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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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Monday 31 July 2017

Profile - Mr Haddock

 A fishmonger called Mr Codface was introduced in Krazy dated 21 May 1977...

Krazy 21 May 1977
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Mr Codface never returned to the pages of Krazy, but a remarkably similar-looking purveyor of piscatorial provender made his (anonymous) debut in Cheeky Weekly's second issue dated 29 October 1977..

Mr Haddock's debut in Cheeky Weekly 29 October 1977
Frank McDiarmid again


There were no further fishmonger funnies in Cheeky Weekly until 39 weeks later in the 29 July 1978 edition, in which Cheeky addressed the seafood salesman as Mr Haddock.

Mr Haddock's first Cheeky Weekly namecheck - 29 July 1978
Frank McDiarmid

Haddock appeared twice in the 10 February 1979 comic; once on Tuesday, and again in The Burpo Special, which was that week devoted to Auntie Daisy.

Mr Haddock's single cover appearance occurred on the front of the 03 March 1979 edition.

There was another double helping of seafood silliness in the comic dated 11 August 1979, as on Sunday Cheeky encountered Gloomy Glad who was less than impressed with Mr Haddock's expanding business empire, while the shellfish shopkeeper was back on Friday for his usual finny fun.

Frank again

Haddock's final Cheeky Weekly appearance was in the comic dated 26 January 1980, bringing the total number of issues he appeared in to a fishtastic 43. Surprsingly, the character was most regularly seen on Tuesday, not Friday.

See also Fish-Face.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Mr Haddock4329-Oct-197726-Jan-1980

Mr Haddock - Number of appearances by Element

Element Number of Appearances
Cheeky's Week1
The Burpo Special1

Count of elements by artist

Character Artist Total Elements
Mr HaddockFrank McDiarmid27
Mr HaddockMike Lacey8
Mr HaddockFrank McDiarmid pencils7
Mr HaddockDick Millington2
Mr HaddockBarrie Appleby1

Monday 24 July 2017

The Pages – Page 26

Page 26 was the location of the first page (of two) chronicling Cheeky's Saturday doings in the first 2 issues of Cheeky Weekly, but in the third and fourth editions the page was host to the cartoon supporting feature portion of Saturday's picture show programme. The animated features watched by the toothy funster and his pals were represented by reprints of old half-page Bam Splat and Blooie and Cocky Doodle strips that originally appeared in Buster. At this stage in Cheeky Weekly's history, the BS&B/CD strips were used when a single page was devoted to the cartoons; when space was available for a 2-page cartoon, Warner Brothers characters were employed. In the following 6 editions the location in question was home to the second page of the animated element of the film show...

Date Details
19-Nov-77Wile E Coyote 2/2 'Dear Diary'
26-Nov-77Henery Hawk (first appearance) 2/2 'Little Orphan Henery'
03-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 2/2 'Poll Fault'
10-Dec-77Henery Hawk 2/2 'A Peachy Idea'
17-Dec-77Wile E Coyote 2/2 'Rage In A Cage'
24-Dec-77Daffy Duck (first appearance) 2/2 'Daffy's Diner'

Due to the slightly different configuration of the following week's Christmas issue, Saturday was allocated to page 26, but 7 days later something of a marathon run of WB cartoons commenced...

Date Details
07-Jan-78Wile E Coyote (final appearance) 2/2 'Extra Long Division'
14-Jan-78Tweety (single appearance) 2/2
21-Jan-78Tweety and Sylvester (first appearance) 2/2
28-Jan-78Daffy Duck 2/2 'Ducking Out'
04-Feb-78Henery Hawk (final appearance) 1/2 'The Flower Pot'
11-Feb-78Daffy Duck 1/2 'Lucky Break'
18-Feb-78Road Runner (first appearance) 2/2 'Ungrateful Gratitude'
25-Feb-78Road Runner 1/2 'A Bird in Hand'
04-Mar-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'Too Many Grannies'
11-Mar-78Daffy Duck (final appearance) 1/2 'Snack Time'
18-Mar-78Road Runner 1/2 'The Lucky Charms'
25-Mar-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'Showdown at Granny's'
01-Apr-78Road Runner 1/2 'The Plant Plot'
08-Apr-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'A Gift For Granny'
15-Apr-78Road Runner 1/2 'The Cool Caper'
22-Apr-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'A Bird Can Fly But Can A Fly Bird'
29-Apr-78Road Runner 1/2 'Coyote Catcher'
06-May-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'Pet Getter'
13-May-78Road Runner 1/2 'Flypaper Caper'
20-May-78Tweety and Sylvester 1/2 'All Duded Up'
27-May-78Road Runner 1/2 'Thunder Blunder'
03-Jun-78Road Runner (final appearance) 1/2 'Trombone Boo Boo'

Saturday then returned to page 26, but the following issue saw an ad for Woodcraft Village, a venture into the toy market by safety match manufacturers Bryant & May, occupy the subject location.

In the 24 June 1978 edition, Saturday resumed occupation of page 26, beginning a 3-week run, ended in the 22 July 1978 issue by a page advertising two of IPC's 1978 Specials - The Cheeky Summer Special and Whoopee Holiday Special.

