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Monday, 21 March 2011

Profile - Gunga Jim

Supposedly amusing national stereotypes were common in the media during the 60s and 70s.  It seems shocking to us now that 'humour' of this type even extended to children's comics, but we must acknowledge that a number of Cheeky's pals were presented in ways that would be considered inappropriate today.  One such was Gunga Jim, who appeared in 62 issues of Cheeky Weekly.

This blog's mission is to take a detailed look at Cheeky Weekly, so it's necessary to examine all aspects of the comic, even those which are less palatable to current tastes.  I therefore present this post as a document of less enlightened times.

Jim's first appearance
Jim, whose name was of course an allusion to the unfortunate water-bearer subject of Kipling's poem Gunga Din, first appeared in the issue dated 21 January 1978.  He was featured sporadically thereafter, his puns on the word curry or Indian city names often delivered in a 'comic' speech-pattern.  Jim's catchphrase, uttered when he made what he considered to be a particularly successful joke, was "Oh curry-curry, hot stuff!"


Unlike some characters who were elevated to 'guest star' status in an issue of the comic by being featured throughout Cheeky's Week, Jim never appeared in more than 2 elements in any issue.  He achieved a place on the cover on 6 occasions, once as Cheeky's stooge in 17 March 1979's Cheeky's Week, and 5 times thereafter, when the Cheeky's Week feature had been replaced by a single front page joke.


In the early days of Cheeky Weekly, several of Cheeky's regular pals would be seen among the toothy funster's classmates whenever the action moved into the classroom.  As the comic neared the end of its run, Jim was quite often the only recognisable character among a bunch of anonymous schoolkids.


Jim never appeared in the 'Ello It's Cheeky feature in Krazy, and his final foray into Cheeky Weekly was in the issue dated 05 January 1980.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Gunga Jim6321-Jan-197805-Jan-1980

Gunga Jim - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Saturday18
Friday12
Interval8
Monday7
Cover Feature6
Tuesday6
Thursday5
Sunday3
Wednesday3
Cheeky's Week1
Easter Saturday1
Saturday - April Fool's Day1
Sunday evening1

Gunga Jim - Number of appearances by Page
Page Number of Appearances
2516
17
307
126
286
316
23
73
83
293
62
152
192
262
41
201
221
321

Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
Gunga JimFrank McDiarmid33
Gunga JimFrank McDiarmid pencils17
Gunga JimMike Lacey12
Gunga JimBarrie Appleby5
Gunga JimJim Watson2
Gunga JimDick Millington2
Gunga JimUnknown Cheeky Artist 11

2 comments:

  1. As a friend of Gunga Jim, I can verify he was based on a real person. My name is Akele Hum and he definitely said ''Curry Curry Hot Stuff'' in real life.

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    1. Hi Akele - it's great to get your confirmation that Jim was a real person. Actually, I think Cheeky and all the characters were real.

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