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Saturday, 9 April 2011

Cheeky Weekly cover date 01 April 1978

The special Easter issue was an annual treat in many of the humour comics of the 70s.  Though it was some way behind the Christmas edition in terms of the excitement it would generate among its readership, the Easter comic was a welcome departure from ordinary issues, as there would be an Easter theme (not in a religious sense - it would usually feature stories involving eggs, of the Easter variety or otherwise) running through all the humour strips.

For example, Krazy comic had chosen to make its 25 March 1978 edition the Easter issue (the following week's Krazy was the April Fool issue).  In the Krazy Easter issue, Cheeky had enjoyed 3 pages of egg-related fun in his 'Ello it's Cheeky strip, and the Krazy Gang (of which Cheeky was a member) had a page-and-a-half Easter adventure.  9 other Krazy strips had featured Easter-related stories.

However, despite the above-title banner proclaiming 'Fun from Easter to April Fool's Day!', there are only two pages of Easter antics inside this week's Cheeky Weekly.  This is partly due to the 'days of the week' nature of the Cheeky features, which logically limited Easter humour to the Easter Sunday and Easter Monday pages.  However, the Skateboard Squad's adventure takes place on Sunday yet contains no Easter reference.  6 Million Dollar Gran, being a TV show broadcast on Sunday could also have had an Easter theme, but none is present.  At this point in Cheeky Weekly's run, the only strip that we get to see from The Mystery Comic is Mustapha Million's but, assuming the mysterious publication conforms to British comic norms, this week's edition could have been an Easter special.  Sadly, the opportunity to base a story on Mustapha's first encounter with Easter traditions was not grasped and instead we get to see our affluent chum's method of getting to school, involving glider, motorboat and powered skateboard.

The main illustration on this week's front page does feature an Easter theme, with Cheeky's mum on the cover for a second week running.  What a Cheek's joke set in a bank runs vertically down the page, but is not Easter-related, and it can't be an April Fool joke, since 1st April 1978 was a Saturday, and banks didn't open on Saturdays at that time.

On Easter Sunday Frank McDiarmid's drawing of the monster that hatches in panel 3 seems reminiscent of John Tenniel's Jabberwock in Alice Through The Looking Glass (to my eyes, anyway).

This week the Skateboard Squad engage in the high-speed pursuit of a runaway pram, only to find that the occupant is Baby Burpo, and 6 Million Dollar Gran is on a mission to deliver water to a Foreign Legion outpost.

Bunny girl Lily Pop delivers Cheeky to school when he emerges from the newsagent.  Cheeky entered the newsagents on the Easter Monday page, so unless he was reading James Bold overnight, wouldn't the school be closed for the bank holiday?

On Saturday, Cheeky is subject to the April Fool jokes of his pals.

The comic rounds off with a Pin-Up Pal poster of Auntie Daisy the school meals lady preparing a seething concoction from which life seems to be evolving.

Unlike the previous 7 issues, there is no 'Cheeky's pal featured throughout the week' in this comic.

Comical copper Constable Chuckle makes his Krazy Town debut this week, appearing on Sunday evening and Easter Monday.  Unlike some of Cheeky's Cheeky Weekly pals, he hadn't previously appeared in Krazy.

Pity they didn't select an Easter strip from the archives
There are 5 pure Frank McDiarmid Cheeky's Week elements this issue (Frank also does the honours on the main cover illustration and the Pin-Up Pal poster), and Frank McDiarmid pencils provide the same number, with Jim Watson delivering 2, and Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 contributing a single element.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 01-Apr-1978, Issue 24 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 1 of 7 - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Easter Sunday (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid (single art on feature)
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
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
8Joke-Box Jury
9Easter Monday (first appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid (first art on feature)
10James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 3 of 6 - Art Mike White
11James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 3 of 6 - Art Mike White
12Suddenly - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Old Comic reprint from Knockout 'Beaver Patrol' 1 of 2
14Ad: IPC 'Monster Fun Holiday Special' 2 of 2 Ad: 'Look and Learn' 4 of 16
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1
18What's New, Kids\Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 3 of 18
19Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
20Home Movie 'The Trojan Horsebox' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Saturday - April Fool's Day (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (single art on feature)
25Saturday - April Fool's Day (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (single art on feature)
26Road Runner 'The Plant Plot'
27Road Runner 'The Plant Plot'
28Interval - Art Jim Watson (first art on feature)
29Space Family Robinson 'Eruption'
30Space Family Robinson 'Eruption'
31Saturday - April Fool's Day (single appearance) - Art Jim Watson (single art on feature)
32Pin-up pal 'Auntie Daisy' - Art Frank McDiarmid


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 01-Apr-1978
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid5
Frank McDiarmid pencils5
Jim Watson2
Unknown Cheeky Artist 11

2 comments:

  1. The Creepy Sleepy Tale appears to be by Keith Reynolds - David Moloney posted a clip over at http://www.greatnewsforallreaders.com/blog/2016/4/1/on-this-day-1-april-1978-cheeky

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    1. Thanks, Andy. I'll really have to get to grips with completing the artwork assignments on CST. I suspect that Keith drew them all after Mike Brown stopped drawing it, with the exception of one which was by Tom Paterson and another by Mike Lacey (I have assigned those) http://cheekyweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/features-creepy-sleepy-tale_28.html

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