|Whoopee! and Cheeky|
06 September 1980
Cheeky’s Annual carrying the cover date 1981 was the third yearly hardback collection of jolly japes and jests starring the toothy funster and featuring his numerous pals. However, it was the first to be published since our grinning chum’s weekly comic was cancelled in early 1980. Despite this setback, Cheeky continued to have a presence in the regular funny papers jostling for space on newsagents’ shelves, as he had secured a place in sister publication Whoopee! following the traditional ‘merge’ of his eponymous title into a more robust stablemate. This change in status from being the star of his own comic to becoming a refugee in Whoopee! may have affected the manner in which comic readers were informed of the existence of this latest Annual - whereas the 1979 and 1980 Annuals were advertised via dedicated half-page ads in Cheeky Weekly (and possibly other titles in the IPC line), Cheeky Annual 1981 didn’t get its own ad, instead it was among 9 other titles first heralded by Pa Bumpkin in Whoopee! and Cheeky dated 06 September 1980. Yet this change in advert type was probably due to what appears to have been a revision of IPC’s policy on advertising Annuals that seems to have been introduced as of autumn 1980, rather than being a reflection of the toothy funster’s reversal of fortune. During Cheeky Weekly’s run, our grinning chum’s Annuals got ads to themselves in that title, but in addition there were individual ads for companion Annuals such as Whizzer and Chips, Cor!! and Krazy. From September 1980 until its own demise in 1985, only 2 types of adverts for Annuals were printed in Whoopee! – Whoopee! Annuals continued to be spotlighted in ads each year, but other IPC Annuals were grouped together and publicised in the ensemble manner of the ad shown above (I don’t know if this change of advertising method was applied to all IPC output of the time).
Robert Nixon provides the art for this year’s cover – showing Louise pouting beneath the mistletoe in osculatory anticipation, while Cheeky has other plans. I like the way that the cover involves the reader via Cheeky’s conspiratorial gaze out of the front page, urging the reader to keep quiet. This cover demands a ‘what happens next?’ resolution on the back of the Annual. Will we get one? – we’ll find out in 128 pages.
Moving inside we encounter the Annual tradition that is appreciated by those with a proprietorial attitude to their reading matter – the This Book Belongs To page, this year hosted by Cheeky and Snail.
Following the format of the previous Cheeky Annuals, the first strip is entitled January with Cheeky, and finds our toothy pal wandering the snow-covered streets of Krazy Town, swapping gags with a selection of his chums. This 4-page sequence is in colour and drawn by Barrie Appleby using the marginless page design that recalls Cheeky’s debut in Krazy.
Also enjoying a colour
outing is The Ringer Dinger reprint which follows. This is the 26th
Dinger tale to be presented to loyal followers of the toothy funster,
yet this particular episode of Dinger doings must have appeared early
in the strip's original run in Whizzer and Chips, as the introductory caption sets out the feature's premise. My examination of Mustapha Million’s Whoopee career
suggests that IPC’s policy for reprinting humour strips was to
ignore the original publication order and for some reason scatter
them randomly across the weeks. The contents of Dinger’s first
speech balloon appear to have been altered – he probably originally
said. ‘I can’t think who to ring this week’. UPDATE - My thanks to Stephen Archer who informs me that the contents of Dinger's speech balloon were indeed altered, but that's not the only change to have been made - see Stephen's comment below, which also contains the original issue dates for all of Dinger's escapades in this Annual.
|Art: Terry Bave|
A page entitled Tim’ll Fix It follows, featuring the odd-job-man character who has previously featured on 2 pages in the 1978 Cheeky Annual. This time the woeful workman’s repairs to a broken table leg prove less than satisfactory. Colour printing of a strip by an artist I can’t identify, although Irmantas has located a signed piece by the same illustrator, who drew Jason and his Joggernaut in the 1981 Monster Fun Annual, but unfortunately the signature is illegible.
Monochrome printing commences overleaf as a Cave Kids reprint from Buster relates the neolithic nippers’ construction of a roller-coaster and roundabout. There’s no evidence of resizing of the artwork although the monetary references in certain speech balloons have been updated from LSD to decimal.
Shoelace shenanigans are then on the agenda as Calc advises Charlie to leave his footwear unfastened in a 2 page Calculator Kid story.
