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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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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Profile - Snoozin' Susan

Cheeky had to contend with a number of annoyances while trying to enjoy the weekly Saturday morning picture show. Fearsome usherette Ursula and noisy nosher Crunching Chris had been tormenting our toothy pal in the cinema since Cheeky Weekly’s debut, but the 29th issue of the comic, dated 06 May 1978, introduced a new threat to Cheeky’s appreciation of the silver screen in the form of strident snorer Snoozin’ Susan.

Susan's debut
Art: Barrie Appleby

The first time we saw Susan on any occasion other than Interval was on Sunday evening in Cheeky Weekly dated 24 June 1978. This was the first of her 8 appearances in that particular issue, throughout which she was accompanied by Do-Good Dora who was trying to ensure that Susan followed Doctor Braincell’s advice to get plenty of fresh air. Cheeky’s comatose crony slumbered through the week, but on Saturday we saw her awake for the first time.

Susan's first waking appearance
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
It wasn’t until the comic dated 01 July 1978, the 9th issue in which Susan had featured, that she was rendered by pure Frank McDiarmid artwork (and even then all we saw were her recumbent legs and an arm).

Another instance of a conscious Susan was presented when Cheeky was given a glimpse of his future in the special issue dated 19 August 1978.

Cheeky Weekly 19 August 1978
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Two weeks after the toothy funster’s vision of the year 2038, the 1978 version of the sonorous slumberer again woke up in the cinema, this time because her foot had gone to sleep.

Susan was again roused from her dozing in the 21 October 1978 first birthday issue, on that occasion by Presto the rabbit’s magic carrot (and no, that’s not a euphemism).

The Saturday morning picture show sequence came to an end in Cheeky Weekly dated 02 December 1978 but Snoozin’ Susan appeared, in various Krazy Town locations and in her usual somnolent state, in a further 9 issues. She was the source of the Mystery Comic in the issue dated 14 April 1979.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
Susan’s final Cheeky Weekly appearance occurred in the 29 December 1979 issue where she was seen (or at least her legs were visible) having a kip on the floor during  Cheeky’s Christmas party. This brought to 32 the number of Cheeky Weekly issues in which she appeared. Susan was never seen in Cheeky's strips in Krazy.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Snoozin' Susan3206-May-197829-Dec-1979

Snoozin' Susan - Number of appearances by Element

Element Number of Appearances
Sunday evening1

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
Snoozin' SusanFrank McDiarmid pencils13
Snoozin' SusanMike Lacey9
Snoozin' SusanFrank McDiarmid6
Snoozin' SusanBarrie Appleby6
Snoozin' SusanJim Watson3
Snoozin' SusanDick Millington2

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

The One-Offs - PC Fuzzfoot

Almost entirely obscured by a miasma of detritus stirred up by Sid the Street-Sweeper's broom, PC Fuzzfoot made a single, non-speaking (but coughing) appearance in Cheeky Weekly dated 21 January 1978.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

For some reason, Fuzzfoot was never seen again (maybe he felt that the Krazy Town beat was bad for his asthma and opted for a desk-based role instead), and Constable Chuckle made his debut 10 weeks later, going on to appear in 83 issues.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

The Pages - Page 30

Page 30 in the debut issue of the toothy funster’s comic hosted the first page of the inaugural episode of Space Family Robinson, entitled (no sniggering) The Snatch. A week later the Robinsons’ exile on a faraway planet was once again the subject of the page in question, but issue number 3 saw Cheeky’s emergence from the Saturday morning picture show sharing the page with an assortment of sub-half-page announcements and ads, beginning what was to be a 8-week run during which the concluding part of Saturday shared the page with a similar mix of odds and ends.

The 31 December 1977 issue saw the Robinsons return to the subject page, but the following week a 4 week run of ads for IPC product commenced, featuring promotional pushes for Roy of the Rovers, Shoot and, in a campaign encompassing several humour titles, Whoopee!, Cheeky Weekly, Whizzer and Chips and Krazy, each of which was running a competition with kites as prizes.

