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Thursday 28 January 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 18 August 1979

This week's cover is dominated by the announcement of the GIANT Cheeky poster inside. Those readers expecting a thrilling depiction of a Kong-sized toothy funster marauding through Krazy Town will be a little disappointed by the reality. The completed poster will present our mirthful mate in a rather stiff pose, but the canny editor has chosen to commence the four-part cut-out-and-keep souvenir from the feet up, as Snail gleefully (and rather conveniently for IPC's legal department who may otherwise be wary of accusations of misrepresentation of the contents) points out. 

Sharing the cover with the poster announcement is a banner alerting readers to the presence of the Alpha Man competition results, and a rather crudely drawn gag featuring Krazy Town stalwarts Postie and Manhole Man.
Flipping over to page 2, Cheeky's week gets off to a horrific start ...

Cheeky and Ursula (not to mention Bubblegum Boy)
Art: Frank McDiarmid

6 Million Dollar Gran's origin as a robot in the guise of an elderly lady, a ruse developed by Professor Potts to keep secret his scientific breakthrough, has rarely been referred to since Cheeky Weekly's first issue. However, there's a sudden shift in gear this week as foreign agents unleash a plot to destroy the synthetic senior citizen.

Art: Ian Knox

Once again the layout of the final row of panels at the bottom of page 3 of Gran's story, and the mismatched hatching on Gran's back, suggests to me that the original artwork contained a 'Cheeky-looking-at-closing-credits-of-Gran's-programme' final panel, which were the norm before Cheeky Weekly's various framing devices 'officially' came to an end in the 30 June 1979 issue (although one more slipped through in the 14 July comic, which I suspect was due to an oversight in production - please see link above for more info).

For the second week running we can enjoy (?) a double-page Joke-Box Jury. After that we rejoin our perky pal as he purveys a plethora of piscatorial puns (well, two, anyway).

Art: Frank McDiarmid

A typically and enjoyably daft Elephant On The Run ensues...

Art: Robert Nixon
Maybe the Man in the Plastic Mac should have invested in a Louis Marx Sonic Ear...

The centre pages are home to the first part of the giant poster which, as Snail pointed out on the front cover, focuses on the toothy funster's lower extremities, although the mirthful mollusc takes full advantage of the ground-level viewpoint.

Frank McDiarmid again
It's nice to see Mustapha's pals making a relatively small (but I'm sure much appreciated) gesture to repay our moneyed mate for all his past generosity this week's seaside story.

Art: Joe McCaffrey
Constable Chuckle apprehends this week's miscreant in the final panel of Speed Squad...

Art: Jimmy Hansen

On Saturday Auntie Daisy opens her kitchen to the public, resulting in the expected serving of culinary quips from the grinning gagster and pals.

Cheeky and Disco Kid
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
As has become the tradition since the strip made its debut in the 14 July 1979 edition, this issue rounds off with a glimpse of the garden-goings-on in Snail Of The Century.

Artwork duties on the Cheeky's Week strips are shared by Frank McDiarmid and Frank McDiarmid Pencils (FMP). This is the final issue to feature FMP artwork on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but FMP artwork will feature in three more issues.

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 18-Aug-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid pencils5
Frank McDiarmid4

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 18-Aug-1979, Issue 93 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Poster part 1' 2 of 2
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
8The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
9The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
10Joke-Box Jury
11Joke-Box Jury
12Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
13Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
14Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
15What's New, Kids
16Giant Cheeky Poster (first appearance)
17Giant Cheeky Poster (first appearance)
18Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art John Richardson
20Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
21Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
25Tub - Art Nigel Edwards\Alpha Man competition results (single appearance)
26Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
27Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
28Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
29Ad: IPC '2000AD and Tornado' 1 of 2
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid


  1. Quite few other large posters collected over several issues were in Fleetway comics..

    Buster himself
    and Whoopee's Frankie Stein..these were 3 parters..

  2. I like the Gran story...some clever stuff there...
    Love Ian Knox's work..