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Wednesday 17 November 2021

Cheeky Annual 1983


The Cheeky Annual cover-dated 1983 was first advertised in the pages of Whoopee! in the issue dated 28 August 1982 and was publicised, as had been the case with his Annuals since that dated 1981, among a selection of other of IPC’s yearly offerings. Pa Bumpkin, who was given the job of recommending the crop of Annuals in adverts appearing during 1980, is again recruited to extol the superior quality of publisher IPC’s output (an assertion that other publishers would no doubt contest, not unreasonably in some cases – although not a big fan of DC Thomson’s output at the time, I have to admit that the quality of their Annuals was much higher than IPC’s).

The above ad appeared in 3 editions of Whoopee!, being replaced as Christmas approached with a more seasonal variant  that also appeared 3 times. Any young wrestling fans who, as a result of seeing the original ad, were anticipating a Christmas immersed in the grappling endeavours of Shirley Crabtree would have been dismayed to note that the Big Daddy Annual was for some reason absent from the festively-revised promotional concoction.


Cheeky’s strips in the weekly issues of Whoopee! (the title that had adopted certain of the strips from Cheeky Weekly following its cancellation) had undergone a number of changes, and by the time this Annual was published our toothy pal was appearing weekly in an eponymous vehicle.

There is grumbling in the grotto as our grinning chum causes consternation in the Claus queue on this festive cover drawn by Mike Lacey. This scene restores the tradition of featuring a Christmas-related image on the front of the Annual, which was broken last year.

We can only imagine the disputes over ownership of this Annual which resulted from the editor’s decision not to include a ‘This Book Belongs To’ page, which has occupied page 2 of all previous Cheeky Annuals. Those opening this year’s offering with pen poised to inscribe their personal details are instead greeted by a strip on page 2 entitled Cheeky’s Crazes. As Bruce alerted me in his comment on my post examining the 1982 Annual, the '[Month] with Cheeky' format of the toothy funster content in his previous books has been replaced. It would seem that the grinning gagster is this year going to report on various hobbies, starting with a colour collection of piscatorial puns and canal-side capers with several of his pals, drawn by Frank McDiarmid.


Following four pages of fishing folderol, we join Paddywack (who was among the chums that Cheeky joshed with in the preceding feature), as he begins a new job. Artist Jack Clayton delivers an appealing 2 page set, the lovely colour printing enhancing Jack’s redolent-of-seaside-postcard-style. Somewhat inexplicably, Paddywack's presence in the weekly Whoopee! had been expanded to a full page in early 1982, despite the character never featuring among the top ten most popular characters in the regular reader polls. However, the witless welly-wearer’s full page outings became less frequent as the year progressed and by the time of this Annual, the last of Paddy’s full-page escapades had appeared in the weekly title.

A rather incongruous Calculator Kid page transports us back to the summer months for a tale which ends with Charlie enjoying a giant ice cream sundae as a reward for assisting in the capture of an escaped bear. Was this page originally intended for the 1982 Cheeky Summer Special?


Art & Script: Terry Bave

Those readers who have been counting the number of colour pages as they progress through this Annual won’t be surprised to encounter a black and white image overleaf, as Calculator Kid’s summer escapade has brought the number of multi-hued pages so far (including the cover) to 8, and the 9th page in all previous Cheeky Annuals has seen the commencement of monochrome merriment. This time page 9 is the location of a Soggy the Sea Monster reprint extracted from the area within IPC’s slime-bedecked vaults housing material originally presented in Shiver and Shake. This particular episode concerns the Soggster’s encounter with a pilot who has ejected from a stricken aircraft.

Leo Baxendale once again transports us back to neolithic times with a 2-page Cave Kids episode, reprinted from the mighty Buster, relating the consequences of an attack by the Sabre-Tooth tribe on our hero Rocky and pals.The title of this feature would seem to be something of a misnomer, since houses built from rock (much like those featured on screen in The Flintstones) can be seen in the background, with no evidence that the titular tykes reside in caverns of any type.


