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Monday, 20 December 2010

Profile - Lily Pop


The gorgeous Lily Pop appeared in 113 issues of Cheeky Weekly.  She was employed as a school crossing supervisor (or 'lollipop lady', hence her name), but she was guaranteed to stop the traffic even without her 'lollipop'.

Drooled over by most of the adult male characters in Cheeky's Week (most notably Cheeky's Dad and Teacher), it was Lily's job to deliver Cheeky safely across the road to school, but first she would demand a joke from the toothy funster.  On receipt of said joke, Lily would step into the road and cause the traffic to halt, seemingly unaware of the looks of longing on the faces of all the male motorists.


The cracking crossing lady appeared on 3 Cheeky Weekly covers - in Cheeky's Week dated 14 April 1979 and 12 May 1979, and on the cover of the 1979 Christmas issue, dated 29 December.  She also appeared on the Pin-up Pal poster in the 18 February 1978 issue (which you can see on Bruce's Comic Archive), and was the subject of the Burpo Special on 09 December 1978.

Art Mike Lacey

Fortunately, Lily was never affected by the Cheeky Weekly inconsistent hair colour problem, and remained resolutely blonde throughout her appearances.

No-one drew Lily like Frank McDiarmid, who brought out the full fwooarr factor whenever he depicted her.  Luckily for us, Frank was the most regular artist on Lily, drawing her in 63 elements.  All the art in the examples above is by Frank McDiarmid, except where noted otherwise.  For the breakdown of the other Lily elements by artist, see below.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Lily Pop11322-Oct-197702-Feb-1980

Missing From Issues
28-Jan-1978
17-Feb-1979
18-Aug-1979
22-Dec-1979

Lily Pop - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Friday41
Monday35
Suddenly22
Saturday11
Sunday5
Wednesday5
Cover Feature4
Tuesday4
Thursday3
Cheeky's Week2

Lily Pop - Number of appearances by Page
Page Number of Appearances
2523
716
2615
814
1113
1211
318
16
25
104
213
303
62
92
152
202
51
181
191

Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
Lily PopFrank McDiarmid66
Lily PopFrank McDiarmid pencils22
Lily PopMike Lacey20
Lily PopBarrie Appleby10
Lily PopUnknown Cheeky Artist 16
Lily PopDick Millington6
Lily PopNot known1
Lily PopBob Hill1

6 comments:

  1. i've been look forward to this post..:)

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  2. There'll be more Lily art by Frank to enjoy when we reach the Cheeky Summer Specials!

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  3. So have I. :D

    I like Manhole Mans' take. It's priceless :lol:

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  4. I can vaguely remember being very confused about what I liked about Lily as a kid. All very clear now.

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  5. What was fun was cheeky didn't show love for Lily...though he did blush at times.But his snail who must be older loved her everytime..
    I've met a Lilypop type in real life...I sat next to her at art college as much as possible...despite her having a boyfriend..Doh!

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