The Sunday page is also pure Frank, but the remainder of the Cheeky strips inside are 'Frank McDiarmid pencils'.
6 Million Dollar Gran inadvertently springs a convict from jail this issue, and in the process assaults a prison officer. Gran captures the freed felon and his accomplices, but departs without facing the police - there are questionable moral messages running through some of the stories in this comic ;)
Ian Knox turns in some of his trademark grotesque artwork in the story - one of the baddies gets his head lodged in the mouth of another, and there's a good gag when a workman ejects the dentures of his colleague.
In this week's episode of Fangs of Fear, James Bold almost kills an innocent man when he drives his rapier through a painting after realising someone is hiding behind it, but without knowing who that person is. Rather a reckless act for a supposed hero, and another poor example to set readers. See more about the story in my earlier post.
On the main Wednesday page, the artist invites us to spot the deliberate mistake. I must admit it took me a while to find it.
On page 18 there's an in-house ad where Cheeky asks if we have met his comic chums, The Buytonic Boy from Krazy, The Bumpkin Billionaires in Whoopee!, and Joker from Whizzer and Chips.
This week's home movie is a spoof on TV's aquatic hero, with Tubby Thomson starring as The Boy from Atlantis.
The art on the inside pages of the 1978 diary is by Jim Petrie, who went on to draw the monthly Cheeky pages, along with two Burpo strips, in Cheeky Annual 1979.
There are two character debuts on the Cheeky pages this issue, the defective detective, Sherlock, appears for the first time on Friday (and is back again on Saturday), and Skatie from the Skateboard Squad is evident on Sunday, as the Squad knock Cheeky off his feet. She doesn't even apologise. What sort of example are they setting our kids?
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 03-Dec-1977, Issue 7 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Diary part 1' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|2||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|3||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|4||Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|5||James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 7 of 11 - Art Lopez|
|6||James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 7 of 11 - Art Lopez|
|7||Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|8||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|9||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|10||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|11||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|12||Old Comic reprint from Film Fun 'Red Skelton'|
|13||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils\Doug's Doodle - Art Terry Bave|
|14||What's New, Kids|
|15||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|16||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown (final art on feature)|
|17||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown (final art on feature)\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|18||Ad: IPC 'Have you met my comic chums'|
|19||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|20||Home Movie 'The Boy from Atlantis' - Art Jack Clayton|
|21||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|22||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|23||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|24||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|25||Wile E Coyote 'Poll Fault'|
|26||Wile E Coyote 'Poll Fault'|
|27||Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|28||Space Family Robinson 'Race Against Time' - Art John Richardson|
|29||Space Family Robinson 'Race Against Time' - Art John Richardson|
|30||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|31||Diary (first appearance) - Art Jim Petrie (first art on feature)|
|32||Diary (first appearance)|