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Thursday, 2 April 2020

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 53

New readers start here... After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986. Calculator Kid survived a little longer, his run of reprints coming to an end in the 26 July 1986 edition and leaving Mustapha Million as the sole Cheeky Weekly survivor.

A week after Mustapha was raided by Slippy in the 16 September 1989 edition of Whizzer and Chips, head Whizz-kid Sid announced the resumption of weekly reciprocal raids (after the moratorium on new raids was lifted in the 12 August 1989 issue, raids had been limited to a single one each week, alternating between a Whizz-kid incursion into Chips one week, and a Chip-ite foray into Whizzer the next).

Whizzer and Chips 23 September 1989

Thus it was entirely possible under the reintroduced 2-raids-a-week regime that a character could be both perpetrator and victim, and the next issue to involve Mustapha in a cross-comic sortie (28 October 1989) did indeed see him in both roles.

Mustapha struck a blow for the Chip-ites by intruding upon the somewhat disturbing romantic entanglement of Bobby with his girlfriend from beyond the grave. The strip's title was a pun on Susan Maughan's 1962 recording of Bobby's Girl, a reference of which few Whizzer and Chips readers in 1989 would have been aware.

Art: Anthony Hutchings

Can you spot the gate-crasher in Mustapha's pages?  Scroll down the discover the identity of the infant interloper.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Yes, it's the 'orrible occupant of a notoriously niffy nappy, Sweeny Toddler, carrying out his second raid on our middle-eastern mate. Sweeny's previous intrusion upon Mustapha was during the belligerent baby's multi-raid rampage way back in Whizzer and Chips dated 23 November 1985.

I suspect the billboard advertising Gungeo Hair Gel is another popular music reference, although much more recent for readers in 1989 than that cited above - Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan had enjoyed chart success with 'Especially for You' in 1988. I'm not going to embed a video of the song, so please seek it out yourself if you're so inclined.

More raiding fun soon!

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Mustapha Million
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
07 June 1986Mustapha MillionJoker
28 June 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million
26 July 1986
Calculator Kid ends this issue
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
16 August 1986Mustapha MillionJoker
23 August 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million
18 October 1986Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
06 December 1986Toy BoyMustapha Million
13 December 1986Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
17 January 1987SidMustapha Million
14 February 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
11 April 1987Pa BumpkinMustapha Million
25 April 1987Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
20 June 1987Toy BoyMustapha Million
27 June 1987Mustapha MillionMemory Banks
25 July 1987Lazy BonesMustapha Million
22 August 1987Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
12 September 1987Mustapha MillionSweet Tooth
19 September 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
24 October 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
12 December 1987JokerMustapha Million
13 February 1988Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
20 February 1988Mustapha MillionJoker
12 March 1988Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 April 1988JokerMustapha Million
28 May 1988
Readers asked not to let their Whizz-kid or Chip-ite sympathies colour their favourite strip votes
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
11 June 1988SlippyMustapha Million
16 July 1988Toy BoyMustapha Million
30 July 1988 New raids halted

05 August 1989 (raid reprinted from 25 Aug 1984)CheekyStore Wars
12 August 1989 Resumption of new raids (one per week)No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
02 September 1989JokerMustapha Million
16 September 1989SlippyMustapha Million
23 September 1989 Weekly reciprocal raids resumeNo Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
28 October 1989
Mustapha Million
Sweeny Toddler
Bobby's Ghoul
Mustapha Million


  1. I'd spread my wings for you,,,no need to think about tomorrow...all the loneliness and the sorrow...now we are together...together... erm got carried away...

    1. You have a lovely voice...unfortunately it's more like Kylie than Jason ;)