Welcome to the Cheeky Weekly blog!


Welcome to the Cheeky Weekly blog!
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.

Quick links...
Basic Stats
Cheeky Weekly Index
Cheeky Weekly Artist Index
Features by Number of Appearances
Issue Summaries posted to date
Major Characters from the Cheeky pages
Features Ordered by Date of Commencement

*** ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Used with permission. ***
*** CHEEKY WEEKLY, KRAZY, WHOOPEE and WHIZZER AND CHIPS ARE ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ***

The images posted on this blog can be enlarged by clicking on them.  Depending on your browser, you may have to click again on the enlarged image to see it in full size.
Thanks for reading the blog.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 26

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. Calculator Kid survived a little longer, bowing out in the 26 July 1986 edition and leaving Mustapha Million as the sole Cheeky Weekly survivor.

Astute readers perusing this reprinted Calculator Kid episode in Whizzer and Chips dated 26 July 1986 may have suspected that it was to be the final appearance of Charlie Counter and his calculating companion...

Whizzer and Chips 26 July 1986
Calculator Kid Art: Terry Bave


...due to this announcement in the same edition...

Whizzer and Chips 26 July 1986
The comic had for a few issues been conducting a
teaser count down to this announcement

Those readers who correctly assumed that Calculator Kid would be among the features to be jettisoned to make room for the imminent new arrivals may have been unaware that their final helping of CK told only half the story...

Cheeky Weekly 05 May 1979

On its reprint appearance at the top of this post, the strip had a couple of alterations in addition to being halved - the first panel on row 2 had a 'so' text box added to it, and the final panel on row 2 had Calc's oft-used concluding catchphrase 'as calculated' pasted in.

That 26 July 1986 edition of Whizzer and Chips had no Cheeky-related raids, and we have to skip ahead to the issue dated 16 August 1986 for the next raid within the scope of this series of posts.

Since by this stage Mustapha Million was the sole surviving character from Cheeky Weekly (enjoying brand new adventures), the only uncertainty is whether he was raider or raidee...


Whizzer and Chips 16 August 1986
Art: Sid Burgon



Mustapha had previously raided Joker in the 07 June 1986 comic, in retaliation for a raid carried out on him by Joker in the 27 July 1985 edition. This raid brings the total times our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums had raided Whizzer to 11, while they had suffered 20 raids by those wily Whizz-kids.

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
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
07 June 1986Mustapha MillionJoker
28 June 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million
26 July 1986
Calculator Kid ends this issue
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
16 August 1986Mustapha MillionJoker

Monday, 7 August 2017

The One-Offs - Fish-Face

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 and named in such a way that one expected them to become regular characters. This series of posts examines those 'one-off' appearances.

As Cheeky emerged from another trip in the time-travelling phone box in Cheeky Weekly dated 26 August 1978, he encountered Mr Haddock's 'new assistant' Fish-Face ...

Art: Mike Lacey

Fish-Face never returned to the pages of Cheeky Weekly, although another, un-named (and thus not qualifying for a one-off post of his own) fishmonger's assistant made a single appearance in the comic dated 04 November 1978.

Mike Lacey again

Monday, 31 July 2017

Profile - Mr Haddock

 A fishmonger called Mr Codface was introduced in Krazy dated 21 May 1977...

Krazy 21 May 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid



Mr Codface never returned to the pages of Krazy, but a remarkably similar-looking purveyor of piscatorial provender made his (anonymous) debut in Cheeky Weekly's second issue dated 29 October 1977..

Mr Haddock's debut in Cheeky Weekly 29 October 1977
Frank McDiarmid again


 

There were no further fishmonger funnies in Cheeky Weekly until 39 weeks later in the 29 July 1978 edition, in which Cheeky addressed the seafood salesman as Mr Haddock.

Mr Haddock's first Cheeky Weekly namecheck - 29 July 1978
Frank McDiarmid


Haddock appeared twice in the 10 February 1979 comic; once on Tuesday, and again in The Burpo Special, which was that week devoted to Auntie Daisy.

Mr Haddock's single cover appearance occurred on the front of the 03 March 1979 edition.

There was another double helping of seafood silliness in the comic dated 11 August 1979, as on Sunday Cheeky encountered Gloomy Glad who was less than impressed with Mr Haddock's expanding business empire, while the shellfish shopkeeper was back on Friday for his usual finny fun.

