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Monday, 27 June 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 15 September 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
Cheeky and his dad indulge in reptilian repartee on the cover of issue number 97 (a glimpse into Crystal Belle's crystal ball would have revealed that only 20 more issues of the toothy funster's comic would roll off the presses). Cheeky's name is on the gate - whether it's a welcome or a warning that the house is our grinning pal's place of residence is open to speculation.

Readers of this earlier post will be aware that while preparing this issue summary I realised that some of the artwork in the edition under review which I had previously attributed to Mike Lacey was actually by Jimmy Hansen. Just prior to putting this post to bed I also decided to change the artwork credit on the cover pic from pure Frank McDiarmid to Frank McDiarmid pencils. This is the final time that the Frank/inker collaboration furnished a 'cover feature' (which is my term for anything on the front page that's not a comic strip).











Jimmy Hansen depicts Cheeky's usual Sunday paper round, which takes our grinning pal once again to Krazy Town harbour, a geographical feature that didn't appear on the aerial view of the toothy funster's locale printed in the first issue of Krazy. But the highlight of this page is surely our glimpse of Constable Chuckle's night attire.

 
Art: Jimmy Hansen

Charlie Counter is invited to a party this week (a further consultation with Crystal would have revealed that Charlie and Calc would be attending the same celebrations, albeit with a gatecrasher who wasn't present the first time round, in Whizzer and Chips on almost exactly the same date 6 years later).

6 Million Dollar Gran's robotic rocket shot (inaccurately billed as a Bionic Boot) initiates a globe-spanning search for the missing football.

Art: Ian Knox



On Wednesday cheeky encounters a new character – the newspaper reporter named Reg Press (who in all his subsequent appearances was called Rex Press). Not quite sure what that stroke in Cheeky's speech bubble to the right of Reg's first name is supposed to represent (possibly an indication there was some uncertainty as to the humorous hack's monicker? - the fact that Reg/Rex's face isn't shown could suggest that the character's visuals hadn't been decided upon at this point).

Art: Jimmy Hansen

Thursday sees the Cheeky's Week artwork duties handed over to Mike Lacey (see here), and a couple of pages later Barrat's Oran-gee-tang bar ad makes its debut. Also making a first appearance, this time on Friday, is Krazy Town's merry meat merchant, Mr Mutton.

Art: Mike Lacey
 
Like 6 Million Dollar Gran, the father and son stars of Why, Dad, Why? are beset by ball botheration.

Art: John Geering

 
On Saturday it seems our grinning pal is suffering from gag fatigue as he outsources the knock-knock jokes to his pals...

Art: Mike Lacey


Lest any readers cancel their regular order for the comic in the belief that our toothy pal has quit the comedy business for good, Cheeky returns at the end of the Saturday 2-pager with a promise that he'll be back next week. Exit, pursued by Knock-Knock Door.

Mike again

Cheeky's farewell is a little premature, as he is seen again on the back cover's Snail of the Century, which is Frank McDiarmid's only pure work in this issue.

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 15-Sep-1979
Artist Elements
Jimmy Hansen4
Mike Lacey4
Frank McDiarmid1



Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 15-Sep-1979, Issue 97 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Cheeky's Dad' - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Jimmy Hansen
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 Jimmy Hansen
8Ad: Trebor 'Olympic competition'
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Jimmy Hansen
11Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
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
15What's New, Kids
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Jimmy Hansen
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips
20Chit-Chat
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Ad: IPC '5 Top Comics' 1 of 2
24Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
25Ad: Barratt (first appearance) 'Oran-gee-tang' 1 of 2
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
28Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
29Ad: IPC 'Top Soccer No 1' 2 of 2
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Sunday, 19 June 2016

The Mike Lacey and Jimmy Hansen Crisis! Part 6 - Resolution!

