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Friday, 2 July 2010

Cheeky Weekly cover date 22 Oct 1977


Having had our Red Jet Rattler confiscated after hitting dad on the back of the neck with it, we settle down to examine the contents of Cheeky Weekly's first issue.

The cover of course gives prominence to the free gift, but there's also an in-joke for those who had followed Cheeky's adventures in Krazy - the bubblegum boy can be seen floating at the top right of the page. This unfortunate soul had first appeared blowing a gum bubble in the background of a panel in the 'Ello It's Cheeky strip on page 20 of Krazy comic dated 08 January 1977. No-one in the strip noticed as his bubble grew and eventually lifted him off the pavement. Unable to alert his fellow comic characters to his plight, since to open his mouth would result in a groundward plummet, he was fated to remain aloft for the remainder of Cheeky's run in Krazy, where he was regularly seen drifting helplessly above the antics of his pals.

Cheeky's snail also has a prime spot atop the comic title. The latest in a line of comic mollusc sidekicks (presumably popular with artists because they're easy to draw), the snail would eventually get his own page in the comic.

The final element on the cover is the first 'What a Cheek' strip of the comic's run, featuring the type of corny joke that had become Cheeky's trademark. Frank McDiarmid signs the cover strip, stamping his authority on the character and comic.

Page 3 sees the first appearance of the daily Cheeky pages. Cheeky had evolved to look a bit less goofy than he had in the first issue of Krazy.

The final panel of this page demonstrates how the Cheeky strips framed the other stories in the comic. On Sundays, Cheeky would regularly have to jump out of the path of the Skateboard Squad, whose adventure would follow.

I'll look at the other features in future posts.

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