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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Profile - Granny Gumdrop

Notorious knitter Granny Gumdrop made her Cheeky Weekly debut in the first issue, and also appeared in the last comic of the run, clocking up appearances in 91 editions.

Most frequently seen on the Saturday page, Granny was the owner of a sweet shop packed with tooth-rotting confectionary, but it was her propensity for knitting 'cosies' that fascinated Cheeky.  The first cosy which Granny showed Cheeky in the second Cheeky Weekly, was for a telephone, but over the weeks Granny's nimble needles turned out ever more outlandish woolly coverings.  These included an octopus cosy, a cosy for her shop and a Mount Everest cosy.  Perhaps the most memorable was the Mike Lacey cosy in the issue dated 01 September 1979.


Over the weeks we learned that Granny's Initial was M (despite the note soliciting suggestions, no readers' ideas of what her name might be were ever printed), and she had a cat called Tired Tom.


The comic with the most appearances by Granny was that dated 31 March 1979, in which she appeared on 3 pages.  This issue had a knitting theme, as it contained a knitting pattern for Cheeky's jersey, and Granny was frantically turning out jerseys for all of Cheeky's pals (even Calculator Kid's number-crunching electronic sidekick got a jumper).  She was knitting at such a furious rate that giant balls of wool were delivered to her by lorry.  This issue was the second time that the old girl had knitted a Mystery Comic cosy, the first being 22 April 1978.

That wasn't the only time that Granny produced duplicate woolly coverings - she also knitted two Yikky-Boo cosies, (20 May 1978 and 12 May 1979), and three Granny Gumdrop cosies, on 11 November 1978 (admittedly this was by accident when a knitting experiment went disastrously awry), 07 January 1978 and 25 August 1979.

The crazy cosy-creator featured on the Pin-Up Pal page in the 20 May 1978 issue, whereon she was depicted knitting a cosy of indeterminate purpose.

Granny G appeared on the front cover twice, once on the front of the 08 April 1978 comic having knitted a comic title cosy, and again in the Cheeky's Week strip dated 17 March 1979 when she sat on her pin-cushion (if she'd knitted a cosy for it she might have found the experience less painful).


The back page of 14 October 1978's issue included a puzzle in which readers were challenged to unravel the words on Granny's wool to find the name of one of Cheeky's pals.

In the final issue of Cheeky Weekly, Granny Gumdrop proudly displays her latest purchase, a knitting machine.
Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Granny Gumdrop9122-Oct-197702-Feb-1980

Missing From Issues
10-Dec-1977
21-Jan-1978
04-Feb-1978
11-Mar-1978
29-Apr-1978
06-May-1978
27-May-1978
17-Jun-1978
08-Jul-1978
29-Jul-1978
05-Aug-1978
19-Aug-1978
02-Sep-1978
23-Sep-1978
07-Oct-1978
04-Nov-1978
25-Nov-1978
03-Mar-1979
07-Apr-1979
05-May-1979
09-Jun-1979
30-Jun-1979
11-Aug-1979
06-Oct-1979
17-Nov-1979
15-Dec-1979

Granny Gumdrop - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Saturday30
Friday16
Thursday15
Tuesday10
Wednesday9
Monday8
Sunday8
Cover Feature2
Suddenly2
Cheeky's Week1
Easter Monday1

Granny Gumdrop - Number of appearances by Page
Page Number of Appearances
3013
28
318
217
237
196
65
95
105
125
154
224
254
13
243
263
72
82
172
202
322
141
181

Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
Granny GumdropFrank McDiarmid45
Granny GumdropMike Lacey18
Granny GumdropFrank McDiarmid pencils16
Granny GumdropBarrie Appleby8
Granny GumdropUnknown Cheeky Artist 15
Granny GumdropJim Watson5
Granny GumdropDick Millington3
Granny GumdropBob Hill1
Granny GumdropNot known1

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