There is still snow on the streets of Krazy Town as we rejoin our toothy pal for February with Cheeky. This 3 page set is followed by a page showing Cheeky’s dad (seen on this occasion without his usual flat cap) surrounded by a tangle of 5 hose pipes. Readers are tasked with identifying which tap our grinning pal’s pater should rotate in order to supply water to the hose being wielded by a fire fighter hoping to dowse the conflagration afflicting the garden shed, in a page entitled Hosepipe Maze.
Doomsville's long-suffering Mayor is hoping a
giant robot will deter Disaster Des from approaching the new library
building. Sadly, no-one seems to have considered Des’ influence on the
synthetic sentry. Art is by Mike Lacey who was the regular artist on the strip during its Cheeky Weekly run.
A Soggy the Sea Monster reprint follows, in which the lovable leviathan rescues the occupants of a volcanic island from an imminent eruption. The layout of this strip suggests to me that this 2 page story originally appeared in a Shiver and Shake Annual or Special.
Krazy Town has benefited from a thaw when we rejoin our grinning pal for March with Cheeky. Among the pals Cheeky meets in this section is Ah Sew, and Barrie seems to have based his renditions of Krazy Town's tailoring tittermeister on Frank McDiarmid’s artwork on the character’s debut in Cheeky Weekly dated 27 October 1979.
Martin Baxendale signs his work on the last of the 5 page Dick Twerpin saga which follows. The titular hapless highwayman has previously featured in the Cheeky Annual 1980, but is not to be confused with the different character of the same name who appeared in the Badtime Bedtime Book in Monster Fun, nor with the character in the Home Movie that appeared in Cheeky Weekly dated 27 May 1978. We learn the name of Dick’s Dog’ (who would appear to be an antecedent of Sweeny Toddler’s canine chum Henry) for the first time.
There will be more Dick (yet another different one) later in this Annual.
Tub’s rather unpleasant, predisposed-to-violence dad is displeased when his obese offspring rends his jacket, but things end well after our heavyweight hero buys an old sofa at the jumble sale and finds a stash of money amid the horsehair stuffing. An act of generosity concludes this usually rather mean-spirited strip, as Tub donates half of his windfall to the jumble sale charity and still has enough left to buy a new coat.
The 2-pager is drawn by Nigel Edwards, who was the strip’s regular illustrator when the feature was running in Cheeky Weekly.
A Colin Whittock-illustrated Speed Squad tale follows. Colin has previously deputised for Jimmy Hansen (who was the main artist on the feature in its Cheeky Weekly days), twice in the regular comic. Although we’re approaching April with Cheeky, in this strip the Krazy Town environs are still under snow, so this frigid fable would have been better placed on pages 10 and 11 between January and February with Cheeky, both of which featured heavy falls of the white stuff. Calculator Kid, which occupies pages 10 and 11, has no snow in evidence so it could have been swapped here. The intrepid trio choose a bobsleigh (Skipper and Skatie) and skis (Wipe-Out) as their modes of transport for this double-page icy escapade.
Cheeky is pondering matters meteorological at the commencement of the next ‘...with Cheeky’ sequence, but snow isn’t his concern – he’s more worried about April showers. Fortunately he gets to the end of this 3-page round of puns and jests without being troubled by precipitation of any kind.
Difference-spotters among the readership of this Annual may have been getting a little anxious prior to this point, as there has so far been no sign of a challenge to their powers of variance-identification. Well, they can relax now, as that traditional Annual-filler makes an appearance on page 35. A feeling of deja vu may replace their anxiety, however, as the image used originally appeared on the cover of Cheeky Weekly dated 04 August 1979.
|Art: Frank McDiarmid|
Having identified all 10 changes to the artwork (I didn’t read the upside-down answers, honest), we progress to the pachydermal plight of Elephant on the Run who, somewhat at odds with Cheeky’s most recent appearance in April, is involved in a Christmas caper. The Man in the Plastic Mac, pursuing as ever our be-trunked hero, doffs his usual waterproof outerwear in order to masquerade as a department store Santa. Needless to say, fugitive Walter evades the clutches of his implacable foe by the end of the 4-page tale drawn by Barry Glennard, and is seen tucking in to a slap-up festive feed in the concluding panel. Surely it would have been more appropriate to place this story towards the end of the Annual as Cheeky reaches December. This is the first EotR adventure to appear in a Cheeky Annual. The large-eared amnesiac's 30 September 1978 debut in Cheeky Weekly was after the publication of the first Annual, although almost a year before the Cheeky Annual 1980 hit the newsagents. However EotR did appear in the 1980 Cheeky Holiday Special and, like the episode that was featured in that Special, this story does nothing to enlighten us as to the reason for TMITPM’s dogged pursuit of our tusker chum.
