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Monday, 24 June 2013

The features - Star Guest

Star Guest was a promotional feature in IPC's humour comics, wherein a variety of strips ventured outside their own title to appear in other comics from the IPC stable. By exposing readers to strips from titles other than their usual funny paper of choice the publishers hoped, with the help of a gentle hint of the 'You can laugh at Lolly Pop and Archie every week in Whoopee!' variety at the bottom of each guest page, to entice their followers into adding an extra comic or two to their weekly fun intake. The Star Guest idea dated back to at least 1972 - see also here and here.

A round of Star Guest strips commenced in Cheeky Weekly at the end of March 1979 and ran until the end of July the same year - a much shorter run than that documented in the links above. During that same 1979 run, while characters from Whoopee! and Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic (WCK) were appearing in Cheeky Weekly, stars from the toothy funster's comic were undertaking reciprocal forays into WCK and Whoopee!. The other IPC humour'adventure titles of the period - Jackpot and Buster - did not participate in this Star Guest run as either host or guest. I note that Buster strips were absent from the 1972-74 Star Guest run examined by Irmantas and Knockout Fan, so it seems that the title habitually exempted itself from Star Guest. Jackpot may have been excluded from the 1979 round of Star Guest because, as a new title which commenced publication in May 1979, part-way through the promotion, it was the subject of its own ad campaign in IPC titles. However, based on the available evidence it seems to have been IPC's policy to present in participating titles Star Guests from no more than 2 comics at a time since, as well as being Buster-less, the Cheeky Weekly Star Guest run has another element in common with that of 1972-74 - the strips' comic of origin alternates between 2 titles from week to week (although the alternating-title nature of the 1972-74 round in Cor!! was disrupted somewhat by the demise of Knockout and Shiver and Shake during the term of the promotion).

Cheeky Weekly's first Star Guest
Art: Sid Burgon


Star Guest (which in all runs of which I'm aware featured the words 'Star Guest' in an appropriately-shaped caption overlaid on the page) must have been seen as an effective marketing tool by IPC, since not only was the idea used more than once, it was given an uninterrupted run in Cheeky Weekly between 31 March and 28 July 1979. The run commenced with Lolly Pop from Whoopee! followed the next week by Fuss Pot from WCK, and continued by alternating stars from the two comics in subsequent weeks, as mentioned above. All Star Guest features were single pages, and Super Store was the only one to appear in colour.

Art: Robert Nixon

I can't say whether any or all of Cheeky Weekly's Star Guest strips were reprints, although it would seem that a number were specially prepared for the promotion - see my notes below. It's interesting that in the 1972-73 Star Guest run from Knockout, the strips start out being introduced as new, but towards the end of the run the reference to them being new is dropped, while only one of the sample Star Guest strips from Cor!! is described as new. There were no above-strip introductions to the Cheeky Weekly Star Guest strips. Lolly Pop from Whoopee! was the only Star Guest to appear in Cheeky Weekly more than once, drawn the first time by then-regular artist Sid Burgon, and ghosted by Barry Glennard on the second occasion.

Feature Date Character Artist/Notes
Star Guest 31-Mar-79 Lolly Pop Sid Burgon - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion as it was normally 2 pages per week in Whoopee!
Star Guest 07-Apr-79 Fuss Pot Norman Mansbridge - regular artist
Star Guest 14-Apr-79 Sweeny Toddler Tom Paterson - regular artist
Star Guest 21-Apr-79 Sweet Tooth Trevor Metcalfe - regular artist
Star Guest 28-Apr-79 Scared-Stiff Sam Mike Lacey - regular artist
Star Guest 05-May-79 Buytonic Boy Robert Nixon - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion, as it includes an introduction to the Steve Ford character and the strip was usually two pages per week in Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic
Star Guest 12-May-79 Super Store Bob Hill - regular artist
Star Guest 19-May-79 Dads As Lads I think this was ghosted, but I can't identify the artist, nor do I know the name of the regular artist on the strip. Update 19 October 2013 - I suspect the DAL regular artist was Bill Titcombe (?).
Star Guest 26-May-79 Happy Families Dick Millington - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion as it was normally more than one page in Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic
Star Guest 02-Jun-79 Smiler Nick Baker - regular artist
Star Guest 09-Jun-79 Lazy Bones Colin Whittock - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion, as it includes an introduction to the Benny Bones character
Star Guest 16-Jun-79 Sheerluck and Son Ghosted by Barry Glennard in place of regular artist Trevor Metcalfe. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion, as it was usually 2 pages per week in Whoopee!
Star Guest 23-Jun-79 Paws Styx (Leslie Harding) - regular artist
Star Guest 30-Jun-79 Supermum Dicky Howett - regular artist
Star Guest 07-Jul-79 Joker Sid Burgon - regular artist
Star Guest 14-Jul-79 Lolly Pop Ghosted by Barry Glennard in place of regular artist Sid Burgon. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion as it was normally 2 pages per week in Whoopee! at this time
Star Guest 21-Jul-79 Sammy Shrink Terry Bave - regular artist
Star Guest 28-Jul-79 Bookworm Ghosted by Barry Glennard  in place of regular artist Sid Burgon

Cheeky Weekly's final Star Guest
Art: Barry Glennard
To see the Cheeky Weekly characters making Star Guest appearances in other titles (an ongoing series as of my updating this post), follow this link.

Star Guest in the Cheeky Weekly Index


Feature First Appearance Final Appearance Total Issues Total Issues Missed In Run Page History
Star Guest31-Mar-7928-Jul-791807,8,11,14,15,17,18,19,21,23

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