New readers start here... After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978.
Whizzer and Chips had a long tradition of sending characters from the Chips section into Whizzer and vice versa. These cross-comic forays were known as 'raids'. In this series of posts I'm chronicling the raids involving the ex-Cheeky Weekly characters who made the transition into Whizzer and Chips, all of whom were allocated to the Chips section. For the purposes of this series, although this particular manifestation of the toothy funster didn't directly descend from Cheeky Weekly, I'm including Cheeky's Krazy Gang appearances as those of an 'ex-Cheeky Weekly character'.
A week after the issue in which ex-Cheeky Weekly characters suffered and executed raids, Calculator Kid fell victim to Whizz-Kid intrusion. See if you can spot the uninvited guests, then scroll down for the official announcement.
|Whizzer and Chips 08 June 1985|
Calculator Kid: Terry Bave
Calculator Corner: J Edward Oliver
...Nobby and his spherical sidekick, Odd-Ball.
This was clearly a revenge mission, and sees the ex-Cheeky Weekly characters fall slightly behind as their raids now total 3, while the 'rest' have clocked up 4 incursions into the pages of our Cheeky-related pals.
|Whizzer and Chips Cover Date||Raider||Raided|
|06 April 1985||Mustapha Million||Super Steve|
|04 May 1985||Bloggs (Store Wars)||Mustapha Million|
|11 May 1985||Joker||The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)|
|18 May 1985||Calculator Kid & Calc||Odd-Ball|
|01 June 1985|
|08 June 1985||Odd-Ball||Calculator Kid|
Despite the fact that Calculator Kid and Odd-Ball are both drawn by the mighty Terry Bave, the depiction of Nobby in the CK story above is actually a copy-and-paste job sourced from the 30 March 1985 issue of Whizzer and Chips...