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Tuesday 29 May 2012

Cheeky Weekly cover date 11 November 1978

The lead characters from Why, Dad, Why? are featured on this week's main cover pic, in what appears to be artwork produced specially for the cover by the feature's regular artist, John K Geering. The comic's title is incorporated into Son's speech balloon. I like Dad's pontificating pose.

The Cheeky's Week…Sunday strip introduces a theme that will run throughout the issue, as the toothy funster presents the First Blunder of The World. Our grinning pal then enjoys a swift gag with Manhole Man, unaware that by the end of this issue he will have another manhole encounter which is not so agreeable.

The continuation of Sunday on page 2 features some excellent Frank McDiarmid artwork, especially Cheeky's Mum and Dad spinning in the wake of the toothy funster's dash to the TV - lovely.

The Cheeky Annual 1979 is the subject of an ad on page 6, the third and final time this year's annual (dated one year ahead to extend its life on the newsagents' shelves beyond the end of the current year) will be advertised in Cheeky Weekly.

Gran inadvertently gets involved in a rugby scrum
Art by Ian Knox

On the Monday page, we learn that the Second Blunder of The World was made by whoever it was that gave notoriously noisy nosher Crunching Chris a whole box of crisps for his birthday.

On page 8 this week's Joke-Box Jury panel are looking suitably amused by a selection of £2-winning gags.

On Tuesday the perpetrator of the Third Blunder is revealed as mirthful mailman Postie, whose deliveries will be delayed as he has become stuck in freshly-laid quick-drying cement.

A rather familiar plot is in evidence on the Skateboard Squad page, as the intrepid trio again apprehend a thief who has made off with the takings, this time from a 24 Hour Laundry. The Squad had previously recovered the circus takings in the comic dated 18 February 1978, and 6 Million Dollar Gran retrieved the cinema takings in the 29 July 1978 issue.

Wednesday sees the Fourth Blunder - Bump-Bump Bernie taking a dive teeth-first into the pavement, after which Mechanic hands the toothy funster this week's copy of The Mystery Comic.

Inside TMC, there's televisual torment for the put-upon cover-star parent in Why, Dad, Why?

Thursday's blunderer is painter and decorator Willie Brushiton, who is stranded atop his ladder after painting it beneath him while climbing it.

Calculator (with Charlie) transforms crabby kittens into mollified moggies
Art by Terry Bave

Krazy Town's nutty knitter Granny Gumdrop and the giant ball of wool into which she has knitted herself, is Friday's Blunder of The World. The toothy funster himself becomes the seventh and final Blunder of The World on Saturday when he falls down an open manhole. Someone really SHOULD have a word with Manhole Man about leaving his aperture uncovered.

Emerging from his pavement plunge predicament, Cheeky's spirits are lifted as the comic rounds off with a Cheeky's Pal Puzzle posed by risible refuse remover, Sid the Street Sweeper.

All 10 Cheeky's Week elements in this issue are pure Frank McDiarmid, and he does a cracking job. Not since 23 September 1978's comic have we seen an issue where the Cheeky's Week artwork has been provided by more than one artist. Starting with the 30 September 1978 issue, the comic has settled into a pattern where Frank McDiarmid does all the Cheeky's Week art in every other issue. The alternate issues have all the Cheeky's Week art provided by either Mike Lacey or Frank McDiarmid pencils.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 11-Nov-1978, Issue 56 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Why Dad Why' - Art John K. Geering (single art on feature)\Cheeky's Week - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Annual' 3 of 6 \Ad: Lego (first appearance)
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
8Joke-Box Jury
9Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
10Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
11Silly Snaps\Ad: IPC 'Whoopee' 4 of 9
12Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 6 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 37 - Art John Richardson
16Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
17Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
18Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett
19Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
22Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
23Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 5 of 18 \Ad: Shredded Wheat
24Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
25Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
26Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27Tweety and Sylvester 'The Howl Larious Cat'
28Tweety and Sylvester 'The Howl Larious Cat'
29Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid
30The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
31The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
32Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid\Cheeky's Pal Puzzle 'Sid the Street Sweeper' - Art Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 11-Nov-1978
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid10

1 comment:

  1. Another new John Geering for me...I must of missed that one..mind you John drew a lot of characters...