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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Cheeky Weekly cover date 27 January 1979

Our chubby chum Tub gets to appear on two covers this week. Not only is the rotund rascal the subject of the main pic on Cheeky Weekly's front page, but he makes a return to The Mystery Comic's front page after having been bumped from the perplexing publication by the Snap Game in the two previous issues. Readers might have expected the image of Tub on Cheeky Weekly's cover, depicting him clad in his jim-jams and plummeting earthward, to have some connection with his strip in this week's issue.  However, readers are left puzzling over the strange cover scene, as the image is lifted from a panel in the Tub strip that will appear in 2 weeks' time. Maybe the absence of Tub from the comic for 2 weeks resulted in Tub's asynchronous cover appearance.

Beneath Tub's dramatic descent, Mike Lacey draws his first What A Cheek cover strip. Cheeky and the Knock-Knock Door are enjoying a joke as the toothy funster commences his usual Sunday paper round, entirely unaware that they are about to be squashed by their corpulent co-star.

Art: Mike Lacey

We enjoy a rare glimpse chez Lily on page 2. Lily's attire and the way Milkie is hanging around her front door on a Sunday (a day when milkmen don't even deliver) reminds me of this…

6 Million Dollar Gran is back to a full 3 pages, after having been reduced to a 2 page story in last week's issue. Gran and the Potts kids pay a visit to the flower show, and yes that familiar old plot gets yet another airing - a thief steals the trophy. Order is soon restored when Gran lassos the fleeing felon with the Mayor's chain of office (almost strangling said dignitary in the process).

Art: Ian Knox

There's some nice feline fun by Terry Bave in the Calculator Kid story.

On the cover of The Mystery Comic, this week's double cover star Tub is involved in a snowy tale. Maybe this story was intended for last week's snow-themed issue, in which the hapless heavyweight's story was one of the few not to participate in the gelid japes. This week's Elephant on the Run episode finds our pachyderm pal and his plastic-clad pursuer in a mountain ski-ing resort - another story that would have been ideal for last week's snow issue, in which Elephant's strip was among the few that were conspicuously free of the white stuff.

Tub's is not the only strip returning to The Mystery Comic after a two week break. The exasperated father and inquisitive offspring team from Why, Dad, Why? are also back. However, the snap game intrudes upon the Mystery Comic for a third week, so this time Mustapha Million's 2 page story is missing.

In the course of the Disaster Des strip we learn that US President Jimmy Carter is a reader of Cheeky Weekly.

Art: Mike Lacey

Paddywack, who has painted himself into a corner on this week's Pin-Up Pal poster, brings the issue to a close.

Mike Lacey provides all 10 Cheeky's Week elements in this issue, plus his regular strip Disaster Des. A Herculean effort, yet not quite equalling the 13 elements in total that he contributed to the 04 November 1978 comic.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 27-Jan-1979, Issue 64 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Tub' - Art Nigel Edwards (single art on feature)\Cheeky's Week - Art Mike Lacey
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Monday - Art Mike Lacey
7Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
8Your chance to vote (first appearance)\Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 9 of 18
9Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Spaghetti Junction maze (single appearance) - Art Steve Bell (single art on feature)
12Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 13 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 10 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 15 of 37 - Art John Richardson
16Friends of Cheeky Snap Game
17Friends of Cheeky Snap Game
18Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 15 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
19Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 15 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 14 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Silly Snaps\What's New, Kids
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Joke-Box Jury
25Friday - Art Mike Lacey
26Eagle Eye reprint from Shiver and Shake
27Eagle Eye reprint from Shiver and Shake
29The Burpo Special 'Uncle Hamish' - Art Mike Lacey (first art on feature)
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Pin-up pal 'Paddywack' - Art Jack Clayton (single art on feature)

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 27-Jan-1979
Artist Elements
Mike Lacey10


  1. Very funny your observations on Lilypop and Monty clip...:0))

    1. That Python sketch always makes me laugh, and I've seen it many times.

  2. I always liked Disaster Des, I found it to be a very funny strip! I like the randomness of that one, such as how the statue of liberty just happens to land exactly where Des is! Brilliant :D

    1. Yep, even though the 'jinx' idea had been used in comic strips before, Des was always good fun.