The cover gives no clue as to the untoward goings-on inside. The main feature promotes the Saint competition, running in 4 IPC humour titles this week. Cheeky seems to be so engrossed in Bernie's sorry tale in the Cheeky's Week…Sunday strip drawn by Mike Lacey, that he forgets to deliver the newspaper to Bernie's house.
The uncharacteristically silent Cheeky in the final panel of the main Sunday feature is presumably a symptom of the reduced page count. This is the location where Cheeky would normally tell us he's about to watch the latest episode of 6 Million Dollar Gran on TV but, as Gran is one of the features bumped from this truncated issue, it would appear the toothy funster's final Sunday speech balloon has been excised.
Although the comic has been reduced from 32 to 28 pages, there are in fact only 27 pages of content, because page 3 is the location of this stark message;
Skateboard Squad take a break from foiling robberies this week, and instead are on the trail of a rather large and unfriendly-looking snake which has absconded from the zoo.
Despite the reduced page count, The Mystery Comic is present this week, and retains the full 8 pages it has had since its inception in the 30 September 1978 issue. However, as one of those pages is devoted to The Big Four Saint competition, the Why, Dad, Why? feature is absent. The competition, which is also running in the current issues of Buster, Whizzer and Chips and Whoopee!, presents readers with 6 stick-men (drawn in the style of the famous logo from the two Saint TV series) engaged in various sporting activities. The challenge is to correctly identify each of the sports portrayed. The senders of the first 800 correct entries opened will win a Corgi model of the Saint's white Jaguar.
Return of The Saint, the second of the small-screen series to feature the adventures of Simon Templar, and starring Ian Ogilvy in the title role, began screening in the UK in September 1978.
|Terry Bave makes a rare excursion into|
political caricatures as he draws
a waxwork of Edward Heath,
Conservative Prime Minister 1970-1974,
also known for his toothy grin and yachting activities.
First panel, second row.
The issue rounds off with the last in the brief series of Cheeky's Pal Puzzles. This is the final issue to show Cheeky's Saturday morning cinema visit and as a consequence also concluding this week are Interval, The Terrible Trail To Taggart's Treasure and (at last!) Tweety and Sylvester who were the longest-running representatives of the supporting feature. Since the toothy funster will no longer be seen leading Saturday's cinema-bound stampede, the long-suffering Commissionaire bows out of Cheeky's Week this issue (he will however make one further appearance in the comic, as the subject of a future Pin-Up Pal poster). Fans of Ursula the Usherette need not be concerned; her hulking presence will continue to loom in the coming weeks.
All 8 Cheeky's Week features this week are drawn by Mike Lacey, who also contributes his usual strip, Disaster Des.
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 02-Dec-1978, Issue 59 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Corgi Saint competition'\Cheeky's Week - Art Mike Lacey|
|2||Sunday - Art Mike Lacey|
|3||Feature Omitted (single appearance)|
|4||Ad: IPC 'Soccer Monthly' 5 of 5 Ad: 'Shiver and Shake Annual' 2 of 2|
|5||Monday - Art Mike Lacey|
|6||Laugh and Learn - Art Brian Walker - Art Barrie Appleby|
|7||Laugh and Learn - Art Brian Walker - Art Barrie Appleby|
|8||Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey|
|9||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|10||Tub 'Mystery Comic' 10 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards|
|11||Big Four Saint Competition (single appearance)|
|12||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 10 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett|
|13||Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 10 of 34 - Art Reg Parlett|
|14||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 10 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|15||Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 10 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon|
|16||Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 10 of 37 - Art John Richardson|
|17||Disaster Des 'Mystery Comic' 9 of 30 - Art Mike Lacey|
|18||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|19||Friday - Art Mike Lacey|
|20||Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton|
|21||Ad: Trebor 'Double Agents Super Spy Gun Promotion' 2 of 2|
|22||Saturday - Art Mike Lacey|
|23||Tweety and Sylvester (final appearance) 'Ivan the Terrible'|
|24||Tweety and Sylvester (final appearance) 'Ivan the Terrible'|
|25||Interval (final appearance) - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)|
|26||The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure (final appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury (final art on feature)|
|27||The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure (final appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury (final art on feature)|
|28||Saturday - Art Mike Lacey\Cheeky's Pal Puzzle (final appearance) 'Baby Burpo' 2 of 2 - Art Mike Lacey (final art on feature)|