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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Cheeky's Week artist roundup

Most recent update:03 May 2018 - The page 30 conclusion to Saturday in the 17 December 1977 issue (consisting of 2 cut-and-paste panels) had not previously been reflected in the figures below.

Updated 19 June 2016 - a total of 18 Cheeky's Week elements that were previously attributed to Mike Lacey have been credited to Jimmy Hansen, who wasn't previously listed here.

Updated 14 February 2016 as a result of reassigning 2 episodes of Snail of the Century from Frank McDiarmid to Barrie Appleby.

Updated 26 May 2013 as a result of reassigning The Burpo Special, Cheeky Weekly 10 March 1979, from Frank McDiarmid to Barrie Appleby.

Updated 10 May 2012 as the artist credit Frank McDiarmid pencils 2 has now been reclassified as Unkown Cheeky Artist 1.

Each page of Cheeky Weekly is made up of one or more elements. These elements may be features (e.g. Mustapha Million, Joke-Box Jury, James Bold, Interval) or adverts (e.g. ads for other IPC titles, 'coming next issue' ads or ads for Star Wars toys). A single issue can contain the same element on more than one page, such as the Wednesday feature which, when the Creepy Sleepy Tale was in the comic (itself a two-element feature), appeared as one whole page, plus a three-panel strip at the bottom of the page containing the second Creepy Sleepy Tale element.

There were a total of 1251 Cheeky's Week elements in Cheeky Weekly's run. I have assigned some sort of artwork credit to each of these elements, so I'm now in a position to do an analysis of the elements by artist classification and feature. As I have discussed in my Other Cheeky Artists posts, one of these classifications identifies what I believe to be a penciller/inker collaboration. There is also a Not Known category and a cut-and-paste category.

In his interview in Crikey! issue 12, Frank McDiarmid says that he drew two thirds of Cheeky (by this I assume he meant two thirds of the Cheeky's Week strips). We can see by the figures below that the total Cheeky's Week elements I have attributed to Frank McDiarmid and Frank McDiarmid pencils  amounts to 835. This is in fact just over two thirds of the 1251 Cheeky's Week elements (66.74% to be precise), and confirms that Frank provided the pencils for the FMP artwork. Thanks again to Lew Stringer and RobFilth over at the Comics UK forum who originally suggested that Frank may have had an inker working with him to ease the burden of generating such a large number of pages every week.

In addition to his work on the Cheeky's Week features listed below, Frank also drew 32 Pin-Up Pal poster pages and 60 Cover Features, as well as 44 Cheeky-related pages in Krazy comic in the period between the first issue of Cheeky Weekly dated 22 October 1977 and the final issue of Krazy dated 15 April 1978. He also supplied pages for the Cheeky Specials and Annuals. During Cheeky Weekly's run, Frank was of course drawing Roger the Dodger in the Beano.

Please note that Cheeky's Pal Puzzle is not listed separately in this analysis as it's actually part of the Saturday feature so is included in that category.




Count of Elements by ArtistBarrie ApplebyBob HillCut and PasteDick MillingtonFrank McDiarmidFrank McDiarmid pencilsJim WatsonJimmy HansenMike LaceyNot KnownUnknown Cheeky Artist 1Total
Ash Wednesday



1





1
Boxing Day



2





2
Cheeky's Week2

1233

7

36
Christmas Card



2





2
Christmas Day



1





1
Christmas Dinner



1





1
Christmas Morning



2





2
Easter Monday



2





2
Easter Saturday




2




2
Easter Sunday



1





1
Friday71
44823412216117
Good Friday




1




1
Interval4

218186
6
559
Monday8

56120
315
3115
New Year's Eve



11




2
Saturday1324793399244210225
Saturday - April Fool's Day




21



3
Shrove Tuesday



1





1
Snail of the Century2


25





27
Suddenly4
11105

1
325
Sunday8

56021
315
3115
Sunday evening5

22015

3
348
The Burpo Special1


15


7

23
Thursday71
44626432115118
Tuesday8

664221315
3122
Wednesday9

55821131413115
Wednesday (conclusion)11

11511

1
544
What a Cheek2

12510



341
Total91454459524026181715521251

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