6 Million Dollar Gran runs away to join the circus this week, but in the process of demonstrating her skills to the ring-master, the synthetic senior citizen demolishes the big top. Usual artist Ian Knox is back after a two week break.
On the cover of The Mystery Comic, our portly pal Tub is subject to gymnastic jeers before enjoying football flattery.
This week's Calculator Kid episode was among the IPC strips that were later reprinted in Spanish comic Zipi y Zape. This week's strip was reprinted in the November 1984 issue of that title, in colour, and a certain amount of resizing was in evidence as the strip's Spanish title, Carlitos Y Su Calculadora, wouldn't fit in the original title panel. I found the Zipi y Zape page here. On the same thread is a reprinted Rent-a-Ghost page (from Buster), which has also been resized to make the panels slightly taller, so it seems Zipi y Zape had a different page width:height ratio to the IPC comics in which these strips originally appeared, making resizing inevitable. Gracias to Senor Ogro and Investigador Malfendi for posting the scans.
In the reprint, the reference to Cheeky Weekly in the first panel on the second row has understandably been changed to mention Zipi y Zape. However, el cocodrilo is struck dumb in the first panel of the final row. Maybe there is no Spanish word for GNNF!
On Thursday, Willie Brushiton introduces a venerable joke, but it's surprising that the culprit is Baby Burpo with his water pistol - I would have expected the perpetrator to be Walter Wurx, but maybe that would have made the joke too rude.
The ingenious Commissionaire takes a tip from Bubblegum Boy to avoid being trampled by the usual horde of cinema-goers on Saturday. Bubblegum boy first took to the air in Krazy comic dated 08 January 1977, so it's clear that his time aloft has affected his ability to calculate the period that he has been airborne.
This is the second issue to feature an all Mike Lacey Cheeky's Week (the first being 07 October 1978 which, like this issue, had 10 Cheeky's Week elements).
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 04-Nov-1978, Issue 55 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Mustapha Million' 2 of 2 - Art Reg Parlett (final art on feature)\Cheeky's Week - Art Mike Lacey|
|2||Sunday - Art Mike Lacey|
|3||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|4||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|6||Joke-Box Jury\Ad: Shredded Wheat (first appearance)|
|7||Monday - Art Mike Lacey|
|8||Laugh and Learn - Art Brian Walker - Art Barrie Appleby|
|9||Laugh and Learn - Art Brian Walker - Art Barrie Appleby|
|10||Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey|
|11||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|12||Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey|
|13||Tub 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards|
|14||Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 5 of 28 - Art John K. Geering|
|15||Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 37|
|16||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|17||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|18||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett|
|19||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett|
|20||Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey|
|21||Thursday - Art Mike Lacey|
|22||Ad: IPC 'Knockout Annual' 2 of 3 Ad: 'Soccer Monthly' 4 of 5|
|23||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|24||Ad: Kellogg's (final appearance)|
|25||Friday - Art Mike Lacey|
|26||Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton|
|27||Saturday - Art Mike Lacey|
|28||Tweety and Sylvester 'Hang It All'|
|29||Interval - Art Mike Lacey|
|30||The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury|
|31||The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury|
|32||Saturday - Art Mike Lacey\Cheeky's Pal Puzzle 'Sherlock' - Art Mike Lacey|
Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 04-Nov-1978