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Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Cut-Out Features – Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogues

As I’ve mentioned before, some cut-out features were used as marketing tools, running simultaneously across IPC’s titles, such as 1978’s mini-comics or the same year’s spotter books promotion. Occasionally, however, a title would mount a go-it-alone cut-out feature such as the Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue series which commenced in the toothy funster’s comic dated 17 November 1979.

Cheeky Weekly 10 November 1979

The front and back pages of the first
Comedy Catalogue, Cheeky Weekly17 November 1979

Cheeky Weekly's final cut-out feature consisted of 11 comedy catalogues, all of which presented a collection of gags in text form accompanied by a scattering of graphics. Each catalogue contained jokes around a particular theme; 10 of them collected jokes pertaining to a particular character from the Cheeky’s Week supporting cast, and the remaining catalogue featured Christmas jokes. Each catalogue occupied 2 Cheeky Weekly pages (all the gag collections were printed in monochrome on pages 13 and 14), and readers were invited to snip out the pages, rotate them through 90 degrees, fold, then assemble into a 4-page anthology of corny gags.


I suspect that the real purpose behind the joke booklets was to cheaply fill some pages of the toothy funster’s comic by recycling a selection of Cheeky's gags from earlier issues, as the title wound down to its eventual cancellation after the 02 February 1980 issue. Cheeky Weekly had been featuring recycled material since its first edition, but in the comic's prime the reprints had been incorporated into the toothy funster's universe in an imaginative way. As the comic entered its final months a more cynical approach appears to have been adopted as some seemingly random old strips were dusted off and bunged in to fill up some space. In the 06 October 1979 issue Ringer Dinger was conscripted to revisit some of his earlier telephonic escapades, although Ringer was brought back from the comics graveyard only 3 times. Introduced in the same issue in which the Catalogues began, a resurrected Soggy the Sea Monster began a run of recycled adventures. What all these reprints had in common was that they were sourced from other IPC titles. The Comedy Catalogues saw the editor sustaining an ailing Cheeky Weekly by preying on its own archive and, by not presenting them in their original cartoon form, subvert IPC's apparent rule that reprinted material had to be at least a few years old.

The Comedy Catalogues appeared in every issue from 17 November 1979 to the penultimate edition dated 26 January 1980. The first gag booklet featured Knock-Knock Door jokes, commencing with what was described as Cheeky's 'first ever Knock-Knock joke', and indeed it was, from way back in the debut issue of Krazy.

So the question is, of course, were all the jokes in the catalogues in fact sourced from earlier issues? Readers of this blog will know that I am assiduous in my research but even for me, scouring the pages of every issue for every joke from every catalogue is too arduous a task. Instead I chose to focus on the Mr Chips booklet since, of the 10 Cheeky's Week characters featured, Mr Chips appeared in the fewest issues (21).

Here's a list of the Mr Chips gags as they appeared in the Cheeky's Week strips. I have paraphrased the jokes in the interests of brevity. Cheeky's carpentry-related ripostes (or those of Snail) are also included. The final column indicates whether the joke(s) featured in the Mr Chips Catalogue.

