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Cheeky Weekly ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Profile - Ah Sew

The final addition to the Cheeky's Week supporting cast, Ah Sew made his debut in Cheeky Weekly dated 27 October 1979. His name was of course a reference to the Japanese phrase 'Ah so' (although there were suggestions that he was in fact Chinese), punningly twisted in the Cheeky Weekly manner to allude to his profession as a tailor.

Ah Sew's debut, Cheeky Weekly 27 October 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

By the time of his second appearance (using Frank's artwork as featured in his debut), Ah Sew seemed to have been demoted to Tailor's Assistant...

Art: Dick Millington and Frank McDiarmid

I would guess that when Dick was given the script for the page above, he hadn't seen Frank's design for Ah Sew and as a consequence Frank's artwork from the previous week was cut and pasted in. It actually works well.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's sartorial stooge appeared in 9 editions of the toothy funster's comic, his final outing occurring in the penultimate issue dated 26 January 1980.

Ah Sew bows out - Cheeky Weekly 26 January 1980. This was the only occasion on which he was given a 'humorous' accent.
Art: Mike Lacey

Ah Sew was created for Cheeky Weekly and never appeared in Krazy.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Ah Sew927-Oct-197926-Jan-1980

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 03 November 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
Bubblegum Boy, still floating high above the streets of Krazy Town, makes his 13th and final front page appearance this issue, sharing the cover with a character whose natural environment diametrically opposes his own airy lair. Yes, it's that other front cover stalwart, Cheeky's subterranean stooge Manhole Man, enjoying his 27th (and penultimate) cover gag with our toothy pal. Frank McDiarmid does the honours for this osseous rib-tickler, depicting the skeletons, which must be time-consuming to draw, with his customary aplomb.














Dick Millington, who last provided some Cheeky's Week artwork in the 28 July 1979 issue, delivers his final Cheeky Weekly work in the current edition, drawing the Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday elements.

Amusing detail in Calculator Kid - the hat which remains atop the post at the school gates.

Art: Terry Bave

Dick Millington gives us his Paddywack on the Monday page...
 
Art: Dick Millington
 
And on Wednesday Dick illustrates the only Cheeky Weekly appearance of Farmer Giles' Dad...

Dick again


John Geering provides the artwork on Mustapha Million this week, the only occasion on which John drew the strip.

Art: John Geering

 
Cheeky's message on the Chit-Chat page makes reference to this issue's Cheeky's Week artists Frank McDiarmid, Dick Millington and Mike Lacey.



Snail goes red with embarrassment at having to
encourage reader participation

There's another artist providing a one-off delivery of artwork this week, as Paul Ailey draws Speed Squad. Like Mustapha's ghost-drawn strip earlier in the issue, this Speed Squad escapade focuses on money, but whereas Mustapha had surplus moolah to distribute, the Squad are in pursuit of the precious pound with which they've been entrusted.

Art: Paul Ailey

Mike Lacey takes up the pen to furnish the visuals for the latter half of Cheeky's Week, including Friday, the occasion of Posh Claude's Dad's third and final appearance in the comic.

 
Art: Mike Lacey
 
Cheeky's Saturday is devoted to doing the shopping for his mum, after which attention turns once more to the back garden as Snail of The Century brings the hilarity to a conclusion for another week. Frank McDiarmid delivers the front and back covers, with Dick Millington and Mike Lacey each contributing 4 Cheeky's Week pages.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 03-Nov-1979, Issue 104 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 7 of 7 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Ad: IPC 'Cor Annual' 4 of 5 \Ad: Pop-A-Points
7Monday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
8Joke-Box Jury
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
11Ad: IPC '5 Top Comics' 2 of 2
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
15Wednesday - Art Dick Millington (final art on feature)
16Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
17Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
18Mustapha Million - Art John K. Geering (single art on feature)
19Mustapha Million - Art John K. Geering (single art on feature)
20Chit-Chat
21Chit-Chat\Ad: IPC 'Order Cheeky Weekly'
22Tease Break (final appearance)
23Speed Squad - Art Paul Ailey (single art on feature)
24Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
25Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
26Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
27What's New, Kids
28Friday - Art Mike Lacey
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Pages – Page 25

The second page of Mustapha Million's debut adventure occupied page 25 in the first edition of Cheeky Weekly, and Mustapha's second page was again in the same location a week later. The Saturday element of Cheeky's Week came to rest on page 25 for the 2 subsequent editions, following which a Wile E Coyote strip represented the cartoon portion of that week's Saturday morning picture show.

