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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Cheeky Weekly cover date 08 April 1978

Krazy Town's nutty knitter, Granny Gumdrop, gets the cover treatment this week, proudly displaying her latest creation, the comic title cosy.  Cheeky's in a musical mood in the What A Cheek strip.

This issue Petula, Cheeky's animal-obsessed pal, appears throughout the week with a mischievous talking minah bird (I thought it was spelled mynah, myself).  Despite Granny Gumdrop encasing the fowl in a minah bird cosy, it causes trouble as it's been taught some questionable phrases by its previous owner.

Thufferin' thuccotash!  Is that really Sylvester on the Sunday evening page?

On the Friday page this week, Frank McDiarmid pencils 2 depicts Cheeky holding a copy of The Mystery Comic, on which the back page seems to be advertising Krazy comic.  In my Frank McDiarmid pencils 2 post, I speculated on whether this artist had a link to Krazy - this artwork may provide further evidence of that.

Inside the mysterious publication Cheeky reads Mustapha Million's story, in which a pal of the middle-eastern moneybags is invited to attend Mustapha's school, conducted from on board a Concorde.  This contradicts last week's Mustapha story in which, after a journey involving glider, speedboat and powered skateboard, our wealthy chum arrived at a conventional, earthbound classroom.
There is just one pure Frank McDiarmid Cheeky's Week element this week; What A Cheek (although Frank also provides the Pin-Up Pal poster of Sid the Street-Sweeper).  Barrie Appleby delivers 5 Cheeky's Week elements, Frank McDiarmid pencils 2 provide 4, Jim Watson turns in 2, and we get 1 from Frank McDiarmid pencils.

There are no debuts or departures among Cheeky's pals this week.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 08-Apr-1978, Issue 25 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Granny Gumdrop' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
4Sunday evening - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
76 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
8What's New, Kids
9Monday - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)
10James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 4 of 6 - Art Mike White
11James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 4 of 6 - Art Mike White
12Suddenly - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)
13Tuesday - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)
14Old Comic reprint from Tip Top 'Happy Family' reprint from Tip Top 'Merry Moments at Sunnyside School' 2 of 2
15Wednesday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Not known\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
18Joke-Box Jury
19Thursday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
20Home Movie 'A Bridge To Fear' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 4 of 18 Ad: 'Look and Learn' 5 of 16
25Saturday - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 (final art on feature)
26Tweety and Sylvester 'A Gift For Granny'
27Tweety and Sylvester 'A Gift For Granny'
28Interval - Art Jim Watson
29Space Family Robinson 'The Worm'
30Space Family Robinson 'The Worm'
31Saturday - Art Jim Watson (first art on feature)
32Pin-up pal 'Sid the Street Sweeper' - Art Frank McDiarmid






Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 08-Apr-1978
Artist Elements
Barrie Appleby5
Unknown Cheeky Artist 14
Jim Watson2
Frank McDiarmid pencils1
Frank McDiarmid1

2 comments:

  1. I think Joe McCaffrey drew 'Mustapha Million' at one point, Niblet, although this example is clearly by Reg Parlett: I met Joe a few times in an Animation studio in London where we both worked, he was in his mid-50s then, so if he's still drawing today, he would be in his 70s.

    A nice, down to Earth guy what I remember of him.

    I remember one day the studio electric failed, and we got chatting for a good while about cartooning while OUR drawing stopped.....we still got paid, though!I was more relaxed about the situation than Joe was!



    Cheers, Rab Smith.

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  2. Cheers Rab. Yes, Joe in fact drew 57 Mustapha strips in Cheeky Weekly, which is one more than Reg. Thanks for your recollection of Joe - it's always interesting to know what the comic creators were like.

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