The cover looks to me as though it's an assembly of cut-and-paste and original artwork by unknown hand.
There's a running joke throughout Cheeky's Week with Do-Good Dora compiling a list of new year resolutions that eventually totals 1000 good deeds.
Page 2 is the only occasion where a day is continued from the previous issue, as we are still in the final seconds of New Year's Eve, eagerly awaiting midnight and the first guest of the New Year. The first-footer turns out to be Uncle Hamish. Cheeky's mum has changed her outfit and hair colour in the few seconds that have elapsed since we saw her in the previous issue. A group of Cheeky's (adult) pals arrive, including Milkie who has some bottles (of gold top?), and the new year bash commences.
6 Million Dollar Gran is brought forward a day to Sunday in this issue, and stars in a new year-themed episode as she carries the church bell to London for repair and returns it in time for ringing in 1978.
On Monday Cheeky visits the newsagents to collect his paper round money and is unable to resist a free read of the new James Bold novel. On being discovered and ejected by the newsagent, Cheeky walks past a puddle that some Krazy Town graffiti artist (surely not Cheeky?) has attributed to Walter Wurx.
Oscar explains on Thursday that he didn't have time to make a home movie this week, but we all know that the Home Movie page was actually bumped because of the New Year's Eve page, which resulted in extra Cheeky's Week material in this week's issue.
I wonder how many kids will spend their Christmas money on a Practical Joker set as advertised on the What's New, Kids page. The artist who assembled the image of Cheeky at the top left has given the poor lad a left hand on his right arm.
This week's Mustapha Million story is another new year resolution-themed tale, and concludes in a single page instead of the normal 2-pager. We can't blame this one on New Year's Eve again - Mustapha owes his truncation to the amount of IPC in-house advertising in this week's issue. Page 18 features 2 ads; one for Shoot!, which is featuring the first part of their cut out 1978 calendar, and another promoting the cut out spotter books starting this week in Krazy, Whoopee! and Whizzer and Chips. On page 30 there's an ad for Roy of the Rovers, (whose readers can cut out the first part of a full-colour FA Cup chart), plus a couple of stamp collecting ads ('please tell your parents'), and the instructions for saving the spotter book instalment in this issue. IPC management certainly believe reader loyalty can be secured by getting them to hack chunks out of their favourite comics. Don't they think that if readers are keen on a particular title they will keep the whole comic rather than just bits of it? I always feel short-changed by any cut-out-and-keep items, I much prefer pages of strips.
All the Cheeky's Week art this week is by Frank McDiarmid pencils. Jim Petrie does the honours on the spotter book. Uncle Hamish and Newsagent make their first appearances. This week we say goodbye (and good riddance as far as I'm concerned) to the Wile E Coyote feature.
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 07-Jan-1978, Issue 12 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Spotter Book of Fun' - Art Jim Petrie (single art on feature) - Art Cut and Paste (first art on feature)|
|2||New Year's Eve (final appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (single art on feature)|
|3||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|4||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|5||Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|6||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|7||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|8||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|9||Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|10||James Bold 'The Ghost Highwayman' 1 of 9 - Art Mike White (first art on feature)|
|11||James Bold 'The Ghost Highwayman' 1 of 9 - Art Mike White (first art on feature)|
|12||Suddenly (first appearance) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (first art on feature)|
|13||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|14||Old Comic reprint from Chips 'Dickie Duffer' 1 of 2 reprint from Chips 'Rudolf the Red Nosed Ranger'|
|15||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|16||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds|
|17||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|18||Ad: IPC 'Shoot' 2 of 13 Ad: 'Spotter Books promo' 1 of 2|
|19||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|20||What's New, Kids|
|21||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|22||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|24||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|25||Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 'Extra Long Division'|
|26||Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 'Extra Long Division'|
|27||Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|28||Space Family Robinson 'The Icemen' - Art John Richardson|
|29||Space Family Robinson 'The Icemen' - Art John Richardson|
|30||Ad: IPC 'Roy of the Rovers' 2 of 8|
|31||The Cheeky Spotter Book of Fun (first appearance) - Art Jim Petrie (first art on feature)|
|32||The Cheeky Spotter Book of Fun (first appearance) - Art Jim Petrie (first art on feature)|