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Wednesday 27 November 2019

The Whoopee Years - Cheeky - Roundup

Having completed my series of posts documenting Cheeky's Whoopee (with and without exclamation) career, I thought I'd do another post summarising the various Cheeky vehicles of that period.

Cheeky comic, What a Cheek, It's Cheeky, Cheeky Film Productions, Cheeky Movie Masterpiece and Cheeky's Easter

Commencing with the first merged issue of Whoopee! and Cheeky and for the following 29 issues, all the Cheeky Weekly survivors were confined to a Cheeky comic occupying the central 16 pages in each edition. During this run our toothy pal featured in a strip entitled What a Cheek, which appeared 28 times during the existence of the comic-within-a-comic. What a Cheek was something of an aperitif, since the grinning lad with more than his share of teeth would each week occupy several more pages within the Cheeky section, initially under the title It's Cheeky. Having appeared for 5 weeks (its brief run probably intended to introduce Cheeky and pals to Whoopee! readers), the 4-pages-a-week-except-for-one-3-pager It's Cheeky was replaced by the toothy funster's next vehicle, the 3-page Cheeky Film Productions. This was the first of a series of film spoofs, although the series was retitled the next week, becoming Cheeky's Movie Masterpiece, each of which spanned 4 pages. However, the 12 April 1980 edition carried a 4-page feature entitled Cheeky's Easter in place of the film spoof.

The final Cheeky comic appeared in the issue dated 04 October 1980.

Cheeky (initial run)

Following the abandonment of the Cheeky comic and the dropping of both What a Cheek and the Movie Masterpieces, the grinning gagster launched into a new, eponymous series. The 4-page-a-week 'Cheeky' strip ran from the issue dated 11 October 1980 to that dated 05 September 1981, so the final 4 'Cheeky' strips of this initial run appeared after the comic's reversion from Whoopee! and Cheeky to Whoopee!

During the above run Cheeky also appeared in a selection of cut-out Valentine Cards, his own Special Crossword and made a foray into Sweeny Toddler

Cheeky’s Week, Cheeky’s Pal and Tee-Hee TV News

The 12 September 1981 Whoopee! saw our toothy pal's weekly allocation of pages halved from 4 to 2. His new centre-spread consisted of the 3 strips named in the above heading, and additionally but less directly linked to the jerseyed japester, an untitled gag section and a strip starring his slithering sidekick entitled, rather unimaginatively, Cheeky's Snail - neither of these strips included our grinning chum, and he featured in only 6 episodes of Cheeky's Pal. This arrangement of strips across the centre pages lasted until the issue dated 02 January 1982, after which Cheeky's Week (a title which had previously been used in Cheeky Weekly) continued on its own for 3 issues, coming to an end in Whoopee! dated 23 January 1982.

During the above run Cheeky (or at least his grinning fizzog) appeared in the second instalment of Terry Bave's How to Draw Comic Strips Book Two in the 10 October 1981 edition.

Cheeky Diary 1982

The 4-part, cut-out 1982 Cheeky Diary began in the 09 January 1982 edition and came to an end in that dated 23 January 1982 (the same edition in which the final Cheeky's Week appeared).

It's Cheeky (second run)

The title It's Cheeky, which was used in the first merged issue of Whoopee! and Cheeky and for the subsequent 4 editions, was revived in the 30 January 1982 comic. However, unlike its previous, 4-page-a-week run, this series of It's Cheeky was reduced to one page per week. The second It's Cheeky run spanned 16 issues, coming to an end in Whoopee! dated 15 May 1982.

Cheeky (second run)

Cheeky's strip was again renamed as of the 22 May 1982 edition, once again reverting to a title used earlier in the toothy funster's sojourn in the pages of Whoopee! The second run of 'Cheeky' consisted of single-page stories (except for 25 December 1982's 'Cheeky's Christmas Crackers' which, rather than the usual story, contained a single illustration depicting the titular tittermeister and pals enjoying a festive slap up feed while exchanging yuletide gags) until Whoopee took on board the survivors from Wow! in the comic dated 02 July 1983. From that issue on Cheeky's strip was reduced to a single row of panels, although the feature retained the 'Cheeky' title. The newly-combined comic continued to style itself Whoopee and Wow! until the issue dated 23 February 1985 following which, as preparations were made for yet another merge (this time it was Whoopee itself that was to be absorbed), the final 5 issues were titled Whoopee. The 'Cheeky' strip appeared in the final Whoopee, dated 30 March 1985, but sadly our toothy pal wasn't among the Whoopee crew selected for transfer to Whizzer and Chips (although he did of course continue to appear there as a member of The Krazy Gang until 08 February 1986).

