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Cheeky Weekly ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.

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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Profile - Gloomy Glad

Glad wasn't so much bipolar as north polar.  Usually accompanied by her own black rain cloud (a snow cloud in cold weather), Glad was one of those people for whom not only is the glass half empty, it's cracked and has something nasty floating in it.

Cheeky showed his caring side with Glad, always trying to cheer her up when she told her tales of woe, only to find that his attempt to lift her spirits plunged her further into despair.

To prove that Glad's life wasn't one of unremitting despondency, Cheeky's writer allowed us to witness a few occasions (four, to be precise*) when Glad cracked a smile.

Glad's cousin, Dismal Daisy, made a single appearance, in the cinema interval of the comic dated 28 October 1978.

* Boxing Day in the 31 December 1977 issue, Saturday in the 10 June 1978 issue, Sunday evening in the 16 September 1978 issue and Wednesday in the 05 May 1979 issue. An apparently beaming Glad was seen on Saturday in the 13 January 1979 comic, but it turned out she was wearing a mask.


Character
Total Issues
First Appearance
Final Appearance
Gloomy Glad10612-Nov-197702-Feb-1980



Gloomy Glad - Number of appearances by Element
Element
Number of Appearances
Saturday27
Wednesday19
Monday16
Sunday16
Tuesday13
Thursday12
Friday11
Sunday evening5
Boxing Day2
Interval2
Ash Wednesday1
Cheeky's Week1
Easter Monday1
Saturday - April Fool's Day1
The Burpo Special1



Gloomy Glad - Number of appearances by Page
Page
Number of Appearances
216
1213
3111
1510
98
268
257
307
196
85
105
44
53
73
133
183
213
233
202
222
11
61
241
281
291
321

Saturday, 28 August 2010

The Features - Mustapha Million

Art Reg Parlett
The Mustapha Million strip made its debut in the first Cheeky Weekly and appeared in all but 3 issues of the comic.  106 stories were 2-pagers, with the remaining 8 episodes completing in a single page. Early strips see a lonely Mustapha asking British kids to play, then lavishing his vast wealth to secure their friendship, morally a rather dubious scenario.  Later strips show Mustapha using his cash to help kids out of various predicaments, or getting into scrapes after misunderstanding British phrases or customs.
1st appearance - art Reg Parlett

The strip was drawn by 4 artists during its Cheeky run, with Reg Parlett, who was the original artist, and Joe McCaffrey each delivering 56 episodes, While John K Geering and Colin Whittock each stood in on one occasion.  Joe's first work on the character was a single page story in the issue dated 14 January 1978, after which Joe deputised occasionally until Reg's last Mustapha story appeared in the issue dated 17 February 1979.  Joe then supplied all the artwork with the exception of John K Geering's contribution in the 03 November 1979 comic and Colin Whittock's in the 17 November 1979 edition.

Joe McCaffrey's first Mustapha strip

Reg Parlett

Eventually Mustapha developed a friendship with Jimmy (who was first named in the issue dated 04 March 1978), a lad whose hair colour wasn't consistent across the episodes.

In the early issues of Cheeky Weekly, Fridays would find Cheeky seeking out the Mystery Comic, in which Mustapha was one of the characters.  Initially, Mustapha's was the only story from the mysterious publication that we saw, until Cheeky Weekly dated 30 September 1978, from which date the whole of the Mystery Comic was incorporated into Cheeky Weekly. In his strip in the comic dated 17 November 1979, Mustapha is seen reading a copy of Cheeky Weekly. Thus, in an infinitely recursive, meta-disappearing-up-their-own-fictionality loop, Mustapha is a character in a comic read by Cheeky, while Cheeky is a character in a comic read by Mustapha.

Mustapha was one of the guests at Pete and Pauline Potts' party in the 6 Million Dollar Gran strip in Cheeky Weekly dated 06 October 1979.

Jimmy's inconsistent hair

Mustapha exceeded his planned year's stay in Britain by some time, lasting the 2-year-plus run of Cheeky Weekly, and some years more in Whoopee! then Whizzer and Chips.
John K Geering















The Mustapha Million strips that originally appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 05 November 1977, 26 November 1977 and 03 December 1977 were reprinted in the 1985 Cheeky Annual, which was the final Cheeky Annual to be published, and relied more heavily on reprints than the earlier annuals.  For more details see Bruce's blog.

