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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Speaking Frankly

Peter 'Cheeky' Gray has posted Frank McDiarmid's interview in Crikey! magazine from er, actually, what year was it? I know it's volume 2 number 12, Nov/Dec, but I can't find a year in my copy of the issue in question other than a mention of 2009 in the article concerned so I guess that's when it was printed.

I think Peter has already posted the interview on his Facebook page, but as I don't exist on that site, nor do I want to, I'm unable to follow his posts there. Facebook, unlike Blogger, doesn't allow people to view content on their site if they're not logged in. However Peter has kindly reposted a few select items from his Facebook page on his blog. Thanks!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 13 October 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
With this issue, Cheeky Weekly's second year of publication is completed, at least in the sense of it being the 52nd week since the first anniversary edition - Cheeky Weekly's second year was of course marred by the loss of 3 issues.
After last week's composite cover it's a relief to see original Frank McDiarmid art again gracing the front page, as Cheeky engages a goldtop-encumbered Doctor Braincell in Sunday morning banter.

Barry Glennard depicts the kids of Stage School for the first time, deputising for usual artist Robert Nixon. Barry, whose work has appeared in Cheeky Weekly four times before, will provide the Stage School artwork on two further occasions.

Art: Barry Glennard

There's further ghosting on the following page, as Nigel Edwards (Tub's regular artist) stands in for Ian Knox on 6 Million Dollar Gran, as he did last week, and on 12 earlier occasions. This week's Gran episode is her first to be reduced to a single page.

Elephant on the Run suffers two nasty knocks on the noggin in the course of this week's amnesiac escapade. The first cranial clout causes him to forget that he had hitherto forgotten who he is, yet seemingly without restoring the memory of who he was before he forgot forgetting.

Art: Robert Nixon

Cheeky Weekly's other amnesiac, Mystery Boy, is more successful than our elephant chum in having his memory restored as all ends happily in the final episode of this World War 2 tale.

On Wednesday, Cheeky has a meeting with a different Baker's Boy...

Art: Frank McdIarmid

Yet more ghosting is evident on the Disaster Des page as Jimmy Hansen steps in for usual artist Mike Lacey (the only occasion on which  Jimmy drew the catastrophe-causing kid).

Art: Jimmy Hansen

On Saturday Cheeky undertakes no particular pursuit, instead announcing “I fancy a stroll”. During his mirthful meanderings he encounters Lily Pop who seems to be in school crossing guardian mode despite the seats of learning being closed.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Another instance of ghosting brings the comic to a close, as Barrie Appleby stands in for Frank McDiarmid on Snail of the Century (the first time that Frank hasn't drawn the strip).

Thus Frank McDiarmid provides 8 of this week's 9 Cheeky's Week elements.

Be back here soon for a look at Cheeky Weekly's 2nd birthday issue!

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 13-Oct-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid8
Barrie Appleby1

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 13-Oct-1979, Issue 101 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Dr Braincell' 2 of 3 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4Stage School - Art Barry Glennard (first art on feature)
5Stage School - Art Barry Glennard (first art on feature)
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
8Joke-Box Jury
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
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
15Mystery Boy (final appearance) reprint from Whizzer and Chips
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
19Ad: IPC 'Do you have trouble getting copies of Cheeky Weekly' 4 of 5 \Ad: Pop-A-Points
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
23What's New, Kids
24Ad: Mr Bellamy's
25Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
26Disaster Des - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
27Ad: IPC 'Monster Fun Annual'Ad: 'Buster Book' 2 of 2
28Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Cheeky's New Year

A week after his round of festive gags to celebrate Christmas 1980 in the pages of Whoopee! with Cheeky!, our toothy pal was back with some forecasting fun as he prognosticated on the doings of his pals over the coming year. There are some gems nestling in these four pages, my favourites being;
  • Frank McDiarmid's reference to his expected earnings (whatever they paid him, it wasn't enough!) and Cheeky's allusion to Uncle Hamish's calendar-related transaction a year earlier.
  • The note about Cheeky's direction of gaze in the first panel of May, and his grin of sheer delight in the final panel of the same month (we all know he doesn't really mean it).
  • The first panel of June!
  • In August, Walter Wurx being tested by a scene of liquid mayhem that would tax the most resolute of urinary tracts.
  • Cheeky's September speculation on Teacher's domestic dolor (no doubt based on the troubling scenes he witnessed in the 'Teacher's breakdown' issue).
  • October's depiction of a swimsuited Lily Pop.
  • Baby Burpo's brother making his debut in November (although in January 1981 this was clearly among the most speculative of Cheeky's predictions).
  • Cheeky's entirely accurate December preview of the designs that would grace the covers of the 1982 Whoopee Annual and its Cheeky companion, set to hit the shops some months hence (that year's Whoopee! and Cheeky annuals were first advertised in Whoopee! in the edition dated 29 August 1981). Nice to see that the toothy funster predicted a cheerier end of the year for Teacher and Glad.
Whoopee! 03 January 1981
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Whoopee! 29 August 1981

All the best for 2017, pals!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

More Christmas Cheekiness

Bruce is looking back at Cheeky's yuletide doings from 1979 (among other festive goodies). You can see the toothy funster's seasonal silliness from the following year here.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Mergey Christmas

To get you into the seasonal spirit here's four pages of festive fun starring Cheeky, from the first Christmas issue of Whoopee! to hit the shops after it absorbed an ailing Cheeky Weekly in February 1980.

Whoopee! with Cheeky! 27 December 1980
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The One-Offs - Cheeky's Granny, Grandad, Aunt and Uncle (and sundry relatives)

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.

Cheeky's mum and dad were regularly featured from the debut issue, but until the first Christmas edition (dated 31 December 1977), readers hadn't witnessed any other member of the Cheeky clan.

Art: Frank McDiarmid
I like the legs heralding the approaching horde
in panel 3

It's no wonder our grinning hero has such a magnificent mouthful of dinner-manglers when both sides of his family are so chromosomally-disposed to having titanic chompers.

In Flash Harry's photo above we can see what looks like Cheeky's Granny and Grandad, plus sundry unspecified relatives and a canine with remarkably familiar teeth. None of these characters appeared again.

However, it appears Cheeky had an uncle and aunt who didn't make it into the above family portrait, but did appear in the 11 February 1978 issue.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

Having served their purpose as part of Cheeky's plot to view his favourite TV programme, Auntie and (presumaby) Uncle's services were no longer required and they never returned.

Uncle Hamish, who did become a regular participant in Cheeky's Week, made his debut in the following issue.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 21

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.

By the time of the next raid involving one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums, Mustapha Million's run of reprints had ceased, and new adventures of the middle-eastern moneybags were being drawn by Barry Glennard. But can you spot the intruder (or maybe there's more than one) in this story? Scroll down, where all will be revealed.

Whizzer and Chips 05 April 1986
Art: Barry Glennard

Whizzer and Chips 12 April 1986

Yes Mustapha, always entirely comfortable with his wealth, was subjected to a multi-panel raid by the Bumpkin Billionaires, who strove vainly every week to jettison their unwelcome fortune and return to 'the simple loife'. Maybe the affluent agriculturalists were hoping to stash their cash in amongst the wads of moolah sloshing around in Mustapha Mansion.

Just in case you didn't spot all of them, the raiders can be found in page 1, panel 6 and page 2, panels 3 and 6.

This is the first time that the Bumpkins en masse have staged a raid on our plucky pals - Pa raided Cheeky (as part of The Krazy Gang) in the 13 July 1985 issue

By this stage the Cheeky survivors had suffered 17 raids but had perpetrated 9. 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