During the final run of the 'Cheeky' feature, the grinning gagster also fetched up in Quizmaster, E.T.Challenge and TV Quiz Kids. UPDATE 11 March 2020 - I forgot our toothy pal also appeared when the Whoopee editor admitted a faux pas regarding the E.T. Challenge closing date.

Having said I wanted to summarise the Cheeky strips of the post-merge-with-Whoopee period, I thought I'd also include a full list of our grinning pal's appearances. Please note the table below includes all the Cheeky's Pal strips, although Cheeky only appeared in those dedicated to Dr Braincell, Baker's Boy, Jogging Jeremy, Ursula, Louise and Constable Chuckle.

Comic Title Date Feature Page Type Total Elements
Whoopee! and Cheeky09-Feb-1980Cover Feature - FriscoDisco DJ Units to be won and Cheeky 16 page comic insideNormal1
Whoopee! and Cheeky09-Feb-1980It's CheekyCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky16-Feb-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky16-Feb-1980It's CheekyCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky23-Feb-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky23-Feb-1980It's CheekyCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky01-Mar-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky01-Mar-1980It's CheekyCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky08-Mar-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky08-Mar-1980It's CheekyCheeky Section3
Whoopee! and Cheeky15-Mar-1980Cheeky Film Productions - Bungles in the JungleCheeky Section3
Whoopee! and Cheeky22-Mar-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky22-Mar-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Cave RavesCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky29-Mar-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky29-Mar-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - The Space Between Your EarsCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky05-Apr-1980Cover Feature - My Full-Of-Fun Cheeky Comic is InsideNormal1
Whoopee! and Cheeky05-Apr-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky05-Apr-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - King of the CastleCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky12-Apr-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky12-Apr-1980Cheeky's EasterCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky19-Apr-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky19-Apr-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Fooling all CopsCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky26-Apr-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky26-Apr-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Ho-Ho Seven to the RescueCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky03-May-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky03-May-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Monster from the DeepCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky10-May-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky10-May-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - The Big ShotCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky14-Jun-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky14-Jun-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - EscapeCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky28-Jun-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky28-Jun-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - The Castle CaperCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky05-Jul-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky05-Jul-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Planet of the JapesCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky12-Jul-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky12-Jul-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Necks PleaseCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky19-Jul-1980Cover Feature - CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! and Cheeky19-Jul-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky19-Jul-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Dr Doodle-LittleCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky26-Jul-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky26-Jul-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Alfred-The-Not-Too-BadCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky02-Aug-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky02-Aug-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Racing StarsCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky09-Aug-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky09-Aug-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Robinson Ho-HoCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky16-Aug-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky16-Aug-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Taking A DiveCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky23-Aug-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky23-Aug-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - The Sand CastleCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky30-Aug-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky30-Aug-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Mobs Rule OKCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky06-Sep-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky06-Sep-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Young Dick TurnipCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky13-Sep-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky13-Sep-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Goodbye SailorCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky20-Sep-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky20-Sep-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Gulliver's TroublesCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky27-Sep-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky27-Sep-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - Beware of the JellymenCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky04-Oct-1980What a CheekCheeky Section1
Whoopee! and Cheeky04-Oct-1980Cheeky Movie Masterpiece - M*A*T*HCheeky Section4
Whoopee! and Cheeky11-Oct-1980Cheeky - Get Your Skates OnNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky18-Oct-1980Cheeky - Rush For SchoolNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky25-Oct-1980Cheeky - Is This Your LifeNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky01-Nov-1980Cheeky - The Paper RoundNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky08-Nov-1980Cheeky - CharityNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky15-Nov-1980Cheeky - The Joke-ContestNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky22-Nov-1980Cheeky - Up For The CupNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky29-Nov-1980Cheeky - Watch The BirdieNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky06-Dec-1980Cheeky - The Numbers GameNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky13-Dec-1980Cheeky - A Day At The MarketNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky20-Dec-1980Cheeky - The Sports ReportNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky27-Dec-1980Cheeky - Cheeky's Christmas CrackersNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky03-Jan-1981Cheeky - Cheeky's New YearNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky10-Jan-1981Cheeky - Only DreamingNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky17-Jan-1981Cheeky - Off The RailsNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky24-Jan-1981Cheeky - InventionsNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky31-Jan-1981Cheeky - Out In The ColdNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky07-Feb-1981Cheeky - Service With A SmileNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky14-Feb-1981Cheeky - First With The NewsNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky14-Feb-1981Cheeky Valentine CardsNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky21-Feb-1981Cheeky - The Haunted HouseNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky28-Feb-1981Sweeny Toddler - including CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! and Cheeky28-Feb-1981Cheeky - Gone ShoppingNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky07-Mar-1981Cheeky - A Day In The GardenNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky14-Mar-1981Cheeky - Delivery BoyNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky21-Mar-1981Cheeky - On The MoveNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky28-Mar-1981Cheeky - A Laugh On The Ocean WaveNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky04-Apr-1981Cheeky - Animal AnticsNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky11-Apr-1981Cheeky - Model ManiaNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky18-Apr-1981Cheeky - Going For The RecordNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky25-Apr-1981Cheeky - Easter EggstravaganzaNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky02-May-1981Cheeky - Look Out Libby's AboutNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky09-May-1981Cheeky - Raisin A LaughNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky16-May-1981Cheeky - Late For SchoolNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky23-May-1981Cheeky - Wakey-WakeyNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky30-May-1981Cheeky - Stuck For WordsNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky06-Jun-1981Cheeky - The Big YawnNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky13-Jun-1981Cheeky - The Tower Of FunNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky13-Jun-1981Cheeky's Special CrosswordNormal1
Whoopee! and Cheeky20-Jun-1981Cheeky - Choo-Choo ChucklesNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky27-Jun-1981Cheeky - Jumping For JoyNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky04-Jul-1981Cheeky - First Class FunNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky11-Jul-1981Cheeky - A Site For Sore EyesNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky18-Jul-1981Cheeky - Funny FeathersNormal4
Whoopee! and Cheeky25-Jul-1981Cheeky - The Laughter TowerNormal4
Whoopee! 01-Aug-1981Cheeky - The Obstacle RaceNormal4
Whoopee! 08-Aug-1981Cheeky - WantedNormal4
Whoopee! 15-Aug-1981Cheeky - Clown CourtNormal4
Whoopee! 22-Aug-1981Cheeky - Laughs in StoreNormal4
Whoopee! 29-Aug-1981Cheeky - A Splashing TimeNormal4
Whoopee! 05-Sep-1981Cheeky - All ChangeNormal4
Whoopee! 12-Sep-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 12-Sep-1981Cheeky's Pal - Gloomy GladNormal1
Whoopee! 19-Sep-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 19-Sep-1981Cheeky's Pal - Auntie DaisyNormal1
Whoopee! 26-Sep-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 26-Sep-1981Cheeky's Pal - Doctor BraincellNormal1
Whoopee! 03-Oct-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 03-Oct-1981Cheeky's Pal - Bump-Bump BernieNormal1
Whoopee! 10-Oct-1981How To Draw Comic Strips book two - including CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 10-Oct-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 10-Oct-1981Cheeky's Pal - Posh ClaudeNormal1
Whoopee! 17-Oct-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 17-Oct-1981Cheeky's Pal - Baker's BoyNormal1
Whoopee! 24-Oct-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 24-Oct-1981Cheeky's Pal - Manhole ManNormal1
Whoopee! 31-Oct-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal1
Whoopee! 31-Oct-1981Cheeky's Pal - TeacherNormal1
Whoopee! 07-Nov-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal1
Whoopee! 07-Nov-1981Cheeky's Pal - Jogging JeremyNormal1
Whoopee! 14-Nov-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 14-Nov-1981Cheeky's Pal - Lily PopNormal1
Whoopee! 21-Nov-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 21-Nov-1981Cheeky's Pal - Knock-Knock DoorNormal1
Whoopee! 28-Nov-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 28-Nov-1981Cheeky's Pal - UrsulaNormal1
Whoopee! 05-Dec-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 05-Dec-1981Cheeky's Pal - LouiseNormal1
Whoopee! 12-Dec-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 12-Dec-1981Cheeky's Pal - Constable ChuckleNormal1
Whoopee! 19-Dec-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 19-Dec-1981Cheeky's Pal - HermanNormal1
Whoopee! 26-Dec-1981Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 26-Dec-1981Cheeky's Pal - SantaNormal1
Whoopee! 02-Jan-1982Cover Feature - Dial-A-Design Competition - Fantastic New Story...Teacher's Pets - Cheeky Diary 1982 Part 1Normal1
Whoopee! 02-Jan-1982Cheeky Diary 1982Normal4
Whoopee! 02-Jan-1982Cheeky's WeekNormal2
Whoopee! 02-Jan-1982Our Resoltions by Cheeky's PalsNormal1
Whoopee! 09-Jan-1982Cheeky Diary 1982 InstructionsNormal1
Whoopee! 09-Jan-1982Cheeky's WeekNormal1
Whoopee! 09-Jan-1982Cheeky Diary 1982Normal4
Whoopee! 16-Jan-1982Cheeky Diary 1982 InstructionsNormal1
Whoopee! 16-Jan-1982Cheeky's WeekNormal1
Whoopee! 16-Jan-1982Cheeky Diary 1982Normal4
Whoopee! 23-Jan-1982Cheeky Diary 1982 InstructionsNormal1
Whoopee! 23-Jan-1982Cheeky's WeekNormal1
Whoopee! 23-Jan-1982Cheeky Diary 1982Normal4
Whoopee! 30-Jan-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 06-Feb-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 13-Feb-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 20-Feb-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 27-Feb-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 06-Mar-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 13-Mar-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 20-Mar-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 27-Mar-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 03-Apr-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 10-Apr-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 17-Apr-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 24-Apr-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 01-May-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 08-May-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 15-May-1982It's CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 22-May-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 29-May-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 05-Jun-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 12-Jun-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 19-Jun-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 26-Jun-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 03-Jul-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 10-Jul-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 17-Jul-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 24-Jul-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 31-Jul-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 