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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Sid Burgon's Cheeky

Almost a year before Cheeky Weekly was launched, the toothy funster had made his debut in the pages of Krazy comic, where he had featured in 2 strips. Not only was he the star of 'Ello It's Cheeky, which was very much the template for the Cheeky's Week pages in Cheeky Weekly, but he was also a member of The Krazy Gang who appeared in the strip of the same name.

Despite (or possibly because of) its bold deviation from the traditional British humour comic format, Krazy ceased publication after a 19-month run. Following Krazy's final issue dated 15 April 1978, the most popular features decamped to IPC's long-running Whizzer and Chips, which then became known as Whizzer and Chips with Krazy (WCK). Whizzer and Chips had a particular gimmick (evidently highly effective in view of the comic's longevity) whereby it was presented as being two separate comics, with Chips located in the centre of Whizzer (the same idea was appropriated by Cheeky Weekly, although clearly much less successfully, during the 37 issues in which The Mystery Comic was found in its centre pages).

The Krazy Gang, still featuring the toothy funster, was one of the strips that transferred from Krazy to WCK. Here's the cover of the first combined issue, on which the Krazy refugees met the stars of the host comic. Artist Sid Burgon is somewhat restrained when it comes to depicting Cheeky's trademark choppers.

2 comments:

  1. I agree that the usually unfaultable Sid doesn't do Cheeky's trademark "No fillings today Mum" grin justice; nevertheless, this is truly classic cover. Only wish I'd read it originally, having actually started reading comics in 1980.

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    1. I started reading comics about 20 years earlier!

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