A week later page 26 hosted an ad placed by Birds Eye who were running a cunning promotion whereby consumers of their tubs of Mousse were invited to send in 8 lids and receive a 'Mousse Shoot', which was a device designed to fire those very same lids 'high into the sky'. 2 lids were supplied with the Mousse Shoot, but kids applying for the offer were thus 6 lids down on the deal. If the launcher was as powerful as the ad suggests, the lids supplied would soon be lost, requiring the consumption of more Mousse in order to provide replacement ammo for the device.

A week later Tweety and Sylvester began what was to be a 7-week run on page 26, but in the following edition Hickory Dickory Doc, a reprinted one-off strip from Cor!!, was for some reason employed to represent the cartoon segment of Saturday's picture show.

The bird vs cat feuding was restored to page 26 in the ensuing issue as Tweety and his lisping nemesis returned. In the 30 September 1978 comic, Saturday resumed occupancy for what was to be a 5-week residency, interrupted by Paddywack in the 04 November 1978 edition. Saturday then moved back in for 3 issues

In a surprise move, the 02 December 1978 issue saw the final episode of The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure come to rest in the site under review, but a week later Saturday made its final appearance on page 26, bringing to 16 the number of times it occupied that spot, making Saturday the third most frequent feature to occupy that location.

After its 3 week absence, Cheeky Weekly returned with the issue cover dated 06 January 1979, in which the first episode of Eagle Eye (another reprint, this time sourced from Shiver and Shake) fetched up on page 26. Eagle Eye was in fact lucky enough to remain in the same location for the entirety of its 8-week run. In the edition following the conclusion of Eagle Eye, another reprinted adventure strip, again retrieved from the Shiver and Shake archives, commenced on page 26. This time it was Menace of The Alpha Man. The titular letter-obsessed felon was, like Eagle Eye, given the honour of remaining in the same location for the whole of his nefarious escapade, making his strip the second most regular page 26 occupant, numbering 18 issues.

Cheeky Weekly's affluent stalwart Mustapha Million made his single visit to page 26 in the following 'new look' issue dated 07 July 1979, after which the father and son feuding of Why, Dad,Why? made a similarly unique sojourn in the same location.

In the comic dated 21 July 1979 Cheeky's Friday antics were related on page 26, as they were in the ensuing 9 editions. Mystery Boy then moved in for a single week, after which Friday returned for 2 issues.

Disaster Des then unleashed his customary mayhem in the subject location (the only time he appeared on page 26), and Friday then moved back for 2 weeks. The 03 November 1979 comic saw another feature make a single page 26 appearance; this time it was Thursday.

The following week Friday returned for what was to be a 10-week residency, after which it was the turn of reader-participation-gagfest Joke-Box Jury to occupy the subject location for a single time.

Friday then returned to page 26 for Cheeky Weekly's final 2 issues, bringing the total number of times it appeared there to 25 and making it the most regularly-featured occupant of the site under review.

Count of Elements (or distinct combinations thereof) appearing on Page 26
Elements Total
Menace of the Alpha Man 1/218
Saturday 1/215
Tweety and Sylvester 1/213
Eagle Eye 1/28
Road Runner 1/28
Wile E Coyote 2/24
Bam Splat and Blooie\Cocky Doodle2
Daffy Duck 1/22
Daffy Duck 2/22
Henery Hawk 2/22
Tweety and Sylvester 2/22
Advertisement: Birds Eye Mousse1
Advertisement: IPC\Advertisement: IPC1
Advertisement: Woodcraft Village1
Disaster Des1
Henery Hawk 1/21
Hickory Dickory Doc 1/21
Joke-Box Jury 1/21
Mustapha Million 1/21
Mystery Boy1
Road Runner 2/21
The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure 1/21
Tweety 2/21
Why, Dad, Why?1

Monday 17 July 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 10 November 1979

Art: Frank McDiarmid
If you're getting a sensation of deja chuckle from this cover it's because the visuals are constructed from previously-published artwork. The image of Uncle Hamish originally appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 21 July 1979, and the drawing of a newspaper-delivery-bag-toting Cheeky is sourced from the cover of the 07 July 1979 edition.

Cheeky Weekly 21 July 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Cheeky's Week proper starts over the page with a Sunday rendered by Barrie Appleby, following which we get to see what Batman looks like when drawn by Terry Bave (and which of us hasn't pondered that at some time or other?).

Art: Terry Bave

It's very rare to find oneself disappointed by Terry Bave's artwork, but I must admit I feel we've been a bit short-changed as regards the TV-related fancy dress costumes on display above. Apart from the caped crusader and Kojak (and Charlie's inadvertent Doctor), there are no other identifiable characters on view, unless those are two Monster Muncheers in panel 3, row 3. I  would have expected a dustbin-based Dalek at the very least.

This week's 6 Million Dollar Gran story is her final 3-pager.

Elephant on The Run recognises an old friend this week but it would seem that our amnesiac pachyderm pal doesn't appreciate the significance of this recovered memory and so fails to question  The Great Mysto about who he (Elephant) is and how he came to be in his current peripatetic predicament.

