However, given the Herculean task of generating the high number of Cheeky features in each issue, not to mention the material that Frank drew for the summer specials and annuals, it's not surprising that other artists were drafted in from time to time. In this series of The Other Cheeky Artists posts, I'm going to focus on those intrepid pencil-wielders who manfully filled Frank's shoes.
I have to say that I'm certainly not an expert on comics and have no insight into what was happening behind the scenes of Cheeky Weekly. However I reckon I have a reasonable knowledge of the IPC humour artists of the 70s and 80s. My attempts to identify artists are just my opinions and you're welcome to disagree.
Let's look first at the Cheeky pages supplied by Dick Millington.
Dick's first Cheeky artwork was a single page in the issue dated 17 December 1977.
He provided all the Cheeky features in the following week's 24 December issue, with the exception of the Friday page, which coincidentally was the feature that he drew in the 17 December issue, so maybe there was some juggling going on. The fact that the 17 December Friday page includes a trip to see Father Christmas rather suggests it was originally destined for the 24 December issue, which has a Christmas theme running through it, although the Christmas issue was dated 31 December.
In Cheeky Weekly dated 27 May 1978, Dick drew all the Cheeky features except the front page 'What a Cheek' strip which was by Frank.
In Cheeky Weekly dated 26 May 1979, Dick supplied the artwork for a 'Star Guest' appearance of Happy Families, the strip he regularly drew in Whizzer and Chips, but since this post is about his work on the Cheeky pages, I won't mention it.
After a break of over a year, Dick was back on full-size Cheeky Weekly duty in the 30 June 1979 issue, for which he supplied all the Cheeky's Week pages apart from the cover. The comic dated 28 July 1979 is the only issue of Cheeky Weekly in which Dick drew all the Cheeky's Week features (I don't count Snail of the Century as a Cheeky's Week feature).
Dick's final stint on Cheeky Weekly was to provide four pages in the issue dated 03 November 1979.
Dick Millington's Cheeky pages in Cheeky Weekly
More on the other Cheeky artists in future posts.
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