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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 20 October 1979

Art: Jimmy Hansen
Front page favourite Manhole Man, making his 25th cover appearance, joins Cheeky in kicking off this second birthday issue with a whirly-bird witticism, rendered by Jimmy Hansen. Sadly there's no mention of the second anniversary on the cover, nor anywhere inside (neither were there any celebrations of the 100thedition). This is the only time that Jimmy Hansen drew the main cover feature.

Jimmy Hansen continues to draw Cheeky's Week as the action progresses to the Sunday page, wherein our toothy pal is depicted dispensing quips along with newspapers on his regular round. 

Art: Jimmy Hansen
Readers who have sent in Paddywack gags will be eagerly scanning this week's bumper 2-page feature to see if their joke is among the 6 that the editor has chosen to be illustrated by Jack Clayton. It's not the first time that there has been a double helping of Paddywack – the issues dated 17 and 24 February and 28 July 1979 all contained 2 pages of the braces-and-welly-sporting buffoon.

Art: Jack Clayton
This week we learn that Disaster Des is, somewhat improbably, a Boy Scout. Mike Lacey returns to drawing the strip after Jimmy Hansen deputised last week.

Art: Mike Lacey
The Man In The Plastic Mac finds himself as The Man In Nothing At All by the end of this week's Elephant On The Run.

Art: Robert Nixon

The Silly Snaps filler reaches the last of its murky, grey outings this issue. I suspect few readers will mourn its departure.

The Chit-Chat page contains a letter complaining of the recycling of Paddywack gags – fortunately the joke in question is not among those featured in this week's double helping.

Mike Lacey takes on the Cheeky's Week artwork duties as of Thursday, and on Friday, Lily Pop's response to Cheeky's gag about Paddywack comes perilously close to eliciting a further critical missive from the eagle-eyed Arron Payne.

Art: Mike Lacey

The IPC coffers must be brimming as, along with the Paddywack 2-pager, there's a double-page Joke-Box Jury, and printed contributions to both features win a cash prize. Cheeky's vigilant correspondent from Helston need not wring his hands as none of the Jury Jokes are soap-based.

Saturday sees Cheeky pay a visit to Jogging Jeremy's Keep Fit Class, although the only thing our grinning chum exercises is his right to tell groan-inducing gags to all his pals as they sweat and strain. Bump-Bump Bernie's attempt at a handstand not only results in an injury to his foot, but the consequent trauma seems to have brought on an attack of Cheeky Weekly Inconsistent Hair Colour Syndrome

Mike again
Barrie Appleby stands in for Frank McDiarmid for the second (and final) time on Snail of The Century, which brings this week's fun-fest to a slithering conclusion.

Sadly there's no Frank McDiarmid work in this issue, but the Cheeky's Week art duties are more than capably shared between Jimmy Hansen (this week's issue is the final time that Jimmy will draw Cheeky's Week, although he'll continue to provide the art on Speed Squad), Mike Lacey and Barrie Appleby (4, 4 and 1 elements respectively).

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 20-Oct-1979, Issue 102 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Manhole Man' 5 of 7 - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
7Monday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
8Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
9Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
10Tuesday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
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
15Ad: IPC 'Krazy Annual' 3 of 4 Ad: 'Whoopee' 7 of 9
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Jimmy Hansen (final art on feature)
19Silly Snaps (final appearance)
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
24Ad: Mr Bellamy's
25What's New, Kids
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
28Joke-Box Jury
29Joke-Box Jury
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)