was an attempt to move the Fleetway fun comic in a
new, wackier direction. It was chock-full of witty
tiny printed jokes and illustrations tucked between
And inbetween the regular strips there were a host
twisted tales, silly spoofs and loopy guides. The
were given a twist too. Each was "disguised" in
ridiculous way; the first issue like a maths exercise book,
the second like a naff place mat, etc.
The stars were supposed to be the Krazy
introduced each of the strips in the first issue, popping
one at a time in the first panel of each strip to say
or two about the new arrival.
Notice the term "supposed"
back there. That's because one of their number quickly
usurped their crown. He was the fool, Cheeky,
had a cheeky thing to say about everyone and everything.
He even had his own strip "Ello, It's Cheeky"
its cue straight from the seaside piers and music hall
tradition. It was stuffed to the rafters with corny
and jests, "Knock-Knock" and "Doctor,
and it featured a host of straight men and women and
kids for Cheