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Welcome to the Cheeky Weekly blog!
Cheeky Weekly was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.

Basic Stats
Cheeky Weekly Index
Cheeky Weekly Artist Index
Features by Number of Appearances
Issue Summaries posted to date
Major Characters from the Cheeky pages

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

RIP Jim Petrie

Sad news here about the passing of the great Jim Petrie. Probably best known for his marathon stint on Minnie the Minx in the Beano, Jim also did a few bits of Cheeky work, which I thought his style was particularly suited to. Pity he didn't do more. Thanks for all the laughs, Jim.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Cheeky Weekly Star Guests in Whoopee! (part 6)

Examining week 12 of IPC's 1979 Star Guest series means attention again turns to Whoopee! since that's where the Cheeky Weekly character visits occurred on the promotion's even-numbered weeks. Representing the toothy funster's title in Whoopee! dated 16 June 1979 was none other than our grinning pal himself, making a return after his foray into said comic's pages 2 weeks earlier.

Cheeky's first Whoopee! visit introduced readers to Bump-Bump Bernie, Granny Gumdrop, Yikky-Boo and Six-Gun Sam. In his second promotional excursion into Whoopee!, the toothy funster met a further selection of characters from the Cheeky's Week supporting cast.

Whoopee! 16 June 1979
Art: Barrie Appleby
Many thanks to Irmantas for this scan

Barrie Appleby did his usual excellent work on the strip, but it's a pity that Whoopee! readers weren't able to enjoy the full glory of a Frank McDiarmid Cheeky page. Presumably Frank was unavailable due to his other commitments - despite having drawn only one page in the concurrent edition of our toothy pal's comic, the mighty Mr M had no doubt been busily creating artwork for upcoming issues at the time this Star Guest was requisitioned.

Any readers sufficiently impressed by this page of Cheeky cheeriness to set up a regular order for the toothy funster's title could have enjoyed a run of 34 issues of Cheeky Weekly before it folded and rather ironically its star sought refuge in Whoopee!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Cheeky Weekly cover date 16 June 1979

Art: Mike Lacey
It's a while since we had a special, themed Cheeky Weekly (the most recent was 31 March 1979's Jersey edition) but as promised last week, this issue is the disco special. The cover's title background is adorned with suitably festive stars and there's a star of a different kind in the cover strip as Mick Jagger drops in to enjoy a joke with Cheeky and affable agrarian Farmer Giles. Mick is notably silent, probably because they would have had to pay him more money had he been given dialogue.
This is the final time that Mike Lacey will draw a Cheeky's Week cover strip.
On page 2 it soon becomes clear that, as we go through the week in anticipation of Saturday's disco, there'll be a plethora of poptastic puns and a deal of disco drollery.


Art: Mike Lacey

Sadly, 6 MillionDollar Gran is too preoccupied with entering a cross-Channel flying race to participate in the top ten tomfoolery.
Calculator Kid is in festive mood, but his destination is not the disco; he's been invited to a fancy dress party. Silicon-chipped sidekick Calc advises Charlie to take an unlikely route, involving much mud and brambles, to the celebrations. Arriving in a tattered and grimy state, Charlie of course wins a box of chocs for his 'tramp outfit'. This is one of those rare occasions when the outcome of Calc's microchip machinations is less than optimal...

Art: Terry Bave

What's New Kids makes a surprise return on page 8 – readers probably assumed that the advertising feature had been dropped as it last appeared in the 10 February 1979 edition.
The toothy funster has no trouble tracking down a copy of the current Mystery Comic, as it seems the perplexing publication has been posted on billboards across Krazy Town this week.
Art: Mike Lacey, who is careful not to show
any detail of the Mystery Comic's
front cover

Elephant on the Run is reduced to a single page for the first time, but it's a typically fun episode in which our pachyderm pal employs his ventriloquial and trunk manipulation skills to evade his dogged pursuer (although it's unclear how the doll becomes larger when on the bus than it had been on stage).

Art: Robert Nixon

The latest Star Guest instalment fetches up within the Mystery Comic for the 6th (and final) time. On this occasion the comic-within-a-comic is host to Whoopee's 2-Ronnies-inspired Sheerluck and Son.

