In the first issue of Cheeky Weekly, our toothy hero is reluctantly wending his way to babysit Burpo, when the phone rings in a public call box. Cheeky picks up the receiver and a mysterious voice poses him a 'what's the difference between…' riddle. Cheeky naturally responds with the appropriate punchline, but afterwards puzzles at how the mystery caller knows to phone every time he's passing the phone box. Unknown to Cheeky, but observed by us readers, Telephone Pole Man can be seen working on the phone wires above.
This scenario became the template for all subsequent Telephone Pole Man appearances until his final phone call to Cheeky in the issue dated 24 June 1978.
Telephone Pole Man, who hadn't appeared in Cheeky's strip in Krazy comic, never made it into the exalted band of Cheeky's pals who featured across a whole Cheeky's Week, nor did he ever appear on the cover. The longest gap between appearances was the 14 weeks that elapsed between 14 January 1978 and 22 April 1978.
On occasion, Buzby, the star of a series of animated TV ads promoting telephone usage, is seen on the telephone wires. Buzby caught the public's imagination and eventually had his own strip in Polystyle's TV Comic. You can see the cover to the Buzby Holiday Special 1979 about half way down the page here. Wonder if Buzby was appearing in TV comic at the time he was being depicted in Cheeky Weekly.
|Character||Total Issues||First Appearance||Final Appearance|
|Telephone Pole Man||16||22-Oct-1977||24-Jun-1978|
|Element||Number of Appearances|
|Page||Number of Appearances|
|Telephone Pole Man||Frank McDiarmid||7|
|Telephone Pole Man||Frank McDiarmid pencils||5|
|Telephone Pole Man||Unknown Cheeky Artist 1||1|
|Telephone Pole Man||Jim Watson||1|
|Telephone Pole Man||Barrie Appleby||1|
|Telephone Pole Man||Dick Millington||1|