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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Cheeky Weekly cover date 25 November 1978

A nice Mike Lacey main cover pic promoting Mystery Comic feature Disaster Des makes this a particularly appealing front page. Unlike most of the main cover features of late, which have been lifted from the interior of the comic, this one has been specially drawn. There's some nice detail - the baby being bounced out of the pram, the mouse being the first out of Doomsville. In a somewhat calmer atmosphere, the Cheeky's Week…Sunday strip sees the toothy funster sharing a joke with Manhole Man and a very tired wild west gag, that has probably been around since Wyatt Earp picked up his first spud gun, with Six-Gun Sam. Anyway, the joke doesn't work in a written version as the folk song it references is entitled Git Along Little Dogies (motherless calves), not doggie.

That familiar Cheeky Weekly plot in which a crook makes off with the takings is used again this week - twice. 6 Million Dollar Gran foils a theft from a musical instrument shop's till, and in The Mystery Comic, our portly pal Tub foils a criminal who attempts to steal the fares from the bus company office.



In a particularly crime-ridden issue, Skateboard Squad are in hot pursuit of a shoplifter who has purloined some toys. By means of a cunning ruse, the miscreant continues his getaway using the Squad's boards but, employing the discarded toys as an alternative mode of transport, the intrepid trio bring the felon to justice.


Crossroads was a very popular, but much-maligned, TV Soap Opera.
There was another Crossroads joke on the Friday page.
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On the Mystery Comic's back page, in Cheeky Weekly cover star Disaster Des' strip, Mike Lacey reprises his baby-launched-from-pram gag as Des causes musical mayhem.


On Thursday, Cheeky's tin-can footie shot is saved by a curiously stripeless Goalie Cat.

Page 23 carries news of a free competition running next week in Cheeky Weekly and companion titles Whoopee! Buster and Whizzer and Chips. 800 models of  The Saint's car, as seen in the TV series based on the books by Leslie Charteris, will be on offer. "Order your copy of Cheeky now!"

The issue concludes with a Cheeky's Pal Puzzle in which readers are asked to devise a route home for Cheeky, exposing him to the ire of the least number of Ursulas. The usherette is stalking the toothy funster, believing him to be the source of the custard pie which splatted her in the cinema (the culprit was actually Burpo). This is the final time that Frank McDiarmid will draw a Cheeky's Pal Puzzle and indeed an Interval; both features come to an end next week and, as Frank is currently drawing all the Cheeky's Week strips every other issue, and he delivers all 10 Cheeky's Week elements this week, he won't be drawing the final strips.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 25-Nov-1978, Issue 58 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Disaster Des' - Art Mike Lacey\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 'Krazy Annual' 2 of 4 \Ad: Lego (final appearance)
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
8Joke-Box Jury
9Ad: John Menzies (final appearance)
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
12Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 9 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 9 of 37
15Ad: Woodcraft Village (final appearance)
16Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 9 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
17Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 9 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
18Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 9 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett
19Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 9 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 8 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
22Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
23Ad: IPC '4 Papers Competition next week'Ad: 'Mickey Mouse' 7 of 18
24Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
25Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton\Ad: IPC 'Whoopee' 6 of 9
26Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27Tweety and Sylvester 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf'
28Tweety and Sylvester 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf'
29Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid (final art on feature)
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 'Ursula' - Art Frank McDiarmid (final art on feature)


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 25-Nov-1978
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid10

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