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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Pages - Page 23

The Friday element of Cheeky's Week was the occupant of page 23 in the first two issues of Cheeky Weekly, but the same location in issue 3 was home to 'More Joke Strips' – a further supply of funnies to be used in conjunction with the Friend of Cheeky Fun Wallet that had been presented as the free gift a week earlier.

Cheeky Weekly's juvenile philanthropist Mustapha Million then commenced a 6-week run on page 23 before being displaced by a returning Friday in the 31 December 1977 Christmas issue. The gag-evaluating panel which comprised Joke-Box Jury then turned up to pronounce judgement on the week's batch of reader's funnies (or otherwise). The following week page 23 was the site of 2 half-page ads, the first for IPC's iconic football-focused title Roy of the Rovers, and the second reminding potential readers that the publisher's humour comics Whoopee!, Whizzer and Chips and Krazy were all running the second instalment of their respective Spotter Book cut-out-and-keep pamphlets. The toothy funster's comic was of course running its own Spotter Book concurrently.
 
Mustapha then resumed occupation of the subject page for a run that lasted 14 weeks before being interrupted by a page containing a half-page ad for Whizzer and Chips which that week (cover date 29 April 1978) contained the second part of a guide to the solar system alliteratively described as a 'planet panorama'. Sharing the page was a handwritten note from Cheeky asking readers to send in their Father's Day messages for inclusion in an upcoming edition of the comic.

Plucky Mustapha then took up occupation once again for a further 8 weeks, culminating in the comic dated 24 June 1978. This would be our moneyed mate's penultimate visit to page 23.

A week later Friday was back, and held on to the location under review for 4 issues before being interrupted for one week by an ad for Peter Pan Playthings' range of outdoor toys, not coincidentally in time for the start of the school holidays (issue dated 29 July 1978). Friday then returned for a single week, being ousted in the following issue by a surprise appearance on page 23 of Saturday – the only time this particular feature would come to rest in that location. However, Friday was also missing from page 23 a week later when Joke- Box Jury came to rest there.

A 5-week run of Friday then commenced, and in the 30 September 1978 edition there were more gags and groans as the Joke-Box Jury team returned. A week later What's New, Kids shared the page with an ad for the 1979 Krazy Annual, which would be welcome news for those still mourning the demise, in April of that year, of the comic which spawned our grinning hero.

Friday was then back for 3 weeks, before the surprise appearance of Calculator Kid, the only visit by Charlie Counter and his battery-powered buddy to the page in question. In the following issue, page 23 was home to 2 half-page ads, one for IPC's Mickey Mouse comic and the other promoting cereal manufacturer Nabisco's less-than-thrilling breakfast biscuits, Shredded Wheat. Johnny Morris, presenter of TV's Animal Magic, was fronting a campaign inviting consumers of the straw-like comestible to send off tokens which would translate into cash for animal charity the PDSA. As a sweetener (which is something the bland wheaty slabs were certainly in need of), those sending off the cardboard coupons stood the chance of winning a radio cassette player.

A week later Friday returned, but the following issue (dated 25 November 1978) saw IPC announcing on page 23 their upcoming '4 Papers Competition' including prizes of Corgi's model Jaguar car based on that driven by TV's Simon Templar aka The Saint, the ad sharing that location with another promotional push for Mickey Mouse comic.

There was not a little upheaval in the ensuing edition, due to an industrial dispute which reduced the effective page count from the usual 32 to 27. The promised 4 Papers Saint Competition went ahead, but this and the loss of available pages resulted in Tweety and Sylvester's final appearance making a surprise page 23 manifestation. The next issue was similarly afflicted (although regaining one page to make 28), and the consequent disturbance saw another newcomer to page 23 – and also bowing out of the comic as of this issue – Laugh and Learn.

