Week four of IPC's 1979 Star Guest promotion meant it was the turn of Whoopee! to host a visitor from Cheeky Weekly. This time it was The Mystery Comic's doombringer, Disaster Des, who stepped into the role of Cheeky Weekly ambassador. Whoopee! readers unfamiliar with Des' unfortunate influence are brought up to speed by the dialogue in the first panel, and the story's school-flattening climax will surely be widely appreciated by the host comic's readership. I enjoyed seeing Des take delivery of a whole term's school dinners, including a canister of 'yukky pudding'.
|Whoopee! 21 April 1979|
Art: Mike Lacey
Many thanks to Irmantas for this scan
This was a new Des strip, and it never appeared in Cheeky Weekly. The episode used for this Star Guest appearance could well have been originally scheduled to appear in Cheeky Weekly dated 21 April 1979 (the same cover date as the issue of Whoopee! in which it was printed), as Des was absent from the toothy funster's comic that week (which would have been frustrating for any Whoopee! readers tempted into buying the current Cheeky Weekly in the hope of enjoying another Des episode). However, Whoopee! fans placing a regular order for Cheeky Weekly as a result of seeing this strip would have been gratified to find that Des appeared (barring six absences) for the remainder of Cheeky Weekly's run (although ironically Des wasn't among the features that transferred into Whoopee! when the toothy funster's comic foundered).