As IPC's 1979 Star Guest promotion reached its 11th week, readers of Whizzer and Chips were introduced to our pariah pal Disaster Des, who had previously made a Star Guest foray into companion title Whoopee! during the promotion's fourth week.
|Whizzer and Chips 09 June 1979
Art: Mike Lacey, the regular DD artist
Readers of this story who were previously unacquainted with the young doombringer could easily get the impression that Des was a malevolent character rather than the unwitting instigator of calamity familiar to regular Cheeky Weekly readers. Not only that but, although it's a nice fun strip, it's a rather odd choice with which to introduce Des to an audience who may well be unfamiliar with him since the 'hero' appears in only 3 panels, and in 2 of those he's silent. The story focuses more on Doomsville's long-suffering Mayor who was a recurring character in Des' Cheeky Weekly strips.
This strip was new and never appeared in Cheeky Weekly.
Any Whoopee! readers persuaded to purchase the same week's edition of Cheeky Weekly in order to enjoy another helping of DD would have found the Mayor again contending with Des in the catastrophe-causing kid's home title. Had they chosen to place a regular order, new readers of the toothy funster's comic could have enjoyed 32 Des episodes before Cheeky Weekly suffered its own disaster and folded, consigning Des to comics history (barring a few, largely disappointing, appearances in the Cheeky Annuals and Specials).