Friends of Cheeky Chit-Chat
24 March 1979

                                                                                                                                                         
FeatureFirst AppearanceFinal AppearanceTotal IssuesTotal Issues Missed In RunPage History
Mustapha Million22-Oct-7702-Feb-8011436,7,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29



Issues Missed In Run
27-Jan-79
28-Apr-79
16-Jun-79

UPDATE 10 January 2012: In the table below, Mustapha Million's appearances in The Mystery Comic are counted separately where indicated in the Feature column.


Feature Artist Number of Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Mustapha Million Reg Parlett4522-Oct-197723-Sep-1978
Mustapha Million Joe McCaffrey3314-Jan-197802-Feb-1980
Mustapha Million Mystery ComicReg Parlett1130-Sep-197817-Feb-1979
Mustapha Million Mystery ComicJoe McCaffrey2314-Oct-197830-Jun-1979
Mustapha Million John K. Geering103-Nov-197903-Nov-1979
Mustapha Million Colin Whittock117-Nov-197917-Nov-1979

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Cheeky Weekly cover date 26 Nov 1977


The cover of this issue leads with the Friend of Cheeky T-Shirt competition (did anyone reading this win one?). The What a Cheek strip is another 'Frank McDiarmid pencils' job, as are the rest of the Cheeky's Week strips in the comic, except the second part of Tuesday which is pure Frank.

The cover gives some indication of the concern that IPC must have had at dwindling sales figures, with their marketing strategy now reduced to printing BUY IT at the top of the page.

On the first Tuesday page, the Bubblegum Boy manages to generate two speech balloons without parting his lips from the confection that's keeping him aloft. He's probably developing ventriloquial skills by now.

Later on Tuesday, after Cheeky has read an old Dodger Caine page from Tiger, 1954, Frank McDiarmid is back on the inks (although I don't think the Doodle Doug illo is by Frank) and making reference to himself.

There's some superb Reg Parlett art on the Mustapha Million story. Reg is surely one of the best artists for depicting physical comedy. Love the fish and chip feed at the end as well.

Burpo's cousins make their first appearance this issue, and Cheeky ends up being scared by a Creepy Sleepy Tale of the Loch Ness Monster enjoying a day trip to London.




Page 31 announces that part one of the super Cheeky Diary 1978 will appear next week. This will replace the Skateboard booklet which concludes in this issue. The final page of the booklet to be printed appears on the back cover and features the Skateboard Squad, Cheeky and Snail. The art is by Peter Maddocks, who supplied all the art for the booklet. I know of his newspaper strips, of course, but is this the only work he did in comics? In his interview in Crikey 15 he doesn't mention any comics work. UPDATE 11 February 2011 - Of course Peter Maddocks drew The Family Ness strip in Beeb Magazine, as featured on Peter Gray's blog.





































































































Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 26-Nov-1977, Issue 6 of 117
PageDetails
1What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
4Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
5James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 6 of 11 - Art Lopez
6James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 6 of 11 - Art Lopez
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
86 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
96 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
106 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
11Friends of Cheeky competition (single appearance)
12Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
13Old Comic reprint from Tiger 'Dodger Caine' 1 of 3
14Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid\Doug's Doodle - Art Terry Bave
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown\Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
18What's New, Kids
19Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
20Home Movie 'The Vikings' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
25Henery Hawk (first appearance) 'Little Orphan Henery'
26Henery Hawk (first appearance) 'Little Orphan Henery'
27Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
28Space Family Robinson 'Tunnel of Terror'
29Space Family Robinson 'Tunnel of Terror'
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
31Skateboard booklet (final appearance) - Art Peter Maddocks
32Skateboard booklet (final appearance) - Art Peter Maddocks

Monday, 23 August 2010

Profile - Baby Burpo

The most unpleasant thing to fill a nappy since Sweeny Toddler, Baby Burpo made Cheeky's Wednesday night babysitting sessions an ordeal.  Our toothy hero always fell prey to the fiendish traps set by Burpo in his front garden, and further indignity would ensue as the infamous infant's parents accused Cheeky of playing too rough as he dangled from Burpo's net or disappeared into the pit which Burpo had excavated.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils











When the toddler's parents had left, Cheeky sought to restore his shattered self-esteem with psychological warfare, selecting a terrifying Creepy Sleepy Tale for Burpo's bedtime story, but the evening always ended with Cheeky running home, fearful of the evil happenings that he had just read.