Cheeky Weekly then disappeared from newsagents altogether as industrial relations broke down entirely, returning with an issue dated 06 January 1979, in which the lucky winners of the Chutes Away competition, which ran in the 16 September 1978 edition, were announced on page 23.

The 13 January 1979 comic saw the commencement of the cut-out-and-keep feature The Friends of Cheeky Snap Game, which was to run across 4 issues. The need to have the cards necessary to play this variant on the traditional snap game boast colour images of the toothy funster and and pals meant they were printed on the centre pages, displacing Elephant on the Run. This disturbance to the normal order of things resulted in Skateboard Squad fetching up on page 23 for this and the subsequent 3 issues. The loss of Cheeky's weekly cinema visit, which came to an end in the 02 December 1978 comic, caused a subsequent perturbation to the distribution of the remaining strips that, due to the truncated issues and presence of the snap game, really only became apparent as of the 10 February 1979 comic when, among other shunting of features, the Thursday element of Cheeky's week turned up on page 23. Having said that, in the following issue the juvenile jest judges of joke-Box Jury moved back in the following week, but were deposed by Thursday for 2 weeks and then Skateboard Squad for another fortnight.

Page 23 in the 24 March 1979 issue was no doubt scoured by those readers who had entered the Saint competition back in December 1978, containing as it did a list of lucky prize winners. A week later IPC's 1979 Star Guest promotion began and the subject location hosted a visit by Lolly Pop from Whoopee!. Thursday then returned for a 8-week run, interrupted in the comic dated 02 June 1979 by Speed Squad, after which Thursday resumed for 4 weeks.

Another Star Guest came to rest on page 23 in the 07 July 1979 comic, and this time the visitor was Whizzer and Chips' pesky prankster, Joker. The following week the page under review was home to 2 ads for summer specials, wherein readers would be able to catch up on the holiday doings of the characters from Whoopee! and Jackpot respectively. Speed Squad then returned for a week before being displaced by yet another page of ads – this time an ad for the debut issue of Walt Disney's Puzzle Time shared space with a message from the people at North Pacific Flyers who were keen to set the parks of the nation swarming with their rubber-band-driven model aircraft.

Speed Squad regained control for 5 weeks, but in the following issue page 23 hosted a half-page competition to win Lone Star's facsimile of James Bond's pistol from 007's latest cinema outing, Moonraker. This competition shared the page with an ad for the first issue of IPC's 'super new mag for young soccer fans', Top Soccer. More ads, the main one promoting IPC's '5 Top Comics', namely Cheeky Weekly (natch), Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic, newcomer Jackpot, Whoopee! and the veteran Buster, appeared 7 days later.

Speed Squad re-established control for a further 3 weeks, after which What's New Kids moved back in. However, the terrific trio were back a week later for the first of a 4 week sojourn, which was to conclude their appearances on page 23 and bring to 14 their total visits to the site in question, making them the third most regular inhabitants. Adding the 6 appearances of Skateboard Squad (same team members but different name and modes of transport) would bring the total to 20, making Skipper, Skatie and Wipe-Out the second most regular occupants of page 23, if you choose to focus on characters rather than strip titles.

7 days after the intrepid trio bade farewell to page 23, Elephant on the Run began a 5-week residency before being displaced in the 22 December 1979 issue by Snail of the Century, the only time that Cheeky's mollusc mate's very own feature fetched up at the subject location. The following issue was the eagerly-anticipated Christmas edition, but sadly page 23 was given over to a quiz page which, though festooned with festive imagery, had a distinct whiff of 'filler' about it.

The perplexing perorations of Paddywack then made a surprise visit to page 23, and a week later Elephant's run brought him back to page 23 for the final time. In the following issue the subject location was again the site of a valedictory appearance – on this occasion Friday made its final visit to page 23, bringing to 17 the number of times Friday appeared on the page under review and making Friday the second-most regular occupant (unless you're one of those contrary folks who have decided to lump Speed and Skateboard Squad's appearances together, in which case Friday is the third most regular visitor).

