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Monday, 1 July 2013

Cheeky Weekly cover date 17 March 1979

Art: Mike Lacey
For the second week running the Cheeky's Week...Sunday strip occupies the whole of the front cover beneath the comic title, but this time an extra panel has been added to allow us to fully appreciate the edifying sight of a traumatised Granny Gumdrop ejecting her dentures.


















In her story this week a sympathetic 6 Million Dollar Gran, seeing the Potts kids struggling with their homework, attempts to find the answers to the questions they've been set.


The synthetic senior citizen's over-enthusiastic efforts at supplying the solutions have predictable results.


Gran undergoes a 'Bionic Blush', which is a little puzzling as in the first issue of Cheeky Weekly it was clearly established that she is a robot. Young Pete Potts is seen in the closing panel enjoying a copy of Cheeky, which is missing the 'Weekly' from its title.

There are more comics on view in the Calculator Kid story. This episode, culminating as it does with Charlie receiving some cash plus a pile of comics and 2 days off school in which to read them, couldn't fail to appeal to Cheeky Weekly readers. Most kids would probably prefer a bag of sweets instead of the basket of fruit but you can't have everything.


There's an interesting juxtaposition of ads on page 8 –  I wonder how the marketing department of AA Hales Ltd (UK agents for North Pacific Flyers) will feel when they see their ad below one which offers a free flyer to readers of IPC's new adventure comic Tornado, due to breeze into newsagents next week. Admittedly the Turbo Flyer to be given away with Tornado issue 1 looks rather basic, but it still must be rather galling for Hales to have their ad sharing a page with news of a free flying toy. IPC had another half page ad for one of their titles, Mickey Mouse, on page 29 so maybe it would have been more considerate of them to have swapped their ads' locations. This was the first North Pacific ad to appear in Cheeky Weekly, and they placed ads in a further 4 issues during Cheeky Weekly's run, so evidently they weren't too upset by the placement of their debut ad.


This week's Tuesday page features the final appearance by Krazy Town's long-suffering paper purveyor Newsvendor.

Art: Mike Lacey

TV addict Square-Eyes is the subject of The Burpo Special, then returns on Wednesday to hand Cheeky a copy of The Mystery Comic.

The Disaster Des strip is absent from this week's Mystery Comic, but there is a spot-the-difference puzzle featuring the calamity-causing kid. According to Cheeky's column on the Chit-Chat letters page, the DD spot-the-difference page very nearly failed to appear.


This week's Pin-Up Pal back cover poster features the Cinema Commisionaire, who hasn't actually appeared in the comic since the 02 December 1978 issue which was the final occasion on which Cheeky was seen at the Saturday morning picture show.

Mike Lacey provides 9 Cheeky's Week elements in this issue, with Frank McDiarmid delivering the Burpo Special and poster.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 17-Mar-1979, Issue 71 of 117
PageDetails
1Cheeky's Week - Art Mike Lacey
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
36 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
6Monday - Art Mike Lacey
7Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
8Ad: IPC 'Tornado No 1' 1 of 2 \Ad: North Pacific Flyers (first appearance)
9Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
10Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
11The Burpo Special 'Square Eyes' - Art Frank McDiarmid
12Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
13Tub 'Mystery Comic' 20 of 34 - Art Nigel Edwards
14Disaster Des spot the difference (single appearance) - Art Mike Lacey (single art on feature)
15Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips 'Mystery Comic' 22 of 37
16Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 21 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
17Elephant On The Run 'Mystery Comic' 21 of 34 - Art Robert Nixon
18Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 21 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
19Mustapha Million 'Mystery Comic' 21 of 34 - Art Joe McCaffrey
20Why, Dad, Why? 'Mystery Comic' 17 of 28 - Art John K. Geering
21Tease Break
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Skateboard Squad - Art Mike Lacey
24Joke-Box Jury
25Friday - Art Mike Lacey
26Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
27Menace of the Alpha Man reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Eric Bradbury
28Chit-Chat
29Ad: IPC 'Mickey Mouse' 12 of 18
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Pin-up pal 'The Commissionaire' - Art Frank McDiarmid


Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 17-Mar-1979
Artist Elements
Mike Lacey9
Frank McDiarmid1

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