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Friday 19 February 2016

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 14

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'.

Whizzer and Chips 30 November 1985

Normally I ask you to spot the raider, then reveal the interloper's identity further down the page, but in the face of this massive onslaught by the teeny terror I felt I should prepare readers for the traumatic events that occurred in the pages of Chips dated 23 November 1985...

Whizzer and Chips 23 November 1985
Art: Terry Bave

This tale of questionable morality (since Calc knew in advance that the bull would escape, why didn't he get Charlie to alert the farmer, instead of waiting for the beast to rampage and then instructing young master Counter to steal the fish?) first appeared in colour in Cheeky Weekly dated 22 July 1978.

There's more pilfering afoot in the Krazy Gang, but our toothy mate foils the nefarious nocturnal nicking...

Whizzer and Chips 23 November 1985
Art: Bob Hill

The final ex-Cheeky Weekly star to be raided in this W&C issue is Mustapha...

Whizzer and Chips 23 November 1985
Art:Joe McCaffrey

This MM story originally appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 02 June 1979. On its original appearance, teacher's word balloon in the final panel on the first page made reference to a 'Cheeky Annual'.

Despite Cheeky Weekly having come to an end in February 1980, Cheeky Annuals continued to be published for some years (each edition cover dated, as was the tradition with all Fleetway annuals, a year in advance). The final Cheeky Annual was dated 1985, so sadly the toothy funster's yearly treat was not among the annuals filling the newsagents' shelves when Whizzer and Chips dated 23 November 1985 went on sale.

The tally of raids now stands at Whizz-kids 12, with 6 raids carried out by ex-Cheeky Weekly characters.

In case anyone's wondering, in addition to his raids on the three surviving characters from Cheeky Weekly, Sweeny's fourth raid in the issue in question was on Lolly Pop.

I have a confession to make - I prepared the scans for this post some months ago. When I came to write the post I realised I had forgotten to scan the second page of Mustapha's story above. I didn't feel like embarking on a major excavation to retrieve the Whizzer and Chips in question, so the second page shown above is actually from the story's original appearance in Cheeky Weekly - the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted the 'CHEEKY 2.6.79' in the bottom right corner.

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
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million


  1. Memory Banks would still not know who the raider was despite your obvious clues!