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Cheeky Weekly ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT © REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.
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Sunday, 24 June 2012
I will be investigating the mysterious Alpha Man's Cheeky Weekly run in a future post.
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Many of the painful puns, geriatric jests and ghastly gags in the Cheeky's Week pages this issue have a musical theme.
There's some nice, action-packed work from Jimmy Hansen in this week's Skateboard Squad tale.
Fitting in with the musical theme, Cheeky enters the listening booth at the record shop, where he finds this week's Mystery Comic.
Rum goings-on are afoot on the streets of Chipping Codbury in the latest instalment of Elephant On The Run.
The contents of the final panel of the Thursday page are strangely familiar, yes it's Charlie and Calculator in a redrawn version of their 30 September 1978 appearance. To be fair, I suppose it's difficult to draw the pair in a recognisable yet significantly different walking pose.
This week's musical theme extends to the Calculator Kid strip, as the children's entertainer booked to appear at Charlie's party fails to turn up. Charlie's attempts to sing and play the guitar don't meet with the party guests' approval, but ever-reliable Calculator's plan secures the services of country and western singer Hank Lark, who is seen in the final panel singing Home On The Range to a seemingly rapt group of young guests at Charlie's party. Not exactly the soundtrack for a riotous rave-up.
On page 24, Cheeky asks readers to vote for their favourite celebrity - the most popular suggestions will feature on a poster in future issues.
The back-page Cheeky's Pal Puzzle rounds off the issue with a musical poser, as readers are challenged to guide Disco Kid to the disco via a route that will secure him 12 records.
Next week's 6 Million Dollar Gran and Disaster Des strips will both be musical instrument related so would have fit with this issue's musical theme.
All 10 elements comprising Cheeky's Week in this issue are by Frank McDiarmid pencils, so the policy of having all the Cheeky strips in each issue by one artist (or combination thereof as is the case this week), introduced in the 30 September 1978 revamp issue, still holds true.
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 18-Nov-1978, Issue 57 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Calculator Kid' 2 of 2 \Cheeky's Week - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|2||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|3||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|4||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|6||Ad: John Menzies (first appearance)|
|7||Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|8||Ad: Bassett's (final appearance)\Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 6 of 18|
|9||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|10||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|11||Ad: Shredded Wheat (final appearance)\Ad: IPC 'Whoopee' 5 of 9|
|12||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|13||Tub 'Mystery Comic' 8 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards|
|14||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 8 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett|
|15||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 8 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett|
|16||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 8 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|17||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 8 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|18||Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 8 of 37 - Art John Richardson|
|19||Ad: Trebor 'Double Agents Super Spy Gun Promotion' 1 of 2|
|20||Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 7 of 28 - Art John K. Geering|
|21||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|22||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|23||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|24||Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton\Who's your Super-Star? (single appearance)|
|25||Ad: Pirelli (final appearance) 'Hanna-Barbera slippers' 2 of 2|
|26||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils|
|27||Tweety and Sylvester 'Treatment Traders'|
|28||Tweety and Sylvester 'Treatment Traders'|
|29||Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)|
|30||The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury|
|31||The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury|
|32||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils\Cheeky's Pal Puzzle 'Disco Kid' - Art Frank McDiarmid pencils (final art on feature)|
|Frank McDiarmid pencils||10|
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Uncle Hamish had a curiously uneven presence over Cheeky Weekly's run. His first appearance was in the 07 January 1978 comic (the 12th issue), in which he was the first across the threshold at Cheeky's new year party, but he didn't appear again until issue 62 (13 January 1979), when he turned up at the next new year bash. After his second appearance, he featured in all but 7 of the 54 issues remaining until the comic's demise, and of those issues, in 11 he featured on more than one page. In total, Hamish graced 50 issues.
|First appearance - 07 January 1978|
The label on Hamish's suitcase is a reference to the
1978 World Cup, held in Argentina in June.
Scotland had qualified, while England hadn't.
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
|Second appearance 13 January 1979.|
The label, although tattered, is still there despite Scotland
having been eliminated in the first round.
Art: Frank McDiarmid
|Art: Mike Lacey|
Hamish was the subject of The Burpo Special in the issue dated 27 January 1979, only the fourth issue in which he had appeared. In addition to The Burpo Special, Hamish featured on each of the 2 Saturday pages in the same issue. This and the 28 April 1979 issue were those which featured the highest number of pages on which Hamish appeared - 3 each.
|Art: Mike Lacey|
|From the 31 March 1979 issue which contained|
a knitting pattern for Cheeky's jersey.
Art: Frank McDiarmid
|From Cheeky Weekly dated 05 May 1979.|
A referendum held in March 1979 asked Scottish
voters whether they wanted a devolved
Scottish Assembly. In a controversial interpretation
of the results, the answer was deemed to be 'no'.
Art: Frank McDiarmid
See also; Shorty.
|Character||Total Issues||First Appearance||Final Appearance|
|Uncle Hamish||Frank McDiarmid||35|
|Uncle Hamish||Mike Lacey||19|
|Uncle Hamish||Frank McDiarmid pencils||4|
|Uncle Hamish||Barrie Appleby||3|
|Uncle Hamish||Bob Hill||1|
|Uncle Hamish||Not known||1|
|Uncle Hamish||Dick Millington||1|
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Little Ed was one of those strips where the artist (in this case always wryly referred to as Starvin' Artist) was one of the characters and 'drew' the strip while it was in progress. In this particular episode drawn by regular artist on the feature, David Mostyn, a few stalwarts from other Whoopee! pages make guest appearances. Joining Sweeny Toddler and Frankie Stein are 2 refugees from Cheeky Weekly; Paddywack and the toothy funster himself.
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Comic publishers of the time saw the summer months, which included the long school holidays, as an opportunity to make extra sales. Kids would always be eager to read a double-sized edition of their favourite weekly title. Parents would often be equally keen on buying one or more specials to keep their offspring entertained on coach/train/car (and increasingly as the 70s progressed, plane) journeys to their holiday destination, or to keep the kids quiet on boring, rainy days. Evidently the demand for summer reading material was such that IPC would often continue publishing specials based on titles whose weekly version had ceased publication some years previously.
In this ad, none of the strips inside the special are mentioned by name, but the appetites of prospective readers are whetted by mention of Lily Pop in a beauty contest. The centre spread on which the cracking crossing lady appeared can be seen on Bruce's blog here.
To avoid any confusion over the frequency of their publication, the Cheeky Weekly Annuals and Summer/Holiday Specials didn't include the word Weekly in their titles.
Cheeky Weekly, which came to an end in February 1980 had a posthumous presence on newsagents' shelves, as Summer/Holiday Specials were published every year up to and including 1982, and the run of annuals finished with that dated 1985 (which of course went on sale in 1984).
In what now seems a rather cynical move, one last attempt to garner some more regular orders for Cheeky Weekly occurred when Charlie and Calculator appeared yet again with their familiar enjoinder to fill in the coupon, in the 12 January 1980 edition, just 3 issues short of the final Cheeky Weekly. Surely by this time the fate of the comic had been decided, and anyone setting up an order at this late stage must have been somewhat miffed to discover less than a month later that their comic of choice had come to an end.
All the ads shown above occupied half a page. When it came to in-house ads for IPC product, full pages were generally only used for comic launches. Sometimes more than one page was used to promote a new comic, as was the case with the flyer for Cheeky Weekly, which included a 'regular order' coupon before the comic had even appeared!
This completes my look at the ads for Specials, Annuals and 'place a regular order', but I'll be reviewing some more ads related to Cheeky Weekly within the comic itself in a future post.