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Wednesday 3 August 2011

Cheeky Weekly cover date 15 July 1978

As we hit week 3 of IPC's humour-title mini comic promotion, Whoopee! is this week's guest comic, and Cheeky is on the cover, pointing in not-quite-the-right-direction.  Below, Barrie Appleby provides the What a Cheek art for the second week running as Cheeky's flat-capped dad, making his fourth What a Cheek appearance, suffers car trouble.

On Sunday evening Cheeky leaves a dummy in his bed to fool mum, and heads over to Six-Gun Sam's house to watch 6 Million Dollar Gran on TV.  In the Gran strip, the robotic pensioner stands in on the paper round of her 'grandson', Pete Potts, who's feeling a bit poorly.

Flash Harry is this week's 'throughout Cheeky's Week' character, as he tries to get a snap that will win the most-unusual-photo-of the-week competition.  Unfortunately, Harry just misses some excellent photo-opportunities.  For example, on Tuesday an un-bandaged Bump-Bump Bernie hoves into view.  Harry tells Bernie to take a couple of steps back so that he's nicely framed, but Bernie falls down an open manhole.  Someone really should get in touch with Health and Safety about Manhole Man's habit of leaving his aperture uncovered.

On Monday it's Teacher's turn to read the mini comic in class, as he snatches it from Cheeky who was hoping to have a sneaky read after being made to stand in the corner.

On page 15 is news of a super 5-papers competition next week, with 1500 outdoor-type toys to be won.  Readers are urged to order their copy of next week's issue now, and a coupon to fill in and hand to their newsagent is helpfully provided.

In an ad on the following page, the Green Cross Man and an un-named younger character in a smaller version of GCM's uniform (Green Cross Boy?) who remains silent throughout, teach Sara and Tim to cross the road safely by using the Green Cross Code.  Unlike the subjects of some Green Cross ads, Sara and Tim do not have a near-miss due to transgressing the laws of the road prior to the appearance of our highway hero, the story just starts with all interested parties standing at the kerb.  Personally, I think the campaign would have been more effective if Lily Pop had been dishing out the advice.

Tom Paterson draws this week's Creepy Sleepy Tale, which concerns the inept vampire Count Creepy, and Tom's typically crazy work really suits the subject. This was the only occasion on which Mr Paterson drew Creepy Sleepy Tale.

Mustapha Million is reduced to a single page again this week, but Reg Parlett is back on the art after Joe McCaffrey deputised last week.  Toddler terror Baby Burpo makes a guest appearance in the Calculator Kid strip.

Comical clairvoyant Crystal Belle joins the roster of Cheeky's pals this week.

Mike Lacey provides the bulk of the Cheeky's Week art, turning in 10 elements, with Frank McDiarmid pencils and Barrie Appleby giving us their Wednesday conclusion and What a Cheek respectively.  Possibly the absence of pure Frank McDiarmid art in this issue and last week's is because at the time this edition was being prepared Frank was working on the 1978 Cheeky Summer Special.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 15-Jul-1978, Issue 39 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Whoopee! mini comic' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
3Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
4Sunday evening - Art Mike Lacey
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
7Ad: Palitoy (first appearance) 'Pippa' 1 of 4
8Monday - Art Mike Lacey
9Whoopee mini comic (single appearance) 'Frankie Stein' - Art Not known (single art on feature) 'Sweeny Toddler' - Art Paul Ailey (single art on feature)
10Whoopee mini comic (single appearance) 'Sweeny Toddler' - Art Paul Ailey (single art on feature) 'Frankie Stein' - Art Not known (single art on feature)
11Whoopee mini comic (single appearance) 'Supermum' - Art Jack Clayton (single art on feature) 'Claws' - Art Artie Jackson (single art on feature)
12Whoopee mini comic (single appearance) 'Bumpkin Billionaires' - Art Ed McHenry (single art on feature)
13Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
14Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
15Ad: IPC '5 Papers competition next week'
16Ad: Department of Transport 'Sarah and Tim Learn the Green Cross code' 2 of 2
17Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
18Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Tom Paterson (single art on feature)
19Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Tom Paterson (single art on feature)\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
20Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
21Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett
22Ad: Birds Eye Mousse
23Friday - Art Mike Lacey
24Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
25Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
26Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Summer Special' 2 of 6 Ad: 'Whoopee Holiday Special' 1 of 2
27Tweety and Sylvester 'Midnight Stroll'
28Interval - Art Mike Lacey
29James Bold 'Island of Fear' 3 of 6 - Art Mike White
30James Bold 'Island of Fear' 3 of 6 - Art Mike White
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey\Ad: IPC 'Mini Comics promotion' 3 of 3
32Ad: Wall's (final appearance) 'lollies'

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 15-Jul-1978

Mike Lacey10
Frank McDiarmid pencils1
Barrie Appleby1

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