Laugh and Learn had a sporadic, 5-issue run between Cheeky Weekly's 07 October 1978 and 09 December 1978 comics. Each episode was set in Cheeky's classroom, where Teacher would focus on a particular area of general knowledge. As Cheeky's tubby tutor attempted to impart salient facts relating to the topic in question, our toothy pal would counter each point with a wily witticism. Only in the 04 November 1978 comic did Cheeky emerge from the lesson punishment-free; in all the other episodes Teacher gave him lines or, on one occasion, an essay to complete.
|In the first strip Barrie kids us that Bubblegum Boy|
has been aloft since the Cretaceous period,
67 to 65.5 million years ago.
We know he actually emerged in the Krazy era (1976-1978).
Teacher's lectures commenced with the lesson on prehistoric creatures shown above, and subsequent episodes covered the following topics;
- Chivalry and Knighthood (this was the only single-page Laugh & Learn, all the others being 2 pages)
- The Seven Wonders of The World
- The History of Transport
- British Wildlife
|Cheeky avoids a punishment|
Despite the caption in the final panel of the fifth Laugh and Learn, dated 09 December 1978, reading 'There'll be another feast of fun and facts soon pals!', it was the last episode to appear - see below. Maybe reader feedback indicated that kids found the educational element of the feature uncomfortably similar to actual lessons.
Laugh and Learn in the Cheeky Weekly Index
|Feature||First Appearance||Final Appearance||Total Issues||Total Issues Missed In Run||Page History|
|Laugh and Learn||07-Oct-78||09-Dec-78||5||5||6,7,8,9,22,23|
|Issues Missed In Run|
|Feature||Artist||Number of Issues||First Appearance||Final Appearance|
|Laugh and Learn||Barrie Appleby||5||07-Oct-1978||09-Dec-1978|
|Laugh and Learn||Brian Walker||5||07-Oct-1978||09-Dec-1978|