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Monday, 17 September 2012

Cheeky Weekly's lost 30 December 1978 issue - Reconstructed!

Moving on to identify the artwork that would have appeared in the 30 December 1978 issue of Cheeky Weekly (the Christmas issue) had publication not been interrupted due to a strike...

Element Eventually published in Published as Notes
SundayCheeky Weekly 29 December 1979MondayThere is no evidence of title panel replacement, the church appears in panel 3 and Cheeky's dialogue in the final panel has been changed from its original reference to 6 Million Dollar Gran, so this was drawn as a Sunday page. In 1978, Christmas day was on a Monday, so this Christmas Eve page was shunted forward a day when it was eventually published the following year. Foot of page doesn't appear to have been resized.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Element Eventually published in Published as Notes
6 Million Dollar GranCheeky Annual 1980, pages 9-116 Million Dollar GranFirst Page: Text in first speech balloon has been changed - presumably 'New Year party' replaces 'Christmas Party' - note the Christmas cracker on the third page (this strip appears in the January section of the annual).

There is evidence of panel resizing to make the strip fit the proportions of the annual pages.

Final Page: Text in panels 1 and 5 has been changed - presumably 'New Year' replaces 'Christmas'. Looks like there's something missing from policeman's speech balloon in panel 4 - could have been a Christmas reference, but more likely the balloon has been enlarged to fill some of the blank space resulting from panel resizing. The final panel has been changed - it would originally have shown Cheeky looking at the TV screen, which was the customary final panel of Gran strips in late 1978. Instead, a Jim Petrie rendition of Cheeky, originally published on page 72 of the 1979 Cheeky Annual, has been pasted in.

As I didn't want to damage my annual by scanning it, my thanks to the scanner of the Gran pages featured here.




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