As IPC's 1979 Star Guest promotion reaches its 14th week (in participating comics cover-dated 30 June 1979), our attention turns once again to Whoopee which is hosting visitors from the toothy funster's title on even-numbered weeks of the sales drive. This time our affluent Arab chum Mustapha Million has been recruited to make a sales-boosting trip into Whoopee's pages. This is the second occasion on which Mustapha has been called upon to represent Cheeky Weekly as a Star Guest, the first time being in the promotion's 9th week over in Whizzer and Chips.
Mustapha's latest Star Guest outing sees his pal (and sufferer from Cheeky Weekly Inconsistent Hair Colour Syndrome) Jimmy embroil our moneyed mate in a boating-pond brouhaha. Thankfully, the loaded lad soon has everyone happy again, and the strip finishes with an exultant utterance of the name of the host comic in an attempt to subliminally engender sympathetic feelings towards the feature among its readership.
|Whoopee 30 June 1979|
Art: Joe McCaffrey
Many thanks to Irmantas for this scan
This Star Guest page, which was new and never appeared in Cheeky Weekly, is drawn by Joe McCaffrey, who had taken over the Cheeky Weekly artwork duties on Mustapha from Reg Parlett in February 1979.
Any Whoopee readers sufficiently taken with the antics of our prosperous pal to immediately subscribe to the toothy funster's title would have been delighted to find that Mustapha appeared in the same week's edition of Cheeky Weekly (although it was to be his final time within the pages of Cheeky Weekly's Mystery Comic section) and all subsequent issues of Cheeky's comic. After Cheeky Weekly folded, Mustapha transferred into Whoopee itself, and later into Whizzer and Chips.