New readers start here...After Cheeky Weekly folded and was incorporated into Whoopee as of February 1980 six strips that had originated in the toothy funster's title survived the merge and continued to appear in the amalgamated comic. Whoopee itself foundered in March 1985 and was merged into Whizzer and Chips. Three of the surviving Cheeky Weekly strips successfully negotiated this second merge and went on to appear in the newly combined publication, rather inelegantly titled 'Whizzer and Chips now including Whoopee'. The survivors were Mustapha Million, Calculator Kid and (appearing only twice) Stage School. Cheeky continued to appear, but as a member of The Krazy Gang, who had moved into W&C when Krazy, the comic in which the Gang originated, expired in April 1978.
Whizzer and Chips had a long tradition of sending characters from the Chips section into Whizzer and vice versa. These cross-comic forays were known as 'raids'. In this series of posts I'm chronicling the raids involving the ex-Cheeky Weekly characters who made the transition into Whizzer and Chips, all of whom were allocated to the Chips section. For the purposes of this series, although this particular manifestation of the toothy funster didn't directly descend from Cheeky Weekly, I'm including Cheeky's Krazy Gang appearances as those of an 'ex-Cheeky Weekly character'.
The previous raid covered in this series occurred in Whizzer and Chips dated 11 May 1985. A week later, yet another raid involving an ex-Cheeky Weekly character occurred. This was the third consecutive issue to feature a toothy funster-related incursion, but was this latest raid perpetrated by, or upon, one of the Cheeky Weekly survivors?
|Whizzer and Chips 18 May 1985|
Art: Terry Bave
Well clearly Odd-Ball and his pal Nobby are the victims this week, but can you spot the intrepid infiltrator? Scroll down, where the roguish raider will be revealed.
...Charlie (Calculator Kid) Counter and his battery-powered buddy, Calculator.
The art assistant tasked with sourcing an image of Charlie and Calc suitable for cutting and pasting into the above Odd-Ball tale didn't venture far into the archives - it had appeared only a week earlier...
|Whizzer and Chips 11 May 1985|
Calculator Kid: Terry Bave
Calculator Corner: J Edward Oliver
This latest raid evens the score to date - Ex-Cheeky Weekly Raiders 2, Whizzer Raiders 2
|Whizzer and Chips Cover Date||Raider||Raided|
|06 April 1985||Mustapha Million||Super Steve|
|04 May 1985||Bloggs (Store Wars)||Mustapha Million|
|11 May 1985||Joker||The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)|
|18 May 1985||Calculator Kid & Calc||Odd-Ball|