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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, 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
Friday25
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
Paddywack1
Road Runner 2/21
Saturday1
The Terrible Trail to Taggart's Treasure 1/21
Thursday1
Tweety 2/21
Why, Dad, Why?1

5 comments:

  1. Can't wait for page 27 its a real page turner!

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    1. Why is leafing through a digital comic on an ipad like a fruit-filled flaky pastry dessert? They're both apple turnovers. Goodnight!

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    2. that joke is a bit PC! ;)

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  2. Why do I get the feeling you put off creating this page as long as you could because of disinterest? There are not many regular issues to go, and analysis of the W&C raids won't last forever. I also seem to recall you’ve said you think these strips didn’t do the title much good. Perspicacity's great isn’t it?

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    1. If you're referring to the Warner Brothers strips, yes I consider them to be fillers, but they still require documenting. My plan is to finish this series of 'pages' posts, along with most of the other series that I'm currently running - profiles, features etc - before I get to the final issue of Cheeky Weekly, so still a lot of work to be done. I had to look up 'perspicacity' btw!

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