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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

The Whoopee Years - The Cheeky Section

As I mentioned in my earlier diatribe, the merge which resulted in the amalgamated publication styling itself Whoopee! and Cheeky was an unusual one, as the incoming features from the toothy funster's comic were corralled into the central pages for the first 30 issues of the combined title. There follows a quick flick through each of the Cheeky Sections...

Whoopee! and Cheeky 09-FEB-1980: Cheeky Section 1 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91Who Wants a Free Badge?
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
124FriscoDiscos to be won
135Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Fib Card Game
179Fib Card Game
1810It's Cheeky - Art Mike Lacey
1911It's Cheeky - Art Mike Lacey
2012It's Cheeky - Art Mike Lacey
2113It's Cheeky - Art Mike Lacey
2214Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2315Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

As announced on the cover of the first combined issue, the 'Cheeky Comic' within Whoopee! amounted to 16 pages (although one page was given over to the competition to win FriscoDisco battery-powered record players, and a further two carried the cut-out Fib card game elements). Thus the Cheeky Section (as I'm going to refer to it or, when I'm feeling lazy, CS) occupied pages 9 to 24 in the 32-page amalgamated title. The cover of the CS (I'm feeling lazy already) carries our grinning pal's tooth-packed fizzog alongside an announcement that 2000 Friend of Cheeky badges are up for grabs. To secure a free badge readers must send a stamped addressed envelope to the Whoopee and Cheeky office

Further within the CS, Cheeky is allocated a gratifying 4 pages within which to commit his usual round of jests and japes.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 16-FEB-1980: Cheeky Section 2 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
113Ad: IPC 'Shoot'\Ad: Pepsi
124Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
135Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Fib Card Game
179Fib Card Game
1810It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2315Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
MISSING - Paddywack

The first appearance in Whoopee! and Cheeky of the What a Cheek feature (Frank McDiarmid's first contribution to the CS) which will appear on the front of all but 2 of the remaining 28 Cheeky Sections (although will be absent from only one). What a Cheek was of course the title of Cheeky Weekly's cover strip for 41 issues.


Frank also takes up the artwork duties on It's Cheeky following last week's Mike Lacey pages.

Paddywack is bumped from the Cheeky Section (and, indeed, the whole comic) due to the presence of the card game, a page devoted to ads and the unwelcome (to me, anyway) arrival of the strip whose name is not to be mentioned, which gets a banner announcement atop the CS front page.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 23-FEB-1980: Cheeky Section 3 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
124Whoopee Chit-Chat
135Whoopee Chit-Chat\Ad: IPC 'Order Whoopee and Cheeky-Don't Hang About' - Art Tom Williams
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
179Fib Card Game
1810It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2315Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
MISSING - Paddywack

Snail commences his strip on the front cover of the Cheeky Section, in a single row of panels that harks back to Snail of the Century.The untitled strip featuring the toothy funster's slithering sidekick will from now on always accompany What a Cheek.



Paddywack is again ousted from the entire comic - the card game is reduced to a single page but readers' letters feature Whoopee Chit-Chat appears in the Cheeky Section for the first time.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 01-MAR-1980: Cheeky Section 4 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: IPC 'Ticklish Allsorts promotion next week'\Top Ten voting coupon
135Whoopee Chit-Chat
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Fib Card Game
179Fib Card Game
1810It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2315Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
MISSING - Chip

C**p is shunted across the conceptual border to page 25 of Whoopee! and thus gets marked absent from this week's CS.

Whoopee!'s regular reader-opinion-soliciting Top Ten voting coupon appears in the CS for the first of 2 occasions.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 08-MAR-1980: Cheeky Section 5 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: IPC 'Speed issue 3'Ad: 'Order Whoopee and Cheeky-Put A Smile On Your Face' - Art Tom Williams
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012It's Cheeky - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
2214Ivor Swap 'Merry-Go-Round' - Art John K. Geering
2315Ticklish Allsports Booklet
2416Ticklish Allsports Booklet - Art Jack Clayton

No absentees again, and all present within the 16 page limitation despite 2 pages being occupied by the first instalment of the Ticklish Allsports cut-out-and-keep booklet . However, It's Cheeky is reduced to 3 pages and there is a surprise inclusion of Whoopee! stalwart Ivor Swap. This is the only occasion on which a character from the Whoopee! section will appear in a strip within the CS, although Toy Boy and Bookworm will intrude in different roles. Whoopee Chit-Chat moves back into Whoopee!