Saturday's picture show was similarly located for the 5 subsequent issues, meaning that a variety of Warner Brothers animated characters were called into service to entertain Cheeky and his fellow youthful cinema patrons...

Date Details
26-Nov-77Henery Hawk (first appearance) 1/2 'Little Orphan Henery'
03-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 1/2 'Poll Fault'
10-Dec-77Henery Hawk 1/2 'A Peachy Idea'
17-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 1/2 'Rage In A Cage'
24-Dec-77Daffy Duck (first appearance) 1/2 'Daffy's Diner'

The placement of strips in the following week's Christmas issue was shaken up somewhat as a result of the festivities, leading to Joke-Box Jury making its first page 25 appearance. However, as things returned to relative normality seven days later, another run of cartoons commenced...

07-Jan-78Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 1/2 'Extra Long Division'
14-Jan-78Tweety (single appearance) 1/2
21-Jan-78Tweety and Sylvester (first appearance) 1/2
28-Jan-78Daffy Duck 1/2 'Ducking Out'

The Tweety and/or Tweety and Sylvester escapades listed above were untitled.

Saturday then returned to page 25 for 2 weeks following which the 'Beeps' of Warner Brothers' Road Runner appeared in the comic for the first time (in this strip the fleet-footed (if foot is the correct term for the thing at the end of an avian leg) bird was given the ability to speak, something he was lacking - as far as I'm aware – in the cartoons).

The following week a 9-issue run of Saturday commenced, a sequence that was interrupted in the comic dated 29 April 1978 by the appearance on page 25 of an advert for Funny Faces. If you're thinking that it was a bit early in the year to be promoting ice lollies, all will become clear when I reveal that this was not an ad for Wall's famous visage-based frozen treats, but instead a promotional push for packs containing a selection of cartoon-style eyes, ears noses and hats, plus a blank face on which to affix them. Sort of a 2-dimensional Mister Potato Head but without the carbs.

Saturday then returned for a week before being displaced again by an advert, this time notifying readers that a sufficient number of Trebor chew wrappers could be exchanged for Corgi Junior models of Batman's road, air and maritime conveyances. 60 wrappers would bag aching-jawed youngsters the whole Batload.

Saturday then resumed for what was to be a 3-week residency on page 25, until more advertising appeared there in the 10 June 1978 edition. This time it really was Wall's Ice Cream, who were hoping the summer weather would be conducive to emptying the nation's freezer-cabinets of their Tom and Jerry and Skateboard Surfer lollies.

Saturday returned for a week, but 7 days later the site under consideration was host to a competition of the 'spot the difference' variety, in which readers were tasked to identify the number of discrepancies between two similar images of Cheeky and Manhole Man, who were pictured enjoying a game of Gyro-Tennis as manufactured by M-Y Games. 30 of said bat-and-ball contrivances were on offer to the lucky winners. Surprisingly (to me, anyway), these games still seem to be in production.

Ads appeared on page 25 in the next 2 issues; 01 and 08 July 1978. The former saw Burton's promoting their Smax and Wagon Wheels products by way of a campaign in which skateboard posters could be obtained for 50p plus 4 tokens excised from the wrappers of the aforementioned comestibles. The latter ad was placed by Rowntree Mackintosh in relation to their wild-west-themed chewy confection known as the Texan Bar which at that time was, somewhat incongruously, offering purchasers a selection of prehistoric monster stickers.

The following issue saw Saturday commence another run, this time of 2 weeks' duration. Page 25 in the 29 July 1978 edition featured an ad for Trebor's Double Agents boiled sweets. Wrappers from the spy-inspired fruit drops could be exchanged for fingerprint kits. Parents would no doubt be delighted to find the furniture coated with fingerprint powder as a consequence.