There follow 2 pages containing a total of 12 single-panel gags featuring Cheeky Weekly favourite Paddywack. This collection of rib-ticklers is titled Paddywack at Large and is drawn by the ever-reliable Jack Clayton, who to the publication date of this Annual has illustrated all Paddywack strips since the character made his debut in Cheeky Weekly's 08 July 1978 edition.
The unusual sight of
the toothy funster wearing something other than his striped jersey
ushers us into May with Cheeky. The reason for his unusual attire
soon becomes apparent. On the same page we meet a character who has
never previously featured in any Cheeky strip – it’s plumber Mr
Drip. On the 3rd and final page of this set Cheeky meets another
dentist but it’s still not Ivor E Tugger.
Over the page, pterodactyl tribulations are concerning The Cave Kids, who enter a prehistoric pie-eating contest. This is followed by a 2 page Why, Dad, Why? escapade and once again we’re presented with a story taking place amid snowy scenes, although the weather has no bearing on the plot which concerns Son’s attempts at stilt-walking. Why set the tale in the winter when it didn’t need to be, then place it in the summer section of the Annual?
The next feature is headed Creepy Sleepy Tale, a feature title with which early adopters of Cheeky Weekly were well acquainted, as it ran from the first edition of the toothy funster’s comic until the issue dated 26 August 1978. However, what is presented here originally appeared as a Badtime Bedtime Book (with the same title of Dick Twittington – the second ‘Dick Tw...’ of this Annual) in the issue of Monster Fun dated 03 January 1976 which was, as this link informs us, the only one of that series to be drawn by the mighty Terry Bave. Once again we have to question the decision to place in the summer section of the Annual a strip referencing the great British Christmas pantomime tradition. The fact that there is no framing sequence to give it context, as there was with the original CSTs, will leave readers of this Annual who are unfamiliar with the concept feeling that while certain parts are indeed ‘creepy’, they are unable to identify what there is about this tale that could be described as ‘sleepy’.
The readers’ voices responding to the question ‘Do you believe in ferrets?’ that appeared in the centre of pages 4 and 5 of the strip on its original appearance and which can be seen on the above site, have been excised from the reprint. Their removal is understandable since placement between the pages of the Annual would have been problematic, but harder to understand is the erasure of references to London that were included in the original. A panel showing a puzzled Cheeky asking himself, ‘What was all that about?’ replaces Leonard Rottingsocks’ original new year wishes on the final page of this sequence. Unlike its debut outing, this reprint is entirely monochrome.
The Tub page which follows looks suspiciously like it was drawn for a regular-comic-proportioned page rather than for this Annual, as the large gap at the top has been filled by some text.
|Art: Nigel Edwards|
Colour printing resumes on page 57 as June with Cheeky commences, and most of the gags in this 3 page set are sun- or summer-related.
Having just witnessed the sun-baked streets of Krazy Town it’s a little jarring to see snow on the ground as Gran commences an adventure introduced by the 6 Million Dollar Gran title panel familiar from her Cheeky Weekly days, although she is now appearing as $6,000,000 Gran in the regular Whoopee! comic. Once again Gran is referred to as bionic although she is a robot – an error which has plagued the aged automaton for her entire comics career. Nigel Edwards is the artist, who has supplied all the Gran artwork for her strips in the Cheeky Specials and Annuals to date with the exception of Gran’s strip in last year’s Annual which was drawn by regular artist in Cheeky Weekly and Whoopee!, Ian Knox, BUT I suspect was a strip originally intended for Cheeky Weekly.
How does a robot catch a cold?
Following Gran’s 4-page colour adventure is another multi-hued entry, but there’s more change in climatic conditions as the weather switches from the snowy scenes of the synthetic senior citizen’s tale to warm sunshine as we join The Cave Kids for a tale involving pole-vaulting and stolen eggs.
|Art: Probably Leo Baxendale|
There follows a page containing 6 single-panel gags, printed in colour under the banner Cheeky Chuckles. These jokes have no connection to Cheeky or related strips, so I would guess this selection of funnies drawn by Mike Lacey have previously appeared elsewhere and are sourced from the extensive filing cabinets that constitute IPC’s archive.
