Cheeky and his Pin-up Pals: a gallery
Central to the concept of Cheeky the comic was the huge supporting cast that populated Cheeky the character’s home town. Each issue of the comic was structured around the days of Cheeky’s Week, in which he would tread a familiar path around Krazy Town – delivering the newspapers, popping into the local newsagent, attending school and the Saturday morning movies – trading gags with all his buddies.
Over the course of Cheeky’s 117 issues, 31 of these colourful characters featured as back-page Pin-up Pals. To mark the cover date of the comic’s first issue, I’ve scanned the lot of them. I wonder how many of us cut these out posters and blu-tacced them to our bedroom walls. The collection serves not only as a lovely dollop of nostalgia, and testament to the incredible talent of artist Frank McDiarmid whose zany, irrepressible style is inseparable from our memories of Cheeky, but as a snapshot of the sense of humour, hobbies, stereotypes and attitudes which surrounded kids of the late 1970s. Some great, some not so great: from skateboards, TV and calculators to sexism and casual national stereotyping, it’s all here, chums!
Sadly the Pin-up Pals collection doesn’t cover the entire cast of Cheeky’s Week. The masterful curator-blogger of Cheeky, Niblet, has counted 87 named characters, listed here.
In addition to the regulars of Krazy Town, Cheeky ran nine other Pin-up Pals featuring the stars of the comic’s standalone strips (drawn by other outstanding IPC artists). I’ve included scans of these wonderful creations too – not strictly part of the regular cast, some of them (Skateboard Squad, Calculator Kid and Paddywack) were residents of Krazy Town and did appear in Cheeky’s Week from time to time). Frustratingly, I’m missing one Pin-up Pal, that of Mustapha Million from the issue dated 5 November 1977. EDIT: Now complete - thank you Bruce Laing and Peter Gray!