It's week 15 of IPC's 1979 Star Guest promotion so attention turns once again to Whizzer and Chips. Who has been chosen to represent Cheeky Weekly this time?
|Whizzer and Chips 07 July 1979|
Art: Frank McDiarmid
As you can see, this week it's the toothy funster himself who has been tasked with publicising his own comic. This isn't the first time our grinning pal has appeared as the subject of a Star Guest strip - it's the 4th.. He's appeared twice previously as Cheeky Weekly's ambassador to Whoopee (here and here), and once within Whizzer and Chips. However, this is the first time that a Cheeky Star Guest has been drawn by Frank McDiarmid.
But hold on - can it strictly be said that Frank has drawn this Star Guest? In fact the artwork has been constructed from elements that originally appeared in the 21 April 1979 Easter issue of Cheeky Weekly, but different dialogue has been applied to the speech balloons.
|Cheeky Weekly 21 April 1979|
Art on this and the pages below: Frank McDiarmid
Anyway, it's good that Whizzer and Chips readers finally get exposed to Frank's version of Cheeky. Any who opt to subscribe to the toothy funster's comic as from this week will find that the title is sporting a new look (although they of course won't be aware what the old look was) and they'll be able to enjoy 31 issues before Cheeky Weekly succumbs to the customary fate of underperforming comics and gets absorbed into a more successful stablemate (in this case, Whoopee).