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Thursday 27 February 2014

Cheeky Weekly cover date 12 May 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
This week's cover strip features portal punnery with the Knock-Knock Door, swiftly followed by larks with luscious Lily Pop as she takes delivery of her copy of The Sunday Stunner. And where exactly is Cheeky's gaze directed in the final panel? Certainly not at Lily's face (or her hand which for some reason has turned yellow).

Ominous news on page 2
Art: Frank McDiarmid

6 Million Dollar Gran is this week engaged in a search for her bloomers which have blown away with the rest of the contents of her washing line. In a convoluted plot, the lost laundry is propelled through the Earth's crust and the synthetic senior citizen burrows down to locate her errant undies in Australia, allowing another outing for that oft-used British comic device; depicting life in Australia as being upside-down. Do Australian comics show Britain in the same inverted fashion?

Art: Ian Knox

There's further washday wit on page 7 as Calculator Kid enjoys another profitable day courtesy of his electronic chum. I always enjoy seeing Charlie's dad's extravagantly wavy moustache, the curls of which are echoed on young Master Counter's bonce.

Art: Terry Bave

On Wednesday Elephant and The Man InThe Plastic Mac make their only crossover into Cheeky's Week as the toothy funster's dad provides his grinning offspring with the latest copy of the Mystery Comic.

This week's issue of the Mystery Comic is the only one to feature Why, Dad, Why? on the cover. As Dad expounds on the subject of gravity we learn why the Antipodeans depicted in this week's 6 Million Dollar Gran episode didn't fall off the planet.

Art: John Geering

Usual Mystery Comic cover star Tub is entirely absent this week, and for the fourth time a Star Guest is occupying one of the pages of the perplexing publication. This time it's Uncle Rich and Willoughby of Super Store who are attempting to boost sales of Whizzer and Chips. As we return to the Cheeky Weekly section of the comic, an ad on page 21 informs us that readers of that very comic are this week enjoying a free sachet of milkshake mix as IPC's promotion reaches its penultimate fourth week. The toothy funster's comic will be the last title to carry a free packet of raspberry-flavoured powder next week.

As of Thursday, the artwork duties on Cheeky's Week are handed over from Frank McDiarmid to Mike Lacey. On that same page Cheeky introduces us to a new pal, Zoot Soot the chimney sweep. Zoot will go on to appear in a further 13 issues of Cheeky Weekly.

On the following page Jimmy Hansen draws his 76th and final episode of Skateboard Squad, although there is no indication in the strip that this is to be the last outing for the sensational skateboarders under this title. The intrepid trio will return as of the 26 May 1979 issue in their new guise of Speed Squad.

On Friday Cheeky gets another eyeful of cracking crossing lady Lily Pop, and it seems to be doing his peepers no good at all. Luscious Lily delays a vital consignment of IPC product as she transports the toothy funster across the carriageway.

Art: Mike Lacey

Rainham reader Emily Jacob takes our toothy pal to task on the Cheeky Chit-Chat page regarding the What did YOU do today? diary section which has been appearing at the foot of each daily Cheeky's Week page since 30 September 1978's revamp issue. Ms Jacob isn't happy about removing said sections from her comic, which is a little odd as I'd never believed the diary was supposed to removed. Cheeky democratically solicits reader reaction to the idea of ceasing the diary.

On Saturday we see a selection of Cheeky's pals struggling with the curious culinary concoctions on offer at Auntie Daisy's party. Fortunately there's a happy resolution.

Art: Mike Lacey

The comic rounds off for the 6th consecutive week with a Burpo Special (this time focusing on Mechanic).

As mentioned above, the Cheeky's Week artwork duties in this issue are shared between Frank McDiarmid and Mike Lacey with, in a nice touch, the Auntie Daisy's party storyline being handed over between the two artists, each of whom contribute 5 elements of the toothy funster's week.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 12-May-1979, Issue 79 of 117
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
8Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 2 of 7 Ad: 'Krazy Holiday Special' 3 of 4
9Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Ad: Fun-Maker (single appearance)
12Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 23 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
14Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 28 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
15Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 28 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
16Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 25 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
17Star Guest 'Super Store' - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
18Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 28 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
19Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 28 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
20Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 30 of 37 - Art John Richardson
21Ad: IPC 'Free milkshake promo' 3 of 3 Ad: 'Frankie Stein Holiday Special' 2 of 3
22Joke-Box Jury
23Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
24Skateboard Squad (final appearance) - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
25Friday - Art Mike Lacey
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
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32The Burpo Special 'Mechanic' - Art Mike Lacey

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 12-May-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid5
Mike Lacey5


  1. ;0)
    Lilypop in a dressing gown....GULP!!

    1. It's not the first time we've seen luscious Lily in that state! Let's hope it's not the last.