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Saturday, 4 February 2012

Cheeky Weekly cover date 07 October 1978

One of the newcomers who made their Cheeky Weekly debut in last week's revamp issue gets pride of place on the cover of The Comic With EVERYTHING!!  Yes it's a watery predicament for Mystery Boy.  This cover features two things we haven't seen on the front page since 25 February 1978 - an adventure strip being promoted on the coveted main cover feature, and the appearance thereon of a blown-up panel from inside the comic.  Beneath the main feature, in the Cheeky's Week…Sunday cover strip, Manhole Man emerges from his aperture for some repartee with our toothy hero, who then enjoys a wild west witticism with Six-Gun Sam.

In this week's 6 Million Dollar Gran episode, the synthetic senior citizen comes to the aid of Miss Vera Strict, headmistress of Nollege End School.  The headmistress is distraught because Mister Thrashem, the feared PE teacher, is unaccountably absent.  Ever-enthusiatic Gran steps in to take the PE class and soon the exhausted pupils realise that Old Thrashem wasn't so bad after all.

On Monday, Cheeky is made to stand in the corner for arriving late at school, just as Teacher introduces the first episode of new 'edutainment' feature, Laugh and Learn.  This week's episode concerns prehistoric creatures, and Cheeky's humorous interjections into the podgy pedagogue's lecture certainly seem to have originated in the paleozoic era.

Jogging Jeremy makes a guest appearance in this week's Skateboard Squad strip, and this is the first time we've seen Squad leader Skipper without his crash helmet.



On Wednesday, Flash Harry tells a worried Cheeky that this week's Mystery Comic was printed in disappearing ink.  Fortunately for Cheeky (and us readers who would otherwise be confronted with blank pages in the centre of the comic), the funny photographer hands Cheeky the snaps he took of the mysterious publication before the contents faded away.

Inside said mysterious publication, World War 2 evacuee and cover star Mystery Boy emerges from the train wreck which occurred at the climax of last week's episode, to find that he has no memory of his identity.

Also engaged in a frantic search to uncover his own past is The Mystery Comic's other amnesiac, Elephant On The Run.  The bewildered tusker is still unable to fathom why he's being pursued by The Man In The Plastic Mac.

A new film serial starts this week, so on Saturday Cheeky and pals settle down in the cinema to watch the first episode of spooky pirate tale, The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure.  After this thrilling debut, Cheeky emerges from the cinema onto the back page where this week's Cheeky's Pal Puzzle is set by compost-encrusted school gardener, Dan-Dan the Lavender Man.

Two new features commence this issue in a continuation of the revamp which began last week - Laugh and Learn and The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure (which is in fact a reprint from Shiver and Shake).

Mike Lacey has had a busy week, drawing all 10 Cheeky's Week elements, as well as his usual strips Skateboard Squad and Disaster Des.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 07-Oct-1978, Issue 51 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Mystery Boy' 1 of 2 \Cheeky's Week - Art Mike Lacey (first art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Ad: IPC 'Soccer Monthly' 2 of 5 Ad: '2000AD and Starlord' 1 of 2
7Monday - Art Mike Lacey
8Laugh and Learn (first appearance) - Art Brian Walker (first art on feature) - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)
9Laugh and Learn (first appearance) - Art Brian Walker (first art on feature) - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)
10Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
11Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
12Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 37
16Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
17Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
18Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett
19Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 2 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
22Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
23What's New, Kids\Ad: IPC 'Krazy Annual' 1 of 4
24Friday - Art Mike Lacey
25Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
26Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
27Tweety and Sylvester 'Beaned by a Bell'
28Tweety and Sylvester 'Beaned by a Bell'
29Interval - Art Mike Lacey
30The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure (first appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury (first art on feature)
31The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure (first appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury (first art on feature)
32Saturday - Art Mike Lacey\Cheeky's Pal Puzzle 'Dan-Dan The Lavender Man' - Art Mike Lacey (first art on feature)

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 07-Oct-1978
Artist Elements
Mike Lacey10

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