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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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Monday, 18 September 2017

Profile – Skatie, Skipper and Wipe-Out

The strips featuring the intrepid trio who constituted the Skateboard Squad (later restyled, as they embraced more varied modes of transport, Speed Squad) were, like all of the non-Cheeky features in Cheeky Weekly's golden era, framed by the toothy funster's pages. In the case of the Squad, the members of the team – Skatie (female), Skipper (male) and Wipe-Out (canine) - were introduced by Cheeky in the final panel of the Cheeky's Week page preceding their adventure, regularly bowling our grinning pal over as they sped to their latest escapade, although the individual Squad members were often obscured by the clouds of dust raised by their rapid passage. All but one of the first 49 Skateboard Squad episodes saw Cheeky's introductory encounter with the intrepid trio occurring in the final panel of Sunday. In the case of the 04 February 1978 skateboard issue, the intro appeared in the final panel of the front cover's Cheeky's Week strip which, by implication, took place on Sunday – there was no Sunday page that week to allow the Skateboard Squad story to expand onto a second page in celebration of the special issue.

Skateboard Squad's intro from Cheeky Weekly's first issue
Art: Frank McDiarmid

On two occasions in those first 49 stories, the terrific three failed to appear in the intro. The first such occurrence was in Cheeky Weekly's first Christmas issue, dated 31 December 1977, when Cheeky was surprised that the Squad weren't in evidence in the usual location. The explanation for their absence on the street was forthcoming in the ensuing story which began with the team unwrapping their Christmas presents (skateboards, natch) at home. The second time Skateboard Squad didn't appear in the intro was in 19 August 1978's sixty-years-into-the-future edition when what Cheeky describes as the Squad's grandchildren, Jetboard Squad, were seen on the page before an adventure of 1978's Skateboard Squad.

Frank McDiarmid

Subsequent to 30 September 1978's introduction of the Mystery Comic and the consequent reorganisation of Cheeky Weekly to accommodate the new central section, Skateboard Squad was shunted further back into the comic. Although displaced, the 30 September 1978 Squad episode did feature the team in an introductory panel on the preceding page, but the following 10 adventures had no intro. This cessation of intros could be seen as part of the policy to eventually end all the framing devices, yet introductions resumed in the comic dated 06 January 1979 and continued up to and including the 17 March 1979 edition. The following week there was no introduction as the page preceding the Squad's adventure was occupied by Paddywack. After this there were 4 remaining appearances by Skateboard Squad before their renaming, and all of those final 4 outings in their original guise included intros.

A nice close-up of the terrific trio by Frank McDiarmid

Speed Squad made their debut in the 26 May 1979 issue, and although the revitalised team didn't actually appear on the preceding page, Cheeky was seen there loitering near the trio's shed, saying 'Now to find out what Skip, Skatie 'n' Wipe-Out have been up to for a week'. This panel would seem to be a hasty construction, featuring as it does a pasted-in Frank McDiarmid Cheeky on what is otherwise a Jimmy Hansen Tuesday set. Over the page, Speed Squad's premiere tale commenced inside the shed we had seen previously. The Speed Squad adventures in the following three comics all had intros, but it was at this point that the Squad fell victim to the framing device cull, as from the 07 July 1979 comic to that dated 15 December 1979, there was no evidence of the members of the team outside of their own strips, nor any mention of them within Cheeky's pages.

24 February 1979 - this somewhat basic intro, the final panel in a page otherwise drawn by Mike Lacey
suggests that it replaced the original contents.

However, the canny Cheeky Weekly editor still had in his desk some unused pages which were prepared for the three editions of Cheeky Weekly that failed to appear in December 1978, an interruption which occurred in those heady days when all the framing devices were in full force. Among those previously-unseen sets were 2 that featured Skateboard Squad intros, and these, after some judicious editing to replace references to Skateboard Squad with Speed Squad, were eventually published in December 1979.

These final 2 forays into Cheeky's Week by the terrific trio didn't really fulfill the original intention to serve as intros, since their appearance on the Thursday page in the 22 December 1979 edition preceded the Squad strip by 8 pages, and a week later they turned up on the Sunday page despite there being no Speed Squad strip in that issue.

Following the publication of those 2 held-over pages, there were no further intros to the Squad's strips.

