As the survivors from the toothy funster's comic commenced a second year in their adopted home, the 07 February 1981 issue of Whoopee! and Cheeky carried news of forthcoming Valentine's Day fun...
|Artist unknown (to me)|
A week later, readers with a penchant for disfiguring their comics were no doubt eagerly excising the centre-page section from the appropriately-dated issue (which had of course gone on sale a few days earlier) in order to construct 8 very flimsy (in terms of both physical construction and gag quality) joke cards. Colour printing in IPC's comics of the period was usually restricted to the front/back covers, pages 9/24 and centre spread 16/17. Thus to make these cards work, the interiors of the cards whose fronts were shown on page 16 were printed on page 15, and pages 17 and 18 matched up in a similar manner.
On the front of the cards, Frank McDiarmid draws the toothy funster in an interesting variety of poses. Sadly, I can't name the artist who did the internal art (may be the work of Michael Green, but I'm not sure).
Instructions were printed on the Whoopee Chit-Chat page (14).
Readers expecting the Valentine's theme to carry over into Cheeky's strip in the same issue were disappointed to find that instead of a potential Cheeky/Louise storyline, our hero was working as a waiter in his 4-page escapade, entitled Service with a Smile (something our grinning chum could certainly provide in abundance), that week.
|Art: Frank McDiarmid|