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Monday, 27 June 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 15 September 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
Cheeky and his dad indulge in reptilian repartee on the cover of issue number 97 (a glimpse into Crystal Belle's crystal ball would have revealed that only 20 more issues of the toothy funster's comic would roll off the presses). Cheeky's name is on the gate - whether it's a welcome or a warning that the house is our grinning pal's place of residence is open to speculation.

Readers of this earlier post will be aware that while preparing this issue summary I realised that some of the artwork in the edition under review which I had previously attributed to Mike Lacey was actually by Jimmy Hansen. Just prior to putting this post to bed I also decided to change the artwork credit on the cover pic from pure Frank McDiarmid to Frank McDiarmid pencils. This is the final time that the Frank/inker collaboration furnished a 'cover feature' (which is my term for anything on the front page that's not a comic strip).

Jimmy Hansen depicts Cheeky's usual Sunday paper round, which takes our grinning pal once again to Krazy Town harbour, a geographical feature that didn't appear on the aerial view of the toothy funster's locale printed in the first issue of Krazy. But the highlight of this page is surely our glimpse of Constable Chuckle's night attire.

Art: Jimmy Hansen

Charlie Counter is invited to a party this week (a further consultation with Crystal would have revealed that Charlie and Calc would be attending the same celebrations, albeit with a gatecrasher who wasn't present the first time round, in Whizzer and Chips on almost exactly the same date 6 years later).

6 Million Dollar Gran's robotic rocket shot (inaccurately billed as a Bionic Boot) initiates a globe-spanning search for the missing football.

Art: Ian Knox

On Wednesday cheeky encounters a new character – the newspaper reporter named Reg Press (who in all his subsequent appearances was called Rex Press). Not quite sure what that stroke in Cheeky's speech bubble to the right of Reg's first name is supposed to represent (possibly an indication there was some uncertainty as to the humorous hack's monicker? - the fact that Reg/Rex's face isn't shown could suggest that the character's visuals hadn't been decided upon at this point).

Art: Jimmy Hansen

Thursday sees the Cheeky's Week artwork duties handed over to Mike Lacey (see here), and a couple of pages later Barrat's Oran-gee-tang bar ad makes its debut. Also making a first appearance, this time on Friday, is Krazy Town's merry meat merchant, Mr Mutton.

Art: Mike Lacey
Like 6 Million Dollar Gran, the father and son stars of Why, Dad, Why? are beset by ball botheration.

Art: John Geering

On Saturday it seems our grinning pal is suffering from gag fatigue as he outsources the knock-knock jokes to his pals...

Art: Mike Lacey

Lest any readers cancel their regular order for the comic in the belief that our toothy pal has quit the comedy business for good, Cheeky returns at the end of the Saturday 2-pager with a promise that he'll be back next week. Exit, pursued by Knock-Knock Door.

Mike again

Cheeky's farewell is a little premature, as he is seen again on the back cover's Snail of the Century, which is Frank McDiarmid's only pure work in this issue.

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 15-Sep-1979
Artist Elements
Jimmy Hansen4
Mike Lacey4
Frank McDiarmid1

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 15-Sep-1979, Issue 97 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Cheeky's Dad' - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Jimmy Hansen
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 Jimmy Hansen
8Ad: Trebor 'Olympics competition' 1 of 3
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Jimmy Hansen
11Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
12The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
13The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
14Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
15What's New, Kids
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Jimmy Hansen
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art John Richardson
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Ad: IPC '5 Top Comics' 1 of 2
24Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
25Ad: Barratt (first appearance) 'Oran-gee-tang' 1 of 2
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
28Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
29Ad: IPC 'Top Soccer No 1' 2 of 2
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

1 comment:

  1. 6 Million Dollar Gran love it...Ian Knox work is a joy to look at..