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Cheeky Weekly ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Cheeky's New Year

A week after his round of festive gags to celebrate Christmas 1980 in the pages of Whoopee! with Cheeky!, our toothy pal was back with some forecasting fun as he prognosticated on the doings of his pals over the coming year. There are some gems nestling in these four pages, my favourites being;
  • Frank McDiarmid's reference to his expected earnings (whatever they paid him, it wasn't enough!) and Cheeky's allusion to Uncle Hamish's calendar-related transaction a year earlier.
  • The note about Cheeky's direction of gaze in the first panel of May, and his grin of sheer delight in the final panel of the same month (we all know he doesn't really mean it).
  • The first panel of June!
  • In August, Walter Wurx being tested by a scene of liquid mayhem that would tax the most resolute of urinary tracts.
  • Cheeky's September speculation on Teacher's domestic dolor (no doubt based on the troubling scenes he witnessed in the 'Teacher's breakdown' issue).
  • October's depiction of a swimsuited Lily Pop.
  • Baby Burpo's brother making his debut in November (although in January 1981 this was clearly among the most speculative of Cheeky's predictions).
  • Cheeky's entirely accurate December preview of the designs that would grace the covers of the 1982 Whoopee Annual and its Cheeky companion, set to hit the shops some months hence (that year's Whoopee! and Cheeky annuals were first advertised in Whoopee! in the edition dated 29 August 1981). Nice to see that the toothy funster predicted a cheerier end of the year for Teacher and Glad.
 
Whoopee! 03 January 1981
Art: Frank McDiarmid








  
Whoopee! 29 August 1981

All the best for 2017, pals!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

More Christmas Cheekiness

Bruce is looking back at Cheeky's yuletide doings from 1979 (among other festive goodies). You can see the toothy funster's seasonal silliness from the following year here.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Mergey Christmas

To get you into the seasonal spirit here's four pages of festive fun starring Cheeky, from the first Christmas issue of Whoopee! to hit the shops after it absorbed an ailing Cheeky Weekly in February 1980.

Whoopee! with Cheeky! 27 December 1980
Art: Frank McDiarmid





Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The One-Offs - Cheeky's Granny, Grandad, Aunt and Uncle (and sundry relatives)

Over the weeks there were many anonymous stooges who shared a joke with Cheeky and were never seen again. Certain of these ephemeral members of the Cheeky cast, however, were introduced in such a way that one expected them to become regular characters. This series of posts examines those 'one-off' appearances.

Cheeky's mum and dad were regularly featured from the debut issue, but until the first Christmas edition (dated 31 December 1977), readers hadn't witnessed any other member of the Cheeky clan.


Art: Frank McDiarmid
I like the legs heralding the approaching horde
in panel 3

It's no wonder our grinning hero has such a magnificent mouthful of dinner-manglers when both sides of his family are so chromosomally-disposed to having titanic chompers.

In Flash Harry's photo above we can see what looks like Cheeky's Granny and Grandad, plus sundry unspecified relatives and a canine with remarkably familiar teeth. None of these characters appeared again.

However, it appears Cheeky had an uncle and aunt who didn't make it into the above family portrait, but did appear in the 11 February 1978 issue.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

Having served their purpose as part of Cheeky's plot to view his favourite TV programme, Auntie and (presumaby) Uncle's services were no longer required and they never returned.


Uncle Hamish, who did become a regular participant in Cheeky's Week, made his debut in the following issue.

See also Great Uncle Daniel.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 21

New readers start here... After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.

By the time of the next raid involving one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums, Mustapha Million's run of reprints had ceased, and new adventures of the middle-eastern moneybags were being drawn by Barry Glennard. But can you spot the intruder (or maybe there's more than one) in this story? Scroll down, where all will be revealed.

 
Whizzer and Chips 05 April 1986
Art: Barry Glennard

















Whizzer and Chips 12 April 1986

Yes Mustapha, always entirely comfortable with his wealth, was subjected to a multi-panel raid by the Bumpkin Billionaires, who strove vainly every week to jettison their unwelcome fortune and return to 'the simple loife'. Maybe the affluent agriculturalists were hoping to stash their cash in amongst the wads of moolah sloshing around in Mustapha Mansion.

