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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 22

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.


A week after Mustapha Million was the subject of the unwelcome attentions of the Bumpkin Billionaires, the other Cheeky Weekly survivor of the time was unwitting host to an impudent invader of Whizz-kid origin.

Can you identify the intruder upon Charlie Counter and his silicon-chipped sidekick? Scroll down, where enlightenment will be forthcoming…

Whizzer and Chips 12 April 1986
Art: Terry Bave
Lovely expressions of horror/revulsion!












Yes, it's the rather dull Animalad strolling nonchalantly into the boys' lavs, carrying out his third raid on an ex-Cheeky Weekly character. He has previously intruded upon Cheeky (as a member of The Krazy Gang), and gatecrashed Mustapha Million. However the Whizz-kid shape-shifter was himself the victim of a retaliatory incursion by Mustapha.

This Calculator Kid strip had first appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 03 February 1979 (the 'big' issue). The superimposition of Animalad wasn't the only change to the page on its Whizzer and Chips outing – the trajectory of an unidentifiable object ricocheting off a kid's head in the first panel on row 2 was obliterated, Cheeky's graffito under the handbasin (row 3 panel 2) was removed while in the same panel Charlie's closing word was excised, and a change was made to Charlie's dialogue in the final panel. This last change was probably made because the original didn't make sense, since during the story Charlie didn't actually 'interfere with [Calc's] plans'.


This was the seventh raid carried out on Calculator Kid up to this point, making Charlie the most-raided ex-Cheeky Weekly character. The dwindling survivors of the toothy funster's title had by this time suffered 18 raids and perpetrated 9.

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

2 comments:

  1. It would of been fun if the Cheeky slogan was left...

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    1. Yes, readers might have written in asking who Cheeky was, leading to a whole new run of Cheeky stories (but probably not).

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