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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Whoopee! Years - Cheeky as Quizmaster, in E.T. Challenge and TV Quiz Kids

During Cheeky's final Whoopee! run in his eponymous strip, he also made some extra-stripular appearances.

The first of these occurred in the 19 March 1983 edition when our toothy pal was co-opted to introduce that week's Quizmaster feature. This puzzle series was hosted by a different luminary from among Whoopee!'s roster of funny folk each issue. In fact the first Quizmaster half-page of teasers, in Whoopee! dated  04 December 1982, was introduced by the jerseyed japester's erstwhile Cheeky Weekly colleague Calculator Kid who, accompanied by his extravagantly-moustachioed dad, would feature as subjects in a Quizmaster puzzle in the 14 May 1983 edition (hosted that week by Little Ed). Some of the Stage School kids would set the questions in the 29 January 1983 comic, Mustapha Million would host 12 March 1983's Quizmaster, while Robot Granny (previously known as 6 Million Dollar/$6,000,000 Gran) would pose the puzzles in Whoopee! dated 30 April 1983.

Whoopee! 19 March 1983
Quizmaster art: Roy Mitchell

Returning to our toothy chum, his next appearance in a vehicle other than his own strip resulted from a reader participation feature which was launched within his own page in the 26 February 1983 issue...

Whoopee! 26 February 1983
Art: Frank McDiarmid

By the time the results were published in the 27 August 1983 edition, the comic had undergone another merge to become Whoopee and Wow!

Whoopee and Wow! 27 August 1983
I can't identify this artist

Cheeky's final Whoopee foray into a feature other than his own regular strip occurred on the TV Quiz Kids page in the 21 January 1984 comic, which I examined back in 2013.


10 comments:

  1. looks like David Mostyn especially the teacher being kicked!
    love the dustbin gag for the school cook..

    E xtreemly T alented for doing this top blog! E. by gum it is T rue..

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  2. Here's a thought: did Cheeky ever appear in Calculator Corner, courtesy also of the late Jack? (Ah, Calculator Corner, Charlie and Calc's only lasting original contribution to W&C for me, Calculator Kid giving way to reprints as it did after but a few weeks - don't get me started!)

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    1. As far as I recall, our toothy pal never appeared in Calculator Corner, but I will check when I devote a post or posts to CK's Whoopee (with and without exclamation) and/or Cheeky/Wow! years.

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  3. I remember getting a calculator for my birthday around 1982 (which would've been 37 years ago yesterday) and ploughing through Whoopees to solve Charlie and Calc's (and Jack's) number-based riddles. Happy, easy times. Plan to look at W&C from 1985 in British Library today so could keep my eye open for Cheeky in Calculator Corner – as a lone Krazy Gang member, of course – and Mustapha, if you want.

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  4. Yes, if you spot anything interesting please let me know (sorry it's a bit late for today but no doubt you'll be going again). Many happy returns for yesterday.

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  5. Thanks. Couldn't see Mustapha or Cheeky in Calculator Corner up to the final one that I could find, on 22/2/86. It's not surprising Cheeky wasn't in that one, as Krazy Gang had ended two weeks before. I DID see Mustapha in a few of Jack's Whizz-Kids v Chip-ites pages but fatigue stopped me making a full inventory - well I'm getting on a bit now you know! Wasn't so tired that I didn't take time to reread the wonderful Store Wars/Mizz Marble-devoted Christmas issue we've gushed about before

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    1. Thanks for checking. As I think I have told you before, my W&C collection ends at the Christmas 1989 edition. I have seen a scan of the final W&C, which contains Mustapha, so I'm assuming his strip was present in all the 1990 issues up to the comic's demise that October (possibly he was absent for a few odd issues due to space constraints). I also assume he didn't go into reprints and that all the strips in this period were dawn by Frank McD. If you get time at some stage, could you please check if my assumptions are correct. Thanks.

      And yes, that Christmas W&C you mention is superb.

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  6. Also on 19/3/83 in W&C, Cheeky performed not only a raid upon, but a personal affront to, Joe (see 19/12/81) Bloggs of Bloggs & Son. It's unspeakable! (BTW Superstore's first name was revealed two weeks before this outrage.)

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    1. I'm intrigued - will have to look at that issue. Good spotting of Bloggs' first name - I didn't know that!

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