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Wednesday 16 February 2011

Cheeky Weekly cover date 18 February 1978

The banner across the top of this week's cover directs readers to the back page and the Pin-Up Pal feature, returning to the comic after a break of 14 weeks, with a poster of lovely Lily Pop. Below that, Creepy Sleepy Tale gets the front cover treatment, with, as we have come to expect, an image taken from a panel of this week's story, but cunningly reversed so that we won't notice! A red-haired, dandruff-free Teacher is Cheeky's straight man in this week's What A Cheek, during which the toothy funster turns yellow (due to a printing problem rather than the onset of jaundice, I presume), and another issue commences.

On Sunday Cheeky delivers Manhole Man's newspaper, and his subterranean stooge tells our hero to expect to see him throughout the week.

Skateboard Squad are involved in circus intrigue when the ringmaster contacts them with the news that the takings have been stolen.  A squeaky skateboard and the oft-used-in-comics 'elephants are afraid of mice' plot device soon reveals that the culprit is the elephant trainer.

On Sunday evening, reader Robin Lewis provides a Vicar-type joke, and Petula introduces her latest pet, which looks strangely familiar.  Cheeky executes his devious plan to wangle a look at 6 Million Dollar Gran on TV, then watches an episode in which the robotic pensioner heads to South America to rescue some explorers who have fallen foul of the local tribe.

On Monday Bubblegum Boy bemoans his fate, and a caption on the Tuesday page leads us to wonder if his name really is Fred Holroyd.

The cover-featured Creepy Sleepy Tale is of an evil genie on the rampage, and Cheeky disappears at the end of the story, not due to supernatural events, but because Mr McDiarmid forgot to stock up on artist's supplies.

Mustapha Million suffers cake-related confusion after misunderstanding one of his British pals.  Lovely art from Reg Parlett again.  I'm always a sucker for a slap-up feed ending.

At the end of the issue, after admiring the Lily Pop poster, we check back through the pages and find that Manhole Man did indeed appear in all the Cheeky's Week elements this week, with the exception of the 3-panel conclusion to Saturday on page 30.  He even emerged in the cinema.

Frank McDiarmid is on top form in this issue, with some great art and amusingly daft captions in the 7 elements he delivers.

This is the third issue to feature one of Cheeky's pals throughout the week (Baker's Boy and Bump-Bump Bernie have previously been honoured in this way).  Like last week's issue, we have seen the week-spanning storyline maintained across 3 artist combinations.

The Road Runner feature makes its debut this week, and, if it's not a contradiction in terms, Cheeky's pal Hid Kid makes his first 'appearance' in this issue.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 18-Feb-1978, Issue 18 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Creepy Sleepy Tale' 2 of 3 - Art Keith Reynolds (first art on feature)\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
4Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
76 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
8Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
9James Bold 'The Ghost Highwayman' 7 of 9 - Art Mike White
10James Bold 'The Ghost Highwayman' 7 of 9 - Art Mike White
11Suddenly - Art Frank McDiarmid
12Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Old Comic reprint from TV Fun 'Mick and Montmorency' 2 of 2
14What's New, Kids
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Frank McDiarmid
18Joke-Box Jury
19Thursday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1
20Home Movie 'Rock Around the Block' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Saturday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1
25Road Runner (first appearance) 'Ungrateful Gratitude'
26Road Runner (first appearance) 'Ungrateful Gratitude'
27Interval - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1
28Space Family Robinson 'The Race' - Art John Richardson
29Space Family Robinson 'The Race' - Art John Richardson
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
31Ad: IPC 'Misty' 2 of 5 Ad: 'Buster' 1 of 5
32Pin-up pal 'Lily Pop' - Art Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 18-Feb-1978
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid7
Unknown Cheeky Artist 14
Frank McDiarmid pencils2

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