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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

The Whoopee Years - Cheeky Weekly Characters in the Popularity Polls - part 13

11 weeks after the 21 July 1984 poll results, Whoopee and Wow! readers leafing through the 06 October 1984 edition were again presented with a Top Ten voting coupon, and the next set of results appeared in the comic dated 05 January 1985.

What features had come to an end between 21 July 1984 and 05 January 1985?...

02-JUL-83 28-JUL-84 Letterbox
02-JUL-83 04-AUG-84 Spare-Part Kit
22-SEP-84 13-OCT-84 Comic Turns Booklet
01-NOV-80 27-OCT-84 Guy Fawkes Mask
03-NOV-84 24-NOV-84 Sweeny Toddler's Baby Comic
31-DEC-83 29-DEC-84 We wish all of our readers a very merry Christmas

Letterbox was the readers' letters page. Spare-Part Kit was a dull tale with a preordained termination date resulting from its premise - a lad with set of mechanical limbs which he wore over his own, and the spies intent on stealing his performance-enhancing equipment in order that their country could win medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

No features had begun between the same two dates, so we'll move straight on to examine the ongoing strips/features of the time...

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
23-OCT-82 30-MAR-85 Snack-Man
27-NOV-82 23-MAR-85 Calculator Corner
12-FEB-83 26-JAN-85 Freaky Frankie
02-JUL-83 23-MAR-85 Team Mates
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Bleep
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Boy Boss
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Cheeky (Quick Strip)
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Comic Turns
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Creepy Comix
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Family Trees
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Gran's Gang
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Here Is The News
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Kid Comic
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Ossie
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 Shipwreck School
02-JUL-83 30-MAR-85 TV Quiz Kids
14-JAN-84 30-MAR-85 Animalad

Here are the results as presented in the 05 January 1984 edition...

Ossie Art: Robert Nixon

Mustapha Million makes a surprise re-entry into the top ten, having failed to register in the previous 3 polls.

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
04/12/82 Mustapha Million 4
22/01/83 Mustapha Million 7
02/04/83 Mustapha Million 9
19/11/83 Mustapha Million Not placed
31/03/84 Mustapha Million Not placed
21/07/84 Mustapha Million Not placed
05/01/85 Mustapha Million 7

In another shock, Stage School, who have secured a place in all 14 previous polls conducted since Cheeky Weekly merged with Whoopee back in February 1980, are for the first time marked as being absent.

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
04/12/82 Stage School 8
22/01/83 Stage School 4
02/04/83 Stage School 1
19/11/83 Stage School 5
31/03/84 Stage School 4
21/07/84 Stage School 4
05/01/85 Stage School Not placed

Calculator Kid fails to make it into the poll results for the fourth consecutive time - evidently Calc's batteries were running low by this stage.

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
04/12/82 Calculator Kid 6
22/01/83 Calculator Kid 3
02/04/83 Calculator Kid 5
19/11/83 Calculator Kid Not placed
31/03/84 Calculator Kid Not placed
21/07/84 Calculator Kid Not placed
05/01/85 Calculator Kid Not placed

Gran has again failed to secure a placing, maintaining a curiously sporadic record.

10/05/80 $6,000,000 Gran 7
15/11/80 $6,000,000 Gran Not placed
20/06/81 Robot Granny Not placed
20/02/82 Robot Granny Not placed
07/08/82 Robot Granny Not placed
20/02/82 Robot Granny Not placed
02/10/82 Robot Granny Not placed
06/11/82 Robot Granny 10
04/12/82 Robot Granny Not placed
22/01/83 Robot Granny Not placed
02/04/83 Robot Granny Not placed
19/11/83 Gran’s Gang 7
31/03/84 Gran’s Gang Not placed
21/07/84 Gran’s Gang Not placed
05/01/85 Gran’s Gang Not placed

Cheeky and Paddywack continue to have zero presence among the most popular features.

One further set of poll results was published before Whoopee joined the burgeoning number of titles in the comics graveyard, and the fate of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums in that ultimate vote comes under examination here.

Back to part 12

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