As we reach page 66,
the temperature drops again as The Gang bemoan their lack of
transport suited to the icy conditions at the beginning of their
reprinted 4-page colour escapade. Some resizing has been applied to the
artwork, and Brains’ dialogue has been changed to refer to Krazy
Town (or Krazytown as the adjuster of text would have it). This is the first time The Gang (who were known as The Double Deckers when the feature first ran in Whizzer and Chips) have appeared in a Cheeky Annual. The strip joined Cheeky Weekly as of the 07 July 1979 'new look' edition, 10 months after publication of the first Cheeky Annual. The 1980 Annual appeared just 2 months after the Gang debut (the contents of that Annual had probably been decided upon some months earlier), although they did previously appear in the Cheeky Holiday Special 1980 which was published in April of that year.
|Art: Robert MacGillivray|
The colour printing
continues as we again adjust to a change of weather while embarking
on a 3-page July with Cheeky.
It seems that the citizens of Krazy Town are still subject to Cheeky Weekly inconsistent hair colour syndrome or, more accurately, the variant known as Cheeky Annual inconsistent hair colour syndrome. Bernie, who had fallen victim to the malaise on a number of previous occasions, clearly hasn't accrued a sufficient reserve of antibodies to repel a relapse. Bernie had previously appeared on page 5 of this Annual but despite it being printed in colour we were unable to discern the tone of his hair due to the bandages in which his unfortunate bonce was swathed. This time the bandaging is less extensive, allowing us a view of his barnet.
Printing returns to
monochrome as James Bold and Angel O’Mercy anticipate a
weekend. A similar ‘going on holiday but getting involved in
mysterious doings’ scenario introduced their adventure in last
year’s Cheeky Annual. This year, were it not for Bold's questionable driving skills, which lead to their car breaching a fence designed to exclude interlopers, the intrepid pair would have had an uneventful journey to their hotel and never discovered the spooky goings-on. Last year's Bold adventure benefited from
colour printing but was untitled, while this one is dubbed The Curse of Krah, in which
the fearless investigator of all matters supernatural encounters what
appears to be a reanimated ancient Egyptian mummy. The intrepid duo
become trapped in a replica pyramid and endure the kind of perils
with which long-time Bold-readers are familiar. The 8-page tale ends
SPOILER ALERT with the duo discovering that all the apparently
supernatural events were faked to deter discovery of an operation to
|I can't identify the artist|
Our toothy pal, wearing just his swimming trunks (fortunately he doesn’t strip down as far as Snail, who is in the nude), is on the beach to introduce August with Cheeky.Three pages of seaside silliness ensue.
Following the beach-based banter, we meet a bored Ringer Dinger who, fed up since there’s nothing good on TV, dials up a jester to raise his spirits. Rather unusually, there is no misunderstanding over young Dinger’s telephonic request, and his phone does indeed deliver a medieval funnyman. The humour in this tale derives from the incompetence of the entertainer who proceeds to cause havoc in the Dinger household (I know Dinger is not his surname but I don’t think we have learnt that in all the strips so far). The conclusion of this resized tale differs from the norm in that the final panel doesn’t show the jester evaporating as is usually the case with those invoked by the magical dog and bone – a ferocious-looking Mum is wielding a rolling pin while he sweeps up the broken eggs and crockery which resulted from his abortive juggling.
Readers will then be sent scrambling around the house trying to locate a die (or ‘a dice’ as the text on page 85 would have it) and counters in order to participate in Speed Squad’s Grand Prix. You must throw a 6 to start. Unless you decide not to.
There’s more game play over the page, as Soggy the Sea Monster witnesses the off-target splash-down of a manned space capsule and, not realising there are human occupants, treats it as a plaything. All ends well as Soggy flings the spacecraft to land near its recovery vessel.
There are more Cheeky Chuckles on page 88, this time deliniated by Leslie ‘Styx’ Harding.
Fallen leaves are
troubling Snail as we join our grinning chum again for September with
Cheeky. During this sequence Barrie Appleby depicts Cheeky's sartorial stooge Ah Sew in very similar fashion to his earlier appearance. Bernie has emerged from self-isolation having overcome his trichological trauma.
We’re plunged back (or possibly ahead) into the depths of winter as the kids of Stage School complain about the cold classroom. Barry Glennard deputises for Robert Nixon, who is currently drawing the strip in Whoopee! and Cheeky, on this 2-page tale. There are echoes of Ringer Dinger’s adventure back on page 7 of this Annual as the Stage School kids employ a hitherto-unknown-to-readers class member, Fred the Fire-Eater, to raise the temperature (a Flaymo the Fire-Eater would later appear on one occasion during the strip's Whoopee years, in the issue dated 05 February 1983). The aspiring entertainers of Stage School made their Cheeky Weekly debut a week after The Gang, so like their erstwhile bus-based comedy colleagues, and for the same reasons as delineated earlier, this is the first Cheeky Annual to include their showbiz shenanigans, although they previously appeared in the Cheeky Holiday Special 1980.
