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Monday, 27 May 2013

Cheeky Weekly cover date 10 March 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
Cheeky Weekly's 70th issue is the first with a cover entirely devoted to a comic strip – all cover strips to date (initially What A Cheek, then Cheeky's Week....Sunday as from the 30 September 1978 revamp issue) have consisted of a single row of panels, sharing the front page with artwork promoting the contents of the current issue. The usual 3-panel format is in evidence on this week's front page despite the strip covering a larger area. Manhole Man and Doctor Braincell are the toothy funster's cover stooges this week.

Cheeky's diary entry for Monday refers to the fact that Uncle Hamish has been staying chez Cheeky for 'about three months now'. This is a reference to the curmudgeonly Caledonian's reappearance in the 13 January 1979 issue after a year's absence.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

The Calculator Kid story takes place in a snowy Krazy Town, although there is no snow evident in the rest of this issue's Cheeky's Week strips. It's my suspicion that this week's Calculator Kid was originally intended for Cheeky Weekly's snow-themed 20 January 1979 issue. However, the CK strip in that issue was, if my theory here is correct, itself originally prepared for the lost 23 December 1978 issue. Thus the wintry CK story slated for 20 January 1979 got shunted forward to this issue.

Art: Terry Bave

Baker's Boy provides Cheeky with this week's Mystery Comic.

Art: Frank McDiarmid
Do snails eat cake?

Tub, the Mystery Comic's corpulent cover star, finds himself wedged in a cement mixer at the conclusion of his current adventure.



Four pages after Tub's mixer mishap, Elephant On The Run suffers a similar predicament.


Barrie Appleby's work graces The Burpo Special (in which the infant interviewer interrogates Constable Chuckle) for the first and only time in the comic's run.

As has become customary, a Pin-Up Pal poster on the back cover brings the comic to a conclusion. The father and son stars of Why, Dad, Why? are the subject this week, with Dad contemplating silencing his ever-inquisitive offspring by means of a swift knock on the noggin. Wouldn't be allowed today.

Frank McDiarmid delivers 9 Cheeky's Week elements in this issue, with Barrie Appleby contributing The Burpo Special. Last week's comic was an all-Frank-McDiarmid Cheeky's Week issue, so this issue breaks the pattern of 'Frank on Cheeky's Week every other issue' which (barring a few hiccups) was established as of the 30 September 1978 revamp. For more details see here.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 10-Mar-1979, Issue 70 of 117
PageDetails
1Cheeky'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
8Tease Break
9Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Ad: Trebor 'Double Agents' 3 of 6
12Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 19 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 20 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 21 of 37
16Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 20 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
17Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 20 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
18Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 20 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
19Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 20 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
20Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 16 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
21Ad: IPC 'Smurfs Poster Magazine'Ad: 'Mickey Mouse' 11 of 18
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
23Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
24Joke-Box Jury
25Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
26Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
27Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
28Chit-Chat
29The Burpo Special 'Constable Chuckle' - Art Barrie Appleby (single art on feature)
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Pin-up pal 'Why Dad Why' - Art John K. Geering (single art on feature)


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 10-Mar-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid9
Barrie Appleby1

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