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Friday, 25 March 2016

Cheeky Weekly cover date 01 September 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
Gunga Jim and Vicar join our toothy pal on this week's cover for a spot of bridal banter, not to mention marital mirth. The third instalment (of four) of the Giant Cheeky poster occupies the centre pages this week, but there's no mention of it on the front page, the editor probably judging that no-one who missed the first two sections is likely to come aboard now for the sake of half a poster (even though all they have missed to date is Cheeky's lower regions).

I'm sure you're fed up with my complaints when 6 Million Dollar Gran is described as bionic despite it having been made clear in the first episode that she's a robot, but I'm afraid it's happened again in the banner at the top of the cover (for more about this banner see here). The lower banner promises that the comic will lift the spirits of those of a morose disposition, so let's head inside for some fun.

Mike Lacey illustrates Cheeky's traditional Sunday paper round, including an encounter with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (singles lifted from the Grease soundtrack and performed by the pair had furnished the second and third most popular singles in the UK charts of 1978), although the dance-based gag suggests the scriptwriter maybe confusing Grease with Saturday Night Fever (the source of the fourth most popular single of '78).

Art: Mike Lacey
 
 
This week Charlie decides to use his own initiative rather than rely on Calculator's advice. Young master Counter's prescient pal indulges this misguided venture, before saving the day with typical electronic aplomb.

Art: Tarry Bave

Meanwhile, Stage School teacher is rather liberal with the physical chastisement.

Art: Robert Nixon
 
Pages 8 and 9 see the second and final Cheeky Weekly outing of the Green Cross Man's 'Football Crazy' guide to safely negotiating Britain's busy roads.

In the centre pages is the aforementioned third instalment of the Cheeky poster. Some casual readers may have decided, on the assumption that the final section would feature our mirthful mate's ugly mug, to put off purchasing the comic until part 4 of the poster is published. However, any such money-saving strategies have been foiled as, on our gradual ascent of the toothy funster, we have now reached his chest-to-jaw area. Those putting off the purchase until the final week will find they have only the upper half of Cheeky's face to adorn their bedroom walls.

The Wednesday page is the scene of another final appearance, as we say farewell to Posh Claude's mum.

Mike Lacey again
 
There's further rear-end roughing-up in Tub's story, where our portly pal is assailed by a malevolent merchant of menswear.


Art: Nigel Edwards

Page 29 is the site of an advert for Whizz Kids, but this is not a plug for the front section of IPC's long-running 2-comics-in-one, it's an ad for a series of instructional paperbacks.



Cheeky is up early on Saturday as he takes on an additional newspaper round, during the course of which he meets avid TV viewer Square-Eyes. Their gag is based on the unlikely premise of breakfast-time TV. As if that will ever happen!

Mr Lacey again

Snail of the Century again brings the comic to a close.

Mike Lacey delivers 8 Cheeky's Week elements this issue, with Frank McDiarmid supplying only the front cover.


Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 01-Sep-1979, Issue 95 of 117
PageDetails
1Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim' 2 of 5 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Mike Lacey
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
5The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
6Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
7Monday - Art Mike Lacey
8Ad: Department of Transport (final appearance) 'Green Cross Code - Football Crazy' 2 of 2
9Ad: Department of Transport (final appearance) 'Green Cross Code - Football Crazy' 2 of 2
10Joke-Box Jury
11Tuesday - Art Mike Lacey
12Ad: WH Smith and Spear's Games (single appearance)
136 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
146 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
156 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
16Giant Cheeky Poster
17Giant Cheeky Poster
18Wednesday - Art Mike Lacey
19Mystery Boy reprint from Whizzer and Chips
20Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
21Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
22Thursday - Art Mike Lacey
23Speed Squad - Art Mike Lacey
24Chit-Chat
25Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
26Friday - Art Mike Lacey
27Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
28Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
29Ad: IPC 'Puzzle Time' 4 of 6 \Ad: Whizz Kids (single appearance)
30Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
31Saturday - Art Mike Lacey
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid

2 comments:

  1. love the ending in Stage school!!

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    1. I like Stage School. Robert Nixon did some great work on it.

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