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'.
Only one week after the previous raid involving one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums, the toothy funster was embroiled in a further cross-comic sortie, as a victim. Can you spot the Whizz-Kid raider in this Krazy Gang tale (in which Cheeky plays a vital role in exposing dastardly dairy doings) from the 13 July 1985 issue of Whizzer and Chips? Scroll down to see the rascally raider revealed...
|Whizzer and Chips 13 July 1985|
Art: Bob Hill
…it's that rich rustic, Pa Bumpkin.
|Whizzer and Chips 20 July 1985|
I like the Catnap strip - art by Colin Whittock
This is the third time (in the post-Whoopee-merge period) that the Krazy Gang have been raided, and means our ex-Cheeky chums have suffered a total of 6 raids while perpetrating 3.
|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|
|06 July 1985||Toy Boy||Calculator Kid|
|13 July 1985||Pa Bumpkin||The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)|