Space Family Robinson then resumed occupation for 2 weeks, but were then ousted by the concluding part of Saturday again. The deep space perils faced by the Robinson clan then occupied page 30 once more, this time for an 18 week run, the conclusion of which coincided with the final episode of their epic interstellar adventure. The indomitable abductees were the second most regular occupants of page 30, with a tally of 23 appearances there.

Yet more thrills were to be experienced on page 30 the following week, as what was to be James Bold’s final Cheeky Weekly adventure, Island of Fear, commenced and was serialised in that location for the duration of its 6-episode run. Taking over from Bold as the adventure serial element of Cheeky’s Saturday morning picture show were the incredible airborne team Archie’s Angels who, like Bold before them, remained in the location under review for the whole of their 6 week escapade.

Further excitement was to be had a week later when Sonny Storm made his single Cheeky Weekly appearance.

In the comic dated 30 September 1978, the tedious duo Tweety and Sylvester brought humour (if you can call it that) back to page 30, but were ousted by more adventure a week later when the piratical perils of The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure began to be documented, remaining in that location until the strip's penultimate episode

The issues dated 02 and 09 December were reduced to 28 pages due to industrial action, and Cheeky Weekly failed to be published for 3 weeks following that, but in the issue dated 06 January 1979 Saturday returned to the subject location. However, unlike the Saturday elements that appeared previously on page 30, which had been the conclusions to Cheeky’s weekly cinema visit, this time it was the first page of Cheeky’s 2-page Saturday; the cinema show sequence had come to an end in the edition dated 02 December 1978, after which the Saturday page depicted the toothy funster’s Saturday afternoon pursuits.

Saturday’s first page continued to occupy page 30 for a further 12 editions, but in the comic dated 07 April 1979 the Chit-Chat letters page made its single appearance in the location under review. In the 14 April 1979 issue the subject page was host to Easter Saturday, following which the bog-standard Saturdays resumed for a marathon 42 issue run, lasting until the final Cheeky Weekly dated 02 February 1980. Saturday was the most regular occupant of page 30, with a total of 65 visits (if we include all variants, i.e. Saturday 1/2, Saturday 2/2 and Easter Saturday 1/2).

Page 30 exhibited 18 churn events during Cheeky Weekly's run, ranking it the third least churn-affected page.

Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 30

Elements Total
Saturday 1/255
Space Family Robinson 2/221
The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure 1/28
Saturday 2/27
Archie's Angels 2/25
James Bold 2/24
Advertisement: IPC3
James Bold 1/22
Saturday 2/2\Advertisement: IPC2
Space Family Robinson 1/22
Page 30 absent2
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC1
Archie's Angels 3/31
Easter Saturday 1/21
Sonny Storm 2/21
Tweety and Sylvester 1/21

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Slimy Summer Special

Bruce has posted a strip in which a certain invertebrate of our acquaintance embarks on a summer slither.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 29

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, his run of reprints coming to an end in the 26 July 1986 edition and leaving Mustapha Million as the sole Cheeky Weekly survivor.

The next raid on our middle eastern mate was perpetrated in Whizzer and Chips dated 06 December 1986. Can you spot the impudent intruder? Scroll down to discover the identity of the infiltrator...

Whizzer and Chips 06 December 1986
Art: Barry Glennard

Yes, it's the plaything-obsessed Whizzer whippersnapper, Toy Boy. The image of him used in the panel directly above is a rather vintage one - the version of Toy Boy pasted into the Mustapha strip is the one that readers were used to seeing in the comic at the time.

The lazy interloper couldn't even think of an original phrase with which to announce his culpability - the contents of his speech balloon are identical (except for a slight horizontal squeeze) to those used by Winnie the Royal Nag on the previous occasion on which Mustapha fell victim to a raid.

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
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
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
Mustapha Million
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
23 August 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million
18 October 1986Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
06 December 1986Toy BoyMustapha Million