The IPC office junior has evidently been spending a considerable amount of time scouring the cobwebbed tunnels that constitute the company’s archival catacombs, as a third reprint follows in the form of a 2-page scholastic schism over a hair drier between The Blots and their rivals The Swots, a tale extracted from the annals of Smash!

Before we embarked on this sequence of 3 reprinted features, Calculator Kid was enjoying an original, albeit unseasonal adventure. Page 14 sees another new feature, but the weather on view is more in keeping with the time of year at which most readers will be enjoying this Annual for the first time, as Speed Squad are excited to give their motorised sled a run in the snow. While speeding through the white stuff, our heroes get reports of blizzards affecting the local community, in this 2-pager drawn by Jimmy Hansen (Jimmy has drawn Speed Squad in all the Cheeky Annuals published to date, although one of the Squad strips in the 1981 Annual was illustrated by Colin Whittock). The community-conscious trio then make amends by clearing up the snowdrifts.


While text stories were a regular feature of Krazy, the title in which Cheeky cracked his first gag, such presentations have not previously been seen in any of the Cheeky titles. Written ‘by Cheeky’ in the first person, ‘Booked’, the text of which is printed over 3 pages, tells of the toothy funster’s visit, along with his pals, to the IPC offices to witness preparation of this very Annual, although sadly there is no mention of the sterling efforts of the staff member tasked with retrieving material from the musty depths of the IPC archives. I originally thought the images accompanying the text were drawn by Paul Ailey, but I'm not so sure now. Is the artist named Folkard as the introductory panel suggests? UPDATE - my thanks to Andy Boal who in his comment below has boosted my confidence that the art is by Paul Ailey.


Further doubts are assailing me - as I work my way through the Cheeky Annuals and Specials, I find myself becoming less confident that the Cheeky Chuckles strips are reprints, although despite having mentioned this possibility previously I haven’t actually recored them as rerints an any of my earlier analyses. Another collection of Cheeky Chuckles single-panel gags by Artie Jackson appears on page 19. The previous Artie Jackson entries in this series (Summer Special 1981 and Annual 1982, a total of 9 gag collections) are very consistent, which could mean they were drawn specifically for the Cheeky Annuals, yet I’m aware that the gags could easily have been extracted from any number of readers’ letters pages of years gone by which exist in the IPC filing cabinets.

However, let’s not concern ourselves with such conundrums any further, and move on to our pal Mustapha Million, who finds as his 4-page escapade plays out, that his tutor attempts to prevent the titular hero and his pals playing dressing up games as cowboys and soldiers, saying the lads should concentrate on training for ‘useful’ jobs. Our generous chum placates all concerned by providing a miniature fire engine, milk float and removal van for the amusement/education of his mates.

As if Artie Jackson hadn't provided enough gags, more single-panel funnies appear on the next 2 pages, but these are collected under the heading Too Many Cooks by Auntie Daisy. Where have I seen work by this artist (Golding? Goldry?) before?



A selection of brainteasers drawn by Ed McHenry and with the title Teacher’s Homework Puzzles (reminiscent of Teacher's Teasers) follows across the next 2 pages.

The IPC office dogsbody has clearly spent considerable time rooting through the thousands of yellowing pages languishing in the musty vaults below King’s Reach Tower, as a reprint which has not previously been in evidence in any of the Cheeky titles is presented on pages 28 and 29. I’m not sure who the artist is on this episode of Tell-Tale Tess reprinted from Cor!! It doesn’t look to be the work of Joe McCaffrey to me, although the examples posted by Irmantas are clearly by Joe.



Young Tess would seem to have had something of a promiscuous post-Cor!! career, acting as reprint backup not only in this Cheeky Annual but also in some Frankie Stein Holiday Specials.

Cheeky’s Crazes returns on page 30, and this time the grinning gagster has brought his camera for 4 pages of photography fun drawn by Frank McDiarmid. We might have expected to meet Krazy Town's loopy lensman Flash Harry in this sequence, but he's evidently been detained in the darkroom. A photographic representation of Teacher's wife, who has not previously been seen in any Cheeky title, is on view.


