This edition, with its new year references, had obviously been prepared some weeks prior to its eventual publication (it was probably completed before the industrial troubles at the printers escalated into an all-out strike). The Cheeky Weekly editor evidently felt that the new year festivities were fresh enough in reader's memories to get away with publishing Cheeky Weekly's New Year issue in the second week of 1979. The alternative option - to hold over this New Year issue until 1980 came around (in the same way that some of the material intended for the aborted Christmas 1978 issue was held over until the following festive season) - was evidently felt to be less attractive.
However, I would guess that, had this New Year issue been published a week earlier as originally scheduled, the cover would have made mention of the turn of the year, as did the covers of the comics dated 07 January 1978 and 05 January 1980. To run this issue with a mention of the New Year on the cover was possibly deemed unwise in case casual comic readers browsing the newsagents' shelves assumed it must be unsold stock from the previous week's edition.
This week's cover leads with news of the commencement of yet another cut-out game (the most recent being the Crack-a-Joke game which concluded in the 23 September 1978 issue). This time readers are invited to snip out and retain the first instalment of the Friends of Cheeky Snap Game, which will be running for the following three issues as well. The decision to print the announcement in light green ink on a pale blue background is a questionable one.
Meanwhile at the foot of the cover, the toothy funster is unconcerned by such matters, as in the Cheeky's Week…Sunday strip, he and his parents are preparing for their imminent New Year bash .
The party gets into full swing on page 2, where Cheeky's dad is blackmailed by luscious Lily Pop into allowing our grinning pal stay up to enjoy the festivities.
|Art: Frank McDiarmid|
The party continues onto page 3, where we witness the extremely rare sight of Uncle Hamish after being relieved of some cash. We might have guessed that Spiv would be the one to achieve this awesome feat.
|The slogan on Hamish's badge is a reference to the|
independence campaign by The Scottish National Party.
Art: Frank McDiarmid
|Art: Frank McDiarmid|
|Art: Nigel Edwards|
After a new-year's-resolution-based Calculator Kid story, Tuesday sees Cheeky encountering several of his pals whose resolutions are causing much hilarity.
This week's Mystery Comic is the first to be without Tub on the cover (or anywhere else, as he's absent this week, seemingly a casualty, along with Why,Dad, Why? of the intrusion of the snap game into the Mystery Comic's centre pages). Instead Disaster Des gets promoted to the perplexing publication's front page for the first of only two occasions. This week Des exports his particular brand of mayhem to South America, inadvertently foiling a revolution in the process.
Readers of The Mystery Comic who are unaware of Cheeky Weekly must be mightily puzzled by the snap game occupying the centre of their comic, featuring as it does a selection of characters entirely unknown to them. As a result of the snap game, which is printed in colour, this week's episode of Elephant On The Run, in which Elephant and The Man in the Plastic Mac have an encounter at a new year's party, is in black and white
This week's Skateboard Squad strip includes some nice crossovers with characters from Cheeky's Week.
|Art: Mike Lacey|
The belated new year issue rounds off with a Pin-Up Pal poster featuring noisy nosher Crunching Chris.
There's pure Frank McDiarmid art on all 11 Cheeky's Week elements this week (we have come to expect all-pure-FM work on Cheeky's Week in celebration issues), plus Frank does the honours on the back cover poster.
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 13-Jan-1979, Issue 62 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Friends of Cheeky Snap Game' 1 of 2 - Art Frank McDiarmid\Cheeky's Week - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|2||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|3||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|4||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|6||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|7||Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|8||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|9||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|10||Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton|
|11||Ad: Shreddies (first appearance)\Ad: IPC 'Collecting promo' 2 of 2|
|12||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|13||Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 12 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey|
|14||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 13 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey|
|15||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 13 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey|
|16||Snap Game (first appearance)|
|17||Snap Game (first appearance)|
|18||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 13 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|19||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 13 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|20||Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 13 of 37|
|21||Ad: IPC 'Roy of the Rovers' 7 of 8 Ad: 'Tiger' 6 of 10|
|22||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|23||Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey|
|25||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|26||Eagle Eye reprint from Shiver and Shake|
|27||Eagle Eye reprint from Shiver and Shake|
|29||The Burpo Special 'Dr Braincell' - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|30||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|31||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|32||Pin-up pal 'Crunching Chris' - Art Frank McDiarmid|
Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 13-Jan-1979