Although their likenesses are somewhat at variance with their usual depictions, the presence of a skateboarding dog makes it clear that the human 'boarders accompanying Wipe-Out, Cheeky and Snail in the instructional images featured in the All About Skateboarding booklet serialised in Cheeky Weekly in November 1977 were intended to represent the non-canine members of the Squad.

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Features - Ringer Dinger and Soggy the Sea Monster

Cheeky Weekly, from its first issue, included reprints (not an unusual situation in comics of the time), but initially some imagination was used in the way those recycled strips were selected and framed within Cheeky's universe. For example Bam Splat and Blooie and Cocky Doodle, sourced from early 60s issues of IPC's mighty Buster, were used to represent the animated cartoons watched by Cheeky and his pals during their weekly outing to the Saturday morning picture show. The feature I refer to as Old Comic, showcasing even more venerable selections from IPC's inherited archive of funnies, was presented as Cheeky's choices from his dad's trunk full of comics in the loft. The James Bold stories, initially incorporated into Cheeky's universe by presenting them as a series of books read by the toothy funster (and later viewed by him on the big screen) were 'partial reprints' in that scripts written for Maxwell Hawke, again from Buster, were re-drawn for Cheeky Weekly.

As mentioned before, the use of reprints was standard practice in British comics of the time and it's entirely understandable that the Cheeky Weekly editor would seek to manage his budget by resorting to past successes to economically fill out a few pages of the toothy funster's comic. The majority of readers would be unaware that they were reading strips that had been enjoyed by earlier comic fans (except, of course, in the case of Old Comic where the whole point of the feature was to make readers aware of the vintage nature of the selections). However, over time the framing devices which made each issue of the comic a cohesive narrative were dropped, and whereas formerly reprints were used in a creative way that enhanced Cheeky Weekly's unique nature, towards the end of the comic's life seemingly random old strips were brought out of retirement to cheaply fill some space in what appeared to be a more cynical fashion.

Ringer Dinger, originally appearing in Whizzer and Chips in 1970 1971 (thanks to Stephen Archer for correcting me), began his Cheeky Weekly run of recycled telephonic tales in the issue dated 06 October 1979. However, loyal Friends of Cheeky would have been familiar with the character and his cordless companion as 4 reprinted escapades had featured in the 1979 Cheeky Annual which went on sale in late 1978. The strip was another of Terry Bave's kid-with-technology creations (see also Trevor's Treasure Tracker from Whoopee! and of course, Cheeky Weekly's own Calculator Kid). In this case young Dinger, the possessor of a magic telephone, could request assistance by dialing up whatever he required, inevitably resulting in the customary comic calamity

Dinger's Cheeky Weekly debut,
issue dated 06 October 1979
Art: Terry Bave
Note banner referencing Dinger's appearance in
the first Cheeky Annual.
I wonder if Dad's speech balloon in the final panel
was also blank when this strip was originally printed.
Update: See Stephen Archer's interesting comment below.

Ringer Dinger appeared in 2 further issues of Cheeky Weekly - the penultimate and final issues. One wonders why - if the telephonic tyke was such a 'favourite' as claimed in the banner above his Cheeky Weekly debut - he was absent for such a long period before his return in the final 2 issues*, being replaced in the intervening period by another reprint, this time featuring the aquatic adventures of a lovable leviathan.

Soggy the Sea Monster, retrieved from the dusty archives of Shiver and Shake, enjoyed his first watery Cheeky Weekly outing in the issue dated 17 October 1979. I'll let Irmantas apprise you of the salient details of Soggy's initial run (or should that be swim?), and summarise here the mirthful monster's reappearances in the toothy funster's comic some 6 years after he originally surfaced.

Soggy's Cheeky Weekly episodes commenced with one of the 2 strips from the original run that were drawn by Terry Bave. Like Ringer Dinger, Soggy had appeared in the 1979 Cheeky Annual, but unlike our dog-and-bone wielding pal, the silly sea serpent didn't get an above-strip banner advising readers that they may have seen him before.

Cheeky Weekly 17 October 1979
Art: Terry Bave

Whereas Dinger notched up a paltry 3 outings in his Cheeky Weekly reincarnation, Soggy's appearances in the toothy funster's comic amounted to a slightly more respectable 12, with both Dinger and Soggy appearing in the comic's final 2 issues.

