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Monday, 28 January 2019

Profile – Ivor E Tugger

In Cheeky Weekly’s first issue our toothy pal tracked down the latest edition of the Mystery Comic in the waiting room of dentist Ivor E Tugger, although the tooth-wrangler himself did not appear on that occasion. Considering Cheeky’s mouthful of magnificent munchers it’s surprising that dentists did not figure more regularly in his life, and the funster's next dental encounter was presented on the cover of the 02 September 1978 issue, in the What A Cheek strip. Presumably the forceps-equipped gentleman causing Cheeky's discomfort was Mr Tugger.

Mr Tugger's debut
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Our grinning hero's next interaction with the molarmeister came almost a year later in the 04 August 1979 edition, and it seems Ivor had grown a moustache in the intervening period.

Frank again

The dentist returned in the comic dated 08 September 1979, although his name had been removed from the plate by the surgery door at this stage (but his upper-lip adornment was more luxuriant than previously).

More Frank
 
The final dentist gag, a single-panel quickie, appeared in the 13 October 1979 edition, by which time the funny fang-fixer had evidently decided his 'tache was surplus to requirements. UPDATE - this wasn't in fact Ivor's farewell - see below.

NOT Mr Tugger's farewell
Frank once more



The above joke references Michael Bentine, the presenter of kids' TV show Potty Time, and Dentyne chewing gum.




 


UPDATE 14 March 2019 - I've just found another appearance by Mr Tugger, in the final edition of Cheeky Weekly - see below...

Mr T's final appearance in the last Cheeky Weekly
Frank


Ivor never appeared in the Cheeky pages in Krazy.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Ivor E Tugger502-Sep-197802-Feb-1980

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