Art: Robert Nixon

Barrie Appleby draws Cheeky's Week up to and including Wednesday, after which Bob Hill takes up the pen to furnish the remainder of our grinning pal's seven day gagfest. This was the only time that Bob drew Cheeky's Week (though his association with the toothy funster goes back to the 10 September 1977 issue of Krazy wherein he took over the artwork on The Krazy Gang from Ian Knox), and Barrie's work on this issue was the final time he contributed to the daily pages of Cheeky's Week, although his final Cheeky Weekly art was on the cover of the 17 November 1979 edition.

Art: Bob Hill
I like the Rodin reference

As he has done for the previous 2 issues, Cheeky uses his column on the Chit-Chat page to enlighten us (although not very extensively) as to the Cheeky Weekly creators, this time focusing on Robert Nixon...

Colin Whittock stands in for Jimmy Hansen as the Speed Squad artist...

Art: Colin Whittock
Cheeky's Saturday is devoted to a visit to the newspaper offices courtesy of Rex Press. The big news is that a number of the toothy funster's pals are there and the jokes flow like newsprint off the presses.

For the second week, Snail of the Century is absent so the comic concludes with an ad for Mr Bellamy's Amazing Liquorice Novelties

As mentioned above, Bob Hill and Barrie Appleby share the Cheeky's Week artwork duties in this issue while Frank McDiarmid's recycled renderings grace the cover.

Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 10-Nov-1979
Artist Elements
Bob Hill4
Barrie Appleby4

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 10-Nov-1979, Issue 105 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Uncle Hamish' - Art Frank McDiarmid
2Sunday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
46 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
56 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
66 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
7Monday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
8Ad: Pocket Popamatics (single appearance)
9Joke-Box Jury
10Tuesday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
11Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
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
15Wednesday - Art Barrie Appleby (final art on feature)
16Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
17Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey
18Ad: Weetabix 'DC Comics promotion' 1 of 2
19Thursday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
21Chit-Chat\Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering
23Speed Squad - Art Colin Whittock (first art on feature)
24Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
25Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
26Friday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
27Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 6 of 7 Ad: 'Cheeky Weekly: Knock-Knock Jokes Booklet next week'
28Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
29Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
30Saturday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
31Saturday - Art Bob Hill (single art on feature)
32Ad: Mr Bellamy's (final appearance)

Sunday 9 July 2017

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 25

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. However, the Krazy Gang's Whizzer and Chips run ended in the issue dated 08 February 1986.

Whizzer and Chips dated 28 June 1986 is the source of this Mustapha Million tale in which the philanthropic funster causes a certain amount of athletic antagonism before resolving the train of events to the satisfaction of all. But who is the errant Whizz-kid intent on derailing the fun? Scroll down for the answer.

Whizzer and Chips 28 June 1986
Art: Barry Glennard

Yes, it's the mono-molared* confectionery consumer Sweet Tooth, carrying out his first raid on one of our ex-Cheeky Weekly chums. This is the eighth raid perpetrated upon the middle-eastern moneybags, and the twentieth incursion by those pesky Whizz-kids into the pages of Cheeky Weekly survivors, who themselves had by this stage infiltrated Whizzer on 10 occasions.

More raiding fun soon!

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
06 July 1985Toy BoyCalculator Kid
13 July 1985Pa BumpkinThe Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
27 July 1985JokerMustapha Million
24 August 1985CheekySid's Snake
14 September 1985
Calculator Kid
Calculator Kid
Store Wars
05 October 1985Mustapha MillionAnimalad
19 October 1985Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 November 1985
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Sweeny Toddler
Calculator Kid
The Krazy Gang (Cheeky)
Mustapha Million
18 January 1986Mustapha MillionSuper Steve
25 January 1986
Mustapha Million
08 February 1986
The Krazy Gang ends this issue
AnimaladMustapha Million
15 February 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
15 March 1986Odd-BallCalculator Kid
29 March 1986Calculator KidMaster P Brain
05 April 1986Bumpkin BillionairesMustapha Million
12 April 1986AnimaladCalculator Kid
31 May 1986Lazy BonesCalculator Kid
07 June 1986Mustapha MillionJoker
28 June 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million

*Okay, I know that Sweet Tooth's surviving gnasher is in fact an incisor but that didn't serve my alliterative purposes.

Monday 3 July 2017

The One-Offs - Little Stitch

Over the weeks there were many anonymous stooges who shared a joke with Cheeky and were never seen again. Certain of these ephemeral members of the Cheeky cast, however, were introduced in such a way that one expected them to become regular characters. This series of posts examines those 'one-off' appearances.

Ah Sew's younger brother Little Stitch made his one and only Cheeky Weekly appearance in the issue dated 01 December 1979. This one-off character's name was punningly based on that of the diminutive but large-booted music hall performer Little Tich (1867-1928). The joke assigned to Little Stitch could quite easily have been delivered by his older sibling, but the Cheeky's Week scriptwiter evidently felt that it was worth creating a new character just to wring out an extra gag from his name (though whether kids of the late 70's would have been aware of the music hall allusion is open to question).

Cheeky Weekly 01 December 1979
Art: Mike Lacey