A further week of Saturday ensued, and 7 days later Tweety and Sylvester pursued their ongoing feud in the subject location. In the comic dated 19 August 1978, Saturday began what was to be a 6 week run which brought to an end the feature's appearances on page 25 because the following issue introduced the Mystery Comic to its centre pages and Saturday was shunted further back as a result. Saturday was the second most regular feature to occupy the page in question, appearing there 27 times (including 01 April 1978's Saturday - April Fool's Day).

The following 2 issues saw Paddywack's particular brand of discombobulation abounding on page 24, but in the two subsequent issues Trebor were again encouraging widespread mastication of their products by offering what was described as 'jeans badges' (possibly they meant patches) in return for 20 wrappers.

Paddywack then resumed occupancy in the comic dated 28 October 1978, but this time sharing the page with a list of winners of the skateboard and tennis competitions that ran in the 17 and 24 June 1978 issues respectively.

The Friday element of Cheeky's Week then made its first visit to page 25, but its inaugural sojourn there proved to be brief, as 7 days later the welly-booted wonder Paddywack returned, although his was also just a single visit on this occasion as in the subsequent edition page 25 hosted an ad for Pirelli slippers.

Paddywack was featured on page 25 a week later, sharing that location with an ad for Cheeky Weekly's companion title Whoopee! Page 25 in the comic dated 02 December 1978 hosted the final appearance of Interval.

Luscious Lily Pop was to be found on page 25 in the following issue as she was grilled by Baby Burpo in the debut episode of The Burpo Special. Friday then returned, commencing what was to be something of a marathon run of 28 weeks in the location in question.

Readers' letters page Chit-Chat made a bid to secure page 25 in the comic dated 21 July 1979, and managed to hold on to the subject location for a further 3 weeks until obese oaf Tub made his only appearance in the site under review, his half-page adventure sharing that location with a list of winners of the Alpha Man competition. The following week saw Chit-Chat return to page 25, commencing a second run, which would extend to 3 issues. Yet more advertising of chewy confections ensued, as this time Barratt promoted their Oran-gee-tang bars for 2 issues.

Advertorial feature Whats, New Kids then moved in for 2 weeks, before Friday made its final visit to the subject location, bringing to 30 the number of times it graced page 25 (including 14 April 1979's Good Friday variant), making it the most regular occupant of the site under review.

What's New Kids returned the following week, after which the young performers of Stage School demonstrated their showbiz prowess for 3 editions. By this late stage in Cheeky Weekly's history, 6 Million Dollar Gran had suffered something of a demotion, as her stories had not only been reduced from 3 pages to 2 (and sometimes just 1), but the aged automaton had been relegated to the rear of the comic. Thus the synthetic senior citizen landed up on page 25 for 2 editions. Page 25 in the 01 December 1979 comic was home to 2 ads for IPC product; Look and Learn, which was running a competition to win an adventure holiday in Sudan, shared the location with an ad for that Christmas present stalwart, the mighty Whizzer and Chips Annual.

Robotic ructions were again in evidence on page 25 as Gran moved back commencing with the issue dated 08 December 1979 for what was to be a 3 week residency until a reprinted adventure featuring double-decker-dwellers The Gang displaced the creaky contraption. This was the only time that The Gang featured on page 25.

Gran returned to page 25 in the 05 January comic, and remained there for 2 issues until her normal strip was interrupted when she was the subject of a spot the difference puzzle.

6 Million Dollar Gran then resumed her page 25 run for the 2 issues that remained before Cheeky Weekly ceased publication. Gran was the third most regular occupant of the subject location, appearing there on 9 occasions in her normal strip and once as the spot the difference subject.

Warner Brothers' characters appeared on page 25 in a total of 12 issues, but since the strips were named after the individual characters, I haven't included them among the top 3 features. And as far as I'm concerned they were little more than filler material.

Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 25
Elements Total
Friday29
Saturday 1/226
6 Million Dollar Gran 2/29
Chit-Chat 2/2\Tub5
Advertisement: Trebor4
Wile E Coyote 1/24
Paddywack3
Stage School 2/23
What's New, Kids3
Advertisement: Barratt2
Chit-Chat 2/22
Daffy Duck 1/22
Henery Hawk 1/22
Mustapha Million 2/22
Tweety and Sylvester 1/22
6 Million Dollar Gran Spot the Difference1
Advertisement: Funny Faces1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC1
Advertisement: Pirelli1
Advertisement: Smax and Wagon Wheels1
Advertisement: Texan bars1
Advertisement: Wall's1
Good Friday1
Interval1
Joke-Box Jury1
Paddywack\Advertisement: IPC1
Paddywack\Winners of Skateboard and Tennis competitions1
Road Runner 1/21
Saturday - April Fool's Day 2/31
Tennis Competition1
The Burpo Special1
The Gang 2/21
Tub\Alpha Man competition results1
Tweety 1/21

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 24

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. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.

Whizzer and Chips dated 07 June 1986 - for the first time since the 29 March 1986 edition, a Whizz-kid was subject to a raid by one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums. Can you spot the intrepid interloper? Scroll down to see who it was...



Whizzer and Chips 07 June 1986
Art: Sid Burgon











I'm a bit puzzled as to what's happening on the roof of the school in the first panel of Joker's story above. At first I thought there was a large flower growing up there, but on looking closer there appear to be wisps of smoke above whatever it is. Is it supposed to be a lit fuse?

This is the fifth raid carried out by our moneyed mate, bringing to 10 the total incursions into Whizzer by ex-Cheeky Weekly characters. Our Cheeky pals had been the victims of 19 raids by this stage.

More raiding fun 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
Animalad
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
Odd-Ball
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
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Odd-Ball
Cheeky
Mustapha Million
Odd-Ball
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
07 June 1986Mustapha MillionJoker


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Jim Crocker's Cheeky

Cheeky, as a member of The Krazy Gang, transferred into Whizzer and Chips as of the issue dated 22 April, following the demise a week earlier of Krazy, the comic which spawned our grinning chum. By the time of this Chip-ites letters page in Whizzer and Chips dated 02 August 1980, Cheeky Weekly had itself been defunct for 6 months and subsequently Cheeky's bifurcated comics career saw his solo strips decamp to Whoopee!

Included on this page is a rendition by Jim Crocker of the toothy funster. Unfortunately Jim left our gagster pal somewhat deficient as regards his jersey.

All gags drawn by Jim Crocker

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Profile - Sherlock

Subtlety was never a priority for the creators of the multitudinous Cheeky's Week cast, so when the decision was made to include an aspiring detective among the ranks of the toothy funster's pals, said sleuth was equipped with a deerstalker hat, magnifying glass and named Sherlock.

Cheeky's investigative chum made his debut in the first issue of Krazy.

Krazy issue 1, 16 October 1976
Art: Frank McDiarmid


Sherlock's powers of deduction in his first appearance were positively Holmesian compared to those on display during his run in Cheeky Weekly. Although he did get a mention in the first issue of the toothy funster's comic, it wasn't until issue 7 that Sherlock actually appeared, cropping up on Friday and again on Saturday.

Sherlock's first appearance in Cheeky Weekly,
issue dated 03 December 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

In the comic dated 24 December 1977, Sherlock was hired by Nosy Nora to help her locate that week's copy of the ever-elusive Mystery Comic.

Art: Barrie Appleby

The issue dated 10 June 1978 featured Sherlock's first front cover appearance as he joined Cheeky in the What A Cheek strip.

Sherlaock gets a one-off page to himself - Krazy 10 September 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid


In the comic dated 24 June 1978 Petula recruited Sherlock to find a missing elephant, (no, not that one - his adventures didn't start until September that year) and the tiny 'tec's search continued in the following edition. Despite appearing on 5 pages in that issue, Sherlock was unable to locate the errant pachyderm, which had spent the week on Krazy Town High Street inside a cosy created for it by the agile knitting needles of Granny Gumdrop.

Art: Mike Lacey


It seems that Petula was rather lax in securing her betrunked pet, as Sherlock was again on its trail in the comic dated 05 August 1978. The success or otherwise of his search was on this occasion not disclosed.

The adolescent investigator was once more in pursuit of one of Petula's AWOL animals in the 16 September 1978 edition...
 
