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Thursday, 26 August 2010

Cheeky Weekly cover date 26 Nov 1977

The cover of this issue leads with the Friend of Cheeky T-Shirt competition (did anyone reading this win one?). The What a Cheek strip is another 'Frank McDiarmid pencils' job, as are the rest of the Cheeky's Week strips in the comic, except the second part of Tuesday which is pure Frank.

The cover gives some indication of the concern that IPC must have had at dwindling sales figures, with their marketing strategy now reduced to printing BUY IT at the top of the page.

On the first Tuesday page, the Bubblegum Boy manages to generate two speech balloons without parting his lips from the confection that's keeping him aloft. He's probably developing ventriloquial skills by now.

Later on Tuesday, after Cheeky has read an old Dodger Caine page from Tiger, 1954, Frank McDiarmid is back on the inks (although I don't think the Doodle Doug illo is by Frank) and making reference to himself.

There's some superb Reg Parlett art on the Mustapha Million story. Reg is surely one of the best artists for depicting physical comedy. Love the fish and chip feed at the end as well.

Burpo's cousins make their first appearance this issue, and Cheeky ends up being scared by a Creepy Sleepy Tale of the Loch Ness Monster enjoying a day trip to London.

Page 31 announces that part one of the super Cheeky Diary 1978 will appear next week. This will replace the Skateboard booklet which concludes in this issue. The final page of the booklet to be printed appears on the back cover and features the Skateboard Squad, Cheeky and Snail. The art is by Peter Maddocks, who supplied all the art for the booklet. I know of his newspaper strips, of course, but is this the only work he did in comics? In his interview in Crikey 15 he doesn't mention any comics work. UPDATE 11 February 2011 - Of course Peter Maddocks drew The Family Ness strip in Beeb Magazine, as featured on Peter Gray's blog.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 26-Nov-1977, Issue 6 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Cheeky T-Shirt Competition' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
3Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
4Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
5James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 6 of 11 - Art Lopez
6James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 6 of 11 - Art Lopez
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
86 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
96 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
106 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
11Friends of Cheeky competition (single appearance)
12Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
13Old Comic reprint from Tiger 'Dodger Caine' 1 of 3
14Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid\Doug's Doodle - Art Terry Bave
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (first art on feature)
18What's New, Kids
19Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
20Home Movie 'The Vikings' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
25Henery Hawk (first appearance) 'Little Orphan Henery'
26Henery Hawk (first appearance) 'Little Orphan Henery'
27Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
28Space Family Robinson 'Tunnel of Terror' - Art John Richardson
29Space Family Robinson 'Tunnel of Terror' - Art John Richardson
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
31Skateboard booklet (final appearance) - Art Peter Maddocks (final art on feature)
32Skateboard booklet (final appearance) - Art Peter Maddocks (final art on feature)


  1. I reckon the Doodle Doug work was by Terry Bave. I also think that Frank did What a Cheek himself this week.

  2. I thought there was something Bave-ish about the Doodle Doug strip, too. Not sure about What a Cheek myself, though. The perspiration flying off Teacher is what made me think it was Frank pencils only, but maybe you're right.