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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Whoopee! Years - Cheeky as Quizmaster, in E.T. Challenge and TV Quiz Kids

During Cheeky's final Whoopee! run in his eponymous strip, he also made some extra-stripular appearances.

The first of these occurred in the 19 March 1983 edition when our toothy pal was co-opted to introduce that week's Quizmaster feature. This puzzle series was hosted by a different luminary from among Whoopee!'s roster of funny folk each issue. In fact the first Quizmaster half-page of teasers, in Whoopee! dated  04 December 1982, was introduced by the jerseyed japester's erstwhile Cheeky Weekly colleague Calculator Kid who, accompanied by his extravagantly-moustachioed dad, would feature as subjects in a Quizmaster puzzle in the 14 May 1983 edition (hosted that week by Little Ed). Some of the Stage School kids would set the questions in the 29 January 1983 comic, Mustapha Million would host 12 March 1983's Quizmaster, while Robot Granny (previously known as 6 Million Dollar/$6,000,000 Gran) would pose the puzzles in Whoopee! dated 30 April 1983.

Whoopee! 19 March 1983
Quizmaster art: Roy Mitchell

Returning to our toothy chum, his next appearance in a vehicle other than his own strip resulted from a reader participation feature which was launched within his own page in the 26 February 1983 issue...

Whoopee! 26 February 1983
Art: Frank McDiarmid

By the time the results were published in the 27 August 1983 edition, the comic had undergone another merge to become Whoopee and Wow!

Whoopee and Wow! 27 August 1983
I can't identify this artist

Cheeky's final Whoopee foray into a feature other than his own regular strip occurred on the TV Quiz Kids page in the 21 January 1984 comic, which I examined back in 2013.


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 48

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 to involve our middle eastern mate occurred in Whizzer and Chips dated 16 July 1988. Once again Mustapha was the raidee rather than the raider. Can you spot the interloper toying with Mustapha's strip this week? Scroll down to see the rotten raider reveal themself.


Art: Frank McDiarmid
















Yes, once again Toy Boy is the culprit, invading a story which takes a European perspective on Mustapha, something of a change since his stories usually revolved around him contending with British society and customs. The plaything-preoccupied Whizz-kid had previously raided Mustapha in the issues dated 06 December 1986 and 20 June 1987. The infiltrator is also smugly employing the oft-used 'mug' slogan, which just shows the paucity of imagination among those pesky Whizz-kids.

Panel 8 on the first page of the story references Harry Enfield's satirically crass 'Loadsamoney' character, who had featured on a single released earlier that year, having first come to prominence in Channel 4's Saturday Night Live.

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
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
11 April 1987Pa BumpkinMustapha Million
25 April 1987Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
20 June 1987Toy BoyMustapha Million
27 June 1987Mustapha MillionMemory Banks
25 July 1987Lazy BonesMustapha Million
22 August 1987Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
12 September 1987Mustapha MillionSweet Tooth
19 September 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
24 October 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
12 December 1987JokerMustapha Million
13 February 1988Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
20 February 1988Mustapha MillionJoker
12 March 1988Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 April 1988JokerMustapha Million
28 May 1988
Readers asked not to let their Whizz-kid or Chip-ite sympathies colour their favourite strip votes
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
11 June 1988SlippyMustapha Million
16 July 1988Toy BoyMustapha Million

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

The Whoopee! Years – Cheeky (second run)

Following the conclusion of the second run of his It’s Cheeky strips, our toothy pal continued his adventures in a series which saw his feature re-adopt the title Cheeky, previously used in the comics (initially Whoopee! and Cheeky, then subsequently Whoopee!) dated 11 October 1980 to 5 September 1981. Cheeky’s entire Whoopee! run was a restless one, and his strips underwent a number of format changes in the period, suggesting the editor was struggling to find a setup that would prove popular. Although the strip’s 'Cheeky' title would remain unchanged from its resurrection in Whoopee! dated 22 May 1982 until the toothy funster finally bowed out of Whoopee (by that time the comic's exclamation mark had been excised), the format of this feature was subject to further tweaking as our grinning pal headed towards oblivion.

The first of the second run of 'Cheeky' demonstrates that the new, condensed title panel, replacing as it did the It’s Cheeky banner across the top of the page, allowed more room for our toothy pal’s cartoon antics. The new title design was also smaller than that which headed each episode of the previous run of the strip of the same name, and the new run also did away with the individual titles for each week’s story, saving even more space.