Art: Frank McDiarmid

...sadly, the species of the missing creature was not revealed.

Sherlock had the honour of being the star of the back page Cheeky's Pal Puzzle in the comic dated 04 November 1978, and the junior detective's second and final cover appearance was on the front of the 17 February 1979 edition, where he was shown as a member of that week's Joke-Box Jury panel.

The youthful gumshoe was the subject of the Burpo Special in the comic dated 30 June 1979.

Art: Mike Lacey
 

Prior to his appearance in Cheeky Weekly dated 31 December 1977, Sherlock was always depicted with pupils in the centre of his eyes, as are many comic characters. However in the aforementioned issue, Frank McDiarmid drew the junior sleuth's eyes as black ovals with no white of the eyes showing. When Frank next drew Sherlock, on the cover of the 10 June 1978 comic, he included whites, but when depicting the young investigator on 5 pages in Cheeky Weekly dated 01 July 1978, Frank showed him on some pages with whites around his pupils and on others without. All Frank's subsequent renderings of Sherlock included whites. Mike Lacey always drew Cheeky's sleuthing pal without whites, whereas Barrie Appleby drew him on some occasions with and on others without.

The daft detective's final Cheeky Weekly appearance was in the issue dated 19 January 1980, concluding a run during which he appeared in 47 issues.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Sherlock4703-Dec-197719-Jan-1980

Sherlock - Number of appearances by Element

Element Number of Appearances
Saturday16
Interval12
Friday9
Monday3
Thursday3
Tuesday3
Wednesday2
Cover Feature1
Sunday1
Sunday evening1
The Burpo Special1
What a Cheek1

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
SherlockFrank McDiarmid23
SherlockMike Lacey12
SherlockFrank McDiarmid pencils11
SherlockBarrie Appleby4
SherlockJim Watson1
SherlockUnknown Cheeky Artist 11
SherlockJimmy Hansen1

Thursday, 27 April 2017

RIP Leo Baxendale

I'm not enough of a comics expert to be able to offer much comment on Leo's massive influence on the development of the comics industry - I'll leave that to others. But I will say thanks Mr Baxendale for the legacy of fun you leave behind.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 27 October 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid






Manhole Man returns to the front page for the 26th time, sharing this delightfully surreal cover image with our chirpy chum and a Caledonian choo-choo.












 
On the Sunday page, the vulture circling above Jogging Jeremy puts me in mind of The Gobbles from The Beezer, and is that Roger the Dodger's Joe the Crow flying alongside?


Frank again

It's 6 Million Dollar Gran versus 1 Million Pound Octopus...

Art: Nigel Edwards



 
...but the sum lost as a result of Disaster Des becoming embroiled in a grommet sales drive is far in excess of the cost of the aged automaton and her synthetic squid adversary...

Art: Mike Lacey

On the Chit-Chat page, Cheeky lifts the lid (although not very far) on the letterers...



...UPDATE - Andy's comment below enlightens us as to the the surnames of the folk referred to above.
 
There's a shockingly violent conclusion to this week's episode of The Gang, but thankfully it seems everyone escapes unscathed (physically, at least).

Art: Robert MacGillivray


The colouring of the rodent-related Why, Dad, Why? is at variance with the dialogue...

Art: John Geering


Cheeky's tailor chum Ah Sew makes his debut on the Thursday page. Ah Sew was the final addition to the Cheeky's Week supporting cast.

More Frank

Our toothy pal's friends find that the museum offers no refuge against his corny gags as Cheeky pays a visit on Saturday. As has become the custom, the comic concludes with the back garden antics of Snail.

This issue features an all-Frank-McDiarmid Cheeky's Week, a month since the last one, with Frank this time delivering nine pages packed with striped-jerseyed jocularity.

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 27-Oct-1979, Issue 103 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 6 of 7 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
6Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
7Joke-Box Jury\Ad: IPC 'Knockout Annual' 3 of 3
8Chit-Chat
9Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
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
14Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
15Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
16Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
17Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
18Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
19Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
20Joke-Box Jury
21Joke-Box Jury
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Stage School - Art Barry Glennard
25Stage School - Art Barry Glennard
26Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27What's New, Kids
28Ad: Palitoy 'Star Wars Collection' 2 of 3 - Art Brian Bolland (final art on feature)
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

Monday, 17 April 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 23

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. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.