*It's highly likely that by the time of the commencement of Ringer Dinger's Cheeky Weekly run, the decision had already been made to cancel the comic. It's therefore possible that, even if Dinger had engendered favourable feedback from his appearance in the previous year's annual, the editor decided that rather than squandering the strips in a comic under sentence of death, he would hold back his stock of RD strips to use in forthcoming Cheeky Annuals and Summer Specials, the publication  of which would continue for some years after the weekly comic had folded.

Ringer Dinger in the Cheeky Weekly Index

Feature First Appearance Final Appearance Total Issues Total Issues Missed In Run Page History
Ringer Dinger06-Oct-7902-Feb-803157,11,28

Feature Artist Number of Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Ringer Dinger Terry Bave306-Oct-197902-Feb-1980

Date Page Feature Page Feature
06-OCT-79 28 Ringer Dinger
17-NOV-79 11 Soggy the Sea Monster
24-NOV-79 11 Soggy the Sea Monster
01-DEC-79 11 Soggy the Sea Monster
08-DEC-79 4 Soggy the Sea Monster
15-DEC-79 11 Soggy the Sea Monster
22-DEC-79 11 Soggy the Sea Monster
29-DEC-79 8 Soggy the Sea Monster
05-JAN-80 11 Soggy the Sea Monster
12-JAN-80 12 Soggy the Sea Monster
19-JAN-80 11 Soggy the Sea Monster
26-JAN-80 7 Ringer Dinger 12 Soggy the Sea Monster
02-FEB-80 11 Ringer Dinger 17 Soggy the Sea Monster

Soggy the Sea Monster in the Cheeky Weekly Index
Feature First Appearance Final Appearance Total Issues Total Issues Missed In Run Page History
Soggy the Sea Monster17-Nov-7902-Feb-801204,8,11,12,17

Feature Artist Number of Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Soggy the Sea Monster Terry Bave117-Nov-197917-Nov-1979
Soggy the Sea Monster Robert Nixon1124-Nov-197902-Feb-1980

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Features - Bam Splat and Blooie and Cocky Doodle

Half-page reprints from Buster, Bam Splat and Blooie and Cocky Doodle were used occasionally to represent the animated cartoon portion of the Saturday morning cinema show sequence that featured in Cheeky Weekly's first 59 issues. Strips featuring Warner Brothers characters such as Road Runner and Daffy Duck were most frequently employed to fill the cartoon-representing slot, but the frenetic escapades featuring Bam, Cocky et al (dialogue-free in the manner of Tom and Jerry in the case of BS&B as Peter Gray notes here while providing some examples of their original, colour run) were well-suited to the requirement for animation-like features. The basic cat-vs-bird premise of BS&B was similar to that of the most regular Warner Brothers strip to appear in Cheeky Weekly, Tweety and Sylvester, although Splat's pursuit of Blooie was moderated by Bam, while Tweety survived on his wits alone with no canine intervention. Cocky's adventures were driven by his urge to fill his stomach with whatever foodstuff was on hand.

The characters' first Cheeky Weekly outing,
in issue number 2, 29 October 1977
I don't know who the artists were

Cocky doodled his way through 5 adventures, while much Bamming, Splatting and Blooieng was in evidence on 9 occasions. On 4 of his 5 appearances, Cocky shared a page with his erstwhile Buster buddies, but in the 31 December 1977 issue our poultry pal found himself on page 27 above an ad for Roy of The Rovers while Bam and associates were placed on the following page beneath an ad for another soccer-related publication, Shoot!. Presumably Cheeky and his cinema-going pals saw these IPC adverts on screen as part of their Saturday morning show.

In Cheeky Weekly dated 17 June 1978, two half-page BS&B adventures appeared on page 27, the second being introduced with a caption reading 'And here's a second helping of cartoon fun!' in place of the original title panel. This double portion brought to a close the trio's run in the comic. The final doodle had been cocked for the gluttonous fowl in the edition dated 04 March 1978.

Both Bam Splat and Blooie and Cocky Doodle were written by Ron "Nobby" Clark (significantly as regards the manner of the strips' employment in Cheeky Weekly, Nobby had worked at Gaumont-British Animation studios early in his career), and I suspect the artists on these features were among the Spanish contingent he recruited to work on Buster in its early years.

