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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Profile - Willie Brushiton

Coming to public awareness during the satire boom of the early 1960s as one of the founders of Private Eye, cartoonist, writer and comedian Willie Rushton was later exposed to larger audiences as a contributor to TV’s That Was The Week That Was and as a panelist on BBC Radio’s anarchic comedy panel game I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Even greater media exposure ensued as Willie took his seat among the gagsters on ITV’s comedy game show, Celebrity Squares. The noughts-and-crosses based quiz originally ran from 1975 to 1979, and was probably where the majority of Cheeky Weekly readers first became acquainted with the bearded funnyman, resulting in his name being adopted and adapted (twice) in relation to two of the toothy funster’s many pals.
 
Cheeky Weekly dated 10 December 1977 saw the first Rushton reference, with a punchline relating to Sid the Street-Sweeper

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils

 

Then in the 11 March 1978 edition Cheeky's late-for-class ruse involved two anonymous painters, either of whom could have been the character later appearing under the nom de paintbrush of Willie Brushiton...


Art: Unknown Cheeky Artist 1

 

Krazy Town then appeared to be devoid of painters until the issue dated 14 October when Willie got his first name-check.


Art: Frank McDiarmid
 
Willie was the creator of one of the seven blunders of the world, as identified by the toothy funster in Cheeky Weekly dated 11 November1978.


The first time we saw Willie in anything other than his paint-splattered overalls was the 23 June 1979 issue.

Frank again

The only edition to feature more than one appearance by the daft decorator was the comic dated 29 December 1979, wherein Willie fetched up on the Monday and Thursday pages.
 
Willie’s final appearance (again out of his work gear, although somewhat less smart than his debut in civvies due to the fact that his top coat was missing) was at Cheeky’s new year party in the comic dated 05 January 1980...

More Frank

Cheeky's painter pal was never featured in Krazy, but clocked appearances in 26 editions of Cheeky Weekly (27 if we assume Willie was one of the painters in the 11 March 1978 comic).


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Willie Brushiton2623-Sep-197805-Jan-1980

Count of elements by artist




Character Artist Total Elements
Willie BrushitonFrank McDiarmid16
Willie BrushitonMike Lacey6
Willie BrushitonFrank McDiarmid pencils3
Willie BrushitonJimmy Hansen1
Willie BrushitonDick Millington1

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