Art: Mike Lacey

There's further intrusion upon the Mystery Comic as, in keeping with Cheeky Weekly's theme, the instructions for IPC's new dance craze, The Cheeky Hustle, make their appearance. Readers are invited to cut out the instructions which consist of a series of drawings depicting the toothy funster in various stages of terpsichorean frenzy. Rather than presenting a boring set of pics, I wanted to show an actual demonstration of the dance. However, having failed to interest Mick Jagger in the job, but at not inconsiderable expense (well, the cost of a plate of fish and chips), I have persuaded Cheeky himself to get down and strut his funky stuff...

Art: Mike Lacey

Here's an accompanying track for the full disco ambience...


After Cheeky's dancefloor exertions there's an opportunity to relax with this week's Mystery Boy episode before the Mystery Comic concludes with Disaster Des. The presence of Star Guest and the Hustle instructions means we're deprived of Mustapha Million this week.
The Cheeky Weekly section resumes with Joke-Box Jury's usual varied (and sometimes inappropriate from today's viewpoint) mix of gags, before Cheeky's Week reaches Thursday and the mounting anticipation of the forthcoming disco.
Of course there are no disco-related elements in the latest instalment of Menace of the Alpha Man (partly because it's a reprint but mainly because the titular antagonist is not given to displaying his dancefloor moves), following which readers are for the first time invited to submit their guesses as to the identity of the masked menace. Although the strip hasn't yet concluded, all the necessary clues have been provided and prizes of £2 are on offer to the senders of the first 50 coupons correctly naming the hooded villain - the answers will be opened on 26 June.
That leaves only the Chit-Chat page to be negotiated before we finally arrive at Saturday's disco.

Mike Lacey again


The toothy funster is a little premature in his assertion that 'That's all we have time for', because the comic rounds off with a Burpo Special in which the subject is Burpo himself. The Burpo Special is drawn by Frank McDiarmid, but all the other Cheeky's Week pages this week (and the Cheeky Hustle booklet) are by Mike Lacey


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 16-Jun-1979
Artist Elements
Mike Lacey9
Frank McDiarmid1


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 16-Jun-1979, Issue 84 of 117
PageDetails
1Cheeky's Week - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Monday - Art Mike Lacey
7Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
8What's New, Kids
9Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Ad: The Stickits
12Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 32 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 32 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
15Star Guest 'Sheerluck and Son' - Art Barry Glennard (first art on feature)
16Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 26 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
17Cheeky Hustle (single appearance) - Art Mike Lacey (single art on feature)
18Cheeky Hustle (single appearance) - Art Mike Lacey (single art on feature)
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 35 of 37
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 28 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Joke-Box Jury
22Ad: IPC 'Buster Holiday Special' 3 of 3 Ad: 'Angler's Mail' 1 of 2
23Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
24Speed Squad - Art Mike Lacey
25Friday - Art Mike Lacey
26Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
27Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
28Who Is The Alpha Man (single appearance)\Ad: Dunlop Playsport (first appearance) - Art Nick Baker (first art on feature)
29Chit-Chat
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32The Burpo Special 'Baby Burpo' - Art Frank McDiarmid
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

An Oddball View of Comic History

Comic publishers of the 1970s and 80s had a variety of mechanisms for publicising their titles. TV advertising was very expensive so was reserved for comic launches only. Having ensnared kids into regularly purchasing a comic, the publishers would include advertisements for other comics from their line in the hope of inculcating a weekly multi-comic habit. Cross-title promotions such as Mini-Comics or Star Guest were also employed.

However, there was another oft-used device whereby the comic strips themselves featured characters reading companion comics. It wasn't uncommon for a Buster character to be depicted enjoying a copy of Whoopee! or Whizzer and Chips and so forth.

This example is a little different. Rather than showing Odd-Ball and Nobby perusing copies of contemporary titles, Terry Bave chooses to show his protagonists delving into a pile of 'old comics'. The titles that our heroes select from among the yellowing piles of funny papers are Cor!! (which had ceased weekly publication in June 1974) and Krazy (the weekly expired in April 1978). Most readers of this 02 November 1985 issue of Whizzer and Chips wouldn't remember the weeklies, but some may have been aware of the titles from the annual versions which continued being published into the mid-1980s. Nice that Terry gave a nod to comics history, though.