The weather conditions
remain icy as some welcome Frank McDiarmid art is featured in a strip
entitled Snail of the Century. Although our slithering pal has
starred in strips in Cheeky Annual 1980 and Cheeky Holiday Special
1980, neither of those appeared under the title Snail of the Century
which was of course the name of the mirthful mollusc’s own feature in Cheeky Weekly (Snail is currently appearing in an untitled strip on the ‘front cover’ of the Cheeky section in the weekly Whoopee! and Cheeky). This Annual version of SotC conforms to the structure of
those seen in Cheeky Weekly, with the gastropod gagster observing
events within the Cheeky household as the tale commences, then
entering the garden to enjoy a selection of wildlife witticisms
before returning to view developments in the toothy funster’s
residence. However, the strip does diverge from its formerly weekly
counterpart by virtue of its page count – the Annual SotC consists
of 2 pages whereas the defunct Cheeky Weekly version was limited to
single pages only. SotC joined Cheeky Weekly's roster of features with the issue dated 14 July 1979, two weeks after The Gang, and a week after Stage School so you already know why this is the strip's first Annual outing.
The frozen weather of Cheeky’s back garden is replaced by the storm with which Soggy the Sea Monster is contending on pages 96 and 97, following which Speed Squad return (having already appeared in a strip on pages 30 and 31, and in page 85’s Grand Prix game). The titular trio arrive at the Town Hall on a 3-seater tandem (trandem as The Goodies would have it), then use their skateboards to speed preparations for the imminent Christmas party, and enjoy a slap-up festive feed (the second such meal of this Annual – see also Elephant on the Run) as a reward.
There are yet more weather woes as Cheeky commences October beneath a downpour, and the rain persists for the entirety of this 3-page sequence.
Confusion regarding the words ‘pilot’ and ‘pirate’ fuels the Ringer Dinger adventure which is up next. The young owner of the tricky telecommunication device hopes to secure the services of someone who can assist with flying his model ‘plane, but instead an eyepatched, wooden-legged and cutlass-equipped corsair named Jolly Roger materialises, causes maritime-style mayhem and then (unlike the jester earlier on) disintegrates at the story’s conclusion. From whence these characters are summoned and to where they return is a subject that has not been broached in any of the Dinger reprints we’ve seen so far, and I suspect it never was.
I hope we’re not witnessing mollusc misogyny on page 104 as Snail informs us he’s absent from The Girls, a feature which focuses on certain of the distaff members of the Cheeky supporting cast, and has been present in the 2 previous Cheeky Annuals. This year’s The Girls, like its predecessors, spans 4 pages.
|Art: Barrie Appleby|
Soggy the Sea Monster is the unfortunate recipient of a harpoon intended for a nearby whale, as his story begins on page 108. Things aren’t quite as bad as they sound, since the nautical weapon is tipped with a sucker rather than barbs, and the would-be whaler gets his comeuppance by the end of the 2-page tale.
We then join Cheeky as he emerges from school at the beginning of November with Cheeky. Following the usual round of banter with his pals, the toothy funster informs us a ‘fantastic party’ is planned for December.
A particularly convoluted Ringer Dinger plot sees the hero summon himself from wherever his magic phone sources the characters which it conjures into existence. However, for reasons which are not explained, the duplicate Dinger is intent on mischief and torments dad before performing an elaborate, three-stage evaporation in the final panel.
Dinger’s strip has been resized, as has The Gang’s which ensues. The story concerns Brains’ latest invention – jet-powered running shoes - and his plans to deploy them at the local sports day. This 4-pager would have been more appropriately located on pages 66-69, during Cheeky’s summer, while the snowy Gang adventure in that part of the Annual could have been swapped here, between Cheeky’s November and December.
A diamond delivery for Mustapha Million (he’s planning to use them to fund presents for his pals) comes to the attention of two masked criminals, who attempt to purloin the gems from Mustapha Mansion. The felons’ footprints in the snow prove to be their downfall, but our wily middle eastern mate has also replaced the glittering precious stones with ice cubes.