Burpo first appeared in the 19 March 1977 issue of Krazy, and was the subject of the same comic's Cheeky's Pal feature in the 25 June 1977 edition.


Burpo's debut - Krazy 19 March 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Krazy 25 June 1977 - Frank again


There was one thing that worried Cheeky more than the belligerent babe, and that was Burpo's cousins, a gang of Burpo-alikes that exponentially increased the potential for nappy-based havoc.
Frank McDiarmid pencils
In Cheeky Weekly dated 19 August 1978, Crystal Belle gives Cheeky a glimpse of his life forty years into the future. He meets the adult version of the nasty nipper, and we see that the future Cheeky is being terrorised by a whole new generation of Burpos.

Frank McDiarmid
Unknown Cheeky artist
Like Snail, the nefarious nappy-wearer graduated from Cheeky's Week to his own feature. 'The Burpo Special' first appeared in the issue dated 09 December 1978, with a format that saw Burpo interviewing, often with a carrot instead of a microphone, one of Cheeky's pals each week.























The tyrannical tot made guest appearances in the Skateboard Squad stories in Cheeky Weekly dated 01 April 1978  and 24 June 1978.  He also appeared in the Calculator Kid strip dated 15 July 1978 and was one of the guests at Pete and Pauline Potts' party in the 6 Million Dollar Gran strip in Cheeky Weekly dated 06 October 1979.

Burpo went head-to-head with Sweeny Toddler in the final issue of Cheeky Weekly, when the characters who would survive the merge with Whoopee! were greeted by their new fun-pals.  As one might expect, the encounter between the terrible toddlers was a volatile one and the pair had to be separated by Frankie Stein.

Frank McDiarmid




Character
                     
Total Issues
                     
First Appearance
                     
Final Appearance
                     
Baby Burpo9422-Oct-197702-Feb-1980
Burpo's Cousins626-Nov-197723-Sep-1978

Friday, 20 August 2010

Bruce looks at Cheeky Annual 1984

The Cheeky phenomenon continues to sweep the internet - Bruce has just posted a look at Cheeky Annual 1984 on his blog.

The Other Cheeky Artists - Mike Lacey

Mike Lacey was first pressed into service on Cheeky's pages in Cheeky Weekly issue 35, dated 17 June 1978.  Mike provided the art for all the Cheeky's Week features in that issue, with the exception of the continuation of the Wednesday strip at the end of that week's Creepy Sleepy Tale.  There was no What a Cheek strip as the cover was promoting the Skateboard competition and Fathers Day messages inside.

Mike was back with a full issue of Cheeky's Week features, apart from What a Cheek and the conclusion of Wednesday, in the 15 July 1978 issue.

In the 05 August 1978 issue Mike provided a single page only, but he was back with a the same features as in his 15 July 1978 contribution, in the issue dated 26 Aug 1978.


There then followed a run where Mike delivered a whole Cheeky's Week for one issue each month…

07-Oct-1978
04-Nov-1978
02-Dec-1978 (but this was a 28-page issue due to industrial action, so there was no Wednesday or Thursday feature)
27-Jan-1979


Mike provided 5 Cheeky pages in the issue dated 03 February 1979, then full Cheeky's Weeks in the 24 February and 17 March editions. 4 Cheeky pages by Mike graced the comic dated 07 April 1979. The 28 April 1979 issue saw Mike draw only The Burpo Special, as was the case with the following week's 05 May 1979 issue.

Mike contributed Cheeky pages (but not a whole comic's worth) to the issue dated 12 May 1979, and a Burpo Special only on 09 June1979.

In June and July that year Mike provided one whole Cheeky's Week, together with a one-off page in another issue;

16-Jun-1979: an all-Mike Cheeky's Week
30-Jun-1979: Burpo Special only.

14-Jul-1979 : an all-Mike Cheeky's Week
21-Jul-1979 : cover art.

The pattern was maintained in early September

01-Sep-1979: an all-Mike Cheeky's Week
08-Sep-1979: cover art

...but was broken on 15 September1979 when Mike delivered a partial Cheeky's Week.  Further partial Cheeky's Weeks by Mike appeared in the issues dated 06 and 20 October 1979.


Mike drew 4 pages in the 03 November1979 issue, but a full Cheeky's Week in the comic dated 01 December 1979.