Bam Splat and Blooie in the Cheeky Weekly Index

Cocky Doodle in the Cheeky Weekly Index

Date Page BSB Page CD
29-OCT-77 27 Bam Splat and Blooie 27 Cocky Doodle
05-NOV-77 26 Bam Splat and Blooie 26 Cocky Doodle
12-NOV-77 26 Bam Splat and Blooie 26 Cocky Doodle
31-DEC-77 28 Bam Splat and Blooie 27 Cocky Doodle
04-FEB-78 28 Bam Splat and Blooie
25-FEB-78 31 Bam Splat and Blooie
04-MAR-78 20 Bam Splat and Blooie 20 Cocky Doodle
15-APR-78 31 Bam Splat and Blooie
17-JUN-78 27 Bam Splat and Blooie

Feature First Appearance Final Appearance Total Issues Total Issues Missed In Run Page History
Bam Splat and Blooie29-Oct-7717-Jun-7892520,26,27,28,31

Feature First Appearance Final Appearance Total Issues Total Issues Missed In Run Page History
Cocky Doodle29-Oct-7704-Mar-7851420,26,27

Monday, 28 August 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 17 November 1979

Under a banner announcing the inclusion of a 'super cut-out catalogue of knock-knock jokes', Barrie Appleby provides this week's cover art. Surprisingly, in view of the subject matter, Gunga Jim doesn't chip in his 'curry, curry, hot stuff' catchphrase. Snail however seems mighty pleased with his 'thinks' gag. Did Barrie make a booboo when lettering Snail's thought balloon? Maybe he referred to the disastrous dinner lady as Aunt Daisy, necessitating the addition of a hasty 'ie'.

Over the page, Frank McDiarmid depicts Cheeky's usual Sunday paper-and-pun round.

Three readers are £2 better off as a result of their jokes being featured on Paddywack's page. I wonder if they received their prize money before or after the jokes were published.

Art: Jack Clayton
With the festive season rapidly approaching What's New, Kids offers some products that kids might like to add to their Christmas lists, including 2 electronic games (they'll never become popular). This is the final appearance of What's New, Kids.

Cheeky's comments on page 9 suggest that this week's cut-out joke book is the first in a series. Ominous.

There are further intimations of approaching doom for Cheeky Weekly as a 'new' strip begins a couple of pages later although Soggy the Sea Monster, culled from Shiver and Shake, appeared in the 1979 Cheeky Annual published in the latter part of 1978. The strip chosen to kick off Soggy's Cheeky Weekly reprint run is one of the two episodes from his original outing drawn by Terry Bave. Soggy was the final cartoon strip to join the roster of Cheeky Weekly features as the comic wound down towards cancellation.

Art: Terry Bave

The Comedy Catalogue of Knock-knock Door Jokes is located on pages 13 and 14. It seems to me that this is a way to cheaply  fill a couple of pages, which could otherwise carry more comic strips.

I'd previously thought that this Mustapha Million episode was drawn by Joe McCaffrey but now I'm thinking that it's by Colin Whittock, who last week deputised for Jimmy Hansen on Speed Squad. John Geering stood in for Joe McCaffrey on Mustapha Million 2 weeks ago.

Art: Colin Whittock

Further ghosting of artwork occurs in Elephant on the Run, where Vic Neill stands in for regular artist Robert Nixon. Vic last subbed for Robert on the strip in the 06 October 1979 edition.

On the Chit-Chat page, Cheeky continues to give us some limited background info on the creative team behind his comic, and this week 'big' John Geering is the subject.

Friday sees the toothy funster's homework dodge backfire.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

On Saturday Cheeky is ejected from his house as mum is undertaking a thorough cleaning of the premises, forcing the toothy funster to wander the streets exchanging gags with his pals. No change there, then.

Despite his Friday ruse being foiled by Teacher, our grinning pal is seen devising a new homework-avoiding plan at the commencement of this week's back cover strip, Snail of the Century.

With hindsight it's clear that this issue, with its introduction of yet another reprint and instigation of the joke booklet fillers, signals the impending demise of the toothy funster's comic. But on the plus side, Frank McDiarmid draws the whole of Cheeky's Week!

