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Summer Special 1978
Oh yes, this is Cheeky's very own special, all right.
bucktoothed buffon gets a whopping 22 pages of seaside
stupidity here, scattered through the publication, plus
double-page joke selection and that cover, front and
As was Fleetway's wont at the time, there's no Cheeky
title panel anywhere, we just drop in on the lad's continuing
adventures, move on to another strip, then return again
from whence we left off. And Frank McDiarmid and Jim
Watson appear to pas the pen backwards and forwards
throughout the special.
Oddly, Cheeky loses out on the centrepage spread which
is given over to Cliff Brown's "Treasure Hunt Game".
It's a very busy piece, in full colour. But where are
Elsewhere, we get a few familiars from "Cheeky
"Mustapha Million", "Six Million Dollar
Gran" and "The
Skateboard Squad", and our reprinted guests include
"Ringer Dinger" and "Soggy the Sea Monster".
But there's one extra-strange guest strip in the form
"Sylvester and Tweety", the infamous cartoon
bird duo from the Looney Tunes stable. It's a very odd
inclusion, and it's not tied in to any particular promotion.
It's just there on page 54, in black and white
by arrangement with Western Publishing, USA".
But there's also a one-off wonder which surely trumps
everything. It's a fanastically irreverant tale titled
"Ze French Foreign Legion - An Epic Filmed on Location
at Cockleshell-on-Sea" and it's drawn by that chap
called "Clayton" (of "Paddwack"
fame).The strip invloves
a bunch of British holidaymakers adopting legionary
and dueling at the beach, with some outrageous pidgin
French accents, and it's a gem!...
Featured Cheeky strips: Puzzles
Million Dollar Gran Joke
Skateboard Squad Cheeky's
A-Z of Seaside Jokes
Soggy the Sea Monster
Sylvester and Tweety
Ze French Foreign Legion
Malice in Wonderland