In the 31 May 1986 edition of Whizzer and Chips, Calculator Kid was again the subject of a Whizz-kid raider. Can you spot the crafty interloper? Scroll down to see Whizz-kid supremo Sid spill the beans.

Whizzer and Chips 31 May 1986
Art: Terry Bave













As with the previous raid documented in this series, the Calculator Kid reprint (in this case from a colour episode in Cheeky Weekly dated 28 July 1979) has undergone some modifications in addition to the placement of a raider.


Maybe it was felt that by 1986 'bah!' was something of an archaic expression of frustration. The reason for the change to Charlie's subsequent comment in the second example above is less clear. I could have understood if  the word 'still' had been removed. Possibly the decision to substitute the comma after 'ice-cream' with 'or' and remove the second comma in the same sentence was intended to emphasise Charlie's dire financial dilemma by making it clear that he could afford only one of the seaside treats listed. The exclamation mark in Calc's reply has been replaced with a full stop.

Sid was clearly orchestrating something of a vendetta against Charlie and Calc, as this was the eighth time he had sent a raider into their strip. The ex-Cheeky Weekly folk had by this point been raided on 19 occasions, having undertaken raids into Whizzer just 9 times.

Mor raiding fun 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
Animalad
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
Odd-Ball
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
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Odd-Ball
Cheeky
Mustapha Million
Odd-Ball
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Pages - Page 24

Page 24 was the site of Mustapha Million's oil-striking debut in the first issue of Cheeky Weekly, and our moneyed mate returned to that location the following week. However, week 3 of the comic saw advertorial feature What's New, Kids occupy the subject location with, in addition to promoting a new board game and traditional kites, a reminder to readers to follow the fireworks code and also make use of the Fun Phone to communicate their jokes to the Cheeky office.

A week later page 24 was the home of a page containing jokes, designed to be cut out, folded and inserted into the Fun Wallet that came as a free gift with issue 2 of the toothy funster's title. The editor presumably felt that the gags provided with the Fun Wallet would have palled not a little as they circulated around the playgrounds of the nation in the two weeks that had elapsed since the gift first appeared.

A six-week run of the Saturday page commenced in the issue dated 19 November 1977, before Cheeky's regular dip into comics of yesteryear, which I refer to as the Old Comic feature, turned up. Saturday then returned for a further four weeks, the second of which included the final outing of Doug's Doodle, relocated from its usual Tuesday slot. Mustapha Million then returned to page 24 in the comic dated 04 February 1978, but a week later the location under review was home to 2 ads for IPC product, namely Shoot and Misty. Saturday then turned up for a week, before a run of half page ads for more IPC titles ensued...

Date Details
25-Feb-78Ad: IPC 'Misty' 3 of 5 Ad: 'Buster' 2 of 5
04-Mar-78Ad: IPC 'Buster' 3 of 5 Ad: 'Misty' 4 of 5
11-Mar-78Ad: IPC 'Buster' 4 of 5 Ad: 'Misty' 5 of 5
18-Mar-78Ad: IPC 'Look and Learn' 2 of 16 Ad: 'Buster' 5 of 5
25-Mar-78Ad: IPC 'Look and Learn' 3 of 16 Ad: 'Mickey Mouse' 2 of 18

The above run of issues saw the final ads in Cheeky Weekly for Buster and Misty (excluding ads for specials), the two titles having clocked up 5 ads each (Misty being promoted on page 24 in 3 consecutive issues of the toothy funster's comic). In contrast Look and Learn was to amass a total of 16 ads by the time Cheeky Weekly ended, and Mickey Mouse was promoted on 18 occasions.

Saturday then made a brief visit to page 24 (this time with an additional description of April Fool's Day) before another two half pagers promoting Mickey Mouse and Look and Learn appeared a week later. Page 24 in the next issue was composed of 2 stamp collecting ads, a small panel mentioning the harmonica competition running that week in Krazy and Whizzer and Chips, a message from Snail informing readers that the winners of the name the snail competition would be announced the following week and a half page ad for Look and Learn notifying prospective purchasers that a Panini Booklet of Animals, plus free stickers to affix therein, was bundled with the current issue.