Frank again

Haddock's final Cheeky Weekly appearance was in the comic dated 26 January 1980, bringing the total number of issues he appeared in to a fishtastic 43. Surprsingly, the character was most regularly seen on Tuesday, not Friday.

See also Fish-Face.

 
Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Mr Haddock4329-Oct-197726-Jan-1980


Mr Haddock - Number of appearances by Element


Element Number of Appearances
Tuesday10
Thursday8
Wednesday8
Saturday6
Friday4
Monday4
Sunday3
Cheeky's Week1
The Burpo Special1


Count of elements by artist




Character Artist Total Elements
Mr HaddockFrank McDiarmid27
Mr HaddockMike Lacey8
Mr HaddockFrank McDiarmid pencils7
Mr HaddockDick Millington2
Mr HaddockBarrie Appleby1

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Pages – Page 26

Page 26 was the location of the first page (of two) chronicling Cheeky's Saturday doings in the first 2 issues of Cheeky Weekly, but in the third and fourth editions the page was host to the cartoon supporting feature portion of Saturday's picture show programme. The animated features watched by the toothy funster and his pals were represented by reprints of old half-page Bam Splat and Blooie and Cocky Doodle strips that originally appeared in Buster. At this stage in Cheeky Weekly's history, the BS&B/CD strips were used when a single page was devoted to the cartoons; when space was available for a 2-page cartoon, Warner Brothers characters were employed. In the following 6 editions the location in question was home to the second page of the animated element of the film show...

Date Details
19-Nov-77Wile E Coyote 2/2 'Dear Diary'
26-Nov-77Henery Hawk (first appearance) 2/2 'Little Orphan Henery'
03-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 2/2 'Poll Fault'
10-Dec-77Henery Hawk 2/2 'A Peachy Idea'
17-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 2/2 'Rage In A Cage'
24-Dec-77Daffy Duck (first appearance) 2/2 'Daffy's Diner'

Due to the slightly different configuration of the following week's Christmas issue, Saturday was allocated to page 26, but 7 days later something of a marathon run of WB cartoons commenced...

Date Details
07-Jan-78Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 2/2 'Extra Long Division'
14-Jan-78Tweety (single appearance) 2/2
21-Jan-78Tweety and Sylvester (first appearance) 2/2
28-Jan-78Daffy Duck 2/2 'Ducking Out'
04-Feb-78Henery Hawk (final appearance) 1/2 'The Flower Pot'
11-Feb-78Daffy Duck 1/2 'Lucky Break'
18-Feb-78Road Runner (first appearance) 2/2 'Ungrateful Gratitude'
25-Feb-78Road Runner 1/2 'A Bird in Hand'
04-Mar-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'Too Many Grannies'
11-Mar-78Daffy Duck (final appearance) 1/2 'Snack Time'
18-Mar-78Road Runner 1/2 'The Lucky Charms'
25-Mar-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'Showdown at Granny's'
01-Apr-78Road Runner 1/2 'The Plant Plot'
08-Apr-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'A Gift For Granny'
15-Apr-78Road Runner 1/2 'The Cool Caper'
22-Apr-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'A Bird Can Fly But Can A Fly Bird'
29-Apr-78Road Runner 1/2 'Coyote Catcher'
06-May-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'Pet Getter'
13-May-78Road Runner 1/2 'Flypaper Caper'
20-May-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'All Duded Up'
27-May-78Road Runner 1/2 'Thunder Blunder'
03-Jun-78Road Runner (final appearance) 1/2 'Trombone Boo Boo'

Saturday then returned to page 26, but the following issue saw an ad for Woodcraft Village, a venture into the toy market by safety match manufacturers Bryant & May, occupy the subject location.

In the 24 June 1978 edition, Saturday resumed occupation of page 26, beginning a 3-week run, ended in the 22 July 1978 issue by a page advertising two of IPC's 1978 Specials - The Cheeky Summer Special and Whoopee Holiday Special.

A week later page 26 hosted an ad placed by Birds Eye who were running a cunning promotion whereby consumers of their tubs of Mousse were invited to send in 8 lids and receive a 'Mousse Shoot', which was a device designed to fire those very same lids 'high into the sky'. 2 lids were supplied with the Mousse Shoot, but kids applying for the offer were thus 6 lids down on the deal. If the launcher was as powerful as the ad suggests, the lids supplied would soon be lost, requiring the consumption of more Mousse in order to provide replacement ammo for the device.