The 22 December 1979 issue saw 4 Cheeky pages by Mike, the comic dated 12 January 1980 contained a full Cheeky's Week of Mike's work, and his last Cheeky's Week work in Cheeky Weekly adorned 4 pages in the penultimate issue dated 26 January 1980.

As well as drawing all these Cheeky pages, Mike was also delivering his regular strip in Cheeky Weekly, Disaster Des.


Mike Lacey's Cheeky pages in Cheeky Weekly


Cover Date
                     
Page
                     
Element
                     
17-Jun-19782Sunday
17-Jun-19784Sunday evening
17-Jun-19789Monday
17-Jun-197812Suddenly
17-Jun-197813Tuesday
17-Jun-197815Wednesday
17-Jun-197819Thursday
17-Jun-197821Friday
17-Jun-197825Saturday
17-Jun-197828Interval
17-Jun-197831Saturday
15-Jul-19782Sunday
15-Jul-19784Sunday evening
15-Jul-19788Monday
15-Jul-197813Tuesday
15-Jul-197817Wednesday
15-Jul-197820Thursday
15-Jul-197823Friday
15-Jul-197825Saturday
15-Jul-197828Interval
15-Jul-197831Saturday
05-Aug-197817Wednesday
26-Aug-19782Sunday
26-Aug-19784Sunday evening
26-Aug-19789Monday
26-Aug-197812Tuesday
26-Aug-197815Wednesday
26-Aug-197819Thursday
26-Aug-197823Friday
26-Aug-197825Saturday
26-Aug-197828Interval
26-Aug-197831Saturday
07-Oct-19781Cheeky's Week
07-Oct-19782Sunday
07-Oct-19787Monday
07-Oct-197810Tuesday
07-Oct-197812Wednesday
07-Oct-197821Thursday
07-Oct-197824Friday
07-Oct-197826Saturday
07-Oct-197829Interval
07-Oct-197832Saturday
04-Nov-19781Cheeky's Week
04-Nov-19782Sunday
04-Nov-19787Monday
04-Nov-197810Tuesday
04-Nov-197812Wednesday
04-Nov-197821Thursday
04-Nov-197825Friday
04-Nov-197827Saturday
04-Nov-197829Interval
04-Nov-197832Saturday
02-Dec-19781Cheeky's Week
02-Dec-19782Sunday
02-Dec-19785Monday
02-Dec-19788Tuesday
02-Dec-197819Friday
02-Dec-197822Saturday
02-Dec-197825Interval
02-Dec-197828Saturday
27-Jan-19791Cheeky's Week
27-Jan-19792Sunday
27-Jan-19796Monday
27-Jan-19799Tuesday
27-Jan-197912Wednesday
27-Jan-197922Thursday
27-Jan-197925Friday
27-Jan-197929The Burpo Special 'Uncle Hamish'
27-Jan-197930Saturday
27-Jan-197931Saturday
03-Feb-197922Thursday
03-Feb-197925Friday
03-Feb-197929The Burpo Special 'Bump-Bump Bernie'
03-Feb-197930Saturday
03-Feb-197931Saturday
24-Feb-19791Cheeky's Week
24-Feb-19792Sunday
24-Feb-19796Monday
24-Feb-19799Tuesday
24-Feb-197912Wednesday
24-Feb-197923Thursday
24-Feb-197925Friday
24-Feb-197930Saturday
24-Feb-197931Saturday
17-Mar-19791Cheeky's Week
17-Mar-19792Sunday
17-Mar-19796Monday
17-Mar-19799Tuesday
17-Mar-197912Wednesday
17-Mar-197922Thursday
17-Mar-197925Friday
17-Mar-197930Saturday
17-Mar-197931Saturday
07-Apr-197923Thursday
07-Apr-197925Friday
07-Apr-197928Saturday
07-Apr-197929Saturday
28-Apr-197932The Burpo Special 'Jogging Jeremy'
05-May-197932The Burpo Special 'Teacher'
12-May-197923Thursday
12-May-197925Friday
12-May-197930Saturday
12-May-197931Saturday
12-May-197932The Burpo Special 'Mechanic'
19-May-197923Thursday
19-May-197924Thursday
26-May-19792Sunday
26-May-19796Monday
26-May-19799Tuesday
26-May-197912Wednesday
09-Jun-197932The Burpo Special 'Hypno-Tessa'
16-Jun-19791Cheeky's Week
16-Jun-19792Sunday
16-Jun-19796Monday
16-Jun-19799Tuesday
16-Jun-197912Wednesday
16-Jun-197923Thursday
16-Jun-197925Friday
16-Jun-197930Saturday
16-Jun-197931Saturday
30-Jun-197932The Burpo Special 'Sherlock'
14-Jul-19791Yikky-Boo
14-Jul-19792Sunday
14-Jul-19798Monday
14-Jul-197912Tuesday
14-Jul-197918Wednesday
14-Jul-197922Thursday
14-Jul-197925Friday
14-Jul-197930Saturday
14-Jul-197931Saturday
21-Jul-19791Bloodhound
01-Sep-19792Sunday
01-Sep-19797Monday
01-Sep-197911Tuesday
01-Sep-197918Wednesday
01-Sep-197922Thursday
01-Sep-197926Friday
01-Sep-197930Saturday
01-Sep-197931Saturday
08-Sep-19791Manhole Man
15-Sep-19792Sunday
15-Sep-19797Monday
15-Sep-197910Tuesday
15-Sep-197918Wednesday
15-Sep-197922Thursday
15-Sep-197926Friday
15-Sep-197930Saturday
15-Sep-197931Saturday
06-Oct-19792Sunday
06-Oct-19797Monday
06-Oct-197910Tuesday
06-Oct-197918Wednesday
06-Oct-197922Thursday
06-Oct-197926Friday
06-Oct-197930Saturday
06-Oct-197931Saturday
20-Oct-19791Manhole Man
20-Oct-19792Sunday
20-Oct-19797Monday
20-Oct-197910Tuesday
20-Oct-197918Wednesday
20-Oct-197922Thursday
20-Oct-197926Friday
20-Oct-197930Saturday
20-Oct-197931Saturday
03-Nov-197926Thursday
03-Nov-197928Friday
03-Nov-197930Saturday
03-Nov-197931Saturday
01-Dec-19792Sunday
01-Dec-19795Monday
01-Dec-197910Tuesday
01-Dec-197915Wednesday
01-Dec-197920Thursday
01-Dec-197926Friday
01-Dec-197930Saturday
01-Dec-197931Saturday
22-Dec-19791Constable Chuckle
22-Dec-197920Thursday
22-Dec-197926Friday
22-Dec-197930Saturday
22-Dec-197931Saturday
12-Jan-19802Sunday
12-Jan-19805Monday
12-Jan-198010Tuesday
12-Jan-198015Wednesday
12-Jan-198020Thursday
12-Jan-198026Friday
12-Jan-198030Saturday
12-Jan-198031Saturday
26-Jan-198020Thursday
26-Jan-198026Friday
26-Jan-198030Saturday
26-Jan-198031Saturday