Page 24 in the 22 April 1978 edition was something of a bittersweet affair as, sharing that location with a half page Joke-Box Jury gagfest was an ad for Whizzer and Chips which that week was welcoming the survivors from Krazy, the comic which gave birth to our toothy pal but had ceased publication a week earlier.

Indomitable Saturday then returned for a week, but seven days later the site in question was home to yet another pair of IPC ads, this time for the Krazy Holiday Special and the football-focused Roy of the Rovers. Cheeky's doings on Saturday then resumed, only to be replaced a week later by another ad, but this time from Wall's Ice Cream who were hoping to shift significant quantities of their Tom and Jerry and Skateboard Surfer lollies by employing a cartoon strip depicting the cat-and-mouse duo engaged in some deft skateboarding moves.

In the 27 May 1978 issue What's New Kids made a bid to secure page 24, but was dislodged the following week by an ad for Weetabix, notifying those with an interest in breakfast cereal that their product was offering T-shirts emblazoned with the company logo. Mustapha and his millions then moved back in for a week, replaced in the subsequent issue by an ad for Kellogg's, who were countering the Weetabix offer two weeks earlier with their own promotion whereby small plastic Playpeople could be obtained in exchange for tokens carried on packs of their early morning comestibles.

Sarah and Tim were given instruction on how to safely navigate their way from one side of the street to the other when the Green Cross Code Man turned up the following week in an ad placed jointly by the Department of Transport, the Scottish Development Department and the Welsh Office.

Page 24 was the scene of a momentous event in the 01 July 1978 edition as Cheeky Weekly favourite Calculator Kid made his debut. Charlie and Calc remained in the same location for 3 further weeks after which Saturday returned for a single issue. Calculator Kid then returned for one issue, before the site under review featured ads in the following 2 issues – the first placed by Burton's (confectioners whose most famous sweet snack is probably the legendary Wagon Wheel), who were running a promotion with toys as prizes - 'Get your mum to look for the special packs' - (although the iconic circular biscuity treat seems not have been included in this marketing ploy) and the second for Anglo Bellamy's rather unimaginatively-named Bubbly bubble gum.

In the next issue, dated 26 August 1978, Calculator Kid began a 5-week run on page 24, bringing to an end his visits to this particular location. Cheeky's Friday doings then occupied the site under review for 2 weeks, after which Paddywack caused his customary confusion for a fortnight.

Pirelli, the tyre manufacturers, were evidently siphoning off some of their spare rubber to make children's slippers featuring the likenesses of cartoon favourites Scooby Doo and Boss Cat (the BBC's alternate title for Top Cat, due to the existence at the time of a cat food of that name). An ad for this fun footwear appeared on page 24 of the 28 October 1978 issue, and the following Week Kellogg's ran their Playpeople ad again.

Friday then returned, but a week later Paddywack was back, but with only two gag strips, as the lower portion of the page saw Cheeky asking readers to send in the name of their favourite star 'from the world of sport, TV, pop music...anything'. The votes would be used to compile a cut-out poster featuring the most popular choices. A week later Friday paid its final visit to page 24, and the week after that Tweety and Sylvester's final Cheeky Weekly strip appeared in the same location.

Friends of Cheeky Chit-Chat made its debut on page 24 in the issue dated 09 December 1978, but the following edition saw Joke-Box Jury commence what was to be a 5 week occupancy, after which Skateboard Squad rolled in for one issue. Page 24 was host to its third debut in the 17 February 1979 comic as sporadic filler Tease Break made its initial appearance, sharing the page with a reminder that votes were still being sought for the celebrity poster.

The dynamic Skateboard Squad returned for a fortnight, after which the gag-evaluating panel of Joke-Box Jury were in deliberation for 6 weeks, on the final occasion sharing their page with an ad reminding readers that posters were concurrently appearing in Whoopee! and Whizzer and Chips, as part of a multi-comic promotion which included the Top Ten poster running in Cheeky Weekly (for which celebrity nominations were sought earlier).

