On Sunday, Cheeky tells us that he's starting a campaign for more pop music on telly, and Disco Kid says he'll be helping as it was his idea. This is the first time we've had a 'Cheeky's pal throughout the week' issue since Teacher underwent his breakdown in the 05 August 1978 comic.
The Skateboard Squad feel pity for Cheeky in their strip, having run him over again in the final panel of the Sunday feature on the previous page. However, their concern for our toothy pal is short-lived as the Squad realise the felon they apprehended last week is on the run, and the intrepid trio are soon rolling in pursuit.
On Sunday evening there's a guest appearance by BBC TV's rugby commentator and It's A Knockout scorekeeper, Eddie Waring, as well as a rare glimpse of a happy Gloomy Glad.
6 Million Dollar Gran sets her sights on a diamond necklace, reduced from £5000 to 5p in a sale. Taking up position outside the store the night before the sale doors open, Gran has to contend with 2 villains intent on stealing said trinket. Gran's story is reduced from the normal 3 pages to a 2-pager this week.
On page 14 is the first ad for the first Cheeky Annual. It's out now but, as is the tradition for British annuals, is dated a year ahead.
Mustapha Million puts his considerable resources towards helping a pal watch his favourite TV show this week. However, despite having banks of TV screens able to pick up any channel from around the globe, Mustapha's staff are hogging all the screens, so Mustapha's mate has to watch his show in a shop window (but surely he couldn't hear the TV through the glass). Reg Parlett draws The Two Ronnies on screen, and a copper with a car on his foot in the background.
Following the cinema interval, the final episode of Archie's Angels hits the big screen.
After the cinema show, Cheeky meets Disco Kid to assess the results of their campaign for more pop music on TV. Disco Kid has been seen throughout the week holding placards emblazoned with pop music and TV show-related puns. Cheeky solicits readers' views on the question of a music-only TV channel (it'll never happen, trust me).
The issue fittingly closes with a Pin-Up Pal poster of Disco Kid strutting his funky stuff. This is in fact the second poster to appear this week - Calculator Kid is the subject of the poster on page 17, drawn by Frank McDiarmid rather than usual CK artist Terry Bave.
For the second week running there's a gratifying whole Cheeky's Week of pure Frank McDiarmid art. Frank does his last pure art on the Sunday evening feature, which will be coming to an end next week. Frank also provides the main cover pic and 2 posters. Excellent!
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 16-Sep-1978, Issue 48 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Marx Toys competition and Cut-Out Game part 3' - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|2||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|3||Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey|
|4||Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid (final art on feature)|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|6||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|7||What's New, Kids|
|8||Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|9||Marx Toys Competition (single appearance)|
|10||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|11||Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton|
|14||Ad: IPC 'Soccer Monthly No 1'Ad: 'Cheeky Annual' 1 of 6|
|15||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|17||Pin-up pal 'Calculator Kid' - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|20||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|21||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|22||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|23||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|24||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|25||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|26||Hickory Dickory Doc (single appearance) reprint from Cor!! - Art Jim Watson (single art on feature)|
|27||Hickory Dickory Doc (single appearance) reprint from Cor!! - Art Jim Watson (single art on feature)|
|28||Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|29||Archie's Angels (final appearance) reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Ron Turner (final art on feature)|
|30||Archie's Angels (final appearance) reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Ron Turner (final art on feature)|
|31||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid\Ad: IPC 'Three Great Comics'|
|32||Pin-up pal 'Disco Kid' - Art Frank McDiarmid|
Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 16-Sep-1978