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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Profile - Crunching Chris

Chris' first appearance - Cheeky Weekly issue 1
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Krazy Town's notoriously noisy nosher, Crunching Chris, was most frequently to be found indulging in cacophonous comestible consumption during the interval at the Saturday morning picture show. Chris had a peculiar talent for rendering the softest foodstuffs into ear-splitting edibles; ice cream, Jelly Babies and soup all raised a racket as they were subjected to molar action in Chris' resonant gob.

Chris appeared in 58 issues of Cheeky Weekly, and his moment in the spotlight came in the 27 May 1978 comic when he appeared throughout Cheeky's Week, masticating an ever-lasting toffee.

Art: Dick Millington

Chris was the first of his pensioner pals that Cheeky met when transported sixty years into the future in 19 August 1978's special issue of Cheeky Weekly.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

A momentous event occurred in the 06 January 1979 comic – Chris was confronted with the one substance that was impervious to his mighty gnashers; one of Auntie Daisy's marshmallows.

The strident snack scoffer had a starring role in the Cheeky's Week cover strip of the comic dated 21 April 1979, and appeared on 13 January 1979's back cover Pin-Up Pal poster in which he was depicted exporting his aggravating eating habits to the golf course (see Bruce's poster gallery).

Cheeky Weekly 05 November 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid
Cheeky evidently has a short memory -
Cheeky Weekly 31 December 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Chris astounded his pals by silently consuming crisps in the comics dated 19 November and 31 December 1977, and was again seen noiselessly nibbling the fried potato snacks in 09 June 1979's Burpo Special (in this case he was under the influence of the strip's subject, Hypno-Tessa). Yet another silent snacking episode occurred in the 18 August 1979 comic when Chris was seen quietly devouring some crisps made by Auntie Daisy.

The final issue of Cheeky Weekly to feature Chris was the 1979 Christmas issue, dated 29 December, in which the deafening diner was seen twice. He first popped up as a guest at Cheeky's Christmas party, crunching down a bowl of jelly, then 8 pages later shared a duck joke with the toothy funster.

The final Crunch.
Art: Frank McDiarmid


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Crunching Chris5822-Oct-197729-Dec-1979

Crunching Chris - Number of appearances by Element

Element Number of Appearances
Interval32
Saturday13
Friday5
Monday4
Thursday4
Sunday2
The Burpo Special2
Tuesday2
Wednesday2
Boxing Day1
Cheeky's Week1
Shrove Tuesday1
Sunday evening1

Count of elements by artist






Character Artist Total Elements
Crunching ChrisFrank McDiarmid23
Crunching ChrisFrank McDiarmid pencils16
Crunching ChrisMike Lacey9
Crunching ChrisDick Millington9
Crunching ChrisUnknown Cheeky Artist 15
Crunching ChrisJim Watson5
Crunching ChrisBarrie Appleby3

2 comments:

  1. Do you think all this teeth are now crunched out...mind you strong false teeth would be just as bad..

    fleetway comics are brilliant in the 70's..

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    1. I should think he's probably deafened himself by now

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