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 15-MAR-1980: Cheeky Section 6 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91Bungles in the Jungle inside - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Cheeky Film Productions 'Bungles in the Jungle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
135Cheeky Film Productions 'Bungles in the Jungle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
146Cheeky Film Productions 'Bungles in the Jungle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
157Ticklish Allsports Booklet - Art Jack Clayton
168Ticklish Allsports Booklet
179Ticklish Allsports Booklet
1810Ticklish Allsports Booklet - Art Jack Clayton - Art Dicky Howett
1911Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
2012$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
2113$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
2214Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2315Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

The It's Cheeky strip which has run for the past 5 weeks has been dropped, and replaced with a feature titled Cheeky Film Productions, this week spoofing jungle adventure films. This new Cheeky vehicle sees his allocation of pages reduced from 4 to 3, but that's due to 4 pages being hogged by the second instalment of the Ticklish Allsports booklet. The CS front cover is taken up with the announcement of Bungles in the Jungle, so there is no What a Cheek or Snail this issue.



Frank's cover is reminiscent of scenes he drew for the Saturday morning picture show.


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Whoopee! and Cheeky 22-MAR-1980: Cheeky Section 7 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
113Ticklish Allsports Booklet - Art Jack Clayton - Art Barrie Appleby
124Ticklish Allsports Booklet - Art Barrie Appleby
135Ad: IPC 'Speed'Ad: 'Tammy and Misty'
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Cave Raves' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Cave Raves' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Cave Raves' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Cave Raves' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
2315Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

It seems the Cheeky Film Productions title for the film spoofs has been dropped in favour of the more alliterative Cheeky Movie Masterpiece. This week our toothy pal and his animal-skin-bedecked Krazy Town chums are riffing on big screen blockbusters set in prehistoric times. The feature sees Cheeky allocated a full 4 pages once again.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 29-MAR-1980: Cheeky Section 8 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Top Class Comics Competition Winners
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
124Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
135Ad: IPC 'Roy of the Rovers'Ad: 'Tammy and Misty'
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Space Between Your Ears' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Space Between Your Ears' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Space Between Your Ears' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Space Between Your Ears' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
2315Ticklish Allsports Booklet - Art Barrie Appleby
2416Ticklish Allsports Booklet
MISSING - Paddywack

Bit of an upheaval this week due to the presence of the Sports Spectacular competition on Whoopee! page 8. The competition, and the decision to locate the Top Class Comics competition results within the Cheeky Section together with the Ticklish Allsports booklet, has resulted in a single-page Stage School, and seen Paddywack bumped into Whoopee! territory on page 28. C**p remains smugly in situ.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 05-APR-1980: Cheeky Section 9 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: Palitoy 'Star Wars Figures'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'King of the Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'King of the Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'King of the Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'King of the Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Ad: IPC '4 Papers Boots Competition next week'
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

All present, if not correct (yes, that is a reference to the un-nameable feature). The ad for this year's Cheeky Holiday Special is the first to appear in the Cheeky Section (an ad for the Special appeared last week in Whoopee! on page 31). Whoopee Chit-Chat returns to the CS, albeit a single page.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 12-APR-1980: Cheeky Section 10 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
124Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
1354 Papers Boots Competition
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Holiday Special'Ad: 'Free Trebor Mummies'
1911Cheeky's Easter - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky's Easter - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky's Easter - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Cheeky's Easter - Art Frank McDiarmid
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
MISSING - Paddywack

The Movie Masterpieces are suspended for a week to allow Cheeky and pals to indulge in Easter badinage. Paddwack is absent from the entire issue.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 19-APR-1980: Cheeky Section 11 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton\Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
124Ad: IPC 'Shoot'Ad: 'Cheeky Holiday Special'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Mike Lacey
179Mustapha Million - Art Mike Lacey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Fooling all Cops' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Fooling all Cops' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Fooling all Cops' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Fooling all Cops' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

A full complement of comic characters. The positioning of Paddywack's single-row strip is a bit odd - at the top of notional page 3 above the continuation of this week's Stage School story. This is the final time an ad for this year's Cheeky Holiday Special will appear in either the CS or Whoopee!
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Whoopee! and Cheeky 26-APR-1980: Cheeky Section 12 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: IPC 'Buster'Ad: 'Shoot'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Ho-Ho Seven to the Rescue' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Ho-Ho Seven to the Rescue' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Ho-Ho Seven to the Rescue' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Ho-Ho Seven to the Rescue' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