A week later Tweety and Sylvester began what was to be a 7-week run on page 26, but in the following edition Hickory Dickory Doc, a reprinted one-off strip from Cor!!, was for some reason employed to represent the cartoon segment of Saturday's picture show.

The bird vs cat feuding was restored to page 26 in the ensuing issue as Tweety and his lisping nemesis returned. In the 30 September 1978 comic, Saturday resumed occupancy for what was to be a 5-week residency, interrupted by Paddywack in the 04 November 1978 edition. Saturday then moved back in for 3 issues

In a surprise move, the 02 December 1978 issue saw the final episode of The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure come to rest in the site under review, but a week later Saturday made its final appearance on page 26, bringing to 16 the number of times it occupied that spot, making Saturday the third most frequent feature to occupy that location.

After its 3 week absence, Cheeky Weekly returned with the issue cover dated 06 January 1979, in which the first episode of Eagle Eye (another reprint, this time sourced from Shiver and Shake) fetched up on page 26. Eagle Eye was in fact lucky enough to remain in the same location for the entirety of its 8-week run. In the edition following the conclusion of Eagle Eye, another reprinted adventure strip, again retrieved from the Shiver and Shake archives, commenced on page 26. This time it was Menace of The Alpha Man. The titular letter-obsessed felon was, like Eagle Eye, given the honour of remaining in the same location for the whole of his nefarious escapade, making his strip the second most regular page 26 occupant, numbering 18 issues.

Cheeky Weekly's affluent stalwart Mustapha Million made his single visit to page 26 in the following 'new look' issue dated 07 July 1979, after which the father and son feuding of Why, Dad,Why? made a similarly unique sojourn in the same location.

In the comic dated 21 July 1979 Cheeky's Friday antics were related on page 26, as they were in the ensuing 9 editions. Mystery Boy then moved in for a single week, after which Friday returned for 2 issues.

Disaster Des then unleashed his customary mayhem in the subject location (the only time he appeared on page 26), and Friday then moved back for 2 weeks. The 03 November 1979 comic saw another feature make a single page 26 appearance; this time it was Thursday.

The following week Friday returned for what was to be a 10-week residency, after which it was the turn of reader-participation-gagfest Joke-Box Jury to occupy the subject location for a single time.

Friday then returned to page 26 for Cheeky Weekly's final 2 issues, bringing the total number of times it appeared there to 25 and making it the most regularly-featured occupant of the site under review.

Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 26
Elements Total
Friday25
Menace of the Alpha Man 1/218
Saturday 1/215
Tweety and Sylvester 1/213
Eagle Eye 1/28
Road Runner 1/28
Wile E Coyote 2/24
Bam Splat and Blooie\Cocky Doodle2
Daffy Duck 1/22
Daffy Duck 2/22
Henery Hawk 2/22
Tweety and Sylvester 2/22
Advertisement: Birds Eye Mousse1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC1
Advertisement: Woodcraft Village1
Disaster Des1
Henery Hawk 1/21
Hickory Dickory Doc 1/21
Joke-Box Jury 1/21
Mustapha Million 1/21
Mystery Boy1
Paddywack1
Road Runner 2/21
Saturday1
The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure 1/21
Thursday1
Tweety 2/21
Why, Dad, Why?1

Monday, 17 July 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 10 November 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
If you're getting a sensation of deja chuckle from this cover it's because the visuals are constructed from previously-published artwork. The image of Uncle Hamish originally appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 21 July 1979, and the drawing of a newspaper-delivery-bag-toting Cheeky is sourced from the cover of the 07 July 1979 edition.












Cheeky Weekly 21 July 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's Week proper starts over the page with a Sunday rendered by Barrie Appleby, following which we get to see what Batman looks like when drawn by Terry Bave (and which of us hasn't pondered that at some time or other?).

Art: Terry Bave

It's very rare to find oneself disappointed by Terry Bave's artwork, but I must admit I feel we've been a bit short-changed as regards the TV-related fancy dress costumes on display above. Apart from the caped crusader and Kojak (and Charlie's inadvertent Doctor), there are no other identifiable characters on view, unless those are two Monster Muncheers in panel 3, row 3. I  would have expected a dustbin-based Dalek at the very least.

