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Monday, 24 September 2012

Cheeky Weekly's lost 30 December 1978 issue - Reconstructed! (part 6)

Element Eventually published in Published as Notes

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Cheeky Weekly 29 December 1979SundayTitle panel replaced, so this wan't originally a Sunday page. The original Sunday artwork was published as Monday in the 1979 Christmas issue. The Cheeky's Week pages had to be shuffled around in this way when eventually published in 1979 because December 25th fell on a Tuesday, not Monday as the previous year.

Cheeky says this is the first time we've seen Mechanic's face, but we had actually seen it in the 28 July 1979 issue. Had this page been published at Christmas 1978 as originally intended, Cheeky would have been correct. In the altered second panel, Cheeky says he will have to wait until Christmas day to open his presents, yet Ursula and Mechanic have received their presents - so this was clearly drawn as a post-Christmas-day page.

Cheeky's final speech balloon has been altered, it would have introduced the Skateboard Squad strip (in the Christmas 1979 issue, Calculator Kid followed this page). Cheeky's altered text in the final panel, with its reference to a forthcoming Christmas, again conflicts with the the panels featuring Mechanic and Ursula. Foot of page has been resized to compensate for removal of What Did YOU Do Today? diary section.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Element Eventually published in Published as Notes
Skateboard SquadCheeky Weekly 17 February 1979Skateboard Squad This appears to be another Christmas story conversion (see also Elephant On The Run, which had a converted story in the same 17 February 1979 issue, and Calculator Kid and Disaster Des who had converted stories printed in the 20 January 1979 comic (see here and here). I would guess that the reference to the infants' 'annual party' was changed from 'Christmas party'. I suspect that a Christmas tree has been removed from panels 8 and 9. Those certainly look like Christmas presents.

Art: Mike Lacey

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