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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Profile - Mr Chips

One of the later entrants into the Cheeky's Week supporting cast, joiner Mr Chips (whose name referenced wood chips I suppose, but also the book Goodbye, Mr Chips) was first introduced in a single-panel gag appearing in the comic dated 28 July 1979. Quite what the comedy carpenter was constructing at the time remains unclear.

Mr Chips' debut
Art: Dick Millington and...?

His second appearance was drawn by Frank McDiarmid, including a rendition that's notably similar to the one above. I suspect that at the time Dick drew the panel above, he hadn't seen Frank's version of the character and that someone other than Dick added Mr Chips to the panel at a later date (you may recall I have a similar suspicion about Dick's handling of Ah Sew).

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Chips junior (first name Woody?) made a single appearance, in the comic dated 22 September 1979.

Artist unknown (to me)


Chips' gnashers get an airing thanks to Yikky-Boo
Frank again

More Frank

Despite his resolution to cease the jokes in the new year edition dated 05 January 1980, Cheeky's sawdust-strewn stooge made two further Cheeky Weekly appearances, the final one in the penultimate issue.

Mr Chips' valedictory gag in the issue dated 26 January 1980
Art: Mike Lacey

The jovial joiner was given the honour of having a Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue in his name, devoted to carpentry-related humour, included in the same last-but-one issue. Chips appeared in 21 issues of the toothy funster's title.

Mr Chips was created for Cheeky Weekly and never appeared in Cheeky's strips in Krazy.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Mr Chips2128-Jul-197926-Jan-1980

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
Mr ChipsFrank McDiarmid10
Mr ChipsMike Lacey7
Mr ChipsNot known2
Mr ChipsBob Hill1
Mr ChipsFrank McDiarmid pencils1

4 comments:

  1. He kept chipping a way at Cheeky to be in the comic more... Maybe he should of been in Chips comic!

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