Boastful bully Big Bill Boulder is annoying Rocky and Pals in the 2-page Cave Kids which follows, and this reprint from Buster is followed by a feature which may or may not have previously appeared elsewhere.

Followers of the toothy funster have been lucky enough to enjoy artwork by Ron Turner on 2 previous occasions; Archie’s Angels ran in Cheeky Weekly, and the first Cheeky Summer Special included Ron’s Malice in Wonderland. On both occasions those strips were reprints. Longtime Cheekyphiles now have a third opportunity to appreciate Ron’s illustrations, in the form of a strip entitled Lee’s Amazing Secret. I don’t know whether this strip is a reprint - internet searches reveal no information, but of course this story could have originally been published with a different title. I will have more to say on the topic when I analyse the reprint content of the Annual later in this post.


After having the modifier inserted in his ear (the diminutive space-travellers giving our young hero no choice as to whether he accepts their ‘modifier’, nor as to the location into which it’s installed – luckily for him they chose the ear), Lee finds he has indeed been endowed with physical abilities far exceeding those of normal humans, and certain improvements in his intellectual capabilities although we see no evidence that his brainpower has increased by the magnitude promised by the alien ‘benefactors’. In the ensuing days Lee employs his superhuman strength to divert the course of a light aircraft as it crash lands, preventing the stricken plane from ploughing into some trees, completes his homework without trouble, and scores 5 goals in a school football match. Prior to taking a shower after the soccer game, Lee removes the extraterrestrial device from his auditory canal, leaves it and his other valuables unattended (I told you his reasoning powers were seemingly not boosted as promised), following which it is stolen. This cliff-hanger concludes the first, 6-page part of the story, and a caption tells us the tale will resume on page 100.

School-based shenanigans play out over the next 2 pages as the unruly blots attempt to sabotage Teacher’s cane in another reprinted episode, following which there’s a new adventure with Gran. Like Gran’s story in the 1982 Cheeky Summer Special, the format conforms to the scenario which was introduced in the weekly Whoopee! dated 09 May 1981, wherein Gran was hired as a nanny to the Swankly kids. All Gran stories in earlier Cheeky Annuals and Specials were based on the aged automaton’s original premise, that saw her acting as Granny to Pete and Pauline Potts. Despite the change of setup, Gran still displays robotic attributes in her new role, and in this story the young Swanklys persuade the synthetic senior citizen to knit them various items from a selection of unlikely materials such as chain and barbed wire. The art on this 4-page tale is the unsigned work of Ian Knox, only the second time Ian has drawn a Gran strip in a Cheeky Annual (the first time was in the 1980 Annual, although I suspect the artwork in that case was originally intended for one of the issues of Cheeky Weekly that weren’t published due to industrial action). Nigel Edwards usually deputises for Mr Knox on Gran pages in the Cheeky Annuals and Specials although, in addition to the Annual entry mentioned above, Ian also provided Gran graphics in the 1981 Cheeky Summer Special.


Our toothy pal’s mollusc mate has of course been present in all the Cheeky Annuals and Specials to date but, following the debut of his own feature in Cheeky Weekly, Snail of the Century, in July 1979, he first secured his own strip outside of the weekly comic in the Cheeky Annual 1980 Annual. Since then Cheeky’s slithering sidekick has appeared in strips bearing a variety of titles in each of the Cheeky yearly collections, both Annuals and Specials, all of which have been based on the basic format of Snail of the Century. This time Snail’s feature is entitled Smile Along A Snail, a title previously used for his strip in last year’s Annual. With the exception of Snail on the Beach in 1980's Annual which was drawn by Mike Lacey, all of Snail's own strips in the Annuals/Specials (including this one) have been illustrated by Frank McDiarmid.



Following those 2 pages of back garden gags is another double-page collection of Cheeky Chuckles jokes from the ever-active nib of Artie Jackson.

