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Monday, 15 August 2011

Profile - Mechanic

Mechanic first appeared in Cheeky Weekly issue 1, when the toothy funster passed the local automobile workshop on his way to the cinema and spotted a pair of legs protruding from beneath a car.  Cheeky posed a car-related riddle to which the legs provided a reply, but in all subsequent encounters Mechanic provided the feed line to which Cheeky would reply with a pun based on the name of a car model or a mode of transport.  Mechanic was usually depicted under a car, but occasionally he would have his head beneath the bonnet - Mike Lacey was the artist who most regularly drew him this way.



Mechanic appeared in 100 issues of Cheeky Weekly, making his final foray into the comic in the penultimate issue.

The first time we saw Mechanic in an upright position was in the 21 January 1978 issue, where Cheeky passed him in the newsagent, but the comical car-repairer's face was hidden behind a newspaper.


Cheeky joined Mechanic under the car in the 15 April 1978 issue, as the toothy funster tried to avoid Do-Good Dora's collecting tin.

In the 17 June 1978 comic it was Mechanic's turn to feature throughout Cheeky's Week, as he and Cheeky traded a succession of car gags, and on 3 occasions in this issue Cheeky joined mechanic under the car.  On Saturday we saw Mechanic pushing his new car (he'd spent all his money on the car so had no funds to fuel it), but once again his face was obscured.  It was in the same issue that we learned Mechanic's name was Mick, but this was the only occasion on which he was referred to by name.


The 12 August 1978 issue saw Cheeky and his mum and dad go on holiday in a barge, and that week the toothy funster met Mechanic on the canal as he worked on the engine of a boat.

On Monday in the 13 January 1979 comic we saw Mechanic under Cheeky's dining table, where he had been since Cheeky's new year party the previous night.


We first saw Mechanic's face in the issue dated 28 July 1979.  Mechanic's mug was on display again in the comic dated 29 December 1979, in which Cheeky mistakenly remarked that we were seeing the car-repairer's face for the first time.  To be fair to Cheeky, I believe that the page in question was prepared for one of the issues that failed to appear in December 1978 due to industrial action, so had it appeared when originally planned, Cheeky would have been correct.

28 July 1978
29 December 1979

Mechanic was back under Cheeky's dining table during the toothy funster's new year party in the issue dated 05 January 1980.

Mechanic was the subject of 12 May 1979's Burpo Special, and he made it onto the cover of the comic dated 04 August 1979.  Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue Of Mechanic Jokes was featured in the 15 December 1979 issue.

Named as Mick
Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Mechanic10022-Oct-197726-Jan-1980

Missing From Issues
04-Feb-1978
11-Feb-1978
20-May-1978
03-Jun-1978
18-Nov-1978
02-Dec-1978
09-Dec-1978
06-Jan-1979
10-Feb-1979
10-Mar-1979
28-Apr-1979
30-Jun-1979
21-Jul-1979
29-Sep-1979
06-Oct-1979
24-Nov-1979
02-Feb-1980

Mechanic - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Monday18
Sunday18
Tuesday18
Wednesday16
Thursday12
Saturday9
Friday8
Sunday evening6
Ash Wednesday1
Cover Feature1
Easter Monday1
Easter Sunday1
The Burpo Special1

Mechanic - Number of appearances by Page
Page Number of Appearances
218
1210
89
98
46
156
216
105
235
74
63
193
223
253
313
112
132
182
202
262
302
11
31
141
171
241
321

Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
MechanicFrank McDiarmid49
MechanicMike Lacey28
MechanicFrank McDiarmid pencils17
MechanicBarrie Appleby7
MechanicDick Millington4
MechanicUnknown Cheeky Artist 13
MechanicJim Watson1
MechanicNot known1

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