Whoopee! 22 May 1982
Art: Frank McDiarmid, as is all the artwork
in this post, unless noted otherwise

The new run of 'Cheeky' continued the more plot-based episodes (rather than the stream of unrelated gags featuring various pals with which the grinning gagster found fame), many focusing on life at home with mum and dad or set around school activities, which had commenced with tour toothy pal’s previous vehicle, the second run of It’s Cheeky. Initially very few of Cheeky’s Krazy Town pals were in evidence during his concluding Whoopee! run, but in the 18 September 1982 episode the grinning gagster announced 'I'm going to look for some of my pals that (sic) I haven't seen for ages'. Thereafter, the strips reverted to the original format, with the toothy funster exchanging gags with his chums, apart from the 12 March 1983 edition, when Cheeky was on a solo visit to the zoo.

 
Cheeky’s feature in the 1982 Christmas issue was titled Cheeky’s Christmas Crackers, a full-page picture depicting the toothy funster and pals enjoying a slap-up festive feed while delivering seasonal funnies.

Unusual depiction of Cheeky with no teeth on view.
From the Cheeky strip dated 06 November 1982



The Cheeky strip in the 15 January 1983 issue commences with the toothy funster exiting a newsagent with a bag of papers over his shoulder, saying ‘I’ve got this job delivering papers’. There’s no mention of his erstwhile Sunday paper round in Cheeky Weekly.

Another toothless funster - 05 February 1983


Cheeky goes digital

Whoopee!'s final full-page 'Cheeky' strip appeared in  the issue dated 18 June 1983. The following week the toothy funster was absent due to the presence of a 2 page announcement informing readers that a selection of features from sister comic Wow! were to be amalgamated into Whoopee as from the next issue.

The first combined issue of Whoopee and Wow! was a somewhat shocking one for friends of Cheeky, as our punning pal's strip, still titled 'Cheeky', was reduced to a single row of panels among 3 similarly restricted features on a page of Quick Strips.

Paddywack: Jack Clayton
Bleep: Jim Barker
Here Is The News: Ed McHenry

This reduced format (shared by former Cheeky Weekly star Paddywack) was maintained until Whoopee's demise following the 30 March 1985 edition. Most of his strips appearing on the Quick Strips page saw Cheeky interacting with only a single member from among his supporting cast. Whoopee star Sweeny Toddler made a cameo in the 21 April 1984 edition.


All the strips in this run were drawn by Frank McDiarmid, who after a couple of weeks working on the condensed format began signing them with just an 'F'. The Quick Strips version of 'Cheeky' was absent from the comic on 21 occasions during its run, although it was present in the final Whoopee.


Sadly (or maybe mercifully in view of the ignominious circumstances in which he ended his solo career), Cheeky was not among the features chosen to transfer into Whizzer and Chips when it absorbed Whoopee a week later, although he continued to appear in the Krazy Gang strip which had been running in Whizzer and Chips since Krazy failed in 1978.

The final Whoopee 'Cheeky' strip - 30 March 1985


Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Infinitely Krazy

Many thanks to Peter Gray for letting me know about the current issue of Infinity magazine, which carries an article in which Mark Campbell enthuses about Krazy, the comic which of course spawned the Cheeky phenomenon. Mark does justice to the groundbreaking title, and also gives us a nice potted biography of our toothy pal. Infinity is a magazine I've never read before, but there certainly seems to be a varied selection of interesting pieces in the current edition.

I got my copy today in WH Smith for a very reasonable £3.99, and it's available online in print or digital versions.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 47

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.

After falling victim to a raid in Whizzer and Chips dated 23 April 1988, our middle eastern mate wasn't involved in a cross-comic incursion as either victim or perpetrator until the following June. However, before I examine that next Mustapha-related raid, I shall respectfully direct you here to read about a historic conciliatory interlude in the long running antagonistic relationship between Whizz-kids and Chip-ites, which occurred in the 28 May 1988 edition. I wanted to mention that occasion here so that it's referenced in the correct chronological sequence in this series of posts, as I believe it has relevance to subsequent developments in the history of Whizzer and Chips raids. But more on that in future posts.

Whizzer and Chips dated 11 June 1988 - Mustapha is once again unwitting host to a weaselly Whizz-kid. Can you spot who has slipped into his strip this week? Scroll down to see the raider reveal themself.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

















Yes, it's the head Whizz-kid Sid's sneaky serpent sidekick, Slippy. AND he's using that hackneyed phrase again. At least he's only thinking it, rather than speaking it but it's still ruddy annoying.