This week's 6 Million Dollar Gran story is her final 3-pager.


Elephant on The Run recognises an old friend this week but it would seem that our amnesiac pachyderm pal doesn't appreciate the significance of this recovered memory and so fails to question  The Great Mysto about who he is and how he came to be in his current peripatetic predicament.

Art: Robert Nixon

Barrie Appleby draws Cheeky's Week up to and including Wednesday, after which Bob Hill takes up the pen to furnish the remainder of our grinning pal's seven day gagfest. This was the only time that Bob drew Cheeky's Week (though his association with the toothy funster goes back to the 10 September 1977 issue of Krazy wherein he took over the artwork on The Krazy Gang from Ian Knox), and Barrie's work on this issue was the final time he contributed to the daily pages of Cheeky's Week, although his final Cheeky Weekly art was on the cover of the 17 November 1979 edition.

Art: Bob Hill
I like the Rodin reference

As he has done for the previous 2 issues, Cheeky uses his column on the Chit-Chat page to enlighten us (although not very extensively) as to the Cheeky Weekly creators, this time focusing on Robert Nixon...



Colin Whittock stands in for Jimmy Hansen as the Speed Squad artist...

Art: Colin Whittock
 
Cheeky's Saturday is devoted to a visit to the newspaper offices courtesy of Rex Press. The big news is that a number of the toothy funster's pals are there and the jokes flow like newsprint off the presses.

For the second week, Snail of the Century is absent so the comic concludes with an ad for Mr Bellamy's Amazing Liquorice Novelties

As mentioned above, Bob Hill and Barrie Appleby share the Cheeky's Week artwork duties in this issue while Frank McDiarmid's recycled renderings grace the cover.


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 10-Nov-1979
Artist Elements
Bob Hill4
Barrie Appleby4


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 10-Nov-1979, Issue 105 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Uncle Hamish' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
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 Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
8Ad: Pocket Popamatics (single appearance)
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
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
15Wednesday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Ad: Weetabix 'DC Comics promotion' 1 of 2
19Thursday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
20Chit-Chat
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
23Speed Squad - Art Colin Whittock (first art on feature)
24Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
25Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
26Friday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
27Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 6 of 7 Ad: 'Cheeky Weekly: Knock-Knock Jokes Booklet next week'
28Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
31Saturday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
32Ad: Mr Bellamy's (final appearance)

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 25

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.


Whizzer and Chips dated 28 June 1986 is the source of this Mustapha Million tale in which the philanthropic funster causes a certain amount of athletic antagonism before resolving the train of events to the satisfaction of all. But who is the errant Whizz-kid intent on derailing the fun? Scroll down for the answer.

Whizzer and Chips 28 June 1986
Art: Barry Glennard













Yes, it's the mono-molared* confectionery consumer Sweet Tooth, carrying out his first raid on one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums. This is the eighth raid perpetrated upon the middle-eastern moneybags, and the twentieth incursion by those pesky Whizz-kids into the pages of Cheeky Weekly survivors, who themselves had by this stage infiltrated Whizzer on 10 occasions.

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
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
07 June 1986Mustapha MillionJoker
28 June 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million


*Okay, I know that Sweet Tooth's surviving gnasher is in fact an incisor but that didn't serve my alliterative purposes.


Monday, 3 July 2017

The One-Offs - Little Stitch

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.

Ah Sew's younger brother Little Stitch made his one and only Cheeky Weekly appearance in the issue dated 01 December 1979. This one-off character's name was punningly based on that of the diminutive but large-booted music hall performer Little Tich (1867-1928). The joke assigned to Little Stitch could quite easily have been delivered by his older sibling, but the Cheeky's Week scriptwiter evidently felt that it was worth creating a new character just to wring out an extra gag from his name (though whether kids of the late 70's would have been aware of the music hall allusion is open to question).

Cheeky Weekly 01 December 1979
Art: Mike Lacey

Monday, 26 June 2017

Profile - Ah Sew

The final addition to the Cheeky's Week supporting cast, Ah Sew made his debut in Cheeky Weekly dated 27 October 1979. His name was of course a reference to the Japanese phrase 'Ah so' (although there were suggestions that he was in fact Chinese), punningly twisted in the Cheeky Weekly manner to allude to his profession as a tailor.