07-Aug-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 14-Aug-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 21-Aug-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 28-Aug-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 04-Sep-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 11-Sep-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 18-Sep-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 25-Sep-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 02-Oct-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 09-Oct-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 16-Oct-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 23-Oct-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 30-Oct-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 06-Nov-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 13-Nov-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 20-Nov-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 27-Nov-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 04-Dec-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 11-Dec-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 18-Dec-1982CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 25-Dec-1982Cheeky's Christmas CrackersNormal1
Whoopee! 01-Jan-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 08-Jan-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 15-Jan-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 22-Jan-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 29-Jan-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 05-Feb-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 12-Feb-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 19-Feb-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 26-Feb-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 05-Mar-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 12-Mar-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 19-Mar-1983Quizmaster - CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 19-Mar-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 26-Mar-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 02-Apr-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 09-Apr-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 09-Apr-1983Cheeky ET Challenge competition closing date extendedNormal1
Whoopee! 16-Apr-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 23-Apr-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 30-Apr-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 07-May-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 14-May-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 21-May-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 28-May-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 04-Jun-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 11-Jun-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 18-Jun-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee! 25-Jun-1983CheekyNormal1
Whoopee and Wow!02-Jul-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!09-Jul-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!16-Jul-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!23-Jul-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!30-Jul-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!06-Aug-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!13-Aug-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!20-Aug-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!27-Aug-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!27-Aug-1983Cheeky ET Challenge WinnersNormal1
Whoopee and Wow!03-Sep-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!10-Sep-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!17-Sep-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!24-Sep-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!01-Oct-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!08-Oct-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!22-Oct-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!05-Nov-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!12-Nov-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!19-Nov-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!26-Nov-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!03-Dec-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!10-Dec-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!17-Dec-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!24-Dec-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!31-Dec-1983CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!07-Jan-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!14-Jan-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!21-Jan-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!21-Jan-1984TV Quiz Kids - Wail Of The Century (inc Cheeky)Normal1
Whoopee and Wow!28-Jan-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!04-Feb-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!11-Feb-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!18-Feb-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!10-Mar-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!24-Mar-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!31-Mar-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!07-Apr-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!14-Apr-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!21-Apr-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!05-May-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!12-May-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!02-Jun-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!09-Jun-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!16-Jun-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!23-Jun-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!07-Jul-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!21-Jul-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!28-Jul-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!11-Aug-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!18-Aug-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!25-Aug-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!01-Sep-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!29-Sep-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!13-Oct-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!17-Nov-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!24-Nov-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!01-Dec-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!08-Dec-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!22-Dec-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!29-Dec-1984CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!05-Jan-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!19-Jan-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!26-Jan-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!02-Feb-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!09-Feb-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!16-Feb-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee and Wow!23-Feb-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee 02-Mar-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee 09-Mar-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee 16-Mar-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee 23-Mar-1985CheekyQuick Strips1
Whoopee 30-Mar-1985CheekyQuick Strips1

