly amused before they've even seen any jokes. Meanwhile in the Cheeky's Week…Sunday strip, Bump-Bump Bernie regales our toothy pal with details of his latest mishap. Readers with an aversion to scenes of a distressing nature will be relieved to find that the strip concludes just as Bernie's bandaged foot is about to make contact with that slapstick staple, the discarded banana skin.

There's a double the normal amount of comic confusion with Paddywack this issue, as he features on 2 pages.

Wednesday this week happens to be February the 14th, and consequently Cheeky tries his hardest to avoid Louise. He's forgotten that Wednesday is also Mystery Comic day…

Art: Frank McDiarmid

The artwork on Mustapha Million has been shared between original Mustapha artist Reg Parlett and Joe McCaffrey since January 1978, but this week's issue is sadly the last to feature work by Reg. Mr P bows out with a colour spread, but unfortunately the somewhat pedestrian script gives him little scope for the slapstick, physical humour that Reg depicts so well. For a reminder of a Parlett peak, have a look at the corker of a strip he drew way back in Cheeky Weekly number 6, here and here. Thanks for all the laughs, Reg - the comic will be that little bit more dull without your inimitable contributions.



This week's issue contains what I believe to be two stories that were originally intended for the lost Christmas 1978 issue, and subsequently altered to remove the references to the festive season - Elephant On The Run and Skateboard Squad. The strips can be seen here and here.

This week's Mystery Comic section features a full complement of strips, with no absentees.

A new feature commences on page 24 - it's Tease Break, a half-page collection of puzzles. Tease Break shares the page with the final 'Your chance to vote' ad, in which readers are given the last opportunity to choose which celebrity they would like to see on the forthcoming poster.


However, those in more urgent need of a poster to cover the ink stain they just made on their bedroom wall will be delighted with this issue's Pin-Up Pal pic on the back cover, featuring Krazy Town's foremost TV addict Square Eyes, with which this issue draws to a conclusion.

Frank McDiarmid provides the art on all 10 Cheeky's Week elements in this issue.


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 17-Feb-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid10


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 17-Feb-1979, Issue 67 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Joke-Box Jury' 2 of 2 - Art Frank McDiarmid\Cheeky's Week - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
7Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
8Ad: Weetabix 'Superman promo'
9Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
12Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 16 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 13 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 18 of 37
16Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 17 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett (final art on feature)
17Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 17 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett (final art on feature)
18Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 17 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
19Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 17 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 17 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
22Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
23Joke-Box Jury
24Tease Break (first appearance)\Your chance to vote (final appearance)
25Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
26Eagle Eye reprint from Shiver and Shake
27Eagle Eye reprint from Shiver and Shake
28Chit-Chat
29The Burpo Special 'Gloomy Glad' - Art Frank McDiarmid
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Pin-up pal 'Square Eyes' - Art Frank McDiarmid



2 comments:

  1. I just found a 1978 Cheeky in my loft - 11th Novenmber 1978

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    1. Congratulations on your find! - a classic issue - http://cheekyweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/lead-characters-from-why-dad-why-are.html

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