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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Profile - Do-Good Dora

Do-Good Dora first rattled her collecting tin in Cheeky Weekly's third issue, dated 05 November 1977, and went on to pester the good folk of Krazy town in a further 73 editions of the toothy funster's comic. In his encounters with the indefatigable fundraiser, Cheeky usually managed to contribute a joke rather than any cash, although he did reluctantly donate money on a few occasions.

Dora's first appearance
Art: Frank McDiarmid

In only the 6th issue of Cheeky Weekly to include her (issue dated 07 January 1978), Dora appeared in 6 Cheeky's Week element as it took her all week to recite her list of 1000 new year resolutions.

The 15 April 1978 comic featured the highest number of appearances by the cheerful chugger in a single issue – an anxious Cheeky adopted a variety of tactics to evade her collecting tin as she pursued him across 8 Cheeky's Week elements, only to discover on Saturday that Dora wanted to hand him a record token he'd won in her raffle.

Dora appeared in 10 February 1979's Burpo Special, in which the terrible toddler's subject was Auntie Daisy.

There was one Krazy Town resident for whom Dora's ever-ready collecting tin was far more than a mere annoyance – the sight of it induced a 'Mac-Panic' in Uncle Hamish in the 17 February 1979 issue, and the Pin-up Pal poster in Cheeky Weekly dated 24 March 1979 depicted the Caledonian curmudgeon fleeing in terror from Dora's latest fund-raising venture. Dora was the subject of the Pin-Up Pal poster in the comic dated 10 June 1978, whereon a number of Krazy Town residents (the toothy funster among them) are seen departing at speed from the relentless fundraiser. All the Pin-Up Pal posters can be seen at Bruce's Comic Archive.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

In the 15 September 1979 issue we learned that mirthful mailman Postie is Do-Good Dora's uncle.


Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

Dora was among the guests at Cheeky's Christmas party in the issue dated 29 December 1979, and the following week she made her only front cover appearance, joining Cheeky and an assortment of his pals who were jumping in the air to celebrate the new leap year. Inside that issue, Dora was once again at our grinning pal's house, this time attending the Cheeky family new year party.

In the final issue of the toothy funster's comic Dora, never one to miss a fund-raising opportunity, homed in on the wealthy members of the cast of companion title Whoopee! into which the survivors from Cheeky Weekly would merge the following week. Dora first met up with Pa from Whoopee's Bumpkin Billionaires, a meeting that – judging from the wad of banknotes protruding from her tray - was highly satisfactory for both parties. In the final panel of the same issue, Dora was seen hopefully rattling her tin beside Whoopee's Lolly Pop, an endeavour which was unlikely to be as successful.

Dora meets Pa Bumpkin
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Dora's appearance wasn't always consistent among the Cheeky's Week artists. The first depiction of the tin-rattling tyke was by Frank McDiarmid, who showed her wearing glasses. The next two occasions on which Dora appeared, both drawn by Frank McDiarmid pencils, followed Frank's example and included the specs. However, on her fourth Cheeky Weekly outing, drawn again by Frank McDiarmid, Dora was without her eyewear. On every subsequent occasion on which he drew her in 'present day' Krazy Town, Frank drew Dora without glasses. The only time Frank returned to drawing a bespectacled Dora was when Cheeky met her older self in 19 August 1978's '60 years into the future' issue.

The Dora (and Cheeky) of 2038
Art: Frank McDiarmid

The other Cheeky artists continued to depict Dora wearing specs until the 08 April 1978 issue, in which Jim Watson seemed to draw Dora with and without glasses on the same page. Thereafter, with the exception 20 May 1978 (Jim Watson) and 24 June 1978 (Barrie Appleby), the youthful Dora always appeared without specs.

Dora loses her glasses during the interval,
or did Jim Watson just forget to draw the
arm of her specs in the penultimate panel?

Art: Mike Lacey

A similar issue arose in relation to Dora's hair, which Frank McDiarmid changed in November 1978 from the rather nondescript style which was in evidence on her first outing, to a rather striking, frizzy, three-triangle construction. The only other artist to adopt the triangular hairstyle was Mike Lacey who drew Dora's new coiffure in the 15 September and 06 October 1979 comics, but on returning to the character in 2 subsequent issues showed her with the original hair.

06 October 1979 - Mike Lacey draws Dora
with her revised hairstyle

Dora never appeared in the Cheeky strip in Krazy comic.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Do-Good Dora7405-Nov-197702-Feb-1980


Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
Do-Good DoraFrank McDiarmid47
Do-Good DoraFrank McDiarmid pencils26
Do-Good DoraMike Lacey15
Do-Good DoraBarrie Appleby3
Do-Good DoraUnknown Cheeky Artist 13
Do-Good DoraDick Millington3
Do-Good DoraJim Watson2
Do-Good DoraNot known1

1 comment:

  1. what a wacky hairstyle...
    maybe she wore contacts sometimes..

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