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.
John Tenniel's Jabberwock in Alice Through The Looking Glass (to my eyes, anyway).
This week 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?
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|
|1||Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 1 of 7 - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|2||Easter Sunday (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid (single art on feature)|
|3||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|4||Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|6||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|7||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|9||Easter Monday (first appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid (first art on feature)|
|10||James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 3 of 6 - Art Mike White|
|11||James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 3 of 6 - Art Mike White|
|12||Suddenly - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|13||Old Comic reprint from Knockout 'Beaver Patrol' 1 of 2|
|14||Ad: IPC 'Monster Fun Holiday Special' 2 of 2 Ad: 'Look and Learn' 4 of 16|
|15||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|16||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds|
|17||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1|
|18||What's New, Kids\Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 3 of 18|
|19||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|20||Home Movie 'The Trojan Horsebox' - Art Jack Clayton|
|21||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|22||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|23||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|24||Saturday - April Fool's Day (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (single art on feature)|
|25||Saturday - April Fool's Day (single appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (single art on feature)|
|26||Road Runner 'The Plant Plot'|
|27||Road Runner 'The Plant Plot'|
|28||Interval - Art Jim Watson (first art on feature)|
|29||Space Family Robinson 'Eruption'|
|30||Space Family Robinson 'Eruption'|
|31||Saturday - April Fool's Day (single appearance) - Art Jim Watson (single art on feature)|
|32||Pin-up pal 'Auntie Daisy' - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|Frank McDiarmid pencils||5|
|Unknown Cheeky Artist 1||1|