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Monday, 28 August 2017

Cheeky Weekly cover date 17 November 1979

Under a banner announcing the inclusion of a 'super cut-out catalogue of knock-knock jokes', Barrie Appleby provides this week's cover art. Surprisingly, in view of the subject matter, Gunga Jim doesn't chip in his 'curry, curry, hot stuff' catchphrase. Snail however seems mighty pleased with his 'thinks' gag. Did Barrie make a booboo when lettering Snail's thought balloon? Maybe he referred to the disastrous dinner lady as Aunt Daisy, necessitating the addition of a hasty 'ie'.

Over the page, Frank McDiarmid depicts Cheeky's usual Sunday paper-and-pun round.

Three readers are £2 better off as a result of their jokes being featured on Paddywack's page. I wonder if they received their prize money before or after the jokes were published.

Art: Jack Clayton
With the festive season rapidly approaching What's New, Kids offers some products that kids might like to add to their Christmas lists, including 2 electronic games (they'll never become popular). This is the final appearance of What's New, Kids.

Cheeky's comments on page 9 suggest that this week's cut-out joke book is the first in a series. Ominous.

There are further intimations of approaching doom for Cheeky Weekly as a 'new' strip begins a couple of pages later although Soggy the Sea Monster, culled from Shiver and Shake, appeared in the 1979 Cheeky Annual published in the latter part of 1978. The strip chosen to kick off Soggy's Cheeky Weekly reprint run is one of the two episodes from his original outing drawn by Terry Bave. Soggy was the final cartoon strip to join the roster of Cheeky Weekly features as the comic wound down towards cancellation.

Art: Terry Bave

The Comedy Catalogue of Knock-knock Door Jokes is located on pages 13 and 14. It seems to me that this is a way to cheaply  fill a couple of pages, which could otherwise carry more comic strips.

I'd previously thought that this Mustapha Million episode was drawn by Joe McCaffrey but now I'm thinking that it's by Colin Whittock, who last week deputised for Jimmy Hansen on Speed Squad. John Geering stood in for Joe McCaffrey on Mustapha Million 2 weeks ago.

Art: Colin Whittock

Further ghosting of artwork occurs in Elephant on the Run, where Vic Neill stands in for regular artist Robert Nixon. Vic last subbed for Robert on the strip in the 06 October 1979 edition.

On the Chit-Chat page, Cheeky continues to give us some limited background info on the creative team behind his comic, and this week 'big' John Geering is the subject.

Friday sees the toothy funster's homework dodge backfire.

Art: Frank McDiarmid

On Saturday Cheeky is ejected from his house as mum is undertaking a thorough cleaning of the premises, forcing the toothy funster to wander the streets exchanging gags with his pals. No change there, then.

Despite his Friday ruse being foiled by Teacher, our grinning pal is seen devising a new homework-avoiding plan at the commencement of this week's back cover strip, Snail of the Century.

With hindsight it's clear that this issue, with its introduction of yet another reprint and instigation of the joke booklet fillers, signals the impending demise of the toothy funster's comic. But on the plus side, Frank McDiarmid draws the whole of Cheeky's Week!

Cheeky Weekly Cover Date: 17-Nov-1979, Issue 106 of 117
1Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim' 4 of 5 - Art Barrie Appleby (single art on feature)
2Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid
3Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave
4Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton
5Monday - Art Frank McDiarmid
6Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
7Stage School - Art Robert Nixon
8What's New, Kids (final appearance)
9Booklet instructions (single appearance)\Ad: IPC 'Jackpot' 7 of 7
10Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
11Soggy the Sea Monster (first appearance) reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Terry Bave (single art on feature)
12Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey
13Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue (first appearance) 'Knock-Knock Door Jokes'
14Cheeky's Cut-Out Comedy Catalogue (first appearance) 'Knock-Knock Door Jokes'
15Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid
16Mustapha Million - Art Colin Whittock (single art on feature)
17Mustapha Million - Art Colin Whittock (single art on feature)
18The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
19The Gang reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Robert MacGillivray
20Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid
21Tub - Art Nigel Edwards
22Joke-Box Jury
23Elephant On The Run - Art Vic Neill
246 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
256 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox
26Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid
27Ad: IPC 'Cheeky Annual' 5 of 6 \Ad: Pop-A-Points
28Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen
30Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
31Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid
32Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid


  1. Looks like Colin Whittock slipped up and drew (presumably Muslim) Mustapha eating bacon, but the colourist tried making it black to hide the mistake!