The penultimate Cheeky Weekly saw bus-based buddies The Gang make a late bid for control of page 23 but in the final edition of the comic, Mustapha Million returned after being absent from that page for 84 weeks. Mustapha was the most regular page 23 resident, having appeared there 30 times.
 
Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 23
Elements Total
Mustapha Million 2/228
Friday17
Speed Squad14
Thursday14
Skateboard Squad6
Elephant On The Run5
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC3
Joke-Box Jury3
Mustapha Million 1/22
Star Guest2
Advertisement: IPC1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: North Pacific Flyers1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: Shredded Wheat1
Advertisement: IPC\Send a Father's Day message1
Advertisement: Peter Pan Playthings1
Calculator Kid1
Christmas Quiz1
Chutes Away competition winners1
Elephant On The Run 2/21
Friday 2/21
James Bond competition\Advertisement: IPC1
Joke-Box Jury 2/21
Laugh and Learn 2/21
More joke strips 1/21
Paddywack 2/21
Saint competition results 2/21
Saturday 1/21
Snail of the Century1
The Gang 2/21
Thursday 1/21
Tweety and Sylvester 1/21
What's New, Kids1
What's New, Kids\Advertisement: IPC1



Thursday, 8 September 2016

Profile - Sid the Street Sweeper

Employed to keep things clean in Krazy Town, Sid the Street-Sweeper made his first, uncredited appearance in Krazy dated 01 October 1977, where he was seen clearing away the detritus during the coda to Cheeky's typically hoary Knock-Knock Door gag.

Sid's debut - Krazy 01 October 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid


Sid wasn't seen again in the pages of Krazy until its final issue dated 15 April 1978, but he was present in the inaugural edition of Cheeky's own title, which was published just 3 weeks after the comical cleansing operative made his Krazy debut.

First issue of Cheeky Weekly
Art: Frank McDiarmid


It has to be said that Sid wasn't the most diligent refuse collector – he was always looking for an opportunity to sweep rubbish under cars, down drains, beneath loose paving slabs or into any suitable below-ground-level aperture including those frequented by Manhole Man and, in the 31 December 1977 edition, into his mother-in-law's front garden.

Frank again
This gag references world champion show jumper David Broome
 
Sid was among the guests at the Cheeky family's New Year party in the 07 January 1978 issue, and was the source of the Mystery Comic (secreted under his hat, not in his rubbish barrow) in Cheeky Weekly dated 28 January 1978. The 29 April 1978 edition was the issue to feature the most appearances by Sid, who turned up on 4 days as he handed Cheeky pages of the Mystery Comic that he came upon during his cleaning rounds. Since at that time readers had yet to witness the whole of that perplexing publication, Cheeky was anxious to secure that week's Mustapha Million story, and fortunately we were spared 2 blank pages as Sid located the vital elements on Friday. However, this time the pages were found at the bottom of his refuse collecting bin, but that week's MM story showed no sign of grubbiness when printed in the comic.

Sid prevents the Cheeky Weekly editor from hurling himself off IPC's headquarters building
Art: Jim Watson

In the course of Cheeky's Week as depicted in the comic dated 06 May 1978 Herman the Traffic Warden, in his pursuit of the world parking ticket record, apparently stuck several penalty notices on Sid's barrow, although we only witnessed this happening on Friday. Herman would also gleefully affix a ticket on Sid's barrow during Cheeky's trip to the seaside in the 08 September 1979 issue.

Sid provided Cheeky with the Cheeky's Pal Puzzle in the 11 November 1978 edition, and the map that was the subject of the poser two weeks later.

The first panel has us wondering why Sid is standing in for the  Knock-Knock Door - the punchline explains why
More Frank
 
The mirthful muck manager made a single appearance on the cover when, on the front of the 17 February 1979 issue, he was featured as a member of the Joke-Box Jury panel.

