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Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 41

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. Calculator Kid survived a little longer, his run of reprints coming to an end in the 26 July 1986 edition and leaving Mustapha Million as the sole Cheeky Weekly survivor.

Art: Mike Lacey

The 24 October 1987 issue of Whizzer and Chips was a rather special one. Not only did it celebrate the comic's 18th birthday (the first Whizzer and Chips was cover-dated 18 October 1969), but in that same coming-of-age edition the mighty Frank McDiarmid assumed the artwork duties on Mustapha Million. As if that wasn't enough, Frank's first strip reacquainted us with Mustapha's dad, and we saw young Master Million's mum for the first time. This story's recap of the Mustapha Million backstory was no doubt intended to bring new readers, who had been lured into buying the comic by the presence of the Adrian Mole pencil free gift, up to speed with our middle-eastern mate. Some older W&C readers may have recalled Mustapha's 1977 debut in Cheeky Weekly, when Mr Million announced that his offspring was to spend a year in Britain. 10 years later Mustapha was still in Blighty - his dad announces it is the anniversary of his son's arrival, and of course it is, as Mustapha's first appearance was in the debut issue of Cheeky Weekly, dated 22 October 1977.

The only thing to mar the McDiarmid reboot of our charitable chum was the presence of a pesky Whizz-kid interloper. Can you spot them? The sneaky infiltrator is revealed below.

Whizzer and Chips 24 October 1987
Art: Frank McDiarmid

Odd-Ball! Yet again the one-eyed Whizz-kid has gate-crashed Mustapha's strip, bringing to 5 the number of times Mustapha has been raided by the pliable pest.

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
26 July 1986
Calculator Kid ends this issue
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
16 August 1986Mustapha MillionJoker
23 August 1986Sweet ToothMustapha Million
18 October 1986Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
06 December 1986Toy BoyMustapha Million
13 December 1986Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
17 January 1987SidMustapha Million
14 February 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
11 April 1987Pa BumpkinMustapha Million
25 April 1987Mustapha MillionOdd-Ball
20 June 1987Toy BoyMustapha Million
27 June 1987Mustapha MillionMemory Banks
25 July 1987Lazy BonesMustapha Million
22 August 1987Winnie the Royal NagMustapha Million
12 September 1987Mustapha MillionSweet Tooth
19 September 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million
24 October 1987Odd-BallMustapha Million


  1. Odd Ball was cleverly hidden...
    nice the anniversary was mentioned...

    1. Odd-Ball didn't even have to change shape!

  2. I remember W&C achieving adulthood with … puzzlement. I clearly recall thinking, “What’s the big deal about being eighteen?” It should be pointed out I was only six days short of my own fourteenth birthday which accounts for my naiveté. Nearly 32 years later my attitudes have naturally changed and I know now what I didn’t at the time: growing up isn’t really worth it.

    1. Fortunately comics allow us to connect with our younger selves.