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Cheeky Weekly ™ REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, COPYRIGHT ©  REBELLION PUBLISHING LTD, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED was a British children's comic with cover dates spanning 22 October 1977 to 02 February 1980.

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Tuesday 11 November 2014

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 6

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'.

A week after the issue in which ex-Cheeky Weekly characters suffered and executed raids, Calculator Kid fell victim to Whizz-Kid intrusion. See if you can spot the uninvited guests, then scroll down for the official announcement.

Whizzer and Chips 08 June 1985
Calculator Kid: Terry Bave
Calculator Corner: J Edward Oliver

...Nobby and his spherical sidekick, Odd-Ball.

This was clearly a revenge mission, and sees the ex-Cheeky Weekly characters fall slightly behind as their raids now total 3, while the 'rest' have clocked up 4 incursions into the pages of our Cheeky-related pals.

Whizzer and Chips Cover Date Raider Raided
06 April 1985Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
04 May 1985Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
11 May 1985JokerThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
18 May 1985Calculator Kid & CalcOdd-Ball
01 June 1985
Mustapha Million
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Boy Boss
08 June 1985Odd-BallCalculator Kid

Despite the fact that Calculator Kid and Odd-Ball are both drawn by the mighty Terry Bave, the depiction of Nobby in the CK story above is actually a copy-and-paste job sourced from the 30 March 1985 issue of Whizzer and Chips...

Tuesday 4 November 2014

The Cut-Out Features – Skateboard Snap

5 issues after the concluding instalment of the Cheeky Diary 1978, in the issue containing the final part of the Cheeky Spotter Book of Fun, the imminent commencement of another cut-out feature was announced...

Cheeky Weekly 28 January 1978

Unlike most cut-out features of the period, which involved collecting instalments of a game over a few weeks, this game was complete within the Skateboard issue, occupying the centre spread and back cover in order that the cards could be printed in colour. The game thus usurped Creepy Sleepy Tale's centre-page location but in the manner of CST, Skateboard Snap was framed by Cheeky's Wednesday visit to babysit Burpo.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Surprisingly, the members of Cheeky Weekly's very own intrepid Skateboard Squad weren't depicted on the cards demonstrating their prowess. Instead, a selection of generic 'boarders were put through their paces. 

Art: Jimmy Hansen, the regular Skateboard Squad artist

Also lost to posterity – readers who chose to remove the Skateboard Snap elements from their comic would be depriving future generations of

  • Wednesday (and the snap game instructions!)
  • A page comprised of the concluding panel of Saturday, Snail's announcement of his forthcoming competition and a (filler) photo of a chimp on a skateboard.
Post updated 04 September 2020 to assign artwork on the snap game to Jimmy Hansen.