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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Profile - Hid Kid

The extremely shy Hid Kid first didn't appear in the 18 February 1978 issue.  In fact, he didn't appear twice in that week's comic, first on Thursday and again during the cinema interval.  In total, Hid Kid failed to appear in 65 issues of Cheeky Weekly, with his last non-appearance occurring in the 26 January 1980 comic.

First 'appearance'

OK, you get the idea - Hid Kid's gimmick was that he never fully revealed himself, but hid somewhere in the panel while the other characters referred to him.  In the early part of his run, Hid Kid often lurked behind lamp-posts, but later he varied his hiding-places to include post-boxes, dustbins, trees and bushes.  Over the weeks we did get to see Hid Kid's arms, legs and hair.  In the issue dated 15 September 1979 we saw Hid Kid in one of Bump-Bump Bernie's old plaster casts.

Hid Kid had the honour of handing Cheeky a copy of the Mystery Comic on 3 occasions, 18 March 1978, 06 May 1978 and 28 April 1979.


Hid Kid 'appeared' more than once in a number of issues, but the issue that really showcased the coy Kid was that dated 28 April 1979, which featured Cheeky's bashful buddy no less than 6 times, but he failed to appear on Friday.  Or at least no-one on the Friday page acknowledged he was there, though there was a caption in the panel as Lily Pop propelled Cheeky across the road, which said "Did you spot Hid Kid in this picture?  No? Neither did we!".
In the 14 July 1979 issue Cheeky speculates that Hid Kid's reticence to reveal himself may be due to a wardrobe malfunction.  This would seem a reasonable assumption, since in the Kid's earlier under-bucket appearance (see above), he appears to be deficient in the trouser area.
However, in the comic dated 28 July 1979 it is evident that Hid Kid, incontrovertibly fully trousered, still chooses to conceal himself.

A half-page announcement in 27 May 1978's comic invited readers to send in their drawings of Hid Kid.  The £2 prize-winning entries were published in the 05 August 1978 issue.

 

Hid Kid's name may have been a play on that of Krazy comic character Hit Kid.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Hid Kid6618-Feb-197826-Jan-1980


Missing From Issues
22-Oct-1977
29-Oct-1977
05-Nov-1977
12-Nov-1977
19-Nov-1977
26-Nov-1977
03-Dec-1977
10-Dec-1977
17-Dec-1977
24-Dec-1977
31-Dec-1977
07-Jan-1978
14-Jan-1978
21-Jan-1978
28-Jan-1978
04-Feb-1978
11-Feb-1978
25-Feb-1978
04-Mar-1978
11-Mar-1978
25-Mar-1978
01-Apr-1978
08-Apr-1978
13-May-1978
20-May-1978
03-Jun-1978
24-Jun-1978
01-Jul-1978
22-Jul-1978
05-Aug-1978
19-Aug-1978
26-Aug-1978
02-Sep-1978
09-Sep-1978
23-Sep-1978
04-Nov-1978
11-Nov-1978
18-Nov-1978
13-Jan-1979
03-Feb-1979
24-Feb-1979
03-Mar-1979
10-Mar-1979
14-Apr-1979
02-Jun-1979
30-Jun-1979
21-Jul-1979
29-Dec-1979
12-Jan-1980
19-Jan-1980
02-Feb-1980


Hid Kid - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Saturday17
Tuesday14
Monday9
Sunday9
Thursday9
Wednesday8
Friday7
Interval4
Cover Feature2
Sunday evening1


Hid Kid - Number of appearances by Page
Page Number of Appearances
29
109
317
66
265
305
84
94
193
213
223
233
12
72
122
182
242
292
41
131
151
251
271
281
321


Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
Hid KidFrank McDiarmid41
Hid KidMike Lacey16
Hid KidFrank McDiarmid pencils10
Hid KidBarrie Appleby6
Hid KidJim Watson2
Hid KidDick Millington2
Hid KidUnknown Cheeky Artist 12
Hid KidBob Hill1

3 comments:

  1. Funny you should mention it, I used to think Hid Kid WAS Hit Kid who’d been unmasked and was desperate to retain his anonymity!

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    1. ...so he fled into Cheeky Weekly seeking asylum, or maybe as part of a witness relocation programme. Interesting idea!

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  2. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)

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