Star Guest was a promotional feature in IPC's humour comics, wherein a variety of strips ventured outside their own title to appear in other comics from the IPC stable. By exposing readers to strips from titles other than their usual funny paper of choice the publishers hoped, with the help of a gentle hint of the 'You can laugh at Lolly Pop and Archie every week in Whoopee!' variety at the bottom of each guest page, to entice their followers into adding an extra comic or two to their weekly fun intake. The Star Guest idea dated back to at least 1972 - see also here and here.
|Cheeky Weekly's first Star Guest
Art: Sid Burgon
Star Guest (which in all runs of which I'm aware featured the words 'Star Guest' in an appropriately-shaped caption overlaid on the page) must have been seen as an effective marketing tool by IPC, since not only was the idea used more than once, it was given an uninterrupted run in Cheeky Weekly between 31 March and 28 July 1979. The run commenced with Lolly Pop from Whoopee! followed the next week by Fuss Pot from WCK, and continued by alternating stars from the two comics in subsequent weeks, as mentioned above. All Star Guest features were single pages, and Super Store was the only one to appear in colour.
|Art: Robert Nixon
I can't say whether any or all of Cheeky Weekly's Star Guest strips were reprints, although it would seem that a number were specially prepared for the promotion - see my notes below. It's interesting that in the 1972-73 Star Guest run from Knockout, the strips start out being introduced as new, but towards the end of the run the reference to them being new is dropped, while only one of the sample Star Guest strips from Cor!! is described as new. There were no above-strip introductions to the Cheeky Weekly Star Guest strips. Lolly Pop from Whoopee! was the only Star Guest to appear in Cheeky Weekly more than once, drawn the first time by then-regular artist Sid Burgon, and ghosted by Barry Glennard on the second occasion.
|Sid Burgon - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion as it was normally 2 pages per week in Whoopee!
|Norman Mansbridge - regular artist
|Tom Paterson - regular artist
|Trevor Metcalfe - regular artist
|Mike Lacey - regular artist
|Robert Nixon - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion, as it includes an introduction to the Steve Ford character and the strip was usually two pages per week in Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic
|Bob Hill - regular artist
|Dads As Lads
|I think this was ghosted, but I can't identify the artist, nor do I know the name of the regular artist on the strip. Update 19 October 2013 - I suspect the DAL regular artist was Bill Titcombe (?).
|Dick Millington - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion as it was normally more than one page in Whizzer and Chips with Krazy Comic
|Nick Baker - regular artist
|Colin Whittock - regular artist. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion, as it includes an introduction to the Benny Bones character
|Sheerluck and Son
|Ghosted by Barry Glennard in place of regular artist Trevor Metcalfe. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion, as it was usually 2 pages per week in Whoopee!
|Styx (Leslie Harding) - regular artist
|Dicky Howett - regular artist
|Sid Burgon - regular artist
|Ghosted by Barry Glennard in place of regular artist Sid Burgon. May be a strip specially prepared for the Star Guest promotion as it was normally 2 pages per week in Whoopee! at this time
|Terry Bave - regular artist
|Ghosted by Barry Glennard in place of regular artist Sid Burgon
|Cheeky Weekly's final Star Guest
Art: Barry Glennard
Star Guest in the Cheeky Weekly Index
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