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

George, Mildred and Cheeky

'Now if I can just get the badge off before the director sees me...'
I've superimposed the comic cover for comparison
Jumble Pie, the first episode of the second series of the TV sitcom George and Mildred, was originally broadcast on 14 November 1977.  The plot involves George's 'artistic' magazines (with titles like 'Nudge', 'Wink' and 'Titter') being given by mistake to the Vicar's jumble sale. In the jumble sale sequence we see Tristram, the son of George and Mildred's neighbours, looking at a pile of comics.  On top of the pile is a copy of Cheeky Weekly dated 05 November 1977. While waiting to deliver his lines, Tristram (played by Nicholas Bond-Owen) can be seen trying to remove the badge from the cover of the comic (not sure if that was scripted or young Nicholas was just trying to snaffle the freebie).  He then asks his dad if he can buy them.

Luckily (or unluckily for Tristram, maybe) the young lad doesn't get hold of George's mucky reading material, which is in a box with gardening magazines on top.  Tristram's dad uncovers the stash of nudies and denounces it as filth, which should be banned.

Of course, in the final scene, the mags are found on top of Tristram's dad's wardrobe.

Cheeky Weekly cover date 19 Nov 1977

Space Family Robinson get top billing on this week's cover, with Ben Robinson being grabbed by the Moloks. Like last week's Gran cover, the scene is a blown up panel from the story inside. Presumably it's cheaper than getting the artist to provide separate cover art. The Bubblegum Boy also sneaks in another front page appearance.

The What a Cheek strip is unadulterated Frank, as is the Sunday page (which is signed by Frank) and all the Cheeky pages up to and including Wednesday, with the exception of Sunday evening (are you following all this? If not, see the page breakdown below), but the remainder of Cheeky's Week is in Frank's pencils only. Having said that, I'm not sure about the artist on the continuation of the Saturday feature on page 30, which consists of 2 panels and reminds readers to call the fun phone with their jokes.