Cheeky Weekly 22 December 1979 - the toothy funster's handing out his Christmas cards...the only appearance of Sid's wife.
Art: Mike Lacey



The streets of Krazy Town must have been accumulating rubbish during Sid's longest absence from the comic - 13 weeks between the issues dated 09 June and 08 September 1979 (the aforementioned occasion of Herman's issuing a parking ticket while on the promenade). Maybe on his return Sid found the strain of clearing the massed refuse a little too taxing, because his second-longest absence occurred not long after – the 12 weeks between the 29 September and 22 December 1979 editions.

Our litter-gathering chum was the subject of the Pin-Up Pal poster in the comic dated 08 April 1978.
 
Sid didn't quite make it to the final edition of Cheeky Weekly – his appearance in the 05 January 1980 comic was to be his last, having swept through a total of 56 issues.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Sid the Street-Sweeper5622-Oct-197705-Jan-1980


Count of elements by artist


Character Artist Total Elements
Sid the Street-SweeperFrank McDiarmid22
Sid the Street-SweeperFrank McDiarmid pencils16
Sid the Street-SweeperMike Lacey7
Sid the Street-SweeperBarrie Appleby6
Sid the Street-SweeperJim Watson5
Sid the Street-SweeperUnknown Cheeky Artist 13
Sid the Street-SweeperDick Millington2
Sid the Street-SweeperNot known1

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 22 September 1979

Disaster Des is singled out for a front-page mention this week, and the ever-reliable Cheeky/Manhole Man double act gets this issue off to a cracking start with a helping of cereal-based humour. Surprisingly, Uncle Hamish is not to be found among the Caledonian consumers of porridge who adorn this cover. As always, the fertile mind of Frank McDiarmid generates several additional gags around the page.
















On Sunday the breakfast banter continues as Cheeky has another doorstep encounter with Bump-Bump Bernie.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
 
Calculator Kid has a further grimy adventure (see the 16 June 1979 'Disco Special' issue), but with a happier outcome this time thanks to his electronic mate and a packet of Ker-Splat, the 'bionic' washing powder (as if it's not bad enough having 6 Million Dollar Gran repeatedly described as bionic despite her robotic nature, now the inappropriate adjective is being applied to laundry products).

Art: Terry Bave
 
Speaking of the mechanical marvel, this week's Gran story centres on Professor Potts' workplace (presumably he's still employed at the World Authority for Scientific Projects where he unveiled the aged automaton way back in Cheeky Weekly's first issue). Even the Prof himself is now describing the synthetic senior citizen as being bionic. Good to see Ian Knox drawing the traditional British comics' sausage-and-mash image, as well as the standard foreign spy.

Art: Ian Knox
 

I wonder why the third panel of the Monday page has been composed of Mike Lacey's drawing of Mr Mutton from the previous issue and what looks like a pasted-in Cheeky.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils and Mike Lacey

 
Coastal calamities abound as front-cover-boosted Des enjoys a day at the seaside.

Art: Mike Lacey

Elephant is still on the run in another agreeably bonkers escapade.

Art: Robert Nixon
 
On the Chit-Chat page, reader Ian Walding of Bury St. Edmunds claims his 'regular order' of Cheeky Weekly is delivered by the postman. This seems unlikely since the small print at the foot of the same page informs us that 'subscription facilities (inland and overseas) are not now available'. A regular order with the local newsagent would most likely be delivered by a kid (not unlike Cheeky himself, except maybe for the profusion of teeth) on a bike, rather than the employee of Royal Mail to which Ian refers. Since our young chum admits his copy of the toothy funster's comic is usually delivered while he's still in bed, I suspect he has never actually witnessed his favourite funny paper's arrival on the doormat, and thus may be unfairly attributing the partly-masticated nature of his reading material to feline activity. I suggest that the paperboy/girl, aggrieved at not being recognised as the true source of young Master Walding's weekly dose of Cheeky chuckles, may quite possibly be indulging in a surreptitious nibble of frustration.


