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Monday, 18 August 2014

Cheeky Weekly cover date 16 June 1979

Art: Mike Lacey
It's a while since we had a special, themed Cheeky Weekly (the most recent was 31 March 1979's Jersey edition) but as promised last week, this issue is the disco special. The cover's title background is adorned with suitably festive stars and there's a star of a different kind in the cover strip as Mick Jagger drops in to enjoy a joke with Cheeky and affable agriculturalist Farmer Giles. Mick is notably silent, probably because they would have had to pay him more money had he been given dialogue.
This is the final time that Mike Lacey will draw a Cheeky's Week cover strip.
On page 2 it soon becomes clear that, as we go through the week in anticipation of Saturday's disco, there'll be a plethora of poptastic puns and a deal of disco drollery.


Art: Mike Lacey

Sadly, 6 MillionDollar Gran is too preoccupied with entering a cross-Channel flying race to participate in the top ten tomfoolery.
Calculator Kid is in festive mood, but his destination is not the disco; he's been invited to a fancy dress party. Silicon-chipped sidekick Calc advises Charlie to take an unlikely route, involving much mud and brambles, to the celebrations. Arriving in a tattered and grimy state, Charlie of course wins a box of chocs for his 'tramp outfit'. This is one of those rare occasions when the outcome of Calc's microchip machinations is less than optimal...

Art: Terry Bave

What's New Kids makes a surprise return on page 8 – readers probably assumed that the advertising feature had been dropped as it last appeared in the 10 February 1979 edition.
The toothy funster has no trouble tracking down a copy of the current Mystery Comic, as it seems the perplexing publication has been posted on billboards across Krazy Town this week.
Art: Mike Lacey, who is careful not to show
any detail of the Mystery Comic's
front cover

Elephant on the Run is reduced to a single page for the first time, but it's a typically fun episode in which our pachyderm pal employs his ventriloquial and trunk manipulation skills to evade his dogged pursuer (although it's unclear how the doll becomes larger when on the bus than it had been on stage).

Art: Robert Nixon

The latest Star Guest instalment fetches up within the Mystery Comic for the 6th (and final) time. On this occasion the comic-within-a-comic is host to Whoopee's 2-Ronnies-inspired Sheerluck and Son.

Art: Jimmy Hansen

There's further intrusion upon the Mystery Comic as, in keeping with Cheeky Weekly's theme, the instructions for IPC's new dance craze, The Cheeky Hustle, make their appearance. Readers are invited to cut out the instructions which consist of a series of drawings depicting the toothy funster in various stages of terpsichorean frenzy. Rather than presenting a boring set of pics, I wanted to show an actual demonstration of the dance. However, having failed to interest Mick Jagger in the job, but at not inconsiderable expense (well, the cost of a plate of fish and chips), I have persuaded Cheeky himself to get down and strut his funky stuff...

Art: Jimmy Hansen

Here's an accompanying track for the full disco ambience...


After Cheeky's dancefloor exertions there's an opportunity to relax with this week's Mystery Boy episode before the Mystery Comic concludes with Disaster Des. The presence of Star Guest and the Hustle instructions means we're deprived of Mustapha Million this week.
The Cheeky Weekly section resumes with Joke-Box Jury's usual varied (and sometimes inappropriate from today's viewpoint) mix of gags, before Cheeky's Week reaches Thursday and the mounting anticipation of the forthcoming disco.
Of course there are no disco-related elements in the latest instalment of Menace of the Alpha Man (partly because it's a reprint but mainly because the titular antagonist is not given to displaying his dancefloor moves), following which readers are for the first time invited to submit their guesses as to the identity of the masked menace. Although the strip hasn't yet concluded, all the necessary clues have been provided and prizes of £2 are on offer to the senders of the first 50 coupons correctly naming the hooded villain - the answers will be opened on 26 June.
That leaves only the Chit-Chat page to be negotiated before we finally arrive at Saturday's disco.

Mike Lacey again


The toothy funster is a little premature in his assertion that 'That's all we have time for', because the comic rounds off with a Burpo Special in which the subject is Burpo himself. The Burpo Special is drawn by Frank McDiarmid, but all the other Cheeky's Week pages this week (and the Cheeky Hustle booklet) are by Mike Lacey


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 16-Jun-1979
Artist Elements
Mike Lacey9
Frank McDiarmid1

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 16-Jun-1979, Issue 84 of 117
PageDetails
1Cheeky's Week - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Monday - Art Mike Lacey
7Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
8What's New, Kids
9Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11Ad: The Stickits
12Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 32 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 32 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
15Star Guest 'Sheerluck and Son' - Art Barry Glennard (first art on feature)
16Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 26 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
17Cheeky Hustle (single appearance) - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
18Cheeky Hustle (single appearance) - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 35 of 37
20Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 28 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey
21Joke-Box Jury
22Ad: IPC 'Buster Holiday Special' 3 of 3 Ad: 'Angler's Mail' 1 of 2
23Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
24Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
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
28Who Is The Alpha Man (single appearance)\Ad: Dunlop Playsport (first appearance) - Art Nick Baker (first art on feature)
29Chit-Chat
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32The Burpo Special 'Baby Burpo' - Art Frank McDiarmid

4 comments:

  1. The money which bought the plate of fish and chips to persuade Cheeky to do the dance was well-spent indeed!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed his performance :)

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  2. Groovy man...love the animation Peter Gray

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    1. Thanks. Cheeky had to have a lie down afterwards!

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