Just in case you didn't spot all of them, the raiders can be found in page 1, panel 6 and page 2, panels 3 and 6.

This is the first time that the Bumpkins en masse have staged a raid on our plucky pals - Pa raided Cheeky (as part of The Krazy Gang) in the 13 July 1985 issue

By this stage the Cheeky survivors had suffered 17 raids but had perpetrated 9. More raiding fun soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Animalad
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Odd-Ball
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Odd-Ball
Cheeky
Mustapha Million
Odd-Ball
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Profile - Burpo's Mum and Dad

Burpo's Mum and Dad first appeared in the Cheeky's Pal strip devoted to their 'orrible offspring in Krazy dated 25 June 1977, four months before Cheeky's own title elbowed its way onto the comic-packed counters of the nation's newsagents. In fact, that single Krazy appearance was the only time Burpo's Dad featured in the comic that spawned Cheeky, although his mum made one more Krazy appearance, in the 'Ello I'm Cheeky strip in the 02 July 1977 issue.

Cheeky Weekly's first depiction of the terrifying toddler's parents was on Wednesday in the first issue, when Cheeky arrived chez Burpo for his regular babysitting session. Stepping on the roller skate that Burpo had set as a trap on the front path, Cheeky was propelled into the house at speed...

Cheeky Weekly number 1
Art: Frank McDiarmid

This set the pattern for Cheeky's relationship with Burpo's parents, who were seemingly unaware of (or were in denial about) the evil machinations of their precious progeny and, disapproving of what they saw as Cheeky's inappropriate behaviour, continually reminded our toothy pal of the malevolent moppet's delicate nature.

Frank McDiarmid


Whereas the majority of Cheeky's supporting cast were a fairly peripatetic bunch in terms of their overall distribution across the pages depicting Cheeky's Week, Burpo's parents were mainly associated with Wednesday's intro to Creepy Sleepy Tale. However, neither appeared in the comics dated 31 December 1977 (the week of the Creepy Pantomime), 05 August 1978 (the issue in which Teacher became unstable) and 19 August 1978 (the 60-years-into-the-future issue), and Burpo's Mum featured in the Wednesday (conclusion) feature in the comics dated 10 December 1977 and 07 January 1978, while his dad appeared in the same feature in the 25 February and 22 July 1978 editions..

The final Creepy Sleepy Tale appeared in the comic dated 26 August 1979, being replaced in the subsequent four issues by instalments of the pull-out Crack-A-Joke Game. However, for the first three of those weeks Cheeky continued to make his Wednesday visits to Burpo's house, only to be told by the inimical infant's parents that they were not going out, and his babysitting services were therefore not required. They instead invited him to assist Burpo in assembling the game, elements of which appeared on the following page.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

Burpo's parents were then absent from the comic (after Creepy Sleepy Tale came to an end, Cheeky was apparently no longer required as babysitter) until the issue dated 13 January 1979 when Mum featured in The Burpo Special, the subject of which was Doctor Braincell. Mum then appeared on Easter Saturday in the 14 April 1979 comic, before turning up in a further two Burpo Specials; 28 April 1979 – Jogging Jeremy and 26 May 1979 – Manhole Man.

The final Cheeky Weekly appearance of Burpo's parents was during Cheeky's Saturday visit to Farmer Giles in the 21 July 1979 comic.

Burpo's parents' final Cheeky Weekly outing
Art:Frank McDiarmid pencils

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 06 October 1979

Art: Produced by copy-and-paste
from artwork drawn by Frank McDiarmid.
See text for details
The above-title banner again refers to 6 Million Dollar Gran as bionic whereas, as readers who've been following the title since issue one will know, she's a robot.