Art: Terry Bave

Thanks for bearing with me as I went slightly off-topic. Will be firmly back on-topic with the next post.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 3

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 sporadically) 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.

Whizzer and Chips had a long tradition of sending characters from the Chips section into Whizzer and vice versa. These cross-comic forays were known as 'raids'. In this series of posts I'm chronicling the raids involving the ex-Cheeky Weekly characters who made the transition into Whizzer and Chips, all of whom were allocated to the Chips section. For the purposes of this series, although this particular manifestation of the toothy funster didn't directly descend from Cheeky Weekly, I'm including Cheeky's Krazy Gang appearances as those of an 'ex-Cheeky Weekly character'.

The previous raid covered in this series occurred in Whizzer and Chips dated 04 May 1985. Just seven days later another raid was perpetrated upon an ex-Cheeky Weekly character. This time it was Cheeky (in his role as a member of The Krazy Gang) who was among the victims. Can you spot the sneaky Whizz-Kid infiltrator? Scroll down for the answer...

Whizzer and Chips 11 May 1985
Art: Bob Hill














...Whizzer's resident prankster, Joker.

The current score is therefore Ex-Cheeky Weekly Raiders 1, Whizzer Raiders 2

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)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Profile - Petula

Petula was of course named after her predilection for animals, and her role in Cheeky's world was to provide the opportunity for wildlife witticisms, bestial badinage and creature capers. On her first appearance, in Cheeky Weekly number 14 dated 21 January 1978, the young zoological zealot was the custodian of a hamster.

Petula's debut
Art: Frank McDiarmid

It wasn't long before Petula's choice of animal companion veered into the exotic, and in the 11 February 1978 issue, The Mystery Comic was to be found in the beak of her pelican pal. The following week Petula was accompanied by a strangely familiar-looking ape.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

In the 08 April 1978 edition Petula appeared 6 times with that week's pet of choice, a mynah (or minah as the comic has it) bird. Petula warned the toothy funster that the bird had been taught 'naughty words' but parents of impressionable Cheeky Weekly readers needn't have worried as the strongest epithet to emerge from the voluble avian was 'smelly feet!'.

Petula ('assisted' by Sherlock) was on the trail of a lost elephant throughout Cheeky's Week in the 01 July 1978 comic, tracking a pachyderm-shaped path of destruction across Krazy Town. The search culminated on Saturday, making this the second (and final) issue to feature 6 appearances by the creature-craving kid...

Frank McDiarmid again.
For more on the mini-comics see here.

...maybe the above storyline inspired Elephant On The Run.

Petula was again examining apparent elephant spoor on Tuesday in the 05 August 1978 issue, but I suspect that Teacher may have laid a false trail as this was the issue in which the podgy pedagogue exhibited aberrant behaviour following a nervous breakdown.


Art: Mike Lacey

Cheeky's pal with a passion for pets appeared on 5 covers (06 May 1978, 28 April 1979, 21 July 1979, 05 January 1980 and 19 January 1980 - which was also the final edition to feature her, so she didn't quite make it to the comic's farewell issue two weeks later). Petula was seen with a tiger in tow, strolling casually towards the cat show, on the Pin-Up Pal poster in Cheeky Weekly dated 26 August 1978. Frank McDiarmid's depiction of the big cat is rather splendid, and the poster can be seen on Bruce's blog here.

Art: Dick Millington

Cheeky's Cut-Out Catalogue of Petula Jokes was contained in the previously-mentioned final issue to include the pet-potty pre-teen, Cheeky Weekly dated 19 January 1980.

Cheeky meets the Petula of  2038
in the comic dated 19 August 1978
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Petula featured in 82 editions of the toothy funster's comic, but made a single appearance in Krazy - the 15 April 1978 edition.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Petula8221-Jan-197819-Jan-1980

Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
PetulaFrank McDiarmid47
PetulaMike Lacey21
PetulaFrank McDiarmid pencils13
PetulaBarrie Appleby7
PetulaUnknown Cheeky Artist 16
PetulaJim Watson4
PetulaDick Millington3