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Saturday, 4 May 2013

Cheeky Weekly cover date 03 March 1979

The menacing, cowled figure of The Alpha Man - anti-hero of this week's new adventure strip on pages 26 and 27 – looms over the cover, while in lighter vein Cheeky enjoys a wild west witticism with Six–Gun Sam, and a piscatorial pun with Mr Haddock in the front page cartoon strip.

6 Million Dollar Gran takes the Potts kids to the cinema to see Jaws III this week, but there's much disappointment when the movie house manager tells the queuing patrons that the film has failed to arrive. Gran sets off to track down the missing reels of celluloid and discovers that the delivery van has been unable to cross a collapsed bridge. Heading back to the cinema, Gran's grip on the film canisters proves surprisingly weak and the film ends up in what the synthetic senior citizen assumes is a Dolphinarium. It's actually the local shark research facility (you mean there isn't one in your area?) and our robotic pal fends off several of the fearsome fish to recover the film and deliver it to the cinema. Jaws 2 had been released in the UK on Boxing Day 1978, and the third film in the franchise, Jaws 3-D, would not burst through the big screen until 1983.


Art: Ian Knox

A late-for-school Charlie is dismayed to observe ferocious teacher Mister Thwackem prowling for tardy pupils at the school gate in this week's Calculator Kid tale. Ever-reliable Calc devises a plan to sneak Charlie past the grizzly gatekeeper without revealing his identity. Is that a cameo appearance by Shiver and Shake's somewhat-deficient-in-the-leg-department spider star Webster in the final panel?

Art: Terry Bave

Cover co-star Six-Gun Sam joins Teacher, Crunching Chris and The Vicar on this week's Joke-Box Jury panel of judges, none of whom seem to mind that there are 2 'fly in my soup' gags among the submissions up for scrutiny.


On page 9, the introductory extract from Cheeky's diary shows the day as Shrove Tuesday. Of the two Shrove Tuesdays which occurred during Cheeky Weekly's brief existence – 07 February 1978 and the current issue's 27 February 1979 – this was the only one to be referred to as Shrove Tuesday in the comic - the other was just called Tuesday and included no pancake reference. Shrove Tuesday 1979 was the only one to occur during the period in which the Cheeky's Week title panel introduced the toothy funster's daily adventures.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

After a page of boneheaded bamboozlement courtesy of Paddywack, and a selection of perplexing posers on the Tease Break page, Cheeky's Week resumes with Ash Wednesday. As with Shrove Tuesday this was the only time Ash Wednesday got a specific mention in the comic's run.

Footbal-mad feline Goalie Cat is the source of this week's Mystery Comic.

There's a seismic collision between our portly pal Tub and the Fattest Girl in the World on The Mystery Comic's cover. Rotund romance appears to ensue. I'm not quite sure what the 'super-bulge' in the final panel refers to but thankfully it's attributed to the female half of the couple.


Posh Claude is the subject of this week's Burpo Special interview, and on Thursday there's a reference to another movie blockbuster when Bump-Bump Bernie has a close encounter of the painful variety. Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters had premiered in the UK almost a year earlier on 14 March 1978.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Page 22 sees Charlie and Calc encouraging readers to place a regular order for the toothy funster's comic. 

Constable Chuckle makes an uncredited cameo in this week's Skateboard Squad tale, appearing in the final panel to take into custody the smash -and-grab jewel thief that the intrepid trio have apprehended.

Art: Jimmy Hansen

The final panel of Friday's strip sees Cheeky sneaking a crafty read of Teacher's copy of Teacher's Weekly, as he has for each of the previous 7 issues. However, because the story he was previously reading (Eagle Eye) came to an end last issue, this week Teacher's Weekly serves as the framing device for the first installment of Menace of the Alpha Man (reprinted from Shiver and Shake).

Cheeky pays a return visit to Krazy Town Harbour on Saturday, arriving just as ex Prime Minister Edward Heath is having a spot of maritime misfortune with his yacht, Morning Cloud.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

This week's comic rounds off with the now-customary Pin-Up Pal poster, this time featuring compost connoisseur Dan-Dan the Lavender Man.

This is another all-Frank McDiarmid Cheeky's Week issue, with Frank delivering 10 daily elements plus the back cover poster. The apparent policy of having every other issue featuring a pure Frank McD Cheeky's Week, seemingly introduced as of September 1978 (bar a few minor deviations along the way), is still in effect .



Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 03-Mar-1979, Issue 69 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Menace of the Alpha Man' - Art Eric Bradbury (final art on feature)\Cheeky's Week - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
5Silly Snaps
6Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
7Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
8Joke-Box Jury
9Shrove Tuesday (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid (single art on feature)
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Tease Break
12Ash Wednesday (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid (single art on feature)
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 18 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 15 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 20 of 37
16Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 19 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
17Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 19 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
18Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 19 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
19Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 19 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 19 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21The Burpo Special 'Posh Claude' - Art Frank McDiarmid
22Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Weekly: Want to win some extra cash?'Ad: 'Do you have trouble getting copies of Cheeky Weekly' 1 of 5
23Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
24Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
25Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
26Menace of the Alpha Man (first appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury (first art on feature)
27Menace of the Alpha Man (first appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury (first art on feature)
28Chit-Chat
29Chit-Chat
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Pin-up pal 'Dan-Dan The Lavender Man' - Art Frank McDiarmid

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