The rather minimalist, odd-looking cover illustration this week is the result of cover cannibalism - the images of Manhole Man, Cheeky and Jogging Jeremy first appeared on the front pages of the 09 June 1979, 11 August 1979 and 20 January 1979 comics respectively. However, the most striking thing about this cover is the absence of something. This is a landmark issue of the toothy funster's comic, yet there's no mention of that fact on the front page (nor anywhere inside). The 1970s has seen new comics regularly terminate with unseemly haste. Krazy, the title from which Cheeky Weekly erupted, managed to survive for only 79 issues as did Shiver and Shake, while Monster Fun troubled newsagents' delivery boys and girls for a mere 73 weeks. One would think that IPC would be keen to celebrate the relative longevity of our grinning pal's comic as it reaches its 100th issue. Anyway, the fact that Cheeky Weekly has reached its century is testament to the talented artists and writers whose work on this groundbreaking title has kept it buoyant, thus thwarting the accountants who are so keen to cull comics that are perceived to be underperforming.


Mike Lacey is the artist depicting Cheeky's Sunday on page 2, but it seems the toothy funster concluded his paper round immediately after the cover gag as there is no sign of the deliveries we usually witness in this location.

Art: Mike Lacey

Despite the fact that the 100th issue is not celebrated, Cheeky and his pals do get to enjoy a party thanks to Gran...

Art: Nigel Edwards




The final panel of Gran's story, with a caption carrying a phrase such as “Join the party in our 100th issue”, would have made a better front cover for this edition. But who is the character wearing glasses and chomping on a sausage roll in front of Elephant? Nigel Edwards did a great job in depicting a selection of characters from across the comic but did he, seeking reference material for his artwork, somehow confuse Dads As Lads (which made its debut in Whoopee! in 1976), with Cheeky Weekly's own paternal/filial feature  Why, Dad, Why?


Whoopee! 01 March 1980
Art: Bill Mevin (thanks Andy!)


Page 11 does carry news of a special celebratory comic, but it's an advert for the 10th anniversary issue of Whizzer and Chips, containing  a free gift plus part one of a mini facsimile of the debut edition.


The aspiring artistes of Stage School appear only in the final two panels of this week's story, and even then they are unrecognisable.

Art: Robert Nixon

The Chit-Chat page contains another reference to celebrations, but this time the festivities are in honour of the art editor's birthday.


Tub - Art: Nigel Edwards

Jimmy Hansen takes over the Cheeky artwork duties as of Thursday...

Art: Jimmy Hansen

Beneath a banner reading 'Here's a special appearance of a Cheeky Annual favourite' is a tale of telephonic tribulations starring Ringer Dinger, a reprint from Whizzer and Chips. Dinger had indeed made 4 appearances in the 1979 Cheeky Annual (published in late '78), and rung up a bumper 5 adventures in the toothy funster's current 1980 Annual, which was first advertised in Cheeky Weekly dated 22 September 1979. I wonder whether something happened to the artwork that was originally intended for the Sunday page in this issue, necessitating the shunting forward of another day's art onto page 2 and thus the inclusion of this phone-fun filler. Dinger will be called upon to make up the page count in a further 2 editions of Cheeky Weekly. Ringer Dinger in the Cheeky Weekly Index

Art: Terry Bave
Dinger's dad appears to lose his voice in
the final panel judging by the empty speech bubble



On Saturday Cheeky is tasked with walking the neighbour's dog, a Saint Bernard. Canine comedy ensues, before attention turns to the back garden in Snail of the Century which, as has become the tradition, brings the comic to a close.

Mike Lacey and Jimmy Hansen each provide 4 Cheeky's Week elements this week, with Frank McDiarmid being represented thanks to the art assistant's work with scissors and glue on the front cover.


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 06-Oct-1979
Artist Elements
Jimmy Hansen4
Mike Lacey4
Frank McDiarmid1



Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 06-Oct-1979, Issue 100 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Jogging Jeremy and Manhole Man' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
7Monday - Art Mike Lacey
8Ad: Trebor (final appearance) 'Olympic Game' 2 of 2
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
11Ad: IPC 'Whoopee Guy Fawkes mask' 3 of 3 Ad: 'Whizzer and Chips 10th birthday issue'
12The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
13The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
14Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips
16Elephant On The Run - Art Vic Neill (first art on feature)
17Elephant On The Run - Art Vic Neill (first art on feature)
18Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
19Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
20Chit-Chat
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Thursday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
25What's New, Kids
26Friday - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
27Ad: IPC 'Buster Book' 1 of 2 Ad: 'Top Soccer' 3 of 3
28Ringer Dinger (first appearance) reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Terry Bave (first art on feature)
29Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
30Saturday - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
31Saturday - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 20

New readers start here... After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.