The Wednesday page sees the artwork duties handed over from what I have designated as Frank McDiarmid pencils (i.e. someone other than Frank inking his artwork) to another artist who I'm not able to identify.

Artist unknown (to me).
The first panel of the bottom row is based on
 the distinctive Cheeky/Snail pose that
Frank McDiarmid drew in the 21 April 1979 issue,
and Dick Millington copied in the 28 July 1979 edition.

 
Page 29 contains Cheeky Weekly's first advert for the Cheeky Annual 1980, the ad's design leaning heavily on the previous year's promotional announcement.
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There is no particular theme to Cheeky's Saturday this week - it's just a continuation of the usual daily gagfest. Snail of the Century is absent from the comic for the second time since it began in the 14 July 1979 edition, and its usual back page haunt is host to a colour episode of Why,Dad, Why?

The front cover is the only pure Frank McDiarmid art this week. The Cheeky's Week artwork duties on this issue are shared between Frank McDiarmid pencils (the last time this collaboration will provide art for the comic) and the unknown artist who I have designated as Not Known. This is the only issue to which this artist contributed.



Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 22-Sep-1979
Artist Elements
Not known5
Frank McDiarmid pencils3


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 22-Sep-1979, Issue 98 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 4 of 7 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
8Ad: Mr Bellamy's
9Joke-Box Jury
10Joke-Box Jury
11Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
12The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
13The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
14Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
15Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
16Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
17Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
18Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
19Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
20Chit-Chat
21Chit-Chat\Ad: IPC 'Puzzle Time' 5 of 6
22Wednesday - Art Not known (single art on feature)
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Thursday - Art Not known (single art on feature)
25Ad: Barratt (final appearance) 'Oran-gee-tang' 2 of 2
26Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips
27Friday - Art Not known (single art on feature)
28Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
29Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Annual' 4 of 6 Ad: 'Top Soccer' 1 of 3
30Saturday - Art Not known (single art on feature)
31Saturday - Art Not known (single art on feature)
32Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Stage School Erratum

My thanks to Stephen Archer who has pointed out my assertion that Stage School appeared only once in the post-Whoopee-merge Whizzer and Chips was not in fact correct, since our junior showbiz chums turned up for a second time in Whizzer and Chips dated 13 July 1985. Not quite sure how I missed this when I was reading through my Whizzer and Chips collection.

I have now updated my Stage School post with a correction, and have also amended the affected Whizzer and Chips Raids posts, as well as my post on Whoopee's merge into W&C.

This is the second correction I've had to make regarding Stage School and its W&C appearances!

As I begin to write out 'I must be more diligent when conducting research into the post-Cheeky-Weekly appearances of those characters who survived not only the collapse of the toothy funster's comic but of Whoopee as well' 500 times, I'll leave you with Stage School's second Whizzer and Chips outing.

Whizzer and Chips including Whoopee 13 July 1985
Art:Robert Nixon

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 18

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.
 
A week after Cheeky quietly slipped into comic history, Whizzer and Chips yet again featured a raid involving a survivor from Cheeky Weekly. Calculator Kid and Mustapha Million were by this point the only remaining representatives of the toothy funster's erstwhile comic.

Can you spot the unwelcome interloper? Scroll down, where the identity of the Whizz-kid weasel will be revealed...

Whizzer and Chips 15 February 1986
Art: Terry Bave
Reprinted from Cheeky Weekly 28 October 1978













How Lazy Bones summoned the energy to ascend to his aerial hiding place remains a mystery.

Looked at out of context, the panel into which Benny Bones has been pasted would seem to depict the result of the lethargic lad's decision to use the tree as an arboreal lavatory.

This brings to 15 the number of raids carried out on our ex Cheeky Weekly Chums, who had by this stage embarked on 8 revenge raids across the border into Whizzer.