Jim Watson (rather formally signing himself ‘James’ - possibly to distinguish himself from the other Jim Watson) is the artist on the Stage School episode which follows. This is the first time Jim/James has worked on the feature. By the end of this story Sir is lauded as a hero after saving a parachutist in difficulties, who he mistook to be class member Kammy Kazi, the junior daredevil.


Page 56 is the site of another brain-teaser, this time of the festive variety, which looks to me to be drawn by Tom Williams.



An antipodean adventure for Soggy the Sea Monster follows, in which the lovable leviathan contends with some inconsiderate surfers. Thanks to Irmantas, I know that this particular episode originally appeared not in Shiver and Shake as one might expect, but was sourced from Soggy’s visit to Whizzer and Chips dated 28 July 1973 as part of that year’s Star Guest promotion. For the story’s reprinting in the Annual, the Star Guest label has been removed and the title banner has been replaced with Soggy’s regular design, but the major difference is the lovely colouring job that has been done, as this page is the first of the colour pages in the centre of the Annual.


The Cave Kids are also benefiting from the multi-hued printing as Rocky’s participation in a game of conkers (the ‘conkers’ of course being roughly hewn from rock) drives the plot of this 2-pager.

The inevitable catastrophic consequences which follow when Disaster Des visits a department store are depicted over 2 pages by Barry Glennard and are in colour.

Cheeky begins his investigation into football in the Cheeky’s Crazes sequence commencing on page 62. Baby Burpo seems to be emulating Walter Wurx as he urgently departs the field of play in this 4-page set by Frank McDiarmid.



Charlie Counter becomes concerned that Calc is unresponsive in the subsequent Calculator Kid story. However, the seemingly defunct microchip marvel is the result of a mix-up at the breakfast table. Always good to see the impressive upper lip adornment sported by the rakish Mr Counter.



Tell-Tale-Tess’ second appearance in this Annual concerns a seasonal scrape involving a snowball and a policeman, drawn by Joe McCaffrey (the whole thing, not just the policeman).

Jack Oliver delivers a typically imaginative feature in the form of Awful Alphabet, with 26 letters defined in rhyme and in colour over the next 3 pages, sadly bringing the multi-hued printing to a conclusion for the time being.



Had the next page appeared in colour, a lot of it would have been white anyway, as Tub takes on some bullies who are deterring others from entering the snowman-building contest. In a plot with which long-time comic readers are maybe a little too familiar, the miscreants are immobilised by being covered in snow just as the competition judge arrives, and you can guess the rest. This is Tub's only appearance in this Annual but inexplicably a further adventure of our portly pal is included in this year's Shiver and Shake Annual.

Cheeky’s chalk-wielding nemesis returns to torment his gag-cracking pupil with a further 2-page collection of Teacher’s Homework Puzzles. Readers are again invited to help our toothy pal with the tasks he has been set.

Up next is a 9-page humorous adventure story entitled Quest for the Lost Pharaoh, certain aspects of which (mainly the design of the type used for the title and the hero’s name) spoof of the 1981 movie which busted many a block, Raiders of the Lost Ark. This comic take on Indiana Jones, which for longtime Cheeky fans will bring back memories of the Home Movies as the strip employs the same film sprocket device to indicate the events depicted are occurring on a screen, not to mention the Movie Masterpieces, is signed by Mike Brown (engendering recollections of early Creepy Sleepy Tales). At first I thought this was probably a reprint of a Badtime Bedtime Book from Monster Fun, with alterations to give it relevance to ROTLA, but although there was a similar, Egypt-set story in that series, entitled Mummy’s the Word, this tale was not among the original BBBs. I then wondered if it’s a reprinted series, as the story seems episodic, with captions appearing at the top left of several pages which could have been site of ‘the story so far’ text if this is indeed a reprint. The first of these captions occurs on the second page of the story and its contents suggest that some preceding scenes may have been edited out. However, having said all that there appears to be something written next to Mike Brown’s signature which could be ‘82’, and if that’s the case it would suggest that this is a newly-created piece. Curiously, though, Mike didn’t date (if that’s what it is) his 2 signed strips in this year’s Monster Fun Annual.