You know how this works by now - see if you can spot the intruder in this strip. The identity of the plucky raider will be revealed if you scroll down...

Whizzer and Chips 29 March 1986
Art: Cliff Brown

















Yes, two weeks after being the victims of a raid by Odd-Ball, resilient Charlie and Calc mounted a revenge sortie across the border into Whizzer, targeting newcomer Master P Brain. Cliff Brown's strip featuring the juvenile boffin had commenced in the aforementioned 15 March 1986 issue wherein Calculator Kid's story was infiltrated by the rubbery red rascal.

At this point the tally of raids involving ex-Cheeky Weekly characters since the incorporation of Whoopee into Whizzer and Chips as of April 1985 was as follows;

Ex-Cheeky Weekly folk perpetrating raids on other characters - 9

Characters originating elsewhere raiding ex-Cheeky Weekly strips - 16

Despite the welcome hint of a reversal of fortunes with this latest raid, there's still a way to go to redress the balance, and with only two Cheeky-related fun pals surviving at this juncture, it's going to be a struggle to reach parity, let alone triumph. But don't get disheartened, as there will be more raiding fun soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Animalad
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Odd-Ball
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Odd-Ball
Cheeky
Mustapha Million
Odd-Ball
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Profile - Rex Press

The toothy funster's jolly journalist chum Rex Press made his debut in Cheeky Weekly dated 29 September 1979. Or did he? I suspect that the newspaper reporter named Reg Press who made a single Cheeky Weekly appearance in the issue dated 15 September 1979 was intended to be the same person, but maybe an admin mix-up resulted in his name being changed. Rex is obviously a more appropriate appellation since, when coupled with the surname (which is itself a nod to machinery crucial to the journalistic profession), it references newspapers containing Express in the title.

Reg Press - Cheeky Weekly 15 September 1979
Art: Jimmy Hansen


'Reg' was drawn by Jimmy Hansen and the fact that the journalist's face wasn't seen on this occasion makes me wonder whether Frank McDiarmid hadn't designed the visuals for the character at that point. However, by the time that Rex made his debut two weeks later his trademark 'tache, trilby, and check jacket were fully formed.

Rex Press' debut - Cheeky Weekly 29 September 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's 2-page Saturday strip in the 10 November 1979 issue showed our grinning hero visiting the newspaper office, and Cheeky popped back to Rex's workplace for a quick Tuesday gag in the edition dated 24 November 1979.

Art: Bob Hill
 
Rex Press didn't quite make it into Cheeky Weekly's final issue. His last appearance was in the penultimate editon, dated 26 January 1980. Nevertheless Rex, despite being a rather late entrant into the Cheeky Weekly supporting cast, turned up in a creditable15 issues (16 if we include Reg). Neither Reg nor Rex ever appeared in Cheeky's strips in Krazy.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Birthday Bash

Cheeky Weekly comes under the spotlight again (and why not - I say you can never have too much Cheeky) over at the Great News blog, as the first issue of the toothy funster's own title, cover dated today, 39 years ago, is examined and found to be full of fun. Happy birthday!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Cover Collaborations


By early 1989 the 'rival comics' aspect of Whizzer and Chips was being de-emphasised, to the extent that all cross-comic raids had ceased, Sid and Shiner's letters pages were both located in Whizzer while their respective comic strips had been combined into single a feature within Chips, and readers were no longer encouraged to separate the two 'titles'. Also gone were the cover comic strips, replaced by a series of full-page depictions of the W&C stars in situations various. As the comic increasingly resorted to reprints, these covers showed resurrected IPC veterans such as Fuss-Pot sharing jolly japes with newcomers including Wonder Wimp.

In the 04 March 1989 edition, reader Rachel Thomas asked who was responsible for the cover art. The answer revealed that the covers were a collaborative effort (a surprise to  me) between Jimmy Hansen and Barrie Appleby.


