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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Cheeky Weekly cover date 26 May 1979

Art: Barrie Appleby
Barrie Appleby gets us off to a rollicking start with his Cheeky's Week...Sunday cover strip in which we witness an injury-free Bump-Bump Bernie, before Cheeky engages in minty mirth with Manhole Man (making his 16th front-page appearance). This is Barrie's second and final front cover Cheeky's Week (although not his last Cheeky Weekly work).
Mr Appleby hands over the Cheeky's Week artwork duties to Jimmy Hansen on page 2, and it appears Jimmy's original final panel on the Monday page has been substituted with two images by Frank McDiarmid culled from the 24 March 1979 issue. Jimmy's final frame may have introduced Calculator Kid, who is absent this week.
Art: Jimmy Hansen
except final panel: Frank McDiarmid
The two images from Cheeky Weekly dated 24 March 1979
used to construct the final panel on the Monday page above
Art: Frank McDiarmid

There's further final-panel adjustment on Tuesday when another Frank McDiarmid image, this time sourced from the 31 March 1979 comic, has been pasted in to introduce the return of erstwhile Skateboard Squad members Skipper, Skatie and Wipe-Out in their new guise of Speed Squad. Maybe when Jimmy drew the page he wasn't aware that the issue in which it was to appear would coincide with the Squad's relaunch strip featuring the intrepid trio travelling by bike and go-cart, and drew an intro frame with the Squad on their skateboards.

Art: Jimmy Hansen
except final panel: Frank McDiarmid & unknown
background artist

The source of the pic of Cheeky in the
final frame of the Tuesday page above -
Cheeky Weekly 31 March 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky doesn't reveal how he came by this week's issue of the Mystery Comic which, in contrast to last week's smutty issue, is squeaky clean.

Jimmy Hansen again

Disaster Des is absent from this week's Mystery Comic, possibly because the Star Guest strip (Happy Families from Whizzer and Chips) is located within the pages of the perplexing publication.

We return to the Cheeky Weekly section with two rather dull pages from the latest instalment of the Cheeky Spotter Book of Town and Around, after which Cheeky's Week resumes (with Thursday), now drawn by Frank McDiarmid pencils. However, yet again there is evidence of altered artwork in the final frame, which is by Mike Lacey. This time the pasted-in panel hasn't come from another issue of Cheeky Weekly – the shape of the frame, resembling as it does the shape of the final panel of Tuesday, suggests to me that it may be the frame which was excised from Mike's Tuesday page above.

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
except final panel: Jimmy

Maybe Paddywack was originally scheduled to appear on the page following Tuesday (which he did on 37 occasions) but was shunted back in the comic due to the introductory Speed Squad tale covering one and a half pages. Since neither of the pages affected have any day-specific content other than the title panels, surely (if my speculations are correct) it would have been easier to swap the first panels of Tuesday and Thursday around rather than cobbling together new end frames.

After Cheeky and pals have fun in a maze on Saturday, the comic reaches its chortlesome conclusion with a Burpo Special focusing on Cheeky's cover co-star, Manhole Man.

This issue we say goodbye to amusement arcade enthusiast Ding-Dong Debbie.

Four artists (or artist collaboration in the case of Frank McDiarmid pencils) contributed to Cheeky's Week in this edition (see second table below for the breakdown - note I have ignored the cut-and-pastery in evidence this week when compiling the artist figures). The most recent issue to include that number of contributors was the 29 April 1978 comic. There was only one issue featuring a higher number of Cheeky's Week artists, and that was 08 April 1978.



Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 26-May-1979, Issue 81 of 117
PageDetails
1Cheeky's Week - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Jimmy Hansen (first art on feature)
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Monday - Art Jimmy Hansen (first art on feature)
7Ad: IPC 'Do you have trouble getting copies of Cheeky Weekly' 2 of 5 Ad: 'Look and Learn' 13 of 16
8Ad: Mr Bellamy's (first appearance)
9Tuesday - Art Jimmy Hansen (first art on feature)
10Speed Squad (first appearance) - Art Jimmy Hansen (first art on feature)
11Speed Squad (first appearance) - Art Jimmy Hansen (first art on feature)\Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 4 of 7
12Wednesday - Art Jimmy Hansen (first art on feature)
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 29 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 30 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
15Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 30 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
16Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 29 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
17Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 29 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
18Star Guest 'Happy Families' - Art Dick Millington (single art on feature)
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 32 of 37
20Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 24 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
21Cheeky Spotter Book of Town and Around
22Cheeky Spotter Book of Town and Around
23Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
24Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
25Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
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
29Joke-Box Jury
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils
32The Burpo Special 'Manhole Man' - Art Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 26-May-1979
Artist Elements
Jimmy Hansen4
Frank McDiarmid pencils4
Barrie Appleby1
Frank McDiarmid1

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