More footprints (although not in the snow) are in evidence as colour printing resumes on page 121, with The Cave Kids’ parents hunting the thief who’s been raiding their food store. The kids eventually rout the rotten raider, and the contents of a speech balloon seems to have been obliterated in this reprint’s final panel.
The following page contains a further 6 single-panel gags under the title Cheeky Chuckles.
Barrie Appleby acknowledges the potential arduousness of drawing a character-packed Cheeky strip as we begin December with our grinning pal. Snow once again blankets Krazy Town as Cheeky and chums prepare for the promised party. This final monthly sequence covers 5 pages, the Christmas bash spanning pages 126 and 127, where Barrie’s perspiration is on view as he labours to depict a festive repast attended by the toothy funster and 19 chums.
We now close the Annual to inspect the back cover, and find that our hopes of seeing the custardy consequences of Cheeky’s pie threat on the front of this book are dashed as the image from the front cover is repeated on the rear of the book.
This Annual consists of
128 pages, the same number as in each of the 2 previous Cheeky Annuals. All 3
contain 32 colour pages, including the covers, with the
multi-chromatic pages occurring in the same locations (front cover to
page 8, pages 57 to 72 and pages 121 to 128). Parents of the lucky kids who would wake on Christmas Day 1980 to find this gag-packed tome among their seasonal booty will have had to spend an additional 25p above last year's price, as the cost has risen to £1.50.
12 internal colour pages were allocated to Cheeky in the 1979 Annual, whereas in the 1980 hardback collection our toothy pal benefited from colour on 10 pages. This year Cheeky features on a bumper 15 multi-hued internal pages. The 12-months-with-Cheeky format of the previous Annuals, recalling the classic Cheeky-wandering-Krazy-Town-enjoying-gags-with-his-friends setup that fans of the toothy funster were familiar with from Krazy and Cheeky Weekly, continues this year, although Cheeky’s turbulent career in Whoopee has by this time seen him embark on his series of movie spoofs. Last year’s Annual’s pantomime in December is replaced this time with a December round of gags followed by a slap-up feed. Barrie Appleby is the artist on the monthly sequences and The Girls, as he was last year, and delivers a total of 41 pages (Jim Petrie supplied 52 Cheeky pages in the 1979 Annual, and Barrie furnished 44 last year).
Of the Annuals published so far, this one features the fewest contributions by Frank McDiarmid. Frank drew 5 pages in the ‘79 Annual, if we count the front and back covers as 2 separate pieces, 6 in the 1980 Annual (again counting the front and back as 2), but only 3 in this year’s – and that’s counting the reprinted spot the difference page as one of his contributions.
All the features in this Annual which originated in Cheeky Weekly (with the exception of James Bold, whose final appearance in Cheeky Weekly was in the 05 August 1978 issue) are ones which survived to the end of that comic’s run, although not all of them transferred into Whoopee! Those who failed to continue their weekly comic capers after the demise of the toothy funster’s title, yet appear in this Annual, are
- Why, Dad, Why?
- Elephant On The Run
- Disaster Des
- Speed Squad
Among the reprints in this Annual are three features which for a time ran as reprints in Cheeky Weekly, namely
- The Gang
- Ringer Dinger
- Soggy the Sea Monster
...none of which transferred into Whoopee!
The elements in this Annual which did transfer into Whoopee! are
- 6 Million Dollar Gran
- Calculator Kid
- Stage School
...and of course Cheeky himself.
Thus all of the comic strips which were running in Cheeky Weekly at the time of its cancellation are represented in this Annual.
Cheeky of course continues to appear in Whoopee!, although the title of his sequences in this Annual don’t match those of any of his Cheeky Weekly or Whoopee! vehicles. Snail of the Century in this Annual is based on the Cheeky Weekly feature of the same name. There was no feature titled The Girls in Cheeky Weekly, but it's closely related to the classic Cheeky format. Although Creepy Sleepy Tale was a feature in Cheeky Weekly, what is presented in this Annual under that title is in fact a reprinted Badtime Bedtime Book from Monster Fun. Thus if we include the [Month] with Cheeky strips, The Girls and Snail of the Century elements in this Special with those featuring 6 Million Dollar Gran, Mustapha Million, Stage School, Calculator Kid and Paddywack, we find that this Special contains a total of 59 elements based on ex-Cheeky Weekly strips which transferred into Whoopee! (I included the spot the difference in this category but I'm still not sure why). There are 43 elements based on ex-Cheeky Weekly strips which failed to transfer into Whoopee! Thus there are a total of 101 elements relating to ex-Cheeky Weekly strips, meaning the ex-Cheeky Weekly elements which failed to transfer represent 42.57% of the total ex-Cheeky Weekly elements in this Special. So features that did transfer account for 57.43% of the ex-Cheeky Weekly elements, and the weighting towards features that did survive into Whoopee! is as one would expect, since presumably the strips that did so are those which were felt by IPC management to be the most popular among erstwhile readers of the toothy funster's expired title.
