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Monday 14 January 2013

Cheeky Weekly cover date 03 February 1979 - The Big Issue

The first thing to strike regular Cheeky Weekly readers about this issue is its size. Not in terms of the number of pages, which is the usual 32, but the size of each page is bigger than normal. The size of the printed area remains the same, meaning there's a larger than usual border at the bottom of each page. The small print at the foot of page 28 reveals that this edition has issued from the presses of regular printer Southernprint Ltd. Maybe they had a paper crisis. Whizzer and Chips is also a larger-pages-than-normal issue this week.

The 'standard Cheeky face' makes a front page appearance for the fourth time (see also issues dated 25 March 197817 June 1978 and 08 July 1978) as the main cover pic directs readers to the Chit-Chat letters page where readers lucky enough to see their missives to the toothy funster in print can expect cash prizes and Cheeky badges.

Meanwhile in the Cheeky's Week…Sunday cover strip the toothy funster shares photographic fun with Flash Harry (the Frank McDiarmid version) and manhole mirth with his subterranean stooge.

Sometime between Cheeky's appearance in the cover strip and his return on page 2's continuation of Sunday, it seems a sudden cold snap has descended on Krazy Town (as it had in the 20 January 1979 comic). This time the temperature is so low that the comic frames are freezing up, and  the toothy funster is now sporting a scarf to match his trademark jumper.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

6 Million Dollar Gran suspects the Potts kids are about to buy her a birthday present in her story this week. Do robots have birthdays?

This week's Calculator Kid story is unusual as there is tension between Charlie and Calc early on. Charlie should maybe have reined in his criticism of his electronic pal, as Calc tastes revenge at the end of the tale, while Charlie has to contend with something distinctly less palatable.

Art: Terry Bave
Note Cheeky's graffiti under the handbasin.
Sadly, after 30+ years, the ink from
Steve Bell's maze on page 8 is soaking through,
detracting somewhat from Terry's artwork.

The last in the run of three mazes drawn by Steve Bell's appears on page 8. This week readers have to determine which of four trains is on the track that will lead it to the station. Steve includes a character called The Bulk, who bears a strong resemblance to a green-skinned comic superstar with anger management issues.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

The final 16 cards (featuring 4 each of Lily Pop, Granny Gumdrop, Do-Good Dora and Louise) for the Friends of Cheeky Snap Game are printed in colour on the centre pages of The Mystery Comic. Instructions (it's just a straightforward Snap game) are printed on page 24, beneath Joke-Box Jury. Bumped from The Mystery Comic this week due to the intrusion of the game is Elephant On The Run.

Despite the frosty frolics witnessed in the early part of Cheeky's Week, Tub and Disaster Des are the only characters to have snow-related adventures in this week's Mystery Comic.

Turning to page 22 and the resumption of Cheeky Weekly, we find that Mike Lacey has taken over the artwork duties from Frank McDiarmid who had drawn all the Cheeky's Week elements before the Mystery Comic section. Mike also draws The Burpo Special, in which the belligerent baby interviews Bump-Bump Bernie.

This issue is the first in which Posh Claude's Dad appears
Art: Mike Lacey

Tub, sitting on a seesaw and using his bulk to launch a slap-up feed from the opposite end into his gaping gob, is the subject of the back cover's Pin-Up Pal poster drawn by his usual artist, Nigel Edwards.

The Cheeky's Week artwork duties in this issue are shared by Frank McDiarmid and, as mentioned above, Mike Lacey, each of whom provide 5 elements depicting the toothy funster's daily doings (plus the Burpo Special which, after much deliberation in the early days of this blog, I decided to include as a Cheeky's Week feature). Mike also supplies his usual strip Disaster Des. The snowy spell which Frank establishes in Cheeky's Week as of page 2 evidently comes to an end on Wednesday night, since from the point at which Mike Lacey takes up the pencils, no snow is to be seen and Cheeky's scarf is no longer present. We will learn in the 19 January 1980 edition that Frank McDiarmid enjoys illustrating snowy scenes.

This is the first time the Cheeky's Week elements have been supplied by more than one artist (or single pencil/inker collaboration) in a single issue since the 23 September 1978 comic (with the exception of the 06 January 1979 'standby' issue). It seems that the policy of having no more than one artist on Cheeky's Week per issue, which has been evident as of 30 September 1978's revamp number is beginning to break down.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 03-Feb-1979, Issue 65 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Win £2 plus Cheeky Badge' - Art Frank McDiarmid\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
6Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
7Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
8Train Track Maze (single appearance) - Art Steve Bell (single art on feature)
9Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Silly Snaps
12Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 14 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 11 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 16 of 37 - Art John Richardson
16Friends of Cheeky Snap Game (final appearance)
17Friends of Cheeky Snap Game (final appearance)
18Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 15 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
19Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 15 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 15 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Silly Snaps
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 'Bump-Bump Bernie' - Art Mike Lacey
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Pin-up pal 'Tub' - Art Nigel Edwards (single art on feature)

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 03-Feb-1979

Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid5
Mike Lacey5


  1. A good post - it's nice to see a photograph of the actual comic :)

  2. Tammy and Whoopee! also came out in that larger size that week. Buster and Misty had the usuel size though.

    1. Thanks for that info - I suspected some other IPC titles may also have been published as larger versions the same week.