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 17-Nov-1979, Issue 106 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim' 4 of 5 - Art Barrie Appleby (single art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
5Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
6Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
7Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
8What's New, Kids (final appearance)
9Booklet instructions (single appearance)\Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 7 of 7
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Soggy the Sea Monster (first appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Terry Bave (single art on feature)
12Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
13Knock-Knock booklet (single appearance)
14Knock-Knock booklet (single appearance)
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
16Mustapha Million - Art Colin Whittock (single art on feature)
17Mustapha Million - Art Colin Whittock (single art on feature)
18The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
19The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
20Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
21Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Joke-Box Jury
23Elephant On The Run - Art Vic Neill
246 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
256 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
26Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Annual' 5 of 6 \Ad: Pop-A-Points
28Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Monday, 21 August 2017

The Pages - Page 27

Wile E Coyote was the occupant of page 27 in Cheeky Weekly's first issue. Although his usual prey, the fleet-footed fowl Road Runner, did appear in the strip, the conniving canine was the focus of this story and thus got the billing. The following issue saw former Buster stars Bam Splat and Blooie and Cocky Doodle sharing reprinted adventures on the subject page.

I don't know who did the artwork

All three aforementioned strips were used to represent the animated cartoon elements of Cheeky's Saturday visits to the cinema, and the picture show Interval took up residence in the subject location a week later, beginning an 8-week run. Cocking of doodles was then in evidence as the poultry protagonist shared page 27 with an ad for IPC's iconic soccer paper Roy of The Rovers, but in Cheeky Weekly dated 07 January 1978 Interval began a 4-week residency which came to an end when further fowl deeds were perpetrated, this time by Henery Hawk, who was the subject of the 04 February 1978 cartoon film.

A far better-known Warner Brothers feathered property, the lisping waterfowl Daffy Duck, occupied page 27 a week later. Interval then returned for one week, following which a run of Warner Brothers bird-centric strips commenced...

Date Details
25-Feb-78Road Runner 2/2 'A Bird in Hand'
04-Mar-78Tweety and Sylvester 2/2 'Too Many Grannies'
11-Mar-78Daffy Duck (final appearance) 2/2 'Snack Time'
18-Mar-78Road Runner 2/2 'The Lucky Charms'
25-Mar-78Tweety and Sylvester 2/2 'Showdown at Granny's'
01-Apr-78Road Runner 2/2 'The Plant Plot'
08-Apr-78Tweety and Sylvester 2/2 'A Gift For Granny'
15-Apr-78Road Runner 2/2 'The Cool Caper'
22-Apr-78Tweety and Sylvester 2/2 'A Bird Can Fly But Can A Fly Bird'
29-Apr-78Road Runner 2/2 'Coyote Catcher'
06-May-78Tweety and Sylvester 2/2 'Pet Getter'
13-May-78Road Runner 2/2 'Flypaper Caper'
20-May-78Tweety and Sylvester 2/2 'All Duded Up'
27-May-78Road Runner 2/2 'Thunder Blunder'
03-Jun-78Road Runner (final appearance) 2/2 'Trombone Boo Boo'
10-Jun-78Tweety and Sylvester

IPC then resorted to their own archives to fill the cartoon slot in the following two issues - more Bamming, Splatting and Blooieng sourced from Buster was in evidence on page 27 in Cheeky Weekly dated 17 June 1978, while Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (breaking the run of avian influence), retrieved from the musty vaults of Cor!!, appeared a week later.

Tweety and Sylvester then began a 6-week residency, interrupted by Interval in the 12 August 1978 edition. This was the final visit by Interval to the location under review, bringing the total times it appeared there to 14 and making it the third most regular occupant. The feeble fur vs feather feuding of Tweety and his feline nemesis resumed for four editions, and 7 days later Hickory Dickory Doc, another reprint sourced from Cor!!, occupied page 27 to represent that week's cartoon show.

In Cheeky Weekly dated 23 September 1978, the location under review hosted a half-page conclusion to Tweety and Sylvester, together with an ad informing readers that the whole of the Mystery Comic would be included in the following edition. In that subsequent issue page 27 hosted an ad inviting readers to join the Superkids Club, Superkids apparently being a line of children's boots and shoes.

The seemingly interminable ructions between Tweety and Sylvester then resumed their tedious course for a week, being supplanted in the following edition by a page advertising IPC's Soccer Monthly and the worthy Look and Learn (all British kids lived in fear of their parents replacing their weekly comic with Look and Learn).

The second page of a special one-off strip celebrating Cheeky Weekly's first birthday occupied the site under review in the comic dated 21 October 1978, but the irritating bird-and-cat shenanigans of Tweety and blah continued a week later.