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


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Profile - Crystal Belle

Crystal's first foretelling
Art: Mike Lacey


Who could have predicted that Crystal Belle, whose mono-toothed appearance was in stark contrast to Cheeky's multitudinous molars, would make her Cheeky Weekly debut in edition number 39 dated 15 July 1978? Certainly not erstwhile readers of Krazy (the comic which spawned our toothy pal before being wound up with a final issue dated 15 April 1978), from which the comical clairvoyant was entirely absent.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's second encounter with Crystal occurred a week later when, unable to locate that week's edition of the Mystery Comic, the toothy funster was nonetheless able to enjoy the perplexing publication by means of her mystic sphere.

A nice piece of Frank McDiarmid art, depicting Cheeky's prognosticating pal conjuring visions of impending hilarity from her magical apparatus, adorned the cover of the 12 August 1978 edition of Cheeky Weekly. Within that issue, Crystal was among a selection of Cheeky's pals who appeared at various junctures during Cheeky's canal barge holiday.
 
A week later Crystal, whose distinctive dentition suggests she may be a relative of Whizzer and Chips' Sweet Tooth, played a key role in one of the most memorable Cheeky Weekly issues, as her scrying skills afforded Cheeky a view of his life, and those of his Krazy Town chums, 60 years hence.

Crystal was able to help Cheeky enjoy his weekly perusal of the Mystery Comic on more than one occasion.
Art: Frank McDiarmid

The young mystic's prophetic pronouncements featured throughout Cheeky's Week in the 23 September 1978 edition. This was the issue featuring the highest number of appearances by Crystal, whose soothsaying was in evidence on 8 pages.
 
Occasionally, the juvenile prophetess would be seen without her crystal ball, as in the 30 September 1978 comic, when her plan to tell Baby Burpo's fortune by means of a pack of (presumably tarot) cards was thwarted when the mischievous mite took rather too literally the instruction to cut the pack.

Also making use of a pair of scissors was an art assistant in the Cheeky Weekly office, whose deft handiwork resulted in Crystal being shoehorned into the final panel of Jimmy Hansen's Monday page in Cheeky Weekly cover-dated 26 May 1979.

Art: Mike Lacey


The Burpo Special in the comic dated 23 June 1979 showed young Ms Belle delivering a masterclass (mistressclass?) in divination as she answered Burpo's questions in advance. Six months later the youthful mystic was seen predicting fun for all as Cheeky's Christmas lunch-and-party commenced in the 29 December edition.
 
The Saturday 2-pager in the comic dated 19 January 1980 began with Crystal telling Cheeky that she had made predictions for a number of his pals. Our grinning hero then spent the rest of the strip consulting his fellow Krazy Town dwellers in order to compare the forecasts of the mysterious orb  with what had actually transpired.

Art: Mike Lacey

The adolescent seeress made her final Cheeky Weekly appearance in the last issue, dated 02 February 1980. Her role in that momentous edition was to be the first of Cheeky's pals to inform our grinning hero that 'tremendous news' lay in store for him. The news (hardly tremendous) was that as of the following week Cheeky Weekly would be absorbed into Whoopee!

Portentous rather than tremendous - Crystal introduces the final Cheeky Weekly
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Crystal's augury (not to mention her rather fetching spotty ensemble) was on display in a total of 59 issues, and her longest absence from the comic (probably due to unforeseen circumstances) was the 8 weeks between 01 September and 27 October 1979.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Doppelgägster!

Whizzer and Chips dated 22 October 1988, over 2 and a half years after Cheeky's weekly comic appearances came to an end. Mustapha Million is the sole Cheeky Weekly survivor, now being drawn by the mighty Frank McDiarmid.

This week's Mustapha tale features a supporting character who looks rather familiar...




Whizzer and Chips 22 October 1988
Art: Frank McDiarmid



Unusually, Frank didn't sign this strip.