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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Cheeky Weekly cover date 29 April 1978

The cover of the 28th issue of Cheeky Weekly gives prominence to this week's competition to win copies of The Hamlyn Book Of Skateboarding, and the comic's own boarders, The Skateboard Squad, are on hand to celebrate. Meanwhile Cheeky and anonymous pal are for some reason in the dole office, where the toothy funster delivers the What A Cheek gag.

A foul felon purloins the Cheeky editor's considerable wages on The Skateboard Squad page, but the brave boarders soon apprehend the miscreant (see here).

6 Million Dollar Gran is at Firwood Studios, auditioning for a part in a new film, The Fastest Gun in the West.  After much Western-style fun, Gran is offered the lead role, but generously agrees to share top billing in the movie, which has now been re-titled The Fastest Gun in the West Meets The Fastest Gran in the West.

A colour ad on page 8 with the strapline 'Holy Treborland, Batman, what a Chewtastic offer' alerts readers to the fact that Trebor Chews wrappers can be exchanged for Batman-related models from the Corgi Junior range.  Simply send 20 wrappers together with 10p postage to get a Batmobile, Batboat or Batcopter.  They'll try to send your choice of model but can't guarantee to do so.

On Monday, Snail has a disturbing experience when he finds he has slipped through the page structure and can see himself in the adjacent comic panels.  Cheeky, oblivious to his mollusc pal's 'breaking-the comic-panel' trauma, enters the newsagent to commence reading the new James Bold novel, The Frightened Village.

It's funny how Cheeky is unaffected by the spooky goings-on in which James Bold is involved, yet is so terrified when he finishes reading the Creepy Sleepy Tale that he refuses to go home, and intends to spend the night hiding under Burpo's cot.

Sid the Street-Sweeper appears on four days in this issue, handing Cheeky pages from The Mystery Comic that have been littering the streets of Krazy Town.  It's not until Friday that Sid hands Cheeky the Mustapha Million pages, which is the only Mystery Comic feature in which the toothy funster is interested.

On the Friday page we also see the Cheeky Weekly editor, anxiously pacing atop King's Reach Tower (despite having his wages returned earlier in the issue, he's still concerned about the missing Mustapha page).  King's Reach Tower was at that time the home of publisher IPC.


In Mustapha's strip we see him watching an episode of 6 Million Dollar Gran on TV (so we briefly get to see what Reg Parlett's version of Gran looks like), before Mustapha attempts to become bionic himself.

On page 25 there's an ad for Funny Faces - no, not the lollies, but a blank cartoon face with a selection of stick-on features, manufactured by Pritt's of Pritt-Stick fame.

The Pin-Up Pal poster of Ursula brings issue 28 to a close.

Jim Watson provides the bulk of the Cheeky's Week artwork this week, with 5 elements, Frank McDiarmid pencils turn in 4 elements, Frank McDiarmid furnishes 2 (along with the Pin-Up Pal poster) and Unknown Cheeky Artist 2 gives us a single element.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 29-Apr-1978, Issue 28 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Great news for skateboarders' - Art Mike Lacey\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
3Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
4Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
76 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
8Ad: Trebor (first appearance) 'Corgi Batman promotion' 1 of 3
9Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
10James Bold 'The Frightened Village' 1 of 9 - Art Mike White
11James Bold 'The Frightened Village' 1 of 9 - Art Mike White
12Suddenly - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
13Old Comic reprint from School Friend 'Dilly Dreem' 2 of 2
14Joke-Box Jury\Ad: IPC 'Look and Learn' 8 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
18Skateboard competition (single appearance)\Ad: Arena Swimwear (first appearance)
19Thursday - Art Jim Watson
20Friday - Art Jim Watson (first art on feature)
21Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
22Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
23Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips' 2 of 6 \Send a Father's Day message (single appearance)
24Saturday - Art Jim Watson
25Ad: Funny Faces (first appearance)
26Road Runner 'Coyote Catcher'
27Road Runner 'Coyote Catcher'
28Interval - Art Jim Watson
29Space Family Robinson 'Underwater Slaves'
30Space Family Robinson 'Underwater Slaves'
31Saturday - Art Jim Watson\Ad: IPC 'Roy of the Rovers' 5 of 8
32Pin-up pal 'Ursula' - Art Frank McDiarmid


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 29-Apr-1978
Artist Elements
Jim Watson5
Frank McDiarmid pencils4
Frank McDiarmid2
Unknown Cheeky Artist 11

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