Following my previous post, I have completed my re-evaluation of all the artwork that I previously attributed to Mike Lacey. This was an interesting project as my realisation that the work displayed in the link above wasn't Mike's enabled me to look at artwork that I have studied many times before in a new light. As a result the artwork credits associated with 130 Cheeky Weekly elements have been changed.

The question of course is, if these elements were not drawn by Mike Lacey, who was the artist? As discussed earlier in this series, the similarity of Jimmy Hansen's style on The Bumpkin Billionaires in the late 1980s to that of Mike's was what alerted me to the possible mis-attribution, and the very helpful comments from some readers of this blog also made it clear that the two artist's styles had been hard to distinguish for some time. Thus, my best guess is that Jimmy is the artist in question.

There were 2 episodes of Speed Squad that always seemed to me to be by an artist other than the regular one (who I now believe to be Jimmy) although I couldn't identify who was responsible, and therefore they remained uncredited. While studying these particular stories again, I came to the conclusion that the mystery artist is Colin Whittock, so I have updated these database entries as well.

This re-attribution of artwork credits has necessitated updates to the following posts...

I have also tried to capture and update any sundry mentions of Mike, that I now believe to be Jimmy.

What I haven't yet done is re-generate any of the tables in the affected issue summary posts, aside from the 2 indicated above (these were the first two issues in which Jimmy contributed to Cheeky's Week  - I have yet to do a post about the third). Please accept my apologies for this. I've been aware for some time that I need to assign presently uncredited episodes of Creepy Sleepy Tale to Keith Reynolds, so I'll wait until I've done that before embarking on a mass update to the issue summary posts.

For reference, these are the 128 130 (see below) Cheeky Weekly elements that I now believe were drawn by Jimmy...

(Update 04 October 2017 - I have now realised that when reassigning artwork credits from Mike Lacy to Jimmy Hansen I missed Jimmy's work on the 16 June 1979 Cheeky Hustle booklet, so have revised the table below to include those pages)


