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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Cheeky Weekly cover date 12 January 1980

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky is joined on the cover by Welsh wit Taff the Laff for rugby repartee. Over the page, Cheeky’s first gag while on his Sunday paper round (although we don’t actually witness him making any paper deliveries this week) is with Milkie, making his final Cheeky Weekly appearance. I don’t think milk was delivered on a Sunday in those days but I may be wrong.

Art: Mike Lacey
Paddywack continues to cause consternation thanks to readers’ jokes. I particularly like Jack Clayton’s background gags in the restaurant.

Art: Jack Clayton
As with the Chit-Chat and Joke-Box Jury pages, since last week
the Paddywack page is no longer soliciting reader submissions

There’s a rare turn from cravat-sporting ‘Showbiz Teacher’ in this week’s Stage School.

Art: Robert Nixon

Page 11 includes an ad encouraging readers to place a regular order for Cheeky Weekly, a bit surprising since we now know the comic would survive for only 3 more weeks. I’ve always wondered what happened to regular orders when a comic was merged – would the merged title, in this case Whoopee and Cheeky, automatically be substituted by the newsagent unless the customer specified otherwise? Obviously not in those cases where lucky readers were already receiving the absorbing comic in a multi-comic order.
Farmer Giles harvests a crop of corn in this week’s Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue.

6 Million Dollar Gran is evidently undergoing some sort of memory-circuit malfunction during this week’s snowy episode, as she is under the impression that she existed in 1906, when she was actually built in 1977.

Art: Ian Knox

The synthetic senior citizen is not the only one feeling the cold, as on the Chit-Chat page our toothy pal keeps us up to date with the seasonal sartorial choices of the production team. Meanwhile reader Douglas Bell notifies us that our favourite comic appeared in a recent edition of telly ‘tec series Shoestring.

I wonder if there was a bit of a mix-up in the Cheeky office while the staff were comparing winter outfits, as on page 30 Cheeky seems to be introducing this week’s issue. Did someone forget that Cheeky's Week commences on Sunday, not Saturday?

Art: Mike Lacey

The back cover is again home to Snail of The Century, bringing the comic to another garden gagfest conclusion.

Mike Lacey provides all the Cheeky's Week artwork this time round, and this is the final time he will draw Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Frank McDiarmid furnishes the front and back covers. Vic Neill does the final of his four stand-ins for Robert Nixon on Elephant on the Run.

Making their final Cheeky Weekly appearances along with Milkie are Cheeky's mum and Hypno-Tessa.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 12-Jan-1980, Issue 114 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Taff the Laff' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
5Monday - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)
6Joke-Box Jury
7Ad: Pop-A-Points
8Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
9Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
10Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)
11Ad: IPC 'Penny' 3 of 3 Ad: 'Do you have trouble getting copies of Cheeky Weekly' 5 of 5
12Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon
13Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue 'Farmer Giles Jokes'
14Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue 'Farmer Giles Jokes'
15Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
19The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
20Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
21Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Elephant On The Run - Art Vic Neill (final art on feature)
23Elephant On The Run - Art Vic Neill (final art on feature)
246 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
256 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 15 of 18 Ad: 'Shoot' 10 of 13
28Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid


  1. Wow not many issues to go to review...also like the paddywack backgrounds... chomp..chomp...Boom!