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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 24 January 2017

Leslie 'Styx' Harding's Cheeky

One of the joys of being a comics enthusiast is discovering unexpected character/artist combinations. Here's one such - the toothy funster depicted by Styx in an episode of Paws, first published in Krazy dated 23 April 1977.

Krazy 23 April 1977
Art: Styx (Leslie Harding)

I didn't realise until doing a bit of research just now that Styx was, in the early 1950s, a mentor of Reg Smythe, the creator of Andy Capp.

For more examples of Cheeky drawn by non-regular artists, follow this link.

Thursday 12 January 2017

Speaking Frankly

Peter 'Cheeky' Gray has posted Frank McDiarmid's interview in Crikey! magazine from er, actually, what year was it? I know it's volume 2 number 12, Nov/Dec, but I can't find a year in my copy of the issue in question other than a mention of 2009 in the article concerned so I guess that's when it was printed.

I think Peter has already posted the interview on his Facebook page, but as I don't exist on that site, nor do I want to, I'm unable to follow his posts there. Facebook, unlike Blogger, doesn't allow people to view content on their site if they're not logged in. However Peter has kindly reposted a few select items from his Facebook page on his blog. Thanks!

Tuesday 10 January 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 13 October 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
With this issue, Cheeky Weekly's second year of publication is completed, at least in the sense of it being the 52nd week since the first anniversary edition - Cheeky Weekly's second year was of course marred by the loss of 3 issues.
After last week's composite cover it's a relief to see original Frank McDiarmid art again gracing the front page, as Cheeky engages a goldtop-encumbered Doctor Braincell in Sunday morning banter.

Barry Glennard depicts the kids of Stage School for the first time, deputising for usual artist Robert Nixon. Barry, whose work has appeared in Cheeky Weekly four times before, will provide the Stage School artwork on two further occasions.

Art: Barry Glennard

There's further ghosting on the following page, as Nigel Edwards (Tub's regular artist) stands in for Ian Knox on 6 Million Dollar Gran, as he did last week, and on 12 earlier occasions. This week's Gran episode is her first to be reduced to a single page.

Elephant on the Run suffers two nasty knocks on the noggin in the course of this week's amnesiac escapade. The first cranial clout causes him to forget that he had hitherto forgotten who he is, yet seemingly without restoring the memory of who he was before he forgot forgetting.

Art: Robert Nixon

Cheeky Weekly's other amnesiac, Mystery Boy, is more successful than our elephant chum in having his memory restored as all ends happily in the final episode of this World War 2 tale.

On Wednesday, Cheeky has a meeting with a different Baker's Boy...

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Yet more ghosting is evident on the Disaster Des page as Jimmy Hansen steps in for usual artist Mike Lacey (the only occasion in Cheeky Weekly on which  Jimmy drew the catastrophe-causing kid although Jimmy did draw him again in the 1982 Cheeky Annual).

Art: Jimmy Hansen

On Saturday Cheeky undertakes no particular pursuit, instead announcing “I fancy a stroll”. During his mirthful meanderings he encounters Lily Pop who seems to be in school crossing guardian mode despite the seats of learning being closed.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

Another instance of ghosting brings the comic to a close, as Barrie Appleby stands in for Frank McDiarmid on Snail of the Century (the first time that Frank hasn't drawn the strip).

Thus Frank McDiarmid provides 8 of this week's 9 Cheeky's Week elements.

Be back here soon for a look at Cheeky Weekly's 2nd birthday issue!

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 13-Oct-1979
Artist Elements
Frank McDiarmid8
Barrie Appleby1

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 13-Oct-1979, Issue 101 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Dr Braincell' 2 of 3 - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4Stage School - Art Barry Glennard (first art on feature)
5Stage School - Art Barry Glennard (first art on feature)
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards
7Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
8Joke-Box Jury
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
12The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
13The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
14Elephant On The Run - Art Robert Nixon
15Mystery Boy (final appearance) reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art John Richardson (final art on feature)
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
19Ad: IPC 'Do you have trouble getting copies of Cheeky Weekly' 4 of 5 \Ad: Pop-A-Points
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
23What's New, Kids
24Ad: Mr Bellamy's
25Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
26Disaster Des - Art Jimmy Hansen (single art on feature)
27Ad: IPC 'Monster Fun Annual'Ad: 'Buster Book' 2 of 2
28Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)