The same page heralds a competition in the next issue with prizes of Friend of Cheeky T Shirts.


Lopez takes over the art on the James Bold adventure this week (thanks to Robbie Moubert for the artist id).

There are two debuts this issue - a strangely dandruff-freeTeacher (maybe Frank didn't give his inker instructions on dandruff placement), and Auntie Daisy the school meals lady.  You can see Daisy's debut on the Wednesday page here.



CHEEKY WEEKLY Cover Date: 19-Nov-1977, Issue 5 of 117
PageDetails
1What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
4Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
5James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 5 of 11 - Art Lopez
6James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 5 of 11 - Art Lopez
7What's New, Kids
8Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
96 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
106 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
116 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
12Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Old Comic reprint from Jingles 'Little Jim Jolly'
14Ad: Knit Stitcher (single appearance)
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown\Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
18Ad: Timex (final appearance)
19Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
20Home Movie - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
25Wile E Coyote 'Dear Diary'
26Wile E Coyote 'Dear Diary'
27Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
28Space Family Robinson 'The Pit'
29Space Family Robinson 'The Pit'
30Saturday
31Skateboard booklet - Art Peter Maddocks
32Skateboard booklet - Art Peter Maddocks

Monday, 16 August 2010

The Features - Space Family Robinson




The Robinsons escape their abductors and in the ensuing weeks encounter a variety of alien fiends including Icemen, Fishmen, a giant two-headed cat and a race called the Moloks, who look like a human/evil hamster hybrid.

The most memorable alien is King Blubber who terrorises our heroes for several episodes until his inflatable body explodes to reveal a weedy occupant who disappears down an alien rabbit hole and is never seen again.

Just after the family construct a stockade, a mysterious cloud of dark particles approaches, only for the kids to realise that it's black snow (well, this is the Christmas issue).  Mum then reveals she has put up makeshift Christmas decorations in the encampment, and not only that, she has cooked a super Christmas dinner of alien veg.


Final episode below...




The Robinson saga proceeds at a breakneck pace with each episode featuring an escape from the peril presented in the preceding instalment, immediately followed by some new threat and cliff-hanger ending.  It's  something of a pot-boiler series that could have been kept going for as long as necessary.  So immersed in the plot was the writer that he/she failed to realise that three instalments were titled 'Escape' and two 'Tunnel of Terror'.

The strip was presented as the film serial that Cheeky and his pals watched on Saturdays.

As far as I can tell, there were three artists who drew the Robinson pages, none of whom I can name.  One artist provided all the artwork from the first installment up to and including the episode dated 25 March 1978.  The art on the episode dated 01 April 1978 was by the artist who drew 'Whiz Wheels' in Whizzer and Chips, and a third artist drew all the remaining episodes.  If anyone can name the artists, please contact me with the details.

UPDATE 15 July 2013 - Many thanks to Russ Juckes who has been in touch to let me know that the first artist on Space Family Robinson was John Richardson who, Russ informs me, also drew for 2000AD and Crash magazine.