None missing, despite the presence of a full, 2-page Whoopee Chit-Chat and a page of IPC ads.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 03-MAY-1980: Cheeky Section 13 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
113Ad: IPC 'Shoot'Ad: 'Frankie Stein Holiday Special'
124Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
135What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Monster from the Deep' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Monster from the Deep' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Monster from the Deep' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Monster from the Deep' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

Stage School gets shunted forward to Whoopee! page 9, and What a Cheek/Snail (normally on the front page of the Cheeky Section) find themselves on CS notional page 5. What a Cheek and Snail are printed in colour as usual - why the colour printing of one page is relocated this week from page 9 to page 13 is a puzzle (Calculator Kid is in colour on page 24 as expected),

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 10-MAY-1980: Cheeky Section 14 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
113$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
124Jumbo X-Word\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
157Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Potty Pix
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Big Shot' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Big Shot' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Big Shot' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Big Shot' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave


The What a Cheek/Snail combo is back on page 1 of the CS. A Jumbo X-Word, devised by reader Clare Marshall from Ascot, shares notional page 4 with Paddywack. The relocation of the bumbling buffoon from his usual position at the foot of the second Stage School page necessitates the insertion of the reader-participation Potty Pix, normally an occasional Whoopee! feature, in his usual haunt.


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Publication of Whoopee! and Cheeky was then suspended for 4 weeks due to an industrial dispute.
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Whoopee! and Cheeky 14-JUN-1980: Cheeky Section 15 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: Palitoy 'Pippa'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Ad: Twister\Ad: Drolly & Flippy Flyer
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Escape' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Escape' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Escape' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Escape' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2315Ad: Remus Play-Kits - Art Frank McDiarmid
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

For the first time since 29 March 1980, Whoopee Chit-Chat has been relocated to Whoopee!


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Whoopee! and Cheeky 21 - 28-JUN-1980: Cheeky Section 16 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: IPC 'Angler's Mail'Ad: 'Krazy Holiday Special'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Castle Caper' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Castle Caper' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Castle Caper' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Castle Caper' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat\Ad: IPC 'Frankie Stein Holiday Special'
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

This issue of Whoopee! and Cheeky is cover-dated 21st-28th June 1980, although it contains the usual 32 pages.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 05-JUL-1980: Cheeky Section 17 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips Holiday Special'\Ad: Barratt 'Fountains Pen Pal competition'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Planet of the Japes' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Planet of the Japes' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Planet of the Japes' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Planet of the Japes' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

Settling in to a familiar pattern now.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 12-JUL-1980: Cheeky Section 18 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: Twister\Ad: Barratt 'Fountains Pen Pal competition'
135Chip - Art Mike Lacey
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Necks Please' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Necks Please' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Necks Please' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Necks Please' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

Mike Lacey stands in for Trevor Metcalfe on C**p this week.


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Whoopee! and Cheeky 19-JUL-1980: Cheeky Section 19 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: Remus Play-Kits
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Dr Doodle-Little' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Dr Doodle-Little' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Dr Doodle-Little' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Dr Doodle-Little' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Ad: Palitoy 'Action Man Space Ranger competition' - Art Ron Smith
2315Picture the Editor\Ad: IPC 'Action Man Space Ranger competition'
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

A new reader participation feature is launched on notional page 15. Readers are invited to imagine what the Whoopee! and Cheeky head honcho looks like and send in their drawings to Picture the Editor. The first batch of reader renditions of the Ed were printed in Whoopee! and Cheeky dated 29 November 1980, by which time the Cheeky Section concept had been abandoned.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 26-JUL-1980: Cheeky Section 20 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
135$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
146Ad: Remus Play-Kits
157Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Alfred-The-Not-Too-Great' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Alfred-The-Not-Too-Great' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Alfred-The-Not-Too-Great' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Alfred-The-Not-Too-Great' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat\Top Ten voting coupon
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

The Top Ten voting coupon makes its second and final appearance in the CS.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 02-AUG-1980: Cheeky Section 21 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Toy Boy's Toy Talk\Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips Holiday Special'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Racing Stars' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Racing Stars' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Racing Stars' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Racing Stars' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

New advertorial feature Toy Boy's Toy Talk is launched in the CS, the first of 2 occasions on which it will appear in the toothy funster's part of the comic.


