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On this day, 2 February 1980: Cheeky

On this day, 2 February 1980: Cheeky

Cover artwork: Frank McDiarmid

On this day, 2 February 1980 … the tombstone-teethtastic Cheeky was extracted from newsagents’ shelves for the final time, as the world’s most gregarious paperboy prepared to be merged into Whoopee! Cheeky never liked to do things as other comics would do, and so this is the most unusual of all pre-merger issues. There is something quite haunting about the way Cheeky is trolled about his impending fate – from the front cover through a number of interior pages to the final double-page reveal at the end – by mysterious sign-brandishing hands and even a number of his fellow regular characters who have all discovered the news before him.

It’s a great issue, however, with many of the strips launched by Cheeky during its two-and-a-half year run still a great, confident read even in this final edition.

Why, Dad, Why?: John Geering (artist)

Why, Dad, Why?: John Geering (artist)

Cheeky’s Week: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

Cheeky’s Week: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

Disaster Des: Mike Lacey (artist)

Cheeky’s Week: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

Snail of the Century: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

Elephant on the Run: Robert Nixon (artist)

Cheeky’s Week: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

Soggy the Sea Monster: Robert Nixon (artist)

Tub: Nigel Edwards (artist)

Six Million Dollar Gran: Nigel Edwards (artist)

Cheeky’s Week: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

Cheeky’s Week: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

Cheeky’s Week: Frank McDiarmid (artist)

On this day, 3 February 1973: Knockout

On this day, 3 February 1973: Knockout

On this day, 1 February 1986: Dice Man

On this day, 1 February 1986: Dice Man