Issue Date Setup Payoff In Catalogue?
28-Jul-79 A carpenter’s favourite TV show? Plankety-Plank Y
04-Aug-79 Any good as a joiner? Joined the tennis club, joined the bridge club N
11-Aug-79 What do you get if you put a sail onto a carpentry tool? Plane-sailing N
18-Aug-79 A firm who makes planks wants me to become a director Offered me a seat on the board N
25-Aug-79 Tired of people asking me to give them bits of wood You’d think it grows on trees Y
01-Sep-79 Roof-makers favourite chocolates? Rafter Eights N
08-Sep-79 Why is a short plank like a fed-up pygmy? Both a little bored N
15-Sep-79 Had to get my teeth checked Mine are ok but my saw needs 3 fillings Y
22-Sep-79 Your son looks like you He’s a chips off the old block Y
29-Sep-79 What kind of wood is made from fried potatoes? Chipboard (sorry for my plank expression) N/Y
06-Oct-79 Asked headmaster to hold a nail while I hammered it I hit the head right on the nail N
13-Oct-79 How do you get trees to the sawmill? Along a trunk road (or if by train along a branch line) N
20-Oct-79 What would a cowboy carpenter feel like after a long day? Saddle saw (you are an old chiseller) Y/Y
03-Nov-79 The Prime Minister asked me to help form the government I’m a good cabinet-maker Y
10-Nov-79 Scouts always have a carpenter on their staff They’re good with knots Y
17-Nov-79 The carpenters’ football team played a team from the factory where they make our tools They hammered us (the scores were level at the start) Y/N
24-Nov-79 Thinking of doing a double act with Mr Haddock We’ll call ourselves Fish and Chips (or The Carpenters or Hinge and Haddock) N
15-Dec-79 Why is a carpenter at home chatting to kings and queens? He works with rulers every day Y
05-Jan-80 I’m resolving to stop telling jokes I’ll make my mind a complete plank N
12-Jan-80 Why is a carpenter superstitious? He’s always touching wood N
26-Jan-80 Spent a week replacing floorboards and now the woman tells me she doesn’t like the colour Completely floored me N

And here is the full catalogue, indicating whether each of the gags was sourced from Cheeky's Week.

There are of course more jokes in the Catalogue (42) than there were in the comic so it's no surprise that a considerable number are 'new', but it's also evident that not all the gags that appeared on the Cheeky pages were included in the Catalogue (readers would have been a little aggrieved if Thursday's joke in the 26 January 1980 comic was also included in that issue's Catalogue so that particular funny was clearly precluded from use).

So the answer to my earlier question is a rather inconclusive "some of the jokes had appeared earlier, but some hadn't". My guess is that the answer would be the same for all of the catalogues, although the editor had far more pre-used gags to choose from in the case of the Knock-Knock Door, who featured in 110 issues so maybe there were fewer 'new' gags in the Catalogues focusing on the more frequently-appearing characters.

Also Lost To Posterity - unlike the cut-out posters, the Comedy Catalogues were printed on 2 sides of a sheet, so removing them from the comic would not result in any other feature being excised.

Catalogue Contents Date
Knock-Knock Door Jokes 17/11/79
Manhole Man Jokes 24/11/79
Doctor Jokes 01/12/79
Six-Gun Sam Jokes 08/12/79
Mechanic Jokes 15/12/79
Constable Chuckle Jokes 22/12/79
Christmas Jokes 29/12/79
Jogging Jeremy Jokes 05/01/80
Farmer Giles Jokes 12/01/80
Petula Jokes 19/01/80
Mr Chips Jokes 26/01/80

Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue in the Cheeky Weekly Index

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

RIP Jimmy Hansen

Sorry to read on Lew Stringer's Blimey! blog that Jimmy Hansen has died. Jimmy drew Skateboard Squad and later Speed Squad as well as a number of the Cheeky's Week elements in Cheeky Weekly, plus a one-off Disaster Des strip when he stood in for Des' regular artist Mike Lacey. Jimmy's work always had a lot of energy, particularly suited to the Squad strips, featuring comically-exaggerated facial expressions and bodily movements which contributed to the lively feel.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Profile - Mr Chips

One of the later entrants into the Cheeky's Week supporting cast, joiner Mr Chips (whose name referenced wood chips I suppose, but also the book Goodbye, Mr Chips) was first introduced in a single-panel gag appearing in the comic dated 28 July 1979. Quite what the comedy carpenter was constructing at the time remains unclear.

Mr Chips' debut
Art: Dick Millington and...?

His second appearance was drawn by Frank McDiarmid, including a rendition that's notably similar to the one above. I suspect that at the time Dick drew the panel above, he hadn't seen Frank's version of the character and that someone other than Dick added Mr Chips to the panel at a later date (you may recall I have a similar suspicion about Dick's handling of Ah Sew).

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Chips junior (first name Woody?) made a single appearance, in the comic dated 22 September 1979.

Artist unknown (to me)

Chips' gnashers get an airing thanks to Yikky-Boo
Frank again

More Frank

Despite his resolution to cease the jokes in the new year edition dated 05 January 1980, Cheeky's sawdust-strewn stooge made two further Cheeky Weekly appearances, the final one in the penultimate issue.

