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Wednesday, 22 July 2020

The Whoopee Years - Cheeky Weekly Characters in the Popularity Polls - part 6

The previous post in this series concluded with the Top Ten results printed in the issue dated 02 October 1982.


A Top Ten voting coupon was printed in the comic dated 30 October 1982, and the next results were published in the 06 November 1982 edition.

As has become customary in this series of posts, we'll first examine those features which ended between the previous poll results and the latest...

START_DATE END_DATE CE_ELEMENT
18-SEP-82 09-OCT-82 Toby's Animal Rescue Service booklet

These are the features that started between the two poll results...

START_DATE END_DATE CE_ELEMENT
16-OCT-82 16-OCT-82 Microchip Badge Giveaway
23-OCT-82 30-MAR-85 Snack-Man
06-NOV-82 06-NOV-82 Pa Bumpkin's Countryside Spot-The-Difference
06-NOV-82 06-NOV-82 Teach Your Family The Firework Code

Three one-offs are joined by David Mostyn's arcade game-inspired Snack-Man, whose grub-grabbing adventures went straight onto the comic's front cover, so the editor must have been confident that kids would enjoy the strip.

As usual, to understand the full contents of the comic at that point, we'll just remind ourselves of the features that were ongoing at the time...

START_DATE END_DATE CE_ELEMENT
09-FEB-80 25-JUN-83 Smiler
09-FEB-80 12-JAN-85 Cover Feature
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Bookworm
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Bumpkin Billionaires
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Calculator Kid
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Frankie Stein
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Lolly Pop
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Mustapha Million
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Paddywack
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Stage School
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Sweeny Toddler
09-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Toy Boy
16-FEB-80 30-MAR-85 Chip
01-MAR-80 19-JAN-85 Top Ten voting coupon
10-MAY-80 09-MAR-85 Top Ten Results
01-NOV-80 27-OCT-84 Guy Fawkes Mask
21-MAR-81 27-NOV-82 Whoopee It's Quiz Time
09-MAY-81 25-JUN-83 Robot Granny
12-SEP-81 25-JUN-83 Tom Horror's World
31-OCT-81 05-NOV-83 Guy Fawkes Supermask
02-JAN-82 25-JUN-83 Teacher's Pets
27-MAR-82 25-JUN-83 Little Ed
01-MAY-82 25-JUN-83 Beaky
01-MAY-82 25-JUN-83 Kids of Class Five
01-MAY-82 25-JUN-83 Smile-In
01-MAY-82 25-JUN-83 Whoopee Winners
22-MAY-82 25-JUN-83 Cheeky (second run)

Stage School, Mustapha Million and Calculator Kid continued essentially unchanged from their Cheeky Weekly days. Gran was still in her 'Robot' phase as far as the title of her strip was concerned (she had of course always been a mechanical synthetic human). Paddywack had suffered a reversal of fortune since his erstwhile Whoopee cover-star status and was by now reduced to a half-page per week. Cheeky was faring just a little better, occupying one page per issue, although when compared to his former 5-page per week Whoopee presence this was a considerable comedown.

Let's look at the 06 November 1982 results...


Stage School seem to be enjoying something of a resurgence, having moved up from 5th place last time to 3rd position, the highest they've ever reached.

Poll Date Feature Position
10/05/80 Stage School 8
15/11/80 Stage School 6
20/06/81 Stage School 10
20/02/82 Stage School 7
07/08/82 Stage School 8
21/08/82 Stage School 10
02/10/82 Stage School 5
06/11/82 Stage School 3

Mustapha Million's previously slow descent through the rankings has accelerated, dropping from 4th to 7th place.

Poll Date Feature Position
10/05/80 Mustapha Million 1
15/11/80 Mustapha Million 1
20/06/81 Mustapha Million 1
20/02/82 Mustapha Million 3
07/08/82 Mustapha Million 4
21/08/82 Mustapha Million 4
02/10/82 Mustapha Million 4
06/11/82 Mustapha Million 7

Calculator Kid reaches his lowest point so far, at number 8.

Poll Date Feature Position
10/05/80 Calculator Kid 4
15/11/80 Calculator Kid 2
20/06/81 Calculator Kid 5
20/02/82 Calculator Kid 4
07/08/82 Calculator Kid 6
21/08/82 Calculator Kid 5
02/10/82 Calculator Kid 6
06/11/82 Calculator Kid 8

Gran makes a surprise re-entry at number 10, only the second time that the aged automaton has achieved a place among the upper echelon of Whoopee characters.

Poll Date Feature Position
10/05/80 $6,000,000 Gran 7
06/11/82 Robot Granny 10


Cheeky and Paddywack remain consistent in failing to make any impression among the top ten placings.

My examination of the fortunes of the ex-Cheeky Weekly funny folk in the Whoopee Top Ten polls continues in part 7.

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