Skateboard Squad are at a cycle championship this week and yes, it's that comic cliche again - the trophy gets stolen. Fortunately, the Squad nab the felon who filched the silverware.
In a storyline continued from the previous issue, on Sunday evening Cheeky meets Petula and Sherlock who are still on the trail of a missing elephant. The pachyderm-pursuing pair resurface throughout Cheeky's Week.
Also appearing several times on the toothy funster's pages is Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healy, a very distinctive character with bushy eyebrows. On the Thursday page is a limerick which uses Healey's supposed catch-phrase "Silly Billy", which I think is attributable to 70s impressionist Mike Yarwood rather than Denis himself.
Nigel Edwards does the art honours on this week's 6 Million Dollar Gran episode in which the synthetic senior citizen gets a job as a tea lady at a factory, with predictably chaotic results.
On Monday Cheeky enjoys a sneaky read of the Whizzer and Chips mini comic while in class. This raises the question - as Cheeky had read this issue of Cheeky Weekly, why didn't he avoid Burpo's front-garden trap on Wednesday, since he would have known about it in advance?
This week's Creepy Sleepy Tale is printed in light blue ink. This is because one of the full colour feature pages is allocated to printing the front/back cover of the mini comic. This leaves a single colour feature page available, so rather than printing one Creepy Sleepy Tale page in full colour, Calculator Kid gets to debut in many-hued glory, while CST is reduced to blue and white.
James Bold makes the leap from novel to silver screen as the first part of a new adventure, Island of Fear (which will be the final Cheeky Weekly tale of the sleuth of the supernatural) commences at the Saturday morning picture show.
There is no Pin-Up Pal poster for the second week running, its absence due on this occasion to the presence of the mini comic, which results in the conclusion to Saturday, including the denouement of the missing elephant saga, being located on the back cover. I wonder if this evasive elephant storyline led to the creation of the Elephant On The Run strip which will begin in Cheeky Weekly dated 30 September 1978.
As mentioned earlier, the Calculator Kid feature makes its debut this week, although Charlie Counter has yet to appear on a Cheeky's Week page.
This is a pleasing Frank McDiarmid-fest of an issue, with Frank delivering 9 Cheeky's Week elements (plus the main cover pic), with Frank McDiarmid pencils and Barrie Appleby providing one element each.
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 01-Jul-1978, Issue 37 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Whizzer and Chips mini comic' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)|
|2||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|3||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|4||Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|6||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|7||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|8||Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|9||Whizzer and Chips mini comic (single appearance) 'Shiner' - Art Mike Lacey (single art on feature) 'Sid's Snake' - Art Mike Lacey (single art on feature)|
|10||Whizzer and Chips mini comic (single appearance) 'Sweet Tooth' - Art Dick Millington (single art on feature) 'Paws' - Art Artie Jackson (single art on feature)|
|11||Whizzer and Chips mini comic (single appearance) 'Joker' - Art Tom Williams (single art on feature) 'Fuss Pot' - Art Tom Williams (single art on feature)|
|12||Whizzer and Chips mini comic (single appearance) '12 1/2p Buytonic Boy' - Art Ed McHenry (single art on feature)|
|13||Old Comic reprint from Knockout 'Beaver Patrol' 2 of 2|
|14||Ad: World Cup Aces (single appearance)|
|15||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|16||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds|
|17||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Barrie Appleby|
|18||Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips Holiday Special' 2 of 3 Ad: 'The Best of Krazy' 2 of 2|
|19||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|20||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|21||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|23||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|24||Calculator Kid (first appearance) - Art Terry Bave (first art on feature)|
|25||Ad: Smax and Wagon Wheels (single appearance)|
|26||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|27||Tweety and Sylvester 'The Stalking Cat'|
|28||Tweety and Sylvester 'The Stalking Cat'|
|29||Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|30||James Bold 'Island of Fear' 1 of 6 - Art Mike White|
|31||James Bold 'Island of Fear' 1 of 6 - Art Mike White|
|32||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid\Ad: IPC 'Mini Comics promotion' 2 of 3|
Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 01-Jul-1978
|Frank McDiarmid pencils||1|