Mr Chips' valedictory gag in the issue dated 26 January 1980
Art: Mike Lacey

The jovial joiner was given the honour of having a Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue in his name, devoted to carpentry-related humour, included in the same last-but-one issue. Chips appeared in 21 issues of the toothy funster's title.

Mr Chips was created for Cheeky Weekly and never appeared in Cheeky's strips in Krazy.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Mr Chips2128-Jul-197926-Jan-1980

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
Mr ChipsFrank McDiarmid10
Mr ChipsMike Lacey7
Mr ChipsNot known2
Mr ChipsBob Hill1
Mr ChipsFrank McDiarmid pencils1

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Profile - Spook

Cheeky’s Sunday paper round originally included a regular delivery to the creepy house, home to an assortment of ghastly ghouls and fearsome phantoms. On Sunday in the 28 January 1978 edition of his comic, the toothy funster encountered an un-named, damp ghost in the garden of said eerie location.
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

A similar gag appeared three weeks later, but that time the haunted laundry didn't take on a ghostly aspect.

Cheeky Weekly 18 February 1978
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Our grinning hero witnessed other phantoms at the scary address, none of whom resembled the wraith we would later come to know as Spook.

The residents of the creepy house evidently cancelled their Sunday newspaper order soon after Cheeky Weekly dated 12 August 1978, as after that issue our toothy pal made no more visits to the scary site.

Following the demise of the Creepy Sleepy Tales in the 26 August 1978 edition, Krazy Town was then largely free from supernatural events until Spook first announced himself while appearing from a drain in Cheeky Weekly dated 21 July 1979. His joke was accompanied by a terrifying ‘Hee-aaar! Hee-aaar!’, but in later appearances the gags from beyond the grave were delivered with a ‘Hee-uuur! Hee-uuur!’.

Spook's debut
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

On his second named appearance the funny phantom emerged from the cake which Cheeky had just won from Baker’s Boy, and subsequent humorous hauntings saw the silly spectre emerge from, among other things, Knock-Knock Door’s letter box, Dr Braincell’s medical case, Gloomy Glad’s ever-looming black cloud and the barrel of Six Gun Sam’s toy gun.

Art: ghosted by Dick Millington

Spook appeared on 2 pages in each of the comics dated 25 August, 24 November (including his only front cover appearance) and 15 December 1979.
The posthumous punster's final Cheeky Weekly manifestation was in the last issue.

Spook was still haunting the drains (although readers never saw an encounter between him and Manhole Man down there) in the last issue of Cheeky Weekly. Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky and Snail were terrified by Krazy Town's ghoulish gagster in 23 issues (24 if we consider the anonymous ghost in the 28 January 1978 comic to be the same silly spirit). Spook never haunted the pages of Krazy.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
SpookFrank McDiarmid15
SpookMike Lacey5
SpookFrank McDiarmid pencils3
SpookDick Millington1
SpookJimmy Hansen1
SpookBarrie Appleby1

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 32

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.

A month after he was raided by Whizz-Kid-in-Chief Sid, Mustapha was subject to the unwanted attention of another wily Whizz-dweller. Can you spot the irritating interloper? As always, scroll down to find the identity of the miscreant.

Whizzer and Chips 14 February 1987
Art: Barry Glennard

Yes, it's the sneaky cyclopean sphere, Odd-Ball, congratulating himself on his onomatopoeic obscuration. Mercifully he didn't say 'I made a mug of Mustapha Million'.

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
13 December 1986Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
17 January 1987SidMustapha Million
14 February 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million

Friday, 25 May 2018

Cheeky Weekly cover date 22 December 1979

Art: copied-and-pasted Mike Lacey
It’s issue number 111 of the toothy funster’s comic and the cover is still describing 6 Million Dollar Gran as being bionic when she was clearly depicted as a robot way back in the first edition. A ‘five papers contest’ is also announced, while Cheeky engages in constabulary banter, the visuals for which have been copied and pasted from the Monday page in Cheeky Weekly dated 01 September 1979.