Ah Sew's debut, Cheeky Weekly 27 October 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

By the time of his second appearance (using Frank's artwork as featured in his debut), Ah Sew seemed to have been demoted to Tailor's Assistant...

Art: Dick Millington and Frank McDiarmid

I would guess that when Dick was given the script for the page above, he hadn't seen Frank's design for Ah Sew and as a consequence Frank's artwork from the previous week was cut and pasted in. It actually works well.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's sartorial stooge appeared in 9 editions of the toothy funster's comic, his final outing occurring in the penultimate issue dated 26 January 1980.

Ah Sew bows out - Cheeky Weekly 26 January 1980. This was the only occasion on which he was given a 'humorous' accent.
Art: Mike Lacey

Ah Sew was created for Cheeky Weekly and never appeared in Krazy.

See also Little Stitch.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Ah Sew927-Oct-197926-Jan-1980

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 03 November 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
Bubblegum Boy, still floating high above the streets of Krazy Town, makes his 13th and final front page appearance this issue, sharing the cover with a character whose natural environment diametrically opposes his own airy lair. Yes, it's that other front cover stalwart, Cheeky's subterranean stooge Manhole Man, enjoying his 27th (and penultimate) cover gag with our toothy pal. Frank McDiarmid does the honours for this osseous rib-tickler, depicting the skeletons, which must be time-consuming to draw, with his customary aplomb.














Dick Millington, who last provided some Cheeky's Week artwork in the 28 July 1979 issue, delivers his final Cheeky Weekly work in the current edition, drawing the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday elements.

Amusing detail in Calculator Kid - the hat which remains atop the post at the school gates.

Art: Terry Bave

Dick Millington gives us his Paddywack on the Monday page...
 
Art: Dick Millington
 
And on Wednesday Dick illustrates the only Cheeky Weekly appearance of Farmer Giles' Dad...

Dick again


John Geering provides the artwork on Mustapha Million this week, the only occasion on which John drew the strip.

Art: John Geering

 
Cheeky's message on the Chit-Chat page makes reference to this issue's Cheeky's Week artists Frank McDiarmid, Dick Millington and Mike Lacey.



Snail goes red with embarrassment at having to
encourage reader participation

There's another artist providing a one-off delivery of artwork this week, as Paul Ailey draws Speed Squad. Like Mustapha's ghost-drawn strip earlier in the issue, this Speed Squad escapade focuses on money, but whereas Mustapha had surplus moolah to distribute, the Squad are in pursuit of the precious pound with which they've been entrusted.

Art: Paul Ailey

Mike Lacey takes up the pen to furnish the visuals for the latter half of Cheeky's Week, including Friday, the occasion of Posh Claude's Dad's third and final appearance in the comic.

 
Art: Mike Lacey
 
Cheeky's Saturday is devoted to doing the shopping for his mum, after which attention turns once more to the back garden as Snail of The Century brings the hilarity to a conclusion for another week. Frank McDiarmid delivers the front and back covers, with Dick Millington and Mike Lacey each contributing 4 Cheeky's Week pages.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 03-Nov-1979, Issue 104 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 7 of 7 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Ad: IPC 'Cor Annual' 4 of 5 \Ad: Pop-A-Points
7Monday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
8Joke-Box Jury
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
11Ad: IPC '5 Top Comics' 2 of 2
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
15Wednesday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
16Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
17Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
18Mustapha Million - Art John K. Geering (single art on feature)
19Mustapha Million - Art John K. Geering (single art on feature)
20Chit-Chat
21Chit-Chat\Ad: IPC 'Order Cheeky Weekly'
22Tease Break (final appearance)
23Speed Squad - Art Paul Ailey (single art on feature)
24Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
25Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
26Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
27What's New, Kids
28Friday - Art Mike Lacey
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Pages – Page 25

The second page of Mustapha Million's debut adventure occupied page 25 in the first edition of Cheeky Weekly, and Mustapha's second page was again in the same location a week later. The Saturday element of Cheeky's Week came to rest on page 25 for the 2 subsequent editions, following which a Wile E Coyote strip represented the cartoon portion of that week's Saturday morning picture show.

