Issue 82 of the toothy funster's comic kicks off with a Frank McDiarmid Cheeky's Week...Sunday involving Krazy Town stalwarts Gloomy Glad (making her second and final cover appearance), Manhole Man (his 17th appearance on the front page) and Jogging Jeremy (cover appearance number 6 for the arthritic athlete). Bubblegum Boy, still drifting above the streets, is on the cover for the 11th time. Frank adds to the comedic cover capers with a Dick Turpin graffiti gag. Maybe the tag line to the closing front page joke gave someone the idea for the strip of the same name which commenced in the 14 July 1979 issue.
Nigel Edwards stands in for regular artist Ian Knox on this week's 6 Million Dollar Gran, in which the synthetic senior citizen visits the village fete with customarily chaotic consequences.
Calculator Kid has a run-in with fearsome Basher Briggs this week. All bullies in comics are called Basher Briggs – is it the same bloke in all the stories? Strips featuring bullies end with the hero triumphant and the ruffian's evil designs thwarted, but we all know that in real life the bully would be waiting outside the school gates the following day with the intention of administering a severe thumping.
|Art: Terry Bave|
This week's Star Guest, appearing within the Cheeky Weekly section rather than within the Mystery Comic as it has on 5 previous occasions, is the ever-beaming Smiler from Whoopee! Let's enjoy this story in which the indomitable hero encounters a car mechanic whose attitude problem suggests he may very possibly be Basher Briggs' dad...
|Art: Nick Baker|
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The Mystery Comic is wrapped inside Cheeky's Wednesday dinner-time napkin this week. This issue of the perplexing publication is the briefest yet, at only 6 pages (it's the shortest of all 37 issues), so although there are no ads or other intrusions (this week's instalment of The Cheeky Spotter Book of Town and Around is located within the Cheeky section), Disaster Des and Why, Dad, Why? are absent.
On the Thursday page, Frank McDiarmid includes a running gag inspired by a famously talkative dog on TV's That's Life!
|Art: Frank McDiarmid|
On the Chit-Chat page, our grinning pal passes on some news about a forthcoming special issue of his comic...
Unlike recent issues, there's no particular theme to Cheeky's Saturday – he's just wandering around swapping jokes with his pals, much as he does every day. There's no Burpo Special this week - the back cover is the location of a Trebor competition in celebration of the news that their Chews are now bigger than ever, a fact which no doubt has dentists all over the country firing up theirs drills in readiness.Pleasingly, Frank McDiarmid delivers all 9 Cheeky's Week elements in this issue (the last all-pure-Frank Cheeky's Week was in the comic dated 21 April 1979).
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 02-Jun-1979, Issue 82 of 117|
|1||Cheeky's Week - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|2||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|3||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|4||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|6||Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|7||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|8||Star Guest 'Smiler' - Art Nick Baker (single art on feature)|
|9||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|10||Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton|
|11||Ad: The Stickits (first appearance)|
|12||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|13||Tub 'Mystery Comic' 30 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards|
|14||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 31 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey|
|15||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 31 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey|
|16||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 30 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|17||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 30 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|18||Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 33 of 37 - Art John Richardson|
|19||Cheeky Spotter Book of Town and Around|
|20||Cheeky Spotter Book of Town and Around|
|21||Ad: IPC 'Buster Holiday Special' 1 of 3 \Ad: North Pacific Flyers|
|22||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|23||Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|24||Ad: Glo-Putty and Glo-Doh (single appearance)|
|25||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|26||Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury|
|27||Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury|
|29||Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 5 of 7 Ad: 'Look and Learn' 14 of 16|
|30||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|31||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|32||Ad: Trebor 'Chews Superman competition' 2 of 2|
Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 02-Jun-1979