The following issue saw Cheeky's Saturday occupy page 27 but, you guessed it, the unbearably dull duo, T and S (I can't even bring myself to type their names any more) resumed for 3 weeks which, mercifully, brought their page 27 appearances to welcome (by me, anyway) conclusion (although Cheeky Weekly readers would have to suffer one more appearance by thing and wotsit, in the issue dated 02 December 1978, but that was on pages 23 and 24 so finally we can bid them good riddance in this post nyhaahh! haaa haaa! haaahaaa! ahem). Grudgingly, I have to report that the pair foisted their yawnsome travails onto page 27 a total of 23 times, making them the most regular occupants.

The final episode of reprinted piratical adventure tale The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure came to rest on page 27 in the comic dated 02 December 1978, and a week later Saturday once again occupied the subject location. Cheeky Weekly was then absent from newsagents for 3 weeks due to industrial inaction at the printers, but more thrills, and not inconsiderable spills, were to be found on page 27 when publication resumed with an issue cover dated 06 January 1979, and for the ensuing 7 editions, as young sleuth Eagle Eye, another exhumation from the IPC tombs, brought his observational skills to bear on a number of nefarious schemes.

Further recycled wrongdoing, this time perpetrated by the Alpha Man whose criminal plans were originally related in the pages of Shiver and Shake, played out on page 27 for the next 18 weeks, making the titular antihero the second most regular visitor page to 27.

Mustapha Million then paid his single visit to the subject location, following which Tub also made his one-time appearance there, sharing the page with an ad encouraging readers to place a regular order for their weekly dose of Cheeky chuckles.

Why, Dad, Why? then made its first page 27 appearance, and remained there for a further week before being deposed by What's New, Kids. In the 11 August 1979 comic, the site under review was host to a full page ad announcing that the first instalment of a four-part colour poster of the toothy funster, together with the results of the Alpha Man competition, would feature in the following issue.

In that ensuing edition, Why, Dad, Why? resumed its page 27 run, amounting this time to 3 weeks, after which Paddywack found himself sharing the same location with an ad for the 1980 Cor!! annual. Friday then fetched up on page 27, before a 3-week run of ads for IPC product including, as Christmas 1979 loomed, more promotion of that season's annuals, began...

Date Details
29-Sep-79Ad: IPC 'Whoopee Guy Fawkes mask' 2 of 3 Ad: 'Puzzle Time' 6 of 6
06-Oct-79Ad: IPC 'Buster Book' 1 of 2 Ad: 'Top Soccer' 3 of 3
13-Oct-79Ad: IPC 'Monster Fun Annual'Ad: 'Buster Book' 2 of 2

7 days later Why, Dad, Why? made its final foray onto page 27, and for the 2 subsequent issues advertorial feature What's New, Kids focused on a number of toys and books that their respective manufacturers no doubt hoped would find their way into Christmas stockings across the nation.

More ads, most of which were promoting IPC publications, followed...

Date Details
10-Nov-79Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 6 of 7 Ad: 'Cheeky Weekly: Knock-Knock Jokes Booklet next week'
17-Nov-79Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Annual' 5 of 6 \Ad: Pop-A-Points
24-Nov-79Ad: IPC 'Krazy Annual' 4 of 4 \Ad: Palitoy 'Star Wars Collection' 3 of 3
01-Dec-79Ad: Palitoy (final appearance)
08-Dec-79Ad: IPC 'Cor Annual' 5 of 5 Ad: 'Look and Learn' 16 of 16
15-Dec-79Ad: IPC 'Whoopee' 9 of 9 Ad: 'Junior Jet Club Competition next week'
22-Dec-79Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Weekly: Christmas Issue next week'Ad: 'Cheeky Annual' 6 of 6

In the Christmas 1979 issue of Cheeky Weekly, Disaster Des made a one-off visit to page 27, and then the ads resumed...

Date Details
05-Jan-80Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 14 of 18 Ad: 'Penny' 2 of 3
12-Jan-80Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 15 of 18 Ad: 'Shoot' 10 of 13

Joke-Box Jury then moved in for 2 weeks, and in the final edition of Cheeky Weekly page 27 hosted two ads, one for Tiger, and the other for Shoot. In those days these titles were seen as being aimed at young males and it's a little surprising that, since the toothy funster's non-gender-specific comic had come to an end and erstwhile readers would be considering their options for future comic consumption, one of the ads wasn't devoted to a title from IPC's range of 'girl's' comics. Maybe the publisher's market research indicated that the number of female Cheeky Weekly readers was insufficient to make it worthwhile.

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
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

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