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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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Wednesday 22 March 2017

Profile - Dan-Dan the Lavender Man

Compost-encrusted school gardener Daniel McSpaniel, better known as Dan-Dan the Lavender Man (a nod to the mythical but similarly-double-forenamed Lavatory Man) first appeared in the 'Ello I'm Cheeky strip in Krazy dated 04 June 1977, although he had previously enjoyed a one-off outing in a different role.

Krazy 04 June 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Special mention should also go to Krazy's 29 October 1977 issue, which featured an attempt on the World Garden Joke record, overseen by the humorous horticulturalist. This was Dan's second and final Krazy outing.

Krazy 29 October 1977
Art: Jim Watson
Cheeky's first encounter with the batty bulb-botherer within the pages of his own comic occurred on Sunday in Cheeky Weekly dated 10 December 1977.

Cheeky Weekly 10 December 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencil

The Percy referred to in the strip above is pioneering TV garden guru Percy Thrower.

It would seem that Dan then went into hibernation, reappearing as spring sprung in the 15 April 1978 edition, on the Sunday and Suddenly pages.

The toothy funster's hunt for the Mystery Comic in Cheeky Weekly dated 13 May 1978 ended in Dan's garden...

Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
The green-fingered geezer set the Cheeky's Pal Puzzle poser in the issue dated 07 October 1978 and, unlike the previous winter, continued to be seen sporadically in the school garden during the months when most gardeners stow their dibbers pending the return of warmer weather.

An image of Dan leaning on his spade, lifted from the Thursday page of the comic dated 25 November 1978, appeared on the Pin-up Pal Poster published in Cheeky Weekly dated 03 March 1979.

Art: Frank

Snail of The Century in the 20 October 1979 issue included a cameo by Dan who had evidently relocated to Cheeky's garden for this appearance.

Dan wasn't among the select band of pals seen chez Cheeky enjoying the toothy funster's Christmas/new year revels. Presumably Cheeky's mum was reluctant to invite the school's seed-sower in view of the state of his wellies – almost as bad as the niffy adornments on Farmer Giles' footwear.

Our grinning hero's plantsman pal didn't quite make it to Cheeky Weekly's final edition, trowelling out his farewell gardening gag in the penultimate edition dated 26 January 1980.

Dan's final Cheeky Weekly outing
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky Weekly readers were able to dig Dan who, due to his association with the toothy funster's school was most regularly seen on the Friday page on which Cheeky's scholarly endeavours were recorded, in a total of 48 well-mulched issues.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Dan-Dan the Lavender Man4810-Dec-197726-Jan-1980

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManFrank McDiarmid28
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManMike Lacey14
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManFrank McDiarmid pencils7
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManBarrie Appleby2
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManBob Hill1
Dan-Dan the Lavender ManDick Millington1

Friday 10 March 2017

Movie Masterpiece Momentum

Peter Gray is certainly keeping up the pressure for a collected Cheeky Movie Masterpieces - he's posted another one. My favourite MM is Planet Of The Japes. When I've completed my review of Cheeky Weekly I plan to examine the post-Cheeky Weekly careers of the survivors, so when I do a post on the Movie Masterpieces I'll show Planet Of The Japes (but by that time Rebellion will have published The Collected Movie Masterpieces, so you'll all have seen it, anyway).

Thursday 9 March 2017

Arthur Martin's Cheeky

From Krazy dated 22 January 1977 - this Micky Mimic story, including a cameo by the toothy funster, is drawn by Arthur Martin.

It would have been nice to see Teacher in this strip, but on at least one day that week he was off sick so wasn't available (he'd probably read the script for the above story and, realising that it culminated in the schoolmaster antagonist being sacked, threw a deft sickie).

Teacher did return to work, just in time to set up a Walter Wurx gag, later in that same comic...

Krazy 22 January 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Immediately following the Micky Mimic story above, Cheeky appears again in the Krazy News-Pound half-pager, where he's drawn by Ian Knox, who was the regular artist on The Krazy Gang (which numbered Cheeky among its members) at this point.

Sunday 5 March 2017

The Collected Movie Masterpieces?

Peter Gray has suggested that Rebellion's upcoming and highly exciting Treasury of British Comics series reprinting classic IPC strips should include Cheeky's Movie Masterpieces which originally appeared in Whoopee! and Cheeky. This is a cracker of an idea and seems like a sure fire winner to me - the series featured some top-notch scripts and excellent work as ever from Frank McDiarmid. In addition to being popular with Cheeky fans, a collected MM would also appeal to readers interested in movie spoofs.
Come on Rebellion, let's see this on the schedules soon!

Wednesday 1 March 2017

A Pinch and A Punch and Some Whacking Great Hampsteads

Over at the Great News Blog, David is looking back at the 01 March 1980 edition of Whoopee!, the fourth issue of that title to be published since it subsumed Cheeky Weekly. The cover of the Cheeky comic-within-a-comic that week featured a character sporting molars to rival those of the toothy funster himself.