Feature
First Appearance

Final Appearance

Total Issues

Total Issues Missed In Run

Page History
Space Family Robinson22-Oct-7724-Jun-7836028,29,30,31

Feature Artist Number of Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Space Family Robinson The SnatchJohn Richardson122-Oct-197722-Oct-1977
Space Family Robinson The ChaseJohn Richardson129-Oct-197729-Oct-1977
Space Family Robinson EscapeJohn Richardson105-Nov-197705-Nov-1977
Space Family Robinson TrappedJohn Richardson112-Nov-197712-Nov-1977
Space Family Robinson The PitJohn Richardson119-Nov-197719-Nov-1977
Space Family Robinson Tunnel of TerrorJohn Richardson126-Nov-197726-Nov-1977
Space Family Robinson Race Against TimeJohn Richardson103-Dec-197703-Dec-1977
Space Family Robinson Dead EndJohn Richardson110-Dec-197710-Dec-1977
Space Family Robinson Death LeapJohn Richardson117-Dec-197717-Dec-1977
Space Family Robinson Black MenaceJohn Richardson124-Dec-197724-Dec-1977
Space Family Robinson Forest of FearJohn Richardson131-Dec-197731-Dec-1977
Space Family Robinson The IcemenJohn Richardson107-Jan-197807-Jan-1978
Space Family Robinson March of the IcemenJohn Richardson114-Jan-197814-Jan-1978
Space Family Robinson The Plain of BubblesJohn Richardson121-Jan-197821-Jan-1978
Space Family Robinson The CaptivesJohn Richardson128-Jan-197828-Jan-1978
Space Family Robinson The SearchJohn Richardson104-Feb-197804-Feb-1978
Space Family Robinson King BlubberJohn Richardson111-Feb-197811-Feb-1978
Space Family Robinson The RaceJohn Richardson118-Feb-197818-Feb-1978
Space Family Robinson The Tunnel of TerrorJohn Richardson125-Feb-197825-Feb-1978
Space Family Robinson StampedeJohn Richardson104-Mar-197804-Mar-1978
Space Family Robinson Fright FlightJohn Richardson111-Mar-197811-Mar-1978
Space Family Robinson King Blubber's SecretJohn Richardson118-Mar-197818-Mar-1978
Space Family Robinson The TunnelJohn Richardson125-Mar-197825-Mar-1978
Space Family Robinson Eruption101-Apr-197801-Apr-1978
Space Family Robinson The Worm108-Apr-197808-Apr-1978
Space Family Robinson The Cave115-Apr-197815-Apr-1978
Space Family Robinson The Fish Men122-Apr-197822-Apr-1978
Space Family Robinson Underwater Slaves129-Apr-197829-Apr-1978
Space Family Robinson Escape206-May-197827-May-1978
Space Family Robinson The Flood113-May-197813-May-1978
Space Family Robinson Bid For Freedom120-May-197820-May-1978
Space Family Robinson Ambush103-Jun-197803-Jun-1978
Space Family Robinson Captives110-Jun-197810-Jun-1978
Space Family Robinson Spaceport117-Jun-197817-Jun-1978
Space Family Robinson Homeward Bound124-Jun-197824-Jun-1978

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Profile - Louise

Louise, the wearer of extremely short skirts that expose her nether garments, fancies Cheeky and tries to entrap him into declaring his love for her.
 

In the issue dated 25 February 1978, Louise spends the entire week plotting how she can get Cheeky to kiss her, eventually planting a smacker on the hapless lad after he exits the cinema.


In the following week's issue, Cheeky is again on the receiving end of a Louise smooch when Gunga Jim's plan backfires.


Cheeky would always protest that he didn't like her, possibly a little too strongly to be entirely convincing.

In addition to her Cheeky's Week appearances, Louise was featured in the Skateboard Squad's strip in Cheeky Weekly dated 24 June 1978.



Character
                     
Total Issues
                     
First Appearance
                     
Final Appearance
                     
Louise8512-Nov-197702-Feb-1980

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Cheeky Weekly cover date 12 Nov 1977



The Bubblegum Boy is back on the cover of this issue, alongside Gran who is shown in a blown-up panel from this week's 6 Million Dollar Gran story in which she rescues a kidnapped footballer.  Snail has been added to the Gran artwork, making what is no doubt a topical footie remark.  However, the thing that strikes me is the artwork on the What a Cheek strip, which looks a bit different to Frank's usual style.



The same seems true of page 2's Sunday strip - it doesn't seem to be pure Frank, somehow.  In fact, the daily strips in this issue from Sunday to Friday have an un-Frank feel (to me at any rate).  The concluding Saturday strip on page 30, consisting of two panels, looks more like Frank's usual work.

As discussed before, other artists ghosted the daily Cheeky pages from time to time.  Some of those artists, such as Dick Millington (see earlier post), are easily identified by their distinctive style, however this issue of the comic has caused me problems in identifying the artist.




I originally thought the majority of the daily Cheeky art this issue was by Tom Paterson but I got no support when I postulated this theory on the Comics UK forum.  However, RobFilth on the forum suggested that these pages may be Frank's pencils inked by another artist, and Lew Stringer put forward the idea that possibly Frank had an assistant to help him out at times.

My inclination now is that the art assistant suggestion is the most likely answer, so I'm going to record the artist for these pages, and similar-looking pages in later issues, as 'Frank McDiarmid pencils', unless anyone knows otherwise.

Back at the issue under review, pages 23 and 24 carry more joke strips for the Fun Wallet free gift from issue 2.  This issue also sees the surprisingly late debuts in Cheeky Weekly of stalwarts Louise, Gloomy Glad and Cheeky's Mum.


































Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 12-Nov-1977, Issue 4 of 117
PageDetails
1What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
4Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
5James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 4 of 11 - Art Massimo Belardinelli
6James Bold 'Fangs of Fear' 4 of 11 - Art Massimo Belardinelli
7What's New, Kids
8Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
96 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
106 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
116 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
12Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
13Old Comic reprint from Chips 'Weary Willie and Tired Tim'
14Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils\Doug's Doodle - Art Terry Bave
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Mike Brown\Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
18Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
19Home Movie 'Mac of the Mounties' - Art Jack Clayton
20Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
21Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23More joke strips (single appearance)
24More joke strips (single appearance)
25Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
26Bam Splat and Blooie reprint from Buster\Cocky Doodle reprint from Buster
27Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
28Space Family Robinson 'Trapped'
29Space Family Robinson 'Trapped'
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Skateboard booklet - Art Peter Maddocks
32Skateboard booklet - Art Peter Maddocks

Sunday, 8 August 2010

The Cheeky art of Frank McDiarmid





Before I go further in discussing the other Cheeky artists, I thought I'd better devote a post to the undoubted master of Cheekery, Frank McDiarmid. All the scans of the Cheeky pages that I uploaded prior to the Dick Millington post are of Frank's work, so he has been well represented already, but one can never have too much of a good thing, so here's some more.


Aside from the great artwork and crazy page construction, I love Frank's notes between the panels.  Often these remarks refer to himself so that he almost became one of the characters in the comic.


He wasn't afraid to take the mickey out of his own artwork.
















Frank also provided political caricatures on occasion.  The then-current Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey, appeared in more than one issue (for younger readers, Healey is the chap with the bushy eyebrows worrying about VAT, and that's Margaret Thatcher, the Conservative leader, at the bottom of the page).


In the Snail of the Century page in this earlier post, Frank seems to be depicting himself.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

The Other Cheeky Artists - Dick Millington

In his interview in Crikey! issue 12, Frank McDiarmid says that Bob Paynter, Fleetway's Group Editor, wanted to use as much of Frank's artwork on Cheeky Weekly as possible.

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.

The next Cheeky-related work of Dick's that I'm aware of is the two-page Cheeky strip in the centre of the Cheeky mini comic which appeared in Buster dated 15 July 1978 (my thanks to Zeg for the scans which I'll be using in a future post).  A different Cheeky strip drawn by Dick appeared in the Cheeky mini comic in Whizzer and Chips dated 22 July 1978.  I can only assume that Dick drew the Cheeky pages in the Cheeky mini comic which appeared in Mickey Mouse comic dated 01 July 1978, as unfortunately I have never seen a copy of that issue.  If anyone has it please contact me as I'm planning a post on the mini Cheekys, so it would be great to be able to feature all of them.

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

Cover Date
Page
Element
17-Dec-197721Friday
24-Dec-19771What a Cheek
24-Dec-19772Sunday
24-Dec-19774Sunday evening
24-Dec-19777Monday
24-Dec-197712Tuesday
24-Dec-197714Tuesday
24-Dec-197715Wednesday
24-Dec-197717Wednesday
24-Dec-197719Thursday
24-Dec-197724Saturday
24-Dec-197727Interval
27-May-19782Sunday
27-May-19784Sunday evening
27-May-19788Monday
27-May-197811Suddenly
27-May-197812Tuesday
27-May-197815Wednesday
27-May-197819Thursday
27-May-197821Friday
27-May-197825Saturday
27-May-197828Interval
27-May-197831Saturday
23-Jun-19791Cheeky's Week
30-Jun-19792Sunday
30-Jun-19796Monday
30-Jun-19799Tuesday
30-Jun-197912Wednesday
30-Jun-197923Thursday
30-Jun-197925Friday
30-Jun-197930Saturday
30-Jun-197931Saturday
28-Jul-19791Dr Braincell
28-Jul-19792Sunday
28-Jul-19797Monday
28-Jul-197912Tuesday
28-Jul-197918Wednesday
28-Jul-197922Thursday
28-Jul-197926Friday
28-Jul-197930Saturday
28-Jul-197931Saturday
03-Nov-19792Sunday
03-Nov-19797Monday
03-Nov-197910Tuesday
03-Nov-197915Wednesday
More on the other Cheeky artists in future posts.