By the end of the tale the intrepid Calcutta P Cookson has located the tomb of the ancient Egyptian ruler and apprehended the evil Viper, but we stay with matters historic (or more accurately, pre-historic in this case) as another Cave Kids reprint is next on the agenda. This time the story is painted onto a slab of stone by Rocky himself (but really it’s drawn by Leo Baxendale), and veers even closer to Flintstones territory with the introduction of a stone-age car, propelled in this case one would imagine, through the courtesy of Rocky's Dad’s two feet. This ‘page drawn by the featured character’ is a device Leo B used a number of times, but I always enjoy seeing it.



Artie Jackson has been busy again to furnish us with a further 2 pages of Cheeky Chuckles gags, after which Paddywack appears again, this time regaling us with 2 pages of haircut humour from his time as a barber.

It would seem the class supply of ink has been stolen in the next Swots and Blots episode, part of which takes place on the snowy playground and surrounding frigid streets. Then Tell-Tale-Tess has a snow-free story, although it does have one similarity to that of the preceding Ss and Bs in that it is a 2-pager. The young snitch threatens to tell the copper in question that Billy has scrawled on a wall some derogatory comments regarding the dimensions of PC Plates’ feet

Page 94 sees a welcome return of Cheeky who for this 4-page sequence is examining the subject of ‘collecting’. Leisure pursuits are also concerning The Cave Kids who, after biffing Chiefy with their stone-age football, spend the remainder of the 2-page story trying to amuse themselves without incurring further ire from the man in charge.

The predicament in which our schoolboy hero was left is picked up in the second part of Lee’s Amazing Secret. Lee spots the interloper who stole the modifier, an unsavoury character known as Grimesy, and is horrified to discover that the villain has discovered the ability-enhancing powers of the alien technology (which the criminal thought was a hearing aid so inserted into his lug-hole). Lee witnesses Grimesy using his new-found strength to rip the doors off a bank, and to break into the vault. Watching as the extraterrestrially-strengthened ne’erdowell emerges from the building toting a huge sack of cash, our chum kicks a football at the miscreant, scoring a direct hit on his ear (much in the way Rocky inadvertently did to Chiefy in the preceding feature), an action which dislodges the modifier and delays Grimesy sufficiently for him to be apprehended by the police.

Re-inserting the wondrous device into his own ear, Lee returns to school where he is greeted as a hero for foiling the bank raid. Over the next few days Lee performs well in class, in the gym and on the football field. On returning home after the soccer game, Lee has a second encounter with the miniature spacefarers...


All 4 previous Cheeky Annuals have featured a strip in which the female members of the toothy funster’s repertory company take control of proceedings. However as this 5th episode of The Girls commences it seems that our gag-cracking hero still hasn’t learned to be diplomatic about his distaff colleagues.

A nether garment narrative plays out as those unruly Blots, whose underwear is less resistant to low temperatures than the mink-lined equivalents of their Swot opponents, are complaining of the cold classroom. In the ensuing melee one unlucky Swot is divested by the Blots of his prized and highly-insulated unmentionables.


Dick Twerpin once again seeks help to make a success of his chosen career as a highwayman. Previous Annuals have seen him approach Count Dracula (1980), a witch (1981) and Dr Prankenstein (1982) for assistance. This pattern seems limited to the Cheeky Annuals, since in his one previous Cheeky Summer Special outing (1982) the mask-wearing miscreant was unaided. Despite last year’s Cheeky Annual consultation with the dodgy doctor not proving successful, young Dick again visits the Prankenstein laboratory where the mad scientist’s attempts to abet the aspiring robber prove as unproductive as before.

Cheeky is once again seeking our help with the third and final selection of Teacher’s Homework Puzzles on pages 116 and 117, after which we can relax with another 2 pages of Cheeky Chuckles gags provided by the unflagging Artie Jackson.