Saturday, 8 October 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 29 September 1979

This week it's the turn of Charlie and Calc to get an above-title banner promotion, below which Gunga Jim is the instigator of maritime mirth. The action takes us to Krazy Town harbour once again, and we even get a glimpse of the lighthouse in the distance. Do snails find the salty coastal atmosphere uncomfortable? Cheeky's slithering pal gives no indication, but appears to be enjoying the gag. Sadly the unnamed pirate character, despite seeming ripe material for a smattering of corny nautical witticisms, never returned to the Cheeky's Week supporting cast.








Art: Frank McDiarmid


6 Million Dollar Gran takes a trip to a stock car racing tournament, and it's not long before she pits her own jalopy against another old banger. Needless to say, the aged automaton emerges triumphant, and blows the prize money at a food stall. Ian Knox's typically grotesque final panel shows Gran cramming celebratory comestibles into her synthetic alimentary canal.


Cheeky can't resist his own sausage-related gag on the following page....


Frank McDiarmid
 
It's not often that I include Mystery Boy in these posts, but this week his already bleak predicament seems about to get much worse...


Sadly I can't identify this artist
 
Having a much easier time of it is Mustapha Million, who this week is enjoying a story in colour.


Art: Joe McCaffrey



With the festive season on the horizon, WH Smith place an ad aimed at those readers busy compiling their Christmas lists, notifying them that this year's annuals (dated a year ahead, as is the tradition) are now in stock. The Beano is prominently featured, and a number of other DC Thomson titles are mentioned, but sadly the 1980 Cheeky Annual doesn't get a promotional boost. However, IPC ran an ad for it in last week's issue.

Thursday sees Cheeky's first encounter with humorous hack Rex Press, although it's quite possible that the similar character named Reg Press who appeared in the comic dated 15 September 1979 was intended to be the same person.

Art: Frank McDiarmid


Paddywack encounters an open aperture – I've always said Manhole Man should take more care.

Art: Jack Clayton

The comic concludes with the garden-goings-on of Snail of the Century, which was absent from last week's issue.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

This is a gratifyingly all-Frank McDiarmid-Cheeky's Week issue, the previous such edition being that dated 08 September 1979.

 Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 29-Sep-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid9


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 29-Sep-1979, Issue 99 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim' 3 of 5 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
8Ad: Trebor 'Olympic Game' 1 of 2
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Ad: Palitoy 'Star Wars Collection' 1 of 3
12The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
13The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
14Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
19Ad: WH Smith (final appearance) 'Annuals'
20Chit-Chat
21Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Ad: IPC 'Top Soccer' 2 of 3 \Ad: Pop-A-Points (first appearance)
25What's New, Kids
26Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27Ad: IPC 'Whoopee Guy Fawkes mask' 2 of 3 Ad: 'Puzzle Time' 6 of 6
28Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Saturday, 1 October 2016

More Toothy Fun

There are more Cheeky goings-on over at GNFAR today, as a pre-Cheeky Weekly issue of Krazy comes under the spotlight. This issue is one of those featuring the teasers that preceded the debut of the toothy funster's own spin-off title.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 19

New readers start here... After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.


One month after Calculator Kid's story was infiltrated by Benny 'Lazy' Bones, poor old Charlie Counter and his number-crunching pal were subjected once again to the unwanted attentions of a wily Whizz-kid raider. Can you spot the intruder (and no, it's not the opportunist mouse in the final panel)? Scroll down for the answer.

Whizzer and Chips 15 March 1986
Art: Terry Bave
Reprinted from Cheeky Weekly dated 06 January 1979

















Once again a raid has been perpetrated by that rubbery alien sphere, Odd-Ball.

This Calculator Kid episode is revealing, as we learn that Calc doesn't always act in Charlie's best interests, since the sentient silicon chip is aware that the directions he is giving his pal will culminate in dental distress.

This is the sixth time Calculator Kid has been subjected to a raid, and the fourth time that Odd-Ball has impinged on the doings of Charlie and Calc. This raid is the 16th carried out on our ex Cheeky Weekly chums, who have carried out 8 cross-border sorties into Whizzer.

More raiding fun soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Animalad
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Odd-Ball
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Odd-Ball
Cheeky
Mustapha Million
Odd-Ball
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid