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Cheeky Weekly ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Profile - Dan-Dan the Lavender Man

Compost-encrusted school gardener Dan-Dan the Lavender Man (a nod to the mythical but similarly-double-forenamed Lavatory Man) first appeared in the 'Ello I'm Cheeky strip in Krazy dated 04 June 1977.

Krazy 04 June 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Special mention should also go to Krazy's 29 October 1977 issue, which featured an attempt on the World Garden Joke record, overseen by the humorous horticulturalist. This was Dan's second and final Krazy outing.

Krazy 29 October 1977
Art: Jim Watson
Cheeky's first encounter with the batty bulb-botherer within the pages of his own comic occurred on Sunday in Cheeky Weekly dated 10 December 1977.

Cheeky Weekly 10 December 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencil

The Percy referred to in the strip above is pioneering TV garden guru Percy Thrower.

It would seem that Dan then went into hibernation, reappearing as spring sprung in the 15 April 1978 edition, on the Sunday and Suddenly pages.

The toothy funster's hunt for the Mystery Comic in Cheeky Weekly dated 13 May 1978 ended in Dan's garden...

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
The green-fingered geezer set the Cheeky's Pal Puzzle poser in the issue dated 07 October 1978 and, unlike the previous winter, continued to be seen sporadically in the school garden during the months when most gardeners stow their dibbers pending the return of warmer weather.

An image of Dan leaning on his spade, lifted from the Thursday page of the comic dated 25 November 1978, appeared on the Pin-up Pal Poster published in Cheeky Weekly dated 03 March 1979.

Art: Frank

Snail of The Century in the 20 October 1979 issue included a cameo by Dan who had evidently relocated to Cheeky's garden for this appearance.

Dan wasn't among the select band of pals seen chez Cheeky enjoying the toothy funster's Christmas/new year revels. Presumably Cheeky's mum was reluctant to invite the school's seed-sower in view of the state of his wellies – almost as bad as the niffy adornments on Farmer Giles' footwear.

Our grinning hero's plantsman pal didn't quite make it to Cheeky Weekly's final edition, trowelling out his farewell gardening gag in the penultimate edition dated 26 January 1980.

Dan's final Cheeky Weekly outing
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky Weekly readers were able to dig Dan who, due to his association with the toothy funster's school was most regularly seen on the Friday page on which Cheeky's scholarly endeavours were recorded, in a total of 48 well-mulched issues.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Dan-Dan the Lavender Man4810-Dec-197726-Jan-1980

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManFrank McDiarmid28
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManMike Lacey14
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManFrank McDiarmid pencils7
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManBarrie Appleby2
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManBob Hill1
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManDick Millington1

Friday, 10 March 2017

Movie Masterpiece Momentum

Peter Gray is certainly keeping up the pressure for a collected Cheeky Movie Masterpieces - he's posted another one. My favourite MM is Planet Of The Japes. When I've completed my review of Cheeky Weekly I plan to examine the post-Cheeky Weekly careers of the survivors, so when I do a post on the Movie Masterpieces I'll show Planet Of The Japes (but by that time Rebellion will have published The Collected Movie Masterpieces, so you'll all have seen it, anyway).

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Arthur Martin's Cheeky

From Krazy dated 22 January 1977 - this Micky Mimic story, including a cameo by the toothy funster, is drawn by Arthur Martin.

It would have been nice to see Teacher in this strip, but on at least one day that week he was off sick so wasn't available (he'd probably read the script for the above story and, realising that it culminated in the schoolmaster antagonist being sacked, threw a deft sickie).

Teacher did return to work, just in time to set up a Walter Wurx gag, later in that same comic...

Krazy 22 January 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Immediately following the Micky Mimic story above, Cheeky appears again in the Krazy News-Pound half-pager, where he's drawn by Ian Knox, who was the regular artist on The Krazy Gang (which numbered Cheeky among its members) at this point.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Collected Movie Masterpieces?

Peter Gray has suggested that Rebellion's upcoming and highly exciting Treasury of British Comics series reprinting classic IPC strips should include Cheeky's Movie Masterpieces which originally appeared in Whoopee! and Cheeky. This is a cracker of an idea and seems like a sure fire winner to me - the series featured some top-notch scripts and excellent work as ever from Frank McDiarmid. In addition to being popular with Cheeky fans, a collected MM would also appeal to readers interested in movie spoofs.
Come on Rebellion, let's see this on the schedules soon!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

A Pinch and A Punch and Some Whacking Great Hampsteads

Over at the Great News Blog, David is looking back at the 01 March 1980 edition of Whoopee!, the fourth issue of that title to be published since it subsumed Cheeky Weekly. The cover of the Cheeky comic-within-a-comic that week featured a character sporting molars to rival those of the toothy funster himself.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 20 October 1979

Art: Jimmy Hansen
Front page favourite Manhole Man, making his 25th cover appearance, joins Cheeky in kicking off this second birthday issue with a whirly-bird witticism, rendered by Jimmy Hansen. Sadly there's no mention of the second anniversary on the cover, nor anywhere inside (neither were there any celebrations of the 100thedition). This is the only time that Jimmy Hansen drew the main cover feature.

Jimmy Hansen continues to draw Cheeky's Week as the action progresses to the Sunday page, wherein our toothy pal is depicted dispensing quips along with newspapers on his regular round. 

Art: Jimmy Hansen
Readers who have sent in Paddywack gags will be eagerly scanning this week's bumper 2-page feature to see if their joke is among the 6 that the editor has chosen to be illustrated by Jack Clayton. It's not the first time that there has been a double helping of Paddywack – the issues dated 17 and 24 February and 28 July 1979 all contained 2 pages of the braces-and-welly-sporting buffoon.

Art: Jack Clayton
This week we learn that Disaster Des is, somewhat improbably, a Boy Scout. Mike Lacey returns to drawing the strip after Jimmy Hansen deputised last week.

Art: Mike Lacey
The Man In The Plastic Mac finds himself as The Man In Nothing At All by the end of this week's Elephant On The Run.

Art: Robert Nixon

The Silly Snaps filler reaches the last of its murky, grey outings this issue. I suspect few readers will mourn its departure.

The Chit-Chat page contains a letter complaining of the recycling of Paddywack gags – fortunately the joke in question is not among those featured in this week's double helping.

Mike Lacey takes on the Cheeky's Week artwork duties as of Thursday, and on Friday, Lily Pop's response to Cheeky's gag about Paddywack comes perilously close to eliciting a further critical missive from the eagle-eyed Arron Payne.

Art: Mike Lacey

The IPC coffers must be brimming as, along with the Paddywack 2-pager, there's a double-page Joke-Box Jury, and printed contributions to both features win a cash prize. Cheeky's vigilant correspondent from Helston need not wring his hands as none of the Jury Jokes are soap-based.

Saturday sees Cheeky pay a visit to Jogging Jeremy's Keep Fit Class, although the only thing our grinning chum exercises is his right to tell groan-inducing gags to all his pals as they sweat and strain. Bump-Bump Bernie's attempt at a handstand not only results in an injury to his foot, but the consequent trauma seems to have brought on an attack of Cheeky Weekly Inconsistent Hair Colour Syndrome

Mike again
Barrie Appleby stands in for Frank McDiarmid for the second (and final) time on Snail of The Century, which brings this week's fun-fest to a slithering conclusion.

Sadly there's no Frank McDiarmid work in this issue, but the Cheeky's Week art duties are more than capably shared between Jimmy Hansen (this week's issue is the final time that Jimmy will draw Cheeky's Week, although he'll continue to provide the art on Speed Squad), Mike Lacey and Barrie Appleby (4, 4 and 1 elements respectively).

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 20-Oct-1979, Issue 102 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 5 of 7 - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
7Monday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
8Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
9Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
10Tuesday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
11Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
12The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
13The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
14Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
15Ad: IPC 'Krazy Annual' 3 of 4 Ad: 'Whoopee' 7 of 9
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
19Silly Snaps (final appearance)
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Ad: Mr Bellamy's
25What's New, Kids
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
28Joke-Box Jury
29Joke-Box Jury
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 22

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 Mustapha Million was the subject of the unwelcome attentions of the Bumpkin Billionaires, the other Cheeky Weekly survivor of the time was unwitting host to an impudent invader of Whizz-kid origin.

Can you identify the intruder upon Charlie Counter and his silicon-chipped sidekick? Scroll down, where enlightenment will be forthcoming…

Whizzer and Chips 12 April 1986
Art: Terry Bave
Lovely expressions of horror/revulsion!

Yes, it's the rather dull Animalad strolling nonchalantly into the boys' lavs, carrying out his third raid on an ex-Cheeky Weekly character. He has previously intruded upon Cheeky (as a member of The Krazy Gang), and gatecrashed Mustapha Million. However the Whizz-kid shape-shifter was himself the victim of a retaliatory incursion by Mustapha.

This Calculator Kid strip had first appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 03 February 1979 (the 'big' issue). The superimposition of Animalad wasn't the only change to the page on its Whizzer and Chips outing – the trajectory of an unidentifiable object ricocheting off a kid's head in the first panel on row 2 was obliterated, Cheeky's graffito under the handbasin (row 3 panel 2) was removed while in the same panel Charlie's closing word was excised, and a change was made to Charlie's dialogue in the final panel. This last change was probably made because the original didn't make sense, since during the story Charlie didn't actually 'interfere with [Calc's] plans'.

This was the seventh raid carried out on Calculator Kid up to this point, making Charlie the most-raided ex-Cheeky Weekly character. The dwindling survivors of the toothy funster's title had by this time suffered 18 raids and perpetrated 9.

More raiding fun soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Mustapha Million
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid