1983 would see a major refashioning of Whoopee!’s contents as the comic underwent a merge with failed stablemate (and fellow exclamation-mark-adorned) Wow! in July. However readers would have been unaware of the impending influx of Wowers (Wowites?) when they examined the latest set of poll results in Whoopee! dated 22 January 1983, just 7 weeks after the previous top ten had been announced.
Since that earlier set of results, no Top Ten voting coupon had been published, but due to the lead-time required for publication, the responses to coupons printed several weeks earlier were no doubt included, together with the small voting coupons regularly printed on the comic's letters pages, which readers were asked to complete and send in along with their amusing missives. The Whoopee! editor was undoubtedly scouring the results as he spent sleepless nights deciding which strips would be dropped to make room for the Wowees.
No features had started or ended since the previous results were published in the 04 December 1982 edition, so let's just remind ourselves what were the ongoing features in the comic at the time, so that we have an idea of the 'rivals' with which our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums were contending as they strove to maintain (or achieve in the case of Cheeky and Paddywack) a place among the most popular features...
|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|
|12-SEP-81||25-JUN-83||Tom Horror's World|
|31-OCT-81||05-NOV-83||Guy Fawkes Supermask|
|01-MAY-82||25-JUN-83||Kids of Class Five|
|22-MAY-82||25-JUN-83||Cheeky (second run)|
These are the poll results as published in the 22 January 1983 issue...
|Quizmaster art: Roy Mitchell|
Calculator Kid, having reached a nadir in the November '82 poll, is slowly climbing again, reaching 3rd position, the second best placing he has achieved so far.
The kids of Stage School will be pleased with their performance, up from number 8 to 4th place.
Mustapha Million seems to be falling from favour, dropping from number 4 to 7th place, taking him back to his lowest ever position in November 1982.
Robot Granny is again absent, having last appeared in the November 82 poll in 10th place. Cheeky and Paddywack have failed to register in any polls whatsoever.
My examination of the fortunes of the ex-Cheeky Weekly funny folk in the Whoopee Top Ten polls continues in part 9.