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Sunday, 27 November 2011

Profile - Flash Harry

Krazy Town's funny photographer, Flash Harry, made his Cheeky Weekly debut in the Christmas 1977 issue, when he was hired by Cheeky's Mum to take a photo of the Cheeky family at their Christmas party.  Harry bowed out after snapping his way through 41 issues worth of photographic fun, in the Christmas 1979 number.

Harry's first appearance
Harry's second outing was in the comic dated 07 January 1978, when his face was obscured by the flash as he took a photo of Cheeky, but by the time of his third appearance, in the issue dated 04 March 1978, he looked entirely different to his debut.  In subsequent issues Harry returned to his original look, at least for a while as we shall see.

Different look for third appearance

In the 27 May 1978 issue, Harry gave Cheeky a copy of The Mystery Comic (surprisingly not a photo of it).

Flash Harry was featured throughout Cheeky's Week in the comic dated 15 July 1978, as he followed the toothy funster around in the hope of obtaining a snap worthy of the local paper's prize for the most unusual photo of the week.  Although a number of suitably extraordinary events occurred, for various unlikely reasons Harry was unable to obtain a picture, and in an ironic twist found himself the subject of the winning entry.

In the comic dated 16 September 1978, Frank McDiarmid introduced a differently-nosed Flash Harry, and Frank carried on drawing this new version of the silly snapper in all his subsequent work on the character, while other artists continued to draw the more generously-nosed Harry, as he had originally appeared.

16 September 1978 - First appearance of Frank's new version of Harry
In the 07 October 1978 issue, somebody realised that an opportunity for a joke had been missed on the previous occasion that Harry had provided Cheeky with his copy of The Mystery Comic, and this time the funny photographer did indeed give the toothy funster a photo of the mysterious publication.

20 October 1979 - Mike Lacey, like all the artists other than Frank, continues to draw Harry with the original nose
In his only front page appearance, Harry was in evidence in the Cheeky's Week strip on the cover of the 03 February 1979 issue.

Harry featured in The Burpo Special dated 16 June 1979, which had as its subject Burpo himself, who was depicted in a series of photos that Harry had doctored to make the belligerent babe look heroic.  Harry was the subject of the Pin-Up Pal poster in the comic dated 09 December 1978.

Like Snail and Baby Burpo, Flash Harry graduated to his own feature, but unlike his illustrious pals, Harry's feature was merely a sporadic filler, Silly Snaps.

UPDATE 10 May 2012 - for information on how Flash Harry is the key to a reassignment of artist credits, please see here, and here.


Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Flash Harry4131-Dec-197729-Dec-1979


Flash Harry - Number of appearances by Element
Element Number of Appearances
Saturday25
Thursday7
Friday6
Wednesday3
Tuesday2
Cheeky's Week1
Christmas Day1
Easter Saturday1
Interval1
Monday1
Sunday evening1
The Burpo Special1


Flash Harry - Number of appearances by Page
Page Number of Appearances
319
256
235
304
203
213
263
242
322
11
41
81
91
101
121
131
151
171
191
221
281
291


Count of elements by artist
Character Artist Total Elements
Flash HarryFrank McDiarmid17
Flash HarryMike Lacey16
Flash HarryFrank McDiarmid pencils9
Flash HarryJim Watson3
Flash HarryBarrie Appleby3
Flash HarryUnknown Cheeky Artist 11
Flash HarryDick Millington1

4 comments:

  1. He must of had a nose job...poor chap..and those artists still kept drawing him witha big nose it was a waste of money for Harry!!!!!

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  2. Cheeky's relatives i'm sure theres something similar..:))

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  3. ...even the dog looks strangely familiar!

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  4. To get the photo to look like that..all the family had to be covered in flour and then Cheeky put on a red jumper...or maybe its a camera trick..

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