The canny Cheeky Weekly editor has not only dipped into the archives in order to decorate the cover, he’s swept the cobwebs off the Cheeky’s Week artwork that has been languishing in his desk since it was delivered to him a year ago. He wasn’t able to use it at that time as publication of our favourite comic was suspended for 3weeks in December 1978 so, with a few judicious alterations, the Christmas run-up issue finally gets an airing. I covered the lost Christmas issues a while back so I’ll be linking to those earlier posts as we progress through this week’s edition, starting with Sunday, which finds Cheeky distributing Christmas cards along with the Sunday papers.
The ever-impecunious Charlie is worried that he can’t afford to buy Christmas presents and as if that wasn’t bad enough, his aunt has sent him a new winter outfit…

Art: Calculator Kid - Terry Bave, Cheeky Chuckles - Mike Lacey
Not sure why Calculator Kid was truncated and didn't fill a whole page. Cheeky Chuckles is obviously a filler using Mike Lacey single-panel gags that had probably previously appeared elsewhere.

Cheeky’s card deliveries continue on Monday.

A typically unpleasant Tub episode concerns the eponymous glutton’s attempts to elicit food from various folk by faking fainting fits, and concludes with the portly protagonist about to receive a thrashing.

Art: Nigel Edwards

Then it’s Tuesday.
Unlike Calculator Kid, Disaster Des has no worries about funding his mum’s Christmas present, but the owner of the department store he visits is more than a little upset.

Art: Mike Lacey
This week’s Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue consists of Constable Chuckle jokes, and features on its cover the same copied and pasted image of the comical copper as adorns page 1.

Cheeky's Wednesday doings then come under scrutiny.

Christmas expenditure poses no problem for Mustapha Million.

Art: Joe McCaffrey

As of Thursday, Cheeky's Week artwork duties pass from Frank McDiarmid to Mike Lacey.

This issue’s episode of Snail of the Century, unusually situated on page 23 instead of its customary back cover location, isn’t held over from last year as the feature didn’t begin until the 14 July 1979 issue, but the story has been crafted to reflect the ‘Cheeky distributing Christmas cards’ theme running through the year-old Cheeky’s Week.

Art: Frank McDiarmid
Was this strip originally intended for its usual back cover location, with Snail's original speech balloon saying 'after a week of handing out Christmas cards'?

To compound the front cover’s incorrect description of the synthetic senior citizen’s attributes, there are 3 erroneous references to Gran’s bionic nature in her strip this week.

Art: Ian Knox
Which brings us to Friday.

Christmas issue and Annual excitement builds on page 27.

There’s a nice letter about Frank McDiarmid on the Chit-Chat page...

Following which Saturday rounds off the Cheeky’s Week elements of this issue.

As mentioned earlier, Snail of the Century has been displaced from the back cover this week, being supplanted by a pre-Christmas episode of Elephant On The Run.

Art: Robert Nixon

Frank McDiarmid delivers 5 Cheeky's Week elements, while Mike Lacey provides 4 (although his cover is a copy-and-pasted concoction constructed, presumably, by an art assistant in the Cheeky office).

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 22-Dec-1979, Issue 111 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Constable Chuckle' 2 of 2 - Art Mike Lacey (final 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
8Junior Jet Club Competition (single appearance)
9Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon
12Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
13Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue 'Constable Chuckle Jokes'
14Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue 'Constable Chuckle Jokes'
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
19The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
20Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
21Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
22Joke-Box Jury
23Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid
246 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
256 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Weekly: Christmas Issue next week'Ad: 'Cheeky Annual' 6 of 6
28Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 22-Dec-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid5
Mike Lacey4

Friday, 18 May 2018

You're safe with Cheeky

I've just caught up with this post over at the Boys Adventure Comics blog. It presents an article from the July 1987 issue of the Society of Strip Illustration newsletter in which the editor of Oink!, Mark Rodgers, discusses the pig-centric publication. He also mentions that Bob Paynter, IPC Group Editor, was apparently of the opinion in 1987 that Krazy and Cheeky Weekly (from an earlier era of course) 'failed because they played too safe'.