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Whoopee! and Cheeky 09-AUG-1980: Cheeky Section 22 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: IPC 'Junior Puzzles'Ad: 'Cor Summer Special'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Robinson Ho-Ho' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Robinson Ho-Ho' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Robinson Ho-Ho' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Robinson Ho-Ho' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

Bog-standard arrangement again.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 16-AUG-1980: Cheeky Section 23 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Draw Guy Fawkes Competition
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Taking A Dive' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Taking A Dive' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Taking A Dive' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Taking A Dive' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat\Bookworm's Bookshelf
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat\Friscodisco competition winners
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

Whoopee! annually included a cut-out Guy Fawkes mask in the centre pages of the issue published just before bonfire night. Notional page 4 carries an invitation to readers to send in their mask designs - the winning submission will not only be printed in this year's Guy Fawkes issue, but the artist will receive a £50 prize! The winners of the FriscoDisco competition, announced on page 15, might feel a little short-changed in view of the big prize on offer for the mask. Another advertorial, Bookworm's Bookshelf, presented by Whoopee!'s resident bibliophile, appears on page 14.


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Whoopee! and Cheeky 23-AUG-1980: Cheeky Section 24 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: Weetabix 'Lego Promotion'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Sand Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Sand Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Sand Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'The Sand Castle' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Ad: IPC 'Krazy Holiday Special'\Toy Boy's Toy Talk
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

Toy Boy's Toy Talk appears in the CS for the second and final time.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 30-AUG-1980: Cheeky Section 25 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Boots Competition Winners
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Mobs Rule OK' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Mobs Rule OK' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Mobs Rule OK' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Mobs Rule OK' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat\Ad: IPC 'Four Papers Funny Feet Competition Next Week'
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

For the first time the Snail strip is printed in red and white instead of full colour. Possibly feedback from readers indicated there was confusion resulting from the lack of a title for the weekly dose of mollusc mirth, so the new colouration may have been introduced in order to more clearly delineate the junction between Cheeky chuckles and gastropod gags. This chromatic distinction will remain in effect for the remainder of the CS issues.



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Whoopee! and Cheeky 06-SEP-1980: Cheeky Section 26 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: Superbazooka 'Raleigh Bikes Competition'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Ad: Department of Transport 'Green X Man - Stan Shows Some Sense' - Art Ron Smith
179Ad: Department of Transport 'Green X Man - Stan Shows Some Sense' - Art Ron Smith
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Young Dick Turnip' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Young Dick Turnip' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Young Dick Turnip' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Young Dick Turnip' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2315Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

The centre pages of the CS are given over to the long-running Green Cross Code road safety campaign featuring Green Cross Man, who would on occasion materialise on the exhaust fume-swept streets of the UK just in time to prevent a traffic tragedy. This outing bestows upon the veteran road-safety-promulgating superhero a funky rebranding as Green X Man, referencing the symbol emblazoned across his mighty, though particulate-clogged, chest. He won't be there when you cross the road.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 13-SEP-1980: Cheeky Section 27 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
124Ad: Remus Play-Kits
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Goodbye Sailor' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Goodbye Sailor' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Goodbye Sailor' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Goodbye Sailor' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Ad: IPC 'Angler's Mail'\Ad: Barratt 'Star Chews Space Shuttle Competition'
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
MISSING - Paddywack

Paddywack is absent from the entire comic.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 20-SEP-1980: Cheeky Section 28 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: Superbazooka 'Raleigh Bikes Competition'
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Gulliver's Troubles' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Gulliver's Troubles' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Gulliver's Troubles' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Gulliver's Troubles' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat\Ad: IPC 'Jackpot - Free Gift Next Week'
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

All present in another standard-layout issue.

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Whoopee! and Cheeky 27-SEP-1980: Cheeky Section 29 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon\Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
124Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips - Free Sweets Next Week'\Ad: Oxfam
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Beware of the Jellymen' - Art Frank McDiarmid
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Beware of the Jellymen' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Beware of the Jellymen' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'Beware of the Jellymen' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Whoopee Chit-Chat
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat\Bookworm's Bookshelf
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave

Bookworm's Bookshelf makes its second and final appearance in the CS.


