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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Profile - Manhole Man

Known by some (apparently) as Oi!, due to his habit of prefixing his riddles with said exclamation, Manhole Man would literally pop up when Cheeky was nearby, deliver his 'What do you get if you cross a X with a Y?' feed line (wearing the manhole cover as a kind of metallic flat cap), and swiftly return to his subterranean lair.

Manhole Man's first appearance in Cheeky Weekly, on the Sunday page in the first issue, was not in fact from a manhole, but through a hole in his front door.  In the 18 February 1978 comic, Manhole Man surfaces in the cinema, and on 29 April 1978 and 08 July 1978 we get a Manhole Man's-eye-view of the world.


Manhole Man made a number of appearances on Cheeky Weekly's cover - he appeared in 16 Cheeky's Week cover strips, and was the first character to appear on the cover alongside Cheeky when the comic's 'new look' was introduced in the 07 July 1979 issue.  The new look dispensed with cover strips, instead featuring gags which took up the whole of the front page (promotions permitting), and Manhole Man went on to feature on a total of 8 new look covers, plus an appearance on 18 August 1979's cover which dispensed with the joke to feature the first part of the giant Cheeky poster inside.
 

Manhole Man was the subject of 26 May 1979's Burpo Special, and he had a cameo role in the Skateboard Squad strip in the 13 May 1978 issue.




Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Manhole Man10722-Oct-197702-Feb-1980


Missing From Issues
05-Nov-1977
24-Dec-1977
21-Jan-1978
27-May-1978
18-Nov-1978
14-Apr-1979
25-Aug-1979
15-Sep-1979
01-Dec-1979
15-Dec-1979


Manhole Man - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Sunday37
Monday19
Cheeky's Week16
Cover Feature12
Wednesday9
Thursday7
Friday6
Tuesday6
Saturday5
Sunday evening5
Suddenly2
Christmas Morning1
Easter Sunday1
Interval1
The Burpo Special1


Manhole Man - Number of appearances by Page
Page Number of Appearances
237
128
45
65
75
155
265
84
104
33
93
123
193
303
52
112
212
232
272
131
161
221
241
321


Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
Manhole ManFrank McDiarmid71
Manhole ManMike Lacey20
Manhole ManFrank McDiarmid pencils17
Manhole ManBarrie Appleby9
Manhole ManUnknown Cheeky Artist 18
Manhole ManDick Millington2
Manhole ManNot known1

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