Saturday's picture show was similarly located for the 5 subsequent issues, meaning that a variety of Warner Brothers animated characters were called into service to entertain Cheeky and his fellow youthful cinema patrons...

Date Details
26-Nov-77Henery Hawk (first appearance) 1/2 'Little Orphan Henery'
03-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 1/2 'Poll Fault'
10-Dec-77Henery Hawk 1/2 'A Peachy Idea'
17-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 1/2 'Rage In A Cage'
24-Dec-77Daffy Duck (first appearance) 1/2 'Daffy's Diner'

The placement of strips in the following week's Christmas issue was shaken up somewhat as a result of the festivities, leading to Joke-Box Jury making its first page 25 appearance. However, as things returned to relative normality seven days later, another run of cartoons commenced...

07-Jan-78Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 1/2 'Extra Long Division'
14-Jan-78Tweety (single appearance) 1/2
21-Jan-78Tweety and Sylvester (first appearance) 1/2
28-Jan-78Daffy Duck 1/2 'Ducking Out'

The Tweety and/or Tweety and Sylvester escapades listed above were untitled.

Saturday then returned to page 25 for 2 weeks following which the 'Beeps' of Warner Brothers' Road Runner appeared in the comic for the first time (in this strip the fleet-footed (if foot is the correct term for the thing at the end of an avian leg) bird was given the ability to speak, something he was lacking - as far as I'm aware – in the cartoons).

The following week a 9-issue run of Saturday commenced, a sequence that was interrupted in the comic dated 29 April 1978 by the appearance on page 25 of an advert for Funny Faces. If you're thinking that it was a bit early in the year to be promoting ice lollies, all will become clear when I reveal that this was not an ad for Wall's famous visage-based frozen treats, but instead a promotional push for packs containing a selection of cartoon-style eyes, ears noses and hats, plus a blank face on which to affix them. Sort of a 2-dimensional Mister Potato Head but without the carbs.

Saturday then returned for a week before being displaced again by an advert, this time notifying readers that a sufficient number of Trebor chew wrappers could be exchanged for Corgi Junior models of Batman's road, air and maritime conveyances. 60 wrappers would bag aching-jawed youngsters the whole Batload.

Saturday then resumed for what was to be a 3-week residency on page 25, until more advertising appeared there in the 10 June 1978 edition. This time it really was Wall's Ice Cream, who were hoping the summer weather would be conducive to emptying the nation's freezer-cabinets of their Tom and Jerry and Skateboard Surfer lollies.

Saturday returned for a week, but 7 days later the site under consideration was host to a competition of the 'spot the difference' variety, in which readers were tasked to identify the number of discrepancies between two similar images of Cheeky and Manhole Man, who were pictured enjoying a game of Gyro-Tennis as manufactured by M-Y Games. 30 of said bat-and-ball contrivances were on offer to the lucky winners. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), these games still seem to be in production.

Ads appeared on page 25 in the next 2 issues; 01 and 08 July 1978. The former saw Burton's promoting their Smax and Wagon Wheels products by way of a campaign in which skateboard posters could be obtained for 50p plus 4 tokens excised from the wrappers of the aforementioned comestibles. The latter ad was placed by Rowntree Mackintosh in relation to their wild-west-themed chewy confection known as the Texan Bar which at that time was, somewhat incongruously, offering purchasers a selection of prehistoric monster stickers.

The following issue saw Saturday commence another run, this time of 2 weeks' duration. Page 25 in the 29 July 1978 edition featured an ad for Trebor's Double Agents boiled sweets. Wrappers from the spy-inspired fruit drops could be exchanged for fingerprint kits. Parents would no doubt be delighted to find the furniture coated with fingerprint powder as a consequence.

A further week of Saturday ensued, and 7 days later Tweety and Sylvester pursued their ongoing feud in the subject location. In the comic dated 19 August 1978, Saturday began what was to be a 6 week run which brought to an end the feature's appearances on page 25 because the following issue introduced the Mystery Comic to its centre pages and Saturday was shunted further back as a result. Saturday was the second most regular feature to occupy the page in question, appearing there 27 times (including 01 April 1978's Saturday - April Fool's Day).

The following 2 issues saw Paddywack's particular brand of discombobulation abounding on page 24, but in the two subsequent issues Trebor were again encouraging widespread mastication of their products by offering what was described as 'jeans badges' (possibly they meant patches) in return for 20 wrappers.

