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Monday, 30 March 2015

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date 14 July 1979

Art: Mike Lacey
It's GREAT, it's FUN, it's Cheeky Weekly issue 88, one week after the introduction of the new look (which will be completed this issue as we shall see later). The comic commences with a front-page reminder that, despite the revamp, reader participation features Paddywack, Joke-Box Jury and Chit-Chat continue to offer £2 prizes to successful contributors. Also on the cover is a Mike Lacey depiction of Cheeky suffering a typically traumatic encounter with Yikky-Boo, in an image sourced from the Thursday page of Cheeky Weekly dated 24 February 1979.

On Sunday Cheeky introduces a new member of the supporting cast – it's Welsh wag Taff the Laff.

Art: Mike Lacey

On page 3, Calculator Kid is beset by that dilemma which regularly troubles comic characters – the supposedly inaccessible sporting event. Trust Charlie's silicon-chipped sidekick to devise a method of entry.

Art: Terry Bave

Nigel Edwards deputises for Ian Knox on this week's 6 Million Dollar Gran episode, in which the synthetic senior citizen foils an attempt to divert an aeroplane, by landing a punch on the hi-jacker through the fuselage while the 'plane is in flight. Rather a risky strategy for all concerned but it pays off.

Art: Nigel Edwards

On Tuesday Yikky-Boo is, due to a culinary misadventure, somewhat less ebullient than during his front page appearance. There then follows some hypnotic humour involving new Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Conservatives had won the recent general election on 03 May 1979, taking control of the country from Labour, led by Prime Minister James Callaghan (hence Cheeky's concluding joke, which wouldn't work so well as a spoken gag since the ousted PM's name was pronounced 'Callahan').

Art: Mike again

The centre pages are taken up by a colour road safety ad in the form of a comic strip entitled Football Crazy and starring the Green Cross man.

This week's Star Guest is Lolly Pop (with of course his exasperated offspring, Archie), giving his home comic of the time, Whoopee, a plug. This story, drawn by Barry Glennard, is Pop's second Star Guest visit to Cheeky Weekly – Pop kicked off the Star Guest run back in the special 31 March 1979 issue of the toothy funster's comic, illustrated on that occasion by the strip's then regular artist - Sid Burgon.

On this week's Chit-Chat page, Cheeky's message gives us some insight into the tribulations of producing a comic, and then the toothy funster has to apologise to reader Julie Mock for omitting her name from the list of Smurf Competition winners back in the 24 March 1979 comic.

Nosy Nora makes her final Cheeky Weekly appearance (in a non-speaking role), as one of Cheeky's classmates in the second panel of the Friday page. Nora's relevance to Cheeky's Week no longer exists as her role related to the Mystery Comic concept which was dropped as of last week.

Mike again

On Saturday Cheeky is sent to do the shopping, and is given an even more onerous task in the final panel where, thanks to some deft copy-and-paste work, he informs readers of impending strain on their pocket money.

Mike, with a Frank McDiarmid Cheeky
pasted into the final panel

The comic rounds off with a new strip elevating Cheeky's mollusc mate to become the star of his own feature.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

The two new strips which commenced last week (The Gang and Stage School) are joined by Snail of the Century to complete the 'new look'. It would seem Snail's debut in his own feature was delayed by 7 days due to the presence of a colour advertisement on last week's back page.

Mike Lacey delivers 8 Cheeky's Week elements in this issue, a figure which includes Mike's reprinted cover art as one element (but the 2-page Saturday is also counted as a single element, so it kind of compensates), with Frank McDiarmid supplying the artwork for Snail of the Century, a new addition to the Cheeky's Week roster as of this edition. However, Frank's contribution of a Cheeky in the final panel of Saturday is not included in the count.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 14-Jul-1979, Issue 88 of 117
1Cover Feature 'It pays to read Cheeky Weekly' 'Yikky-Boo' 1 of 2 - Art Mike Lacey
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4Ad: Weetabix
5What's New, Kids
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
76 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
8Monday - Art Mike Lacey
9Joke-Box Jury
10The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
11The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
12Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
13Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
14Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
15Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
16Ad: Department of Transport 'Green Cross Code - Football Crazy' 1 of 2
17Ad: Department of Transport 'Green Cross Code - Football Crazy' 1 of 2
18Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art John Richardson
20Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
21Star Guest 'Lolly Pop' 2 of 2 - Art Barry Glennard
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Ad: IPC 'Whoopee Summer Special' 1 of 2 Ad: 'Jackpot Summer Special' 1 of 2
25Friday - Art Mike Lacey
26Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
27Tub - Art Nigel Edwards\Ad: IPC 'Do you have trouble getting copies of Cheeky Weekly' 3 of 5
28Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
29Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century (first appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid (first art on feature)

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 14-Jul-1979
Artist Elements
Mike Lacey8
Frank McDiarmid1


  1. the beans gag has to be a nod to the film!!
    A fart joke But subtily done...prefer this to showing the fart which is in comics today...

    1. Yes - at least Six-Gun Sam is trying to hold it in!