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|
|Missing From Issues|
Manhole Man - Number of appearances by Element
|Element||Number of Appearances|
|The Burpo Special||1|
Manhole Man - Number of appearances by Page
|Page||Number of Appearances|
Count of elements by artist
|Manhole Man||Frank McDiarmid||71|
|Manhole Man||Mike Lacey||20|
|Manhole Man||Frank McDiarmid pencils||17|
|Manhole Man||Barrie Appleby||9|
|Manhole Man||Unknown Cheeky Artist 1||8|
|Manhole Man||Dick Millington||2|
|Manhole Man||Not known||1|