Mustapha's destructive rampage seems out of character for our normally kindly chum

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
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
11 April 1987Pa BumpkinMustapha Million
25 April 1987Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
20 June 1987Toy BoyMustapha Million
27 June 1987Mustapha MillionMemory Banks
25 July 1987Lazy BonesMustapha Million
22 August 1987Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
12 September 1987Mustapha MillionSweet Tooth
19 September 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
24 October 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
12 December 1987JokerMustapha Million
13 February 1988Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
20 February 1988Mustapha MillionJoker
12 March 1988Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 April 1988JokerMustapha Million
28 May 1988
Readers asked not to let their Whizz-kid or Chip-ite sympathies colour their favourite strip votes
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
11 June 1988SlippyMustapha Million

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

The Whoopee! years - It's Cheeky (second run)

The title ‘It’s Cheeky’ was used for two series of strips starring the toothy funster following Cheeky Weekly’s absorption into Whoopee! The first, five-week run served to introduce Cheeky and pals to those Whoopee! readers who had not previously made their acquaintance (although some veterans among the Whoopee! audience at the time of the Cheeky merge in early 1980 may have remembered the appearance of a Cheeky Weekly mini-comic in their favourite title back in 1978).

Following the conclusion of the initial It’s Cheeky run, our toothy pal’s comic vehicles underwent a series of format and title changes, before the second It’s Cheeky run began in Whoopee! dated 30 January 1982, a week after his Cheeky’s Week strip came to a conclusion.

Whereas the first It’s Cheeky run consisted of 4 pages per week, the second outing was limited to a single page in each edition. We can only conclude that our grinning pal’s popularity was waning somewhat by this stage in his career.

The first two episodes of the revived run of It’s Cheeky commenced with the titular tittermeister seated at his tripe-writer, a device (in more than one sense of the word) that was used to introduce all but 4 instalments of his predecessor feature Cheeky’s Week. Following his abandonment of the tripe-writer, Cheeky made his introductory remarks directly to the audience (he probably got fed up with all that typing).

Whoopee! 30 January 1982
Art: Frank McDiarmid, as is all the art below


The episode structure of this new run diverged a little from previous Cheeky strips in that there was a plot each week rather than a series of unrelated gags, and a number of the stories concerned Cheeky's home life with his mum and dad. The male contingent of the Cheeky household seemed to have something of an adversarial relationship with Mum.

The first four strips in the second run of It's Cheeky used the same title design as seen during the initial run, but as from episode five of run 2, a new design was introduced which reminds me of those old cinema signs where letters were attached to rails, sometimes rather wonkily, to spell out the title of each week's film.

Snail has a grievance

This run of It's Cheeky concluded in the issue dated 15 May 1982, the revival appearing for a total of 16 weeks. Frank McDiarmid drew all the episodes. For the first 13 weeks the strip was located on page 20, thereafter slipping back to page 24 for one issue before spending its last 2 weeks further demoted to page 26.

The toothy funster's somewhat restless Whoopee! sojourn didn't end there, however, and I'll be examining his subsequent outings soon.


In former times Cheeky would have enjoyed
a gag with each of his pals.
Snail's still got the hump.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 46

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 to involve Mustapha Million occurred in Whizzer and Chips dated 23 April 1988, and saw him again as victim to an incursion. Can you locate the impudent intruder? Scroll down to see the rotten raider revealed.

Art: Frank McDiarmid



















Yes, once again it's the troublesome trickster, Joker. The bequiffed buffoon was the target of Mustapha's raid into Whizzer territory in the 20 February 1988 edition. Just to be extra annoying, Joker is using that oft-repeated and infuriating phrase to announce his raid when he knows I don't like it. Grrr!

Mustapha's confectionary conveying escapade was inspired by the Cadbury's Milk Tray TV ads, although I think the Mustapha scriptwriter may have confused brands and been thinking of Black Magic chocolates. The long-running series of Milk Tray ads featured a James Bond-like character undertaking highly perilous missions to deliver a box of said sugary comestibles to an unseen recipient, placing his enigmatic calling-card alongside the chocs on a bedside table before withdrawing into the night.




It's hard to see the similarity between Fatima (for whom our middle eastern mate has clearly been carrying a torch since leaving his homeland) and Mustapha's new inamorata, but the ways of love are indeed mysterious. Personally, I think anyone who calls him Musty is to be avoided.

More (not necessarily romantically-inclined) 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
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
11 April 1987Pa BumpkinMustapha Million
25 April 1987Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
20 June 1987Toy BoyMustapha Million
27 June 1987Mustapha MillionMemory Banks
25 July 1987Lazy BonesMustapha Million
22 August 1987Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
12 September 1987Mustapha MillionSweet Tooth
19 September 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
24 October 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
12 December 1987JokerMustapha Million
13 February 1988Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
20 February 1988Mustapha MillionJoker
12 March 1988Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 April 1988JokerMustapha Million