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On this day, 9 February 1980: Whoopee! and Cheeky

On this day, 9 February 1980: Whoopee! and Cheeky

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Cheeky went into a Friscodisco spin, merged into the longer-playing Whoopee! after just two and a half years as a single title.

For a couple of weeks the comic was titled Whoopee! and Cheeky, and operated as a two-comics-in-one arrangement with Cheeky occupying the middle 16 pages. But the comic’s title quickly reverted to just Whoopee!, and the Cheeky pull-out mini-comic format was dropped in the summer.

The combined line-up of strips was a strong one though. The Whoopee! contingent included Sweeny Toddler, Bumpkin Billionaires, Frankie Stein and Lolly Pop.

The Cheeky section had a four-page It’s Cheeky strip, and brought with him pals such as $6,000,000 Gran, Mustapha Million and Calculator Kid.

 Cover artwork (main image): Frank McDiarmid

Cover artwork (main image): Frank McDiarmid

 Sweeny Toddler: Tom Paterson (artist)

Sweeny Toddler: Tom Paterson (artist)

 Bumpkin Billionaires: Mike Lacey (artist)

Bumpkin Billionaires: Mike Lacey (artist)

 Frankie Stein: Robert Nixon (artist)

Frankie Stein: Robert Nixon (artist)

 Lolly Pop: Sid Burgon (artist)

Lolly Pop: Sid Burgon (artist)

 It's Cheeky!: Mike Lacey (artist)

It's Cheeky!: Mike Lacey (artist)

 $6,000,000 Gran: Ian Knox (artist)

$6,000,000 Gran: Ian Knox (artist)

 Mustapha Million: Joe McCaffrey (artist)

Mustapha Million: Joe McCaffrey (artist)

 Calculator Kid: Terry Bave (artist)

Calculator Kid: Terry Bave (artist)

On this day, 10 February 1979: 2000AD and Starlord (Prog 99)

On this day, 10 February 1979: 2000AD and Starlord (Prog 99)

On this day, 1 February 1986: Eagle and Tiger

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