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Thursday 5 May 2011

Cheeky Weekly cover date 22 April 1978

Cheeky is missing from the main cover pic this issue, as Snail borrows Manhole Man's 'Oi!' to ask us if we want to know his name, directing readers to the results of the 'name snail' competition.

Snail also appears in the What a Cheek cover strip, alongside Cheeky's Mum, the third time she has appeared on the cover, and the second time she has been in a what A Cheek strip.

While on his Sunday newspaper round, Cheeky delivers Auntie Daisy the school meals lady's copy of The Sunday Scorcher.  The calamitous culinarian tells him, as smoke wafts from her front door, that she's making him a special dish.  Cheeky gets increasingly worried as he sees her gathering the ingredients all week.

On Monday Cheeky reads the final chapter of James Bold's latest adventure, Tower of Terror.  When his furtive reading is discovered, Cheeky makes a curious comment, telling the Newsagent that this is the sixteenth time he has been found out.  I can count only 9 previous Suddenly pages.  Cheeky's remark that this is the last time he'll be discovered is also inaccurate.  Maybe the scriptwriter thought that the next James Bold tale would be the one that Cheeky will watch in the cinema, but the toothy funster will be returning to the newsagents for a further 9 weeks to read The Frightened Village.

In the What's New, Kids feature on page 14, freaky Frankie Stein pops in to tell readers about a new character in this week's Whoopee! - Dick Doobie, the Back to Front Man.  To see Dick's debut strip, head over to Peter Gray's blog, and don't forget to take a mirror with you.

Name the Snail results are on page 18.  Disappointingly for the winners, none of the winning names were used in the comic strips.

Constable Chuckle is the subject of this week's Pin-Up Pal poster on the back cover, which is surprisingly early as he only made his debut in the comic dated 01 April 1978.  In the poster, the comical copper is seen enjoying a good chuckle, not noticing two felons making their getaway with a haul of stolen jewellery.

Frank McDiarmid supplies 6 Cheeky's Week elements this issue (plus the main cover pic and the Pin-Up Pal poster), Barrie Appleby delivers 5 elements, Unknown Cheeky Artist 1 furnishes us with 2 elements, and Frank McDiarmid pencils provides a single element.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 22-Apr-1978, Issue 27 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Name Snail results' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
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
8Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
9James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 6 of 6 - Art Mike White
10James Bold 'Tower of Terror' 6 of 6 - Art Mike White
11Suddenly - Art Frank McDiarmid
12Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Old Comic reprint from Knockout 'Deed-a-Day Danny' 2 of 2
14What's New, Kids\Ad: IPC 'Look and Learn' 7 of 16
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
16Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds
17Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Unknown Cheeky Artist 1
18Name the Snail results (single appearance)
19Thursday - Art Barrie Appleby
20Home Movie 'Mary Popkins' - Art Jack Clayton
21Friday - Art Barrie Appleby
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
24Joke-Box Jury\Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips merge with Krazy'
25Saturday - Art Barrie Appleby
26Tweety and Sylvester 'A Bird Can Fly But Can A Fly Bird'
27Tweety and Sylvester 'A Bird Can Fly But Can A Fly Bird'
28Interval - Art Barrie Appleby
29Space Family Robinson 'The Fish Men'
30Space Family Robinson 'The Fish Men'
31Saturday - Art Barrie Appleby\Ad: IPC 'Roy of the Rovers' 4 of 8
32Pin-up pal 'Constable Chuckle' - Art Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 22-Apr-1978
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid6
Barrie Appleby5
Unknown Cheeky Artist 11
Frank McDiarmid pencils1


  1. Frank Mc Diarmid sure had his work cut out on 'Cheeky' ,Niblet.....in fact, I think he was also drawing the 'Roger the Dodger' character regularly for the BEANO at the same time. Roger's pet crow seems to have originated during the McDiarmid period.

    To be honest, I preferred Frank's work at IPC, he seems to have enjoyed more freedom there.

    cheers, Rab Smith.

    cheers, Rab Smith.

  2. In his interview in Crikey issue 12, Frank says that at one point in the seventies he was earning more than the Prime Minister. With such a heavy workload, I'm sure it was entirely deserved.

  3. I could quite believe he was earning more than the P.M, Niblet---and best of luck to him!