It's hard to understand why James Bold was recalled to service in the Cheeky Annuals, having been jettisoned from Cheeky Weekly 18 months before the comic folded (and just weeks before publication of the first Annual), and also in view of the fact that Cheeky Weekly became an 'all funnies' comic 4 months before its final issue. Possibly the editor, when selecting content for the Annuals, felt that 128 pages of mirth would be too much, and the contents required leavening with a portion of thrills. Evidently there were sufficient funds in the Annual budget to cover the cost of a new Bold outing rather than resorting to a cost-saving, random reprint adventure strip summoned from IPC's dusty vaults.
The percentage reprint content continues its seemingly inexorable rise (the Cheeky Chuckles gag pages in this Annual are probably comprised of reprints but since I can't be conclusive about that I haven't counted them as such)...
|1/9/1978||Cheeky Annual 1979||130||114||16||12.31|
|1/9/1979||Cheeky Annual 1980||128||107||21||16.41|
|1/9/1980||Cheeky Annual 1981||128||103||25||19.53|
FEATURES IN PREVIOUS CHEEKY ANNUALS AND THE LATEST
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||6 Million Dollar Gran||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||6 Million Dollar Gran|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||6 Million Dollar Gran||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||6 Million Dollar Gran|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||April with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||April with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||April with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||April with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||August with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||August with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||August with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||August with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Back Cover||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Back Cover|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Back Cover||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Back Cover|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Calculator Kid||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Calculator Kid|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Cover||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Cover|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Cover||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Cover|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Creepy Sleepy Tale||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Creepy Sleepy Tale|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Creepy Sleepy Tale||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Creepy Sleepy Tale|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||December with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||December with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||December with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||December with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Dick Twerpin||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Dick Twerpin|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Disaster Des||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Disaster Des|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||February with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||February with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||February with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||February with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||James Bold||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||James Bold|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||James Bold||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||James Bold|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||January with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||January with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||January with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||January with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||July with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||July with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||July with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||July with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||June with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||June with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||June with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||June with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||March with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||March with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||March with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||March with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||May with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||May with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||May with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||May with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Mustapha Million||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Mustapha Million|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Mustapha Million||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Mustapha Million|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||November with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||November with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||November with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||November with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||October with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||October with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||October with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||October with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Paddywack at Large||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Paddywack at Large|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Ringer Dinger||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Ringer Dinger|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Ringer Dinger||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Ringer Dinger|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||September with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||September with Cheeky|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||September with Cheeky||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||September with Cheeky|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Soggy the Sea Monster||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Soggy the Sea Monster|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Speed Squad||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Speed Squad|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||This Book Belongs To||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||This Book Belongs To|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||This Book Belongs To||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||This Book Belongs To|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Tim'll Fix It||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Tim'll Fix It|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Tub||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Tub|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Why, Dad, Why?||01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Why, Dad, Why?|
FEATURES IN LATEST ANNUAL BUT NOT PREVIOUS ONE(S)
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Cheeky Chuckles|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Elephant On The Run|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Hosepipe Maze|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Snail of the Century|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Speed Squad's Grand Prix|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Spot The Difference|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||Stage School|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||The Cave Kids|
|01/09/80||Cheeky Annual 1981||The Gang|
FEATURES IN PREVIOUS ANNUAL(S) BUT NOT LATEST