Paddywack then resumed occupancy in the comic dated 28 October 1978, but this time sharing the page with a list of winners of the skateboard and tennis competitions that ran in the 17 and 24 June 1978 issues respectively.

The Friday element of Cheeky's Week then made its first visit to page 25, but its inaugural sojourn there proved to be brief, as 7 days later the welly-booted wonder Paddywack returned, although his was also just a single visit on this occasion as in the subsequent edition page 25 hosted an ad for Pirelli slippers.

Paddywack was featured on page 25 a week later, sharing that location with an ad for Cheeky Weekly's companion title Whoopee! Page 25 in the comic dated 02 December 1978 hosted the final appearance of Interval.

Luscious Lily Pop was to be found on page 25 in the following issue as she was grilled by Baby Burpo in the debut episode of The Burpo Special. Friday then returned, commencing what was to be something of a marathon run of 28 weeks in the location in question.

Readers' letters page Chit-Chat made a bid to secure page 25 in the comic dated 21 July 1979, and managed to hold on to the subject location for a further 3 weeks until obese oaf Tub made his only appearance in the site under review, his half-page adventure sharing that location with a list of winners of the Alpha Man competition. The following week saw Chit-Chat return to page 25, commencing a second run, which would extend to 3 issues. Yet more advertising of chewy confections ensued, as this time Barratt promoted their Oran-gee-tang bars for 2 issues.

Advertorial feature Whats, New Kids then moved in for 2 weeks, before Friday made its final visit to the subject location, bringing to 30 the number of times it graced page 25 (including 14 April 1979's Good Friday variant), making it the most regular occupant of the site under review.

What's New Kids returned the following week, after which the young performers of Stage School demonstrated their showbiz prowess for 3 editions. By this late stage in Cheeky Weekly's history, 6 Million Dollar Gran had suffered something of a demotion, as her stories had not only been reduced from 3 pages to 2 (and sometimes just 1), but the aged automaton had been relegated to the rear of the comic. Thus the synthetic senior citizen landed up on page 25 for 2 editions. Page 25 in the 01 December 1979 comic was home to 2 ads for IPC product; Look and Learn, which was running a competition to win an adventure holiday in Sudan, shared the location with an ad for that Christmas present stalwart, the mighty Whizzer and Chips Annual.

Robotic ructions were again in evidence on page 25 as Gran moved back commencing with the issue dated 08 December 1979 for what was to be a 3 week residency until a reprinted adventure featuring double-decker-dwellers The Gang displaced the creaky contraption. This was the only time that The Gang featured on page 25.

Gran returned to page 25 in the 05 January comic, and remained there for 2 issues until her normal strip was interrupted when she was the subject of a spot the difference puzzle.

6 Million Dollar Gran then resumed her page 25 run for the 2 issues that remained before Cheeky Weekly ceased publication. Gran was the third most regular occupant of the subject location, appearing there on 9 occasions in her normal strip and once as the spot the difference subject.

Warner Brothers' characters appeared on page 25 in a total of 12 issues, but since the strips were named after the individual characters, I haven't included them among the top 3 features. And as far as I'm concerned they were little more than filler material.

Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 25
Elements Total
Friday29
Saturday 1/226
6 Million Dollar Gran 2/29
Chit-Chat 2/2\Tub5
Advertisement: Trebor4
Wile E Coyote 1/24
Paddywack3
Stage School 2/23
What's New, Kids3
Advertisement: Barratt2
Chit-Chat 2/22
Daffy Duck 1/22
Henery Hawk 1/22
Mustapha Million 2/22
Tweety and Sylvester 1/22
6 Million Dollar Gran Spot the Difference1
Advertisement: Funny Faces1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC1
Advertisement: Pirelli1
Advertisement: Smax and Wagon Wheels1
Advertisement: Texan bars1
Advertisement: Wall's1
Good Friday1
Interval1
Joke-Box Jury1
Paddywack\Advertisement: IPC1
Paddywack\Winners of Skateboard and Tennis competitions1
Road Runner 1/21
Saturday - April Fool's Day 2/31
Tennis Competition1
The Burpo Special1
The Gang 2/21
Tub\Alpha Man competition results1
Tweety 1/21