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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Cheeky Weekly Star Guests in Whoopee!

A series of IPC's promotional Star Guest strips commenced in humour titles Cheeky Weekly, Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic (WCK) and Whoopee! as of 31 March 1979, concluding in each of those titles' issues dated 28 July 1979.

The guests in the Star Guest runs were sourced as follows;

Cheeky Weekly hosted guest stars from WCK and Whoopee!

WCK welcomed strips from Cheeky Weekly and Whoopee!

Whoopee! presented characters from Cheeky Weekly (and presumably WCK – I don't have any Whoopees from the period in question).

In each of the comic titles playing host to Star Guests, the source title alternated weekly. The first Star Guest of the 1979 run in WCK came from Cheeky Weekly (as can be seen here), while the first Star Guest appearance in Whoopee! was sourced from (presumably) WCK. Thus, in the second week of the 1979 Star Guest series, it was time for a Cheeky Weekly strip to make an initial promotional excursion into Whoopee!

Whoopee! 07 April 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid
Many thanks to Irmantas for supplying this scan

As was the case with the first Star Guest of the 1979 run in WCK, it's a little surprising that Cheeky himself, being the lead character in the comic, wasn't the subject of the initial strip to represent Cheeky Weekly in Whoopee! (although Whoopee! readers were treated to a glimpse of the toothy funster's grinning fizzog at the top of the page).  However, this Burpo Special variant does introduce readers unfamiliar with the toothy funster's comic to a number of Cheeky's pals, and it's pleasing that the artwork is by the mighty Frank McDiarmid.

The promotional blurb at the bottom of the page suggests that readers could enjoy a Burpo Special in every issue of Cheeky Weekly. The Burpo Special, which commenced in Cheeky Weekly's 09 December 1978 was absent from the 02 June 1979 comic and came to an end in the 30 June 1979 issue, expiring 4 issues before Star Guest reached its own conclusion.

This page was new and never appeared in Cheeky Weekly. In the same week that the above Star Guest featured in Whoopee, Spiv was under interrogation in a colour Burpo Special in the 07 April 1979 issue of Cheeky Weekly.

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