Skateboard Squad returned for a week, after which Joke-Box Jury made a chucklesome reappearance, following which Skateboard Squad began their final run on page 24 (which was also to be their final two weeks in Cheeky Weekly under their original name). A week later, in the 19 May 1979 edition, page 24 consisted of the half-page conclusion of Thursday, paired with an ad for the Krazy Holiday Special. Paddywack then made his final appearance in the location under review, after which an ad placed by SP Toys extolling the luminous properties of their Glo-Putty and Glo-Doh, which seems to have been a development of the Silly Putty concept.

Readers who had sent in gags to be judged by the Joke-Box Jury were no doubt eagerly scanning page 24 a week later as the verdict was handed down yet again on the latest batch of quips and puns.

Skipper, Skatie and Wipe-Out then returned to page 24 in the issue dated 16 June 1979, but in their new guise of Speed Squad (the terrific trio had unveiled their new title in the 26 May 1979 edition). Speed Squad were back again the following week but in the next issue Joke-Box Jury had its final outing on page 24, bringing the number of times it had appeared in that location to 15 and making it the feature to appear most frequently in that location.

The lively letters page Chit-Chat then returned for what would be its last run on page 24, amounting to 10 weeks and bringing the total times it appeared in the location under review to 11, making it the second most regular feature to appear on the page which followed page 23.

A week after Chit-Chat moved out, the well-oiled wheels of Speed Squad were again in evidence in what was to be the intrepid trio's last visit to this site. The comic dated 22 September 1979 saw Thursday turn up on page 24 for the final time, and a week later the same location hosted an ad for the third issue of IPC's new football mag Top Soccer, sharing the page with an ad for Pop-A-Points pencils and crayons inviting readers to enter a colouring competition.

It was then the turn of Mustapha Million to make his final page 24 appearance, after which an ad for Mr Bellamy's Amazing Liquorice Novelties ran for 2 weeks. There followed a surprise bid by the kids of Stage School to take control of page 24, though their tenancy of that location lasted but 3 weeks after which there was another unexpected attempt to take control, as 6 Million Dollar Gran was shifted to the latter pages of the comic and held on to page 24 for 6 issues. Gran's run was then interrupted by some reprint shenanigans featuring The Gang, but the synthetic senior citizen saw off the double-decker dwellers seven days later, commencing a 2-week run. In the 19 January 1980 comic page 24 was home to 2 half-page ads for IPC product; Mickey Mouse and Shoot (two separate comics I hasten to add – not a rather unlikely merged title).

Gran then resumed occupation for the final two weeks of Cheeky Weekly. Despite first moving to page 24 as late as November 1979 when the comic was approaching its termination, Gran's total appearances in that location numbered 10, putting her, in the rankings of most frequent comic strip occupants, into equal third place with Calculator Kid.

IPC was the most frequent advertiser on page 24, with its own comics and mags being promoted there on 14 occasions.


Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 24
Elements Total
Joke-Box Jury13
Calculator Kid10
6 Million Dollar Gran 1/29
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC9
Saturday 1/29
Chit-Chat 1/27
Skateboard Squad6
Chit-Chat4
Friday4
Saturday4
Paddywack3
Speed Squad3
Stage School 1/23
Advertisement: Kellogg's2
Advertisement: Mr Bellamy's2
Joke-Box Jury\Advertisement: IPC2
Mustapha Million 1/22
Mustapha Million 2/22
What's New, Kids2
6 Million Dollar Gran1
Advertisement: Bubbly1
Advertisement: Burton's1
Advertisement: Department of Transport1
Advertisement: Glo-Putty and Glo-Doh1
Advertisement: IPC1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: Pop-A-Points1
Advertisement: Pirelli1
Advertisement: Wall's1
Advertisement: Weetabix1
Doug's Doodle\Saturday1
More joke strips 2/21
Mustapha Million1
Old Comic1
Paddywack\Who's your Super-Star1
Saturday - April Fool's Day 1/31
Tease Break\Your chance to vote1
The Gang 1/21
Thursday1
Thursday 2/2\Advertisement: IPC1
Tweety and Sylvester 2/21