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Whoopee! and Cheeky 04-OCT-1980: Cheeky Section 30 of 30
Page Notional Page Detail
91What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid\Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
102Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
113Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
124Ad: Remus Play-Kits
135Chip - Art Trevor Metcalfe
146$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
157$6000,000 Gran - Art Ian Knox
168Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
179Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
1810Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips - Free Sweets'
1911Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'M*A*T*H' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2012Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'M*A*T*H' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2113Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'M*A*T*H' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2214Cheeky Movie Masterpiece 'M*A*T*H' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2315Whoopee Chit-Chat
2416Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
MISSING - Paddywack

This is the final Cheeky Section. The next issue will see the first instalment of Terry Bave's How To Draw Comic Strips booklet occupy pages 9 to 12. Despite the forthcoming abandonment of the Cheeky Section concept, most of the strips previously contained within the toothy funster's comic-within-comic will continue to appear. What a Cheek and the untitled Snail strip will be dropped, as will the Cheeky Movie Masterpieces. However Cheeky will continue to appear, along with all the Cheeky Weekly survivors.

Paddywack escapes the confines of the CS for a second time (see 29 March 1980), as this week he fetches up on Whoopee! page 31.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 40

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 week after Mustapha intruded upon Sweet-Tooth, our moneyed mate was subject to a Whizz-Kid intruder. Scroll down to discover the identity of the interloper.


Whizzer and Chips 19 September 1987
Art: Barry Glennard



















Yes, it's the rubbery rascal Odd-Ball, making his 3rd raid on Mustapha. We might have guessed the sneaky sphere wouldn't be far away when the strip concerned a load of balls. Odd-Ball had been intruded upon by Mustapha on 2 previous occasions.

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

Saturday, 4 May 2019

May the Cheek be With You

Today's date is usually associated with Han Skyvader and his space-faring chums, but this year it's also Free Comic Book Day. Among the freebies being distributed by certain comic shops is Rebellion's Funny Pages, which was previewed a few days ago on Lew Stringer's blog.

There are no comic shops near where I live, and I didn't relish a long and probably fruitless trek in search of a copy. However, Lew's helpful post indicates that Cheeky, who is among the comic superstars adorning the Funny Pages front cover, is not featured in any of the strips inside. His role appears to be as a gag-cracking filler, along with other classic japesters from the IPC corral, at the foot of the pages, the otherwise-blank space presumably resulting from the different width-to-height ratio of the new comic pages compared to those of yore.

I followed the link on Lew's blog that suggests a digital version of Funny Pages is available but I couldn't see it anywhere.

Congratulations to anyone who managed to secure a copy.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

So when exactly was the 'Whoopee! and Cheeky' Era?

When a comic was deemed by the publishers to be no longer viable, instead of passing directly into comics history it would be 'merged' into a more successful title. A number of the more popular strips from the failed comic would be amalgamated into the stronger, longer-running companion, the intention being that a significant number of the readers of the defunct comic would be persuaded to follow their fun-pals into the combined publication, delivering a boost to the main title's readership numbers.

For a while after the merge, the title of the failed comic would appear beneath the main title on the cover of the fused funny paper, until quietly being dropped some time later.

So how long did the merge between Whoopee! and Cheeky last? The answer is... it depends where you look.

IPC had long exhibited concerns over newsagents selling their titles at more than the cover price. I'm not sure how prevalent this comic-price-inflating activity was (I can't really imagine many kids would stump up more than the cover price for their favourite title), but the publisher included some small print in each of their comics, usually at the foot of the back page, advising retailers that price-hiking was not allowed. They were also keen to make it clear that subscription facilities (inland and overseas) were not now available, probably an attempt to stop kids sending in postal orders and asking for their favourite comic to be posted to them from King's Reach Tower each week. The text of the small print always included the comic's name, and if we judge the Whoopee! and Cheeky era based on the content of these warnings to unscrupulous comic vendors and would-be subscribers, then there never was such a period, as Cheeky was never referred to alongside Whoopee! in the legal jargon.


From the back cover of the second combined issue of Whoopee! and Cheeky. The text remained the same whether or not the cover title was Whoopee! and Cheeky.


Sometimes the merged comic was acknowledged in the small print, as in this example from a 1975 Buster and Cor!!

