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Wednesday 23 September 2015

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 11

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'.

Three weeks after the toothy funster staged a seaside raid on Sid and his serpentine sidekick, other Cheeky Weekly alumni were involved in raiding activities, and this time there was an immediate retaliatory strike.

A Calculator Kid reprint (seeing the light again almost exactly 6 years after its original publication) was besmirched by a rotten raider - can you spot the miscreant? Scroll down, where the interloper will reveal himself...

Whizzer and Chips 14 September 1985
Art: Terry Bave
Reprinted from Cheeky Weekly 15 September 1979

In the above story, clearly written in response to public concern over the high rate of birthday cake thefts in the late 1970s, Odd-Ball cunningly avoided a nasty surprise from Charlie's bicycle pump by arriving at the party pre-inflated.

However, there wasn't just one raid perpetrated that week. Can you identify the heroic ex-Cheeky Weekly star exacting revenge in the Store Wars strip? Answer below...

Whizzer and Chips14 September 1985
Art: Jim Watson

Woah, there's no need for that, Charlie

Yes, plucky Charlie refused to be cowed by the unbidden intrusion of the alien sphere, and in a retaliation to make all friends of Cheeky proud, he took the fight right to the heart of Whizz-kid territory.

There's obviously some sort of feud developing between Calculator Kid and Odd-Ball, as Charlie and his electronic chum raided the rubbery red rascal in the 18 May 1985 issue, while this week's is the second raid Odd-Ball has carried out on Charlie and Calc.

This is also the second time that erstwhile Cheeky Weekly stars have suffered and perpetrated raids in a single W&C issue (although it is the first time the same star has been the instigator and victim in a single edition).

The latest double raid brings the total incursions carried out by ex-Cheeky folk to 5, while the Whizz-kids have notched up 8. Watch out for the next raid soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars

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