Date Page Feature Artist
22-OCT-77 4 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
29-OCT-77 4 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
05-NOV-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
12-NOV-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
19-NOV-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
26-NOV-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
03-DEC-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
10-DEC-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
17-DEC-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
24-DEC-77 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
31-DEC-77 4 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
07-JAN-78 4 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
14-JAN-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
21-JAN-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
28-JAN-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
04-FEB-78 2 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
04-FEB-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
11-FEB-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
18-FEB-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
25-FEB-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
04-MAR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
11-MAR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
18-MAR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
25-MAR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
01-APR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
08-APR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
15-APR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
22-APR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
29-APR-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
06-MAY-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
13-MAY-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
20-MAY-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
27-MAY-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
03-JUN-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
10-JUN-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
17-JUN-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
24-JUN-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
01-JUL-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
08-JUL-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
15-JUL-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
22-JUL-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
29-JUL-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
05-AUG-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
12-AUG-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
19-AUG-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
26-AUG-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
02-SEP-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
09-SEP-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
16-SEP-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
23-SEP-78 3 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
30-SEP-78 11 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
07-OCT-78 11 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
14-OCT-78 10 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
21-OCT-78 10 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
28-OCT-78 11 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
04-NOV-78 11 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
11-NOV-78 10 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
18-NOV-78 10 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
25-NOV-78 11 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
02-DEC-78 9 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
09-DEC-78 19 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
06-JAN-79 22 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
13-JAN-79 23 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
20-JAN-79 23 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
27-JAN-79 23 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
03-FEB-79 23 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
10-FEB-79 24 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
17-FEB-79 22 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
24-FEB-79 24 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
03-MAR-79 24 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
10-MAR-79 23 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
17-MAR-79 23 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
31-MAR-79 11 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
31-MAR-79 32 Pin-up pal Jimmy Hansen
07-APR-79 7 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
21-APR-79 24 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
05-MAY-79 24 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
12-MAY-79 24 Skateboard Squad Jimmy Hansen
19-MAY-79 23 Thursday Jimmy Hansen
19-MAY-79 24 Thursday Jimmy Hansen
26-MAY-79 2 Sunday Jimmy Hansen
26-MAY-79 6 Monday Jimmy Hansen
26-MAY-79 9 Tuesday Jimmy Hansen
26-MAY-79 10 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
26-MAY-79 11 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
26-MAY-79 12 Wednesday Jimmy Hansen
02-JUN-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
16-JUN-79 17 Cheeky Hustle Jimmy Hansen
16-JUN-79 18 Cheeky Hustle Jimmy Hansen
16-JUN-79 24 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
23-JUN-79 24 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
07-JUL-79 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
21-JUL-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
04-AUG-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
11-AUG-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
18-AUG-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
25-AUG-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
01-SEP-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
08-SEP-79 11 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
15-SEP-79 2 Sunday Jimmy Hansen
15-SEP-79 7 Monday Jimmy Hansen
15-SEP-79 10 Tuesday Jimmy Hansen
15-SEP-79 18 Wednesday Jimmy Hansen
15-SEP-79 24 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
22-SEP-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
29-SEP-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
06-OCT-79 22 Thursday Jimmy Hansen
06-OCT-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
06-OCT-79 26 Friday Jimmy Hansen
06-OCT-79 30 Saturday Jimmy Hansen
06-OCT-79 31 Saturday Jimmy Hansen
13-OCT-79 11 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
13-OCT-79 26 Disaster Des Jimmy Hansen
20-OCT-79 1 Cover Feature Jimmy Hansen
20-OCT-79 2 Sunday Jimmy Hansen
20-OCT-79 7 Monday Jimmy Hansen
20-OCT-79 10 Tuesday Jimmy Hansen
20-OCT-79 18 Wednesday Jimmy Hansen
20-OCT-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
27-OCT-79 23 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
17-NOV-79 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
24-NOV-79 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
08-DEC-79 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
15-DEC-79 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
22-DEC-79 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
05-JAN-80 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
12-JAN-80 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
19-JAN-80 22 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
26-JAN-80 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen
02-FEB-80 28 Speed Squad Jimmy Hansen

Monday, 6 June 2016

The Mike Lacey and Jimmy Hansen Crisis! Part 5

Since raising the thorny issue of the similarity of Mike Lacey and Jimmy Hansen's drawing styles I have been continuing my reading of the post-Whoopee-merge issues of Whizzer and Chips, to which both artists contributed, along the way trying to train my eye to recognise any peculiarities of illustration by which the two styles may be differentiated. I have also done a bit of internet searching for any biographical detail about Jimmy, in the hope of discovering the date of his earliest published comic work, but sadly there seems to be practically no available information. Confusingly this site refers to him as Jim Hanson which doesn't help.

Anyway, back to the different art styles - I'd say Jimmy's character work often displays particularly exaggerated reactions, regularly veering into the grotesque, with Mike having a less extreme approach of depicting shock, fear, delight etc. which rarely extends to the ugly end of the spectrum (well, maybe a bit grotesque in the case of Ursula!).

While preparing a future post looking at the 15 September 1979 issue of Cheeky Weekly I was struck by the non-Mike-Laceyness of this page (which I had previously attributed to Mike)...


The above page exhibits some of the extremes that I have now come to associate with Jimmy. Interestingly, that same issue also contains Cheeky pages that to me seem to be drawn Mike, such as this...


...the depictions of Cheeky also differ quite considerably between the two pages.

So, in the absence of any information as to Jimmy's earliest published work, I'm going to assign the Monday page above (and the other pages in the same issue exhibiting the same style) to Jimmy. I will at some point have to go through all the Cheeky Weekly work I have attributed to Mike and re-assess it based on the comparative styles above. It may be that the above is the first 'Jimmy' page that featured in Cheeky Weekly - won't know until that re-evaluation is complete.