The most obvious place to examine in order to establish the length of the Whoopee! and Cheeky merge is of course the front cover, but even in that location things aren't entirely straightforward.

The second combined issue


The first combined issue, cover-dated 09 February 1980 did announce itself as Whoopee! and Cheeky (the incoming comic's full title of Cheeky Weekly was never acknowledged post-merge), as did the subsequent 13 editions. However, for the following 4 weeks, no issues were published due to an industrial dispute. When the comic returned with an edition cover-dated 14 June 1980 it was titled Whoopee!, although a banner at the top of the comic showed Cheeky announcing 'See my Cheeky comic inside'.



The next issue to be published was a 2-week edition dated 21 to 28 June 1980 (although the usual 32 pages). This issue was also just titled Whoopee! but with the same Cheeky announcement as the previous edition.

Weekly publication then resumed with the issue dated 05 July 1980, and for that and the subsequent 5 weeks the title was again just Whoopee! but with Cheeky's banner announcement.

The issue dated 16 August 1980 was just titled Whoopee!, with no announcement by our toothy pal - there was no room for it due to the competition promo.



The following 2 weeks saw the Whoopee!/Cheeky banner arrangement return, followed by one week where the comic was again just titled Whoopee! The 13 September 1980 issue returned to the Whoopee!/Cheeky banner design, but a week later we were back to just Whoopee! again as another promotion was featured on the cover.



The 27 September 1980 issue featured Cheeky's banner again, but for the final time - the following week's edition was the last issue to include a Cheeky section in the centre of the comic, but it was just titled Whoopee! - a 'Great news for readers' banner bumped Cheeky's from the cover. Another merge wasn't in the offing - the great news was of the How To Draw Comic Strips booklet, the first part of which would appear a week later and its presence in the centre pages was what displaced Cheeky and pals from their erstwhile location.



For the next 4 weeks the comic's title was Whoopee!, but the comic dated 08 November 1980 saw Paddywack, having been freed to roam the comic since the demise of the Cheeky section, move onto the front cover and bring with him the 'and Cheeky' to add to the comic's main title. This arrangement persisted for the following 6 issues.



Robert Nixon's festive cover of the 1980 Christmas edition, which prominently featured Mustapha Million, showed the comic to be titled Whoopee! with Cheeky, the only time that particular conjunction was used to describe the relationship between the two titles.



There was no mention of Cheeky on the cover of the 03 January 1981 edition as most of the front page was was given over to the announcement of the 1981 calendar inside. The 12-month planner, drawn by Robert Nixon, styled itself the Whoopee! Calendar since by the end of the year Cheeky would no longer be mentioned on the cover.


The ensuing 25 issues were titled Whoopee! and Cheeky, and then the 04 July 1981 comic's front page heralded a Four Papers competition and the commencement of the cut-out Young Road Traveller's Handbook, leaving no room for a mention of the toothy funster's comic. A week later the title was back to Whoopee! and Cheeky  even though the ever-grinning Smiler had usurped Paddywack's prized location.



Reference to Cheeky was not included on the front of the comic dated 18 July 1981 due to the announcement of a promotion relating to Wall's ice cream.

The 25 July 1981 issue was the final one to make reference to Cheeky as its absorbee.




Based on the covers, the Whoopee! and Cheeky era therefore can be seen to span the issues dated 09 February 1980 to 25 July 1981. However, there is one further location we can examine, which gives a slightly different view of the situation.

As of 09 February 1980 the letters page was titled Whoopee Chit-Chat, in a nod to Cheeky Weekly's Friends of Cheeky Chit-Chat page. From that date, readers of the combined comic were invited to post their amusing missives to Whoopee! and Cheeky at King's Reach Tower.

From the first combined issue


The address for reader submissions remained Whoopee and Cheeky until the issue dated 11 July 1981, after which the address appeared as Whoopee. Thus Cheeky ceased to be referred to in the Whoopee Chit-Chat address 2 weeks before the final 'and Cheeky' reference on the cover (although the Chit-Chat name for the letters page was retained until the 24 April 1982 edition, after which the letters page was re-titled Whoopee! Winners).

So although reference to the letters page would suggest a slightly shorter existence, the covers incontrovertibly declare the Whoopee! and Cheeky era to last from the 09 February 1980 to 25 July 1981 issues.