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||6 Million Dollar Gran Spot the Difference|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||All Snails Are Alike?|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Baby Burpo Strikes|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Baby Burpo Strikes Again|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Bam Splat and Blooie|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Biddy's Beastly Bloomers|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Biddy's Beastly Bloomers|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Cartoon Gallery|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Cocky Doodle|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Comic Changes|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Copy Kate|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Double Trouble|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Home Movie|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Moon Loon|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Puzzle Patch|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||Skateboard Squad|
|01/09/79||Cheeky Annual 1980||Snail|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||The Doors Are Open|
|01/09/78||Cheeky Annual 1979||The Robot Olympics|
Cheeky Annual 1981 Features never running in Cheeky Weekly
|Cheeky Annual 1981 Feature|
|April with Cheeky|
|August with Cheeky|
|December with Cheeky|
|February with Cheeky|
|January with Cheeky|
|July with Cheeky|
|June with Cheeky|
|March with Cheeky|
|May with Cheeky|
|November with Cheeky|
|October with Cheeky|
|Paddywack at Large|
|September with Cheeky|
|Speed Squad's Grand Prix|
|Spot The Difference|
|The Cave Kids|
|This Book Belongs To|
|Tim'll Fix It|
|Cheeky Annual 1981 - published September 1980|
|1||Cover 'Custard Pie' - Art Robert Nixon|
|2||This Book Belongs To 'Cheeky and Snail' - Art Barrie Appleby|
|3||January with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|4||January with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|5||January with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|6||January with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|7||Ringer Dinger reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Terry Bave|
|8||Tim'll Fix It|
|9||The Cave Kids reprint from Buster|
|10||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|11||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|12||February with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|13||February with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|14||February with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|16||Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey|
|17||Disaster Des - Art Mike Lacey|
|18||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|19||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|20||March with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|21||March with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|22||March with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|23||Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale|
|24||Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale|
|25||Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale|
|26||Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale|
|27||Dick Twerpin - Art Martin Baxendale|
|28||Tub - Art Nigel Edwards|
|29||Tub - Art Nigel Edwards|
|30||Speed Squad - Art Colin Whittock|
|31||Speed Squad - Art Colin Whittock|
|32||April with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|33||April with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|34||April with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|35||Spot The Difference reprint from Cheeky Weekly - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|36||Elephant On The Run - Art Barry Glennard|
|37||Elephant On The Run - Art Barry Glennard|
|38||Elephant On The Run - Art Barry Glennard|
|39||Elephant On The Run - Art Barry Glennard|
|40||Paddywack at Large - Art Jack Clayton|
|41||Paddywack at Large - Art Jack Clayton|
|42||May with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|43||May with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|44||May with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|45||The Cave Kids reprint from Buster|
|46||Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering|
|47||Why, Dad, Why? - Art John K. Geering|
|48||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|49||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|50||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|51||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|52||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|53||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|54||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|55||Creepy Sleepy Tale reprint from Monster Fun 'Dick Twittington' - Art Terry Bave|
|56||Tub - Art Nigel Edwards|
|57||June with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|58||June with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|59||June with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|60||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|61||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|62||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|63||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Nigel Edwards|
|64||The Cave Kids reprint from Buster|
|65||Cheeky Chuckles - Art Mike Lacey|
|66||The Gang - Art Robert MacGillivray|
|67||The Gang - Art Robert MacGillivray|
|68||The Gang - Art Robert MacGillivray|
|69||The Gang - Art Robert MacGillivray|
|70||July with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|71||July with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|72||July with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|73||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|74||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|75||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|76||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|77||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|78||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|79||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|80||James Bold 'The Curse of Krah'|
|81||August with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|82||August with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|83||August with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|84||Ringer Dinger reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Terry Bave|
|85||Speed Squad's Grand Prix|
|86||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|87||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|88||Cheeky Chuckles - Art Leslie Harding (Styx)|
|89||September with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|90||September with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|91||September with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|92||Stage School - Art Barry Glennard|
|93||Stage School - Art Barry Glennard|
|94||Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|95||Snail of the Century - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|96||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|97||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|98||Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|99||Speed Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|100||October with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|101||October with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|102||October with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|103||Ringer Dinger reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Terry Bave|
|104||The Girls - Art Barrie Appleby|
|105||The Girls - Art Barrie Appleby|
|106||The Girls - Art Barrie Appleby|
|107||The Girls - Art Barrie Appleby|
|108||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|109||Soggy the Sea Monster reprint from Shiver and Shake - Art Robert Nixon|
|110||November with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|111||November with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|112||November with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|113||Ringer Dinger reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Terry Bave|
|118||Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey|
|119||Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey|
|120||Mustapha Million - Art Joe McCaffrey|
|121||The Cave Kids reprint from Buster|
|122||Cheeky Chuckles - Art Mike Lacey|
|123||December with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|124||December with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|125||December with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|126||December with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|127||December with Cheeky - Art Barrie Appleby|
|128||Back Cover 'Custard Pie' - Art Robert Nixon|
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