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Whizzer and Chips - The Cheeky Raids part 49

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.

During the period covered so far in this series of Whizzer and Chips – The Cheeky Raids posts, every week a character from Chips infiltrated Whizzer and a member of the Whizzer cast gate-crashed Chips (although long-time followers of this blog will know that I only report on those raids which involved characters who appeared in Cheeky Weekly). For the benefit of those less-than-eagle-eyed Whizz-kids or Chip-ites who were unable to locate the sneaky interlopers, the identities of the clandestine intruders were revealed each week in the following issue.

However, it appears that the Whizzer and Chips editor’s apparent concerns over the unexpected consequences resulting from the rivalry he had engendered among readers, which emerged in May 1988, resulted in a moratorium on raids as of Whizzer and Chips dated 30 July 1988, because commencing with the 06 August 1988 issue raiders ceased to be identified. Now, this poses something of a problem for me, since sometimes the cunningly-concealed uninvited guests can be difficult to spot. When I encountered such a situation while researching this series up to this point I was able to refer to the next issue to discover who had been raided by whom. Nevertheless I have done my best to scour the issues from 30 July 1988 (in which the previous week’s raiders were revealed but no raids on that week’s content were in evidence) onwards for raiders, and it seems that for a period there was a halt to ’new’ raids. I believe a few raids did appear during what we might call The Great Whizzer and Chips Truce, but it seems that they only featured in reprinted strips which included a raider on their first outing. In fact there was such an occurrence in that same 06 August 1988 first-to-include-no-raider-report issue, when the reprinted Lazy Bones strip included a raid by an old character, Brave Dave.

Here is that reprinted Lazy Bones strip from the 06 August 1988 issue. The strip had originally appeared in Whizzer and Chips dated 19 November 1983.

Whizzer and Chips 06 August 1988,
reprinted from 19 November 1983
Art: Colin Whittock

Brave Dave first appeared in Whizzer and Chips dated 16 July 1983. Since he's a little-remembered character (certainly not as famous as Odd-Ball or Joker, for example), here's his strip from that same 19 November 1983 edition.

Whizzer and Chips 19 November 1983
Art: Vic Neill

There are 2 further reprinted raids that I have identified during the period of the Truce – the next being a further intrusion upon Lazy Bones, this time by JR in the 13 August 1988 comic. I'm assuming that this is another reprinted raid - I must admit I haven't tried tracking down the original. UPDATE 05 December 2019 - My thanks to Stephen Archer who has tracked down the original appearance of JR raiding Lazy Bones to Whizzer and Chips dated 21 April 1984.

However, the third reprinted raid is more relevant to this blog, since the incursion is undertaken by none other than our toothy pal. This Store Wars story originally appeared in Whizzer and Chips dated 25 August 1984, and was reprinted during the Truce, in the 05 August 1989 edition.

Whizzer and Chips 05 August 1989,
reprinted from 25 August 1984
Art: Jim Watson

 I have done my best to identify any intrusions during this period, but can't guarantee that the odd sneaky one didn't bypass my raider radar.

The moratorium on new raids was eventually lifted, so there'll be 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
12 December 1987JokerMustapha Million
13 February 1988Bloggs (Store Wars)Mustapha Million
20 February 1988Mustapha MillionJoker
12 March 1988Odd-BallMustapha Million
23 April 1988JokerMustapha Million
28 May 1988
Readers asked not to let their Whizz-kid or Chip-ite sympathies colour their favourite strip votes
No Cheeky-related raid this issueNo Cheeky-related raid this issue
11 June 1988SlippyMustapha Million
16 July 1988Toy BoyMustapha Million
30 July 1988 New raids halted

05 August 1989 (raid reprinted from 25 Aug 1984)CheekyStore Wars

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Frank's a Tonic!

By the summer of 1982 the strip that was formerly known as The 12½p Buytonic Boy when it made its debut in Krazy, had been shorn of its monetary prefix during hero Steve Ford's continuing campaign against the villainous NME organisation in the pages of Whizzer and Chips. This adjustment to the title was probably made because younger readers would have been unaware of the  '70s TV series which the strip originally spoofed, The Six Million Dollar Man (and not, as the Wikipedia page linked to above currently suggests, because the ½ p coin had ceased to be legal tender at that time - that didn't happen until 1984).

In those summer months, while Britons were happily still spending their ½ ps, little suspecting that Nigel Lawson was plotting their demise (the coins, not the Britons. But then again...), Robert Nixon, regular artist on the strip, took a few weeks off. Stepping in to illustrate the escapades of the titular potion-enhanced adventurer were Brian Walker and, for 3 issues, Frank McDiarmid.

Whizzer and Chips 03 July 1982

There's something of Roger the Dodger
in Frank's rendition of Steve in the first panel above

Whizzer and Chips 10 July 1982.
A single-page story this week
I don't recall seeing Steve's dad before.

Whizzer and Chips  24 July 1982

The scriptwriter seems to have had an
overflowing-bath obsession at this stage