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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Cheeky Weekly cover date 25 March 1978

Having enjoyed a few weeks where the main cover illustration was specially-drawn, on this week's front page we get the cut-and-pasted 'standard Cheeky face' which by now is familiar to Cheeky Weekly readers, having been used in the comic several times before, for example in the 'welcome' pages in the first 2 issues.  It's also familiar to readers of this blog as it's used at the top of the page.

Sharing the main section of the cover with Cheeky is Auntie Daisy, the school meals lady, but she doesn't appear inside this week.

Cheeky's Mum makes her cover debut in the What a Cheek strip (she has, of course, appeared inside the comic a number of times by now).  The strip also features a generic doctor character although Doctor Braincell, Krazy Town's merry medic, had made his first appearance in the 11 March 1978 comic, and appears on Friday in this issue.

The Sunday page sees Lily Pop tell Cheeky it's her week off, and on Sunday evening Cheeky meets Iddle-I-Po, stalwart of Cheeky's strip in Krazy comic.  This is the Chinese character's only appearance in Cheeky Weekly, and it seems he has turned up in an attempt to bolster the circulation figures for Krazy, as he's wearing a badge saying 'Save a comic, buy Krazy'.  Cheeky's chirpy Chinese chum looks somewhat different to the version that appears in Krazy.

This week's 6 Million Dollar Gran story is the first to be drawn by Nigel Edwards, and tells of Gran's arrest after being duped into helping a robber.  All ends well as Gran apprehends the real criminal.

Mustapha Million's bodyguards cause problems when they won't let him play rough games, but Mustapha solves the problem by hiring more bodyguards to guard him from his bodyguards.



In this week's instalment of the film serial, Space Family Robinson discover what lay beneath King Blubber's apparently rubbery hide.
The holiday special season gets under way (in March? isn't that a bit early? I presume IPC have a whole stack of holiday or summer specials planned this year, so have to get an early start) with an ad on page 31 for the Monster Fun Holiday Special.

This is a great issue for all fans of luscious Lily Pop as, despite it being her week off, she appears every day.  It's just a pity that Frank McDiarmid, obviously busy with other work, didn't get to draw her in his own, inimitable style.  Nobody draws Lily with such oomph as Frank.

In fact, there is only one pure Frank McDiarmid element in this issue, and that's the 3-panel conclusion to Wednesday.  Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 weighs in with 6 elements, Barrie Appleby provides 4, and Frank McDiarmid pencils furnish 2 elements.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 25-Mar-1978, Issue 23 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Auntie Daisy' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
2Sunday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
4Sunday evening - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards (first art on feature)
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards (first art on feature)
76 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards (first art on feature)
8Monday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
9James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 2 of 6 - Art Mike White
10James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 2 of 6 - Art Mike White
11Suddenly - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
12Tuesday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
13Old Comic reprint from Tiger 'Dodger Caine' 2 of 3
14What's New, Kids
15Wednesday - Art Barrie Appleby
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Frank McDiarmid
18Joke-Box Jury
19Thursday - Art Barrie Appleby
20Home Movie 'The Thing from Another Planet' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Barrie Appleby
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Ad: IPC 'Look and Learn' 3 of 16 Ad: 'Mickey Mouse' 2 of 18
25Saturday - Art Barrie Appleby
26Tweety and Sylvester 'Showdown at Granny's'
27Tweety and Sylvester 'Showdown at Granny's'
28Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
29Space Family Robinson 'The Tunnel'
30Space Family Robinson 'The Tunnel'
31Ad: IPC 'Monster Fun Holiday Special' 1 of 2 \Saturday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1
32Pin-up pal 'Buster the Busker' - Art Frank McDiarmid


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 25-Mar-1978
Artist Elements
Unknown Cheeky Artist 16
Barrie Appleby4
Frank McDiarmid pencils2
Frank McDiarmid1

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