A rather hackneyed comic script idea is in evidence on the single-page Calculator Kid story that follows. Charlie has toothache and Calc admonishes him for his excessive consumption of sweets. Charlie is reluctant to visit the dentist. Calc emits some insults and Basher, believing the taunting remarks have issued from our suffering chum, punches Charlie in the face, liberating the troublesome tooth from its socket. In these stories the toothache sufferer never complains of the pain resulting from being hit on the jaw, and it’s always the rotten tooth that is ejected – all other molars remain in situ.


Colour printing resumes as we near the end of this year’s Annual, and first to benefit from the variety of inks is Disaster Des, whose purchase of an Extra Munchy bar sends certain citizens of Doomsville into a panic as they anticipate the destruction that will result from Des’ consumption of the chocolatey treat (a storyline which seems a little insensitive in view of the confectionary-induced dental distress suffered by Charlie on the previous page). Following these 3 pages of masticatory menace, we rejoin Cheeky for the final time in this Annual (apart from the back cover) who is ruminating on the subject of pets in this ‘Crazes’ 4-pager.

As with all previous Cheeky Annuals, the back cover contains the same image as the front, and the page count of 128 with 32 in colour (including covers) maintains the format of the earlier end-of-year collections. However the price has risen from last year's £1.95 to £2.25.

The basic premise behind the Cheeky phenomenon, that of our grinning chum sharing gags with his multitudinous pals, was in evidence in all of the toothy funster's strip outings until the 1982 Cheeky Summer Special in which Mum, Dad, Snail and Teacher were the only members of the supporting cast to appear. Despite the change of format from the 'year with Cheeky' of the previous Annuals, to the 'Crazes' of this year, the pals quotient has returned to normal following what would seem to have been an experiment with a cut-down Krazy Town crew just a month earlier.

I  said earlier that I'd return to the question of whether Lee's Amazing Secret was a reprint. As the matter is in doubt (to me, at least), I have not recorded the strip as such, so I wondered whether a comparison of the reprint percentage of this Annual with the previous ones would lend any weight to the idea that young Lee's adventure was in fact recycled from an earlier title...

Date Title Total Elements Original Elements Reprint Elements Reprint %
01-Sep-1978 Cheeky Annual 1979 130 114 16 12.31
01-Sep-1979 Cheeky Annual 1980 128 107 21 16.41
01-Sep-1980 Cheeky Annual 1981 128 103 25 19.53
01-Aug-1981 Cheeky Annual 1982 128 102 26 20.31
01-Aug-1982 Cheeky Annual 1983 128 103 25 19.53

The percentage of reprint material this year is consistent with that of the two previous Annuals so would suggest that the tale of extraterrestrial encounters is new. If the 12 pages of Lee's Amazing Secret have previously appeared elsewhere, it would bring the reprint percentage of this Annual to 40.6, which seems excessive compared to earlier reprint contents, but less so when viewed in relation to the most recent (and final) Cheeky Summer Special of 1982, which contained 41.5% of re-used material. The results of this investigation are therefore inconclusive.

Lee's adventure replaces the James Bold story that has appeared in all previous Cheeky Annuals. Another strip that is absent, having featured in all the Annuals until now, is Ringer Dinger, a reprint from Whizzer and Chips. Why, Dad, Why?, a strip which used scripts originally written for Whizzer and Chips, but with new artwork, is also among the features dropped from this Annual, despite appearing in the Annuals dated 1980-82.

The Swots and The Blots fulfill the reprint role for the first time in a Cheeky Annual, although they've previously padded out the Cheeky Summer Specials of 1981 and 82. The less than enthralling Tell-Tale Tess does service as filler for the first time in any Cheeky title, and hopefully for the last.

Cheeky has kept the promise he made in last year's Annual, following the cataclysmic consequences of their encounter in Disaster Des Meets Bump-Bump Bernie, to prevent further meetings between the two masters of mishap.

The introduction of the 'Crazes' gives the Cheeky pages in this Annual something of a fresher feel. It would seem that following the slightly reformulated nature of the Cheeky strips in the Cheeky Summer Special published just a few months ago, the editor of the Cheeky titles may be seeking to revivify the character. Although there will be no further Summer Specials starring our toothy pal, it will be interesting to see what the editor is planning for next year's collection of Christmas-time comedy capers.

It's pleasing that Frank McDiarmid illustrates all the Cheeky (and Snail) pages, although his contributions have fallen this year compared to the massive 44 pages he drew in the previous Annual. The table below show the number of elements contributed by the mighty Frank to each of the Annuals so far.

Cheeky Annual 1979 Frank McDiarmid 5
Cheeky Annual 1980 Frank McDiarmid 7
Cheeky Annual 1981 Frank McDiarmid 3
Cheeky Annual 1982 Frank McDiarmid 44
Cheeky Annual 1983 Frank McDiarmid 26

A couple of paragraphs back I speculated on the reason for the introduction of this year's 'Crazes', but it could be that Frank wanted to move away from the 'Year with Cheeky' idea, which of course necessitated 12 sets of art, to an idea which was less demanding in terms of the number of pages required. Returning to the subject of whether Lee's Amazing Secret is a reprint, the smaller number of contributions from Frank possibly allowed the editor to use some of his budget to commission (what I'm assuming is) the new work from Ron Turner and Mike Brown.

Cheeky Annual 1983 - published August 1982
Page Details
1Cover 'Santa's Grotto' - Art Mike Lacey
2Cheeky's Crazes 'Fishing' - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Cheeky's Crazes 'Fishing' - Art Frank McDiarmid
4Cheeky's Crazes 'Fishing' - Art Frank McDiarmid
5Cheeky's Crazes 'Fishing' - Art Frank McDiarmid
6Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
7Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
8Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
9Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon
10The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
11The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
12The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
13The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
14Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
15Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
16Booked (text story) - Art Paul Ailey
17Booked (text story) - Art Paul Ailey
18Booked (text story) - Art Paul Ailey
19Cheeky Chuckles - Art Artie Jackson
20Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
21Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
22Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
23Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
24Too Many Cooks by Auntie Daisy
25Too Many Cooks by Auntie Daisy
26Teacher's Homework Puzzles - Art Ed McHenry
27Teacher's Homework Puzzles - Art Ed McHenry
28Tell-Tale Tess reprint from Cor!!
29Tell-Tale Tess reprint from Cor!!
30Cheeky's Crazes 'Photography' - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Cheeky's Crazes 'Photography' - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Cheeky's Crazes 'Photography' - Art Frank McDiarmid
33Cheeky's Crazes 'Photography' - Art Frank McDiarmid
34The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
35The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
36Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
37Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
38Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
39Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
40Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
41Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
42The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
43The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
44Gran - Art Ian Knox
45Gran - Art Ian Knox
46Gran - Art Ian Knox
47Gran - Art Ian Knox
48Smile Along A Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
49Smile Along A Snail - Art Frank McDiarmid
50Cheeky Chuckles - Art Artie Jackson
51Cheeky Chuckles - Art Artie Jackson
52Stage School - Art Jim Watson
53Stage School - Art Jim Watson
54Stage School - Art Jim Watson
55Stage School - Art Jim Watson
56SOS Save Our Santa
57Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon
58The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
59The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
60Disaster Des - Art Barry Glennard
61Disaster Des - Art Barry Glennard
62Cheeky's Crazes 'Football' - Art Frank McDiarmid
63Cheeky's Crazes 'Football' - Art Frank McDiarmid
64Cheeky's Crazes 'Football' - Art Frank McDiarmid
65Cheeky's Crazes 'Football' - Art Frank McDiarmid
66Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
67Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
68Tell-Tale Tess reprint from Cor!! - Art Joe McCaffrey
69Tell-Tale Tess reprint from Cor!! - Art Joe McCaffrey
70Awful Alphabet - Art Jack Oliver
71Awful Alphabet - Art Jack Oliver
72Awful Alphabet - Art Jack Oliver
73Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
74Teacher's Homework Puzzles - Art Ed McHenry
75Teacher's Homework Puzzles - Art Ed McHenry
76Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
77Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
78Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
79Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
80Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
81Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
82Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
83Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
84Quest for the Lost Pharaoh - Art Mike Brown
85The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
86Cheeky Chuckles - Art Artie Jackson
87Cheeky Chuckles - Art Artie Jackson
88Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
89Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
90The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
91The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
92Tell-Tale Tess reprint from Cor!! - Art Joe McCaffrey
93Tell-Tale Tess reprint from Cor!! - Art Joe McCaffrey
94Cheeky's Crazes 'Collecting' - Art Frank McDiarmid
95Cheeky's Crazes 'Collecting' - Art Frank McDiarmid
96Cheeky's Crazes 'Collecting' - Art Frank McDiarmid
97Cheeky's Crazes 'Collecting' - Art Frank McDiarmid
98The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
99The Cave Kids reprint from Buster - Art Leo Baxendale
100Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
101Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
102Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
103Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
104Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
105Lee's Amazing Secret - Art Ron Turner
106The Girls - Art Frank McDiarmid
107The Girls - Art Frank McDiarmid
108The Girls - Art Frank McDiarmid
109The Girls - Art Frank McDiarmid
110The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
111The Swots and The Blots reprint from Smash! - Art Ron Spencer
112Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale
113Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale
114Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale
115Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale
116Teacher's Homework Puzzles - Art Ed McHenry
117Teacher's Homework Puzzles - Art Ed McHenry
118Cheeky Chuckles - Art Artie Jackson
119Cheeky Chuckles - Art Artie Jackson
120Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
121Disaster Des - Art Barry Glennard
122Disaster Des - Art Barry Glennard
123Disaster Des - Art Barry Glennard
124Cheeky's Crazes 'Pets' - Art Frank McDiarmid
125Cheeky's Crazes 'Pets' - Art Frank McDiarmid
126Cheeky's Crazes 'Pets' - Art Frank McDiarmid
127Cheeky's Crazes 'Pets' - Art Frank McDiarmid
128Back Cover 'Santa's Grotto' - Art Mike Lacey

Cheeky Annual 1983 Features Currently running in Cheeky Weekly
Cheeky Annual 1983 Feature Cheeky Weekly Dates

Cheeky Annual 1983 Features ending earlier in Cheeky Weekly
Cheeky Annual 1983 Feature Cheeky Weekly Dates
Mustapha Million22-Oct-77 to 02-Feb-80
Paddywack08-Jul-78 to 26-Jan-80
Calculator Kid01-Jul-78 to 02-Feb-80
Tub30-Sep-78 to 02-Feb-80
Disaster Des30-Sep-78 to 02-Feb-80
Speed Squad26-May-79 to 02-Feb-80
Stage School07-Jul-79 to 02-Feb-80
Soggy the Sea Monster17-Nov-79 to 02-Feb-80
Cheeky Chuckles15-Dec-79 to 15-Dec-79

Cheeky Annual 1983 Features running later in Cheeky Weekly
Cheeky Annual 1983 Feature Cheeky Weekly Dates

Cheeky Annual 1983 Features never running in Cheeky Weekly
Cheeky Annual 1983 Feature
Awful Alphabet
Back Cover
Booked (text story)
Cheeky's Crazes
Dick Twerpin
Lee's Amazing Secret
Quest for the Lost Pharaoh
SOS Save Our Santa
Smile Along A Snail
Teacher's Homework Puzzles
Tell-Tale Tess
The Cave Kids
The Girls
The Swots and The Blots
Too Many Cooks by Auntie Daisy

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  1. Hi pal

    I think Paul Ailey did the spot art for the Cheeky text story, and you're spot on about that Tell Tale Tess story not being by Joe McCaffrey. Sorry I can't help with their actual name...

    1. Hi Andy - thanks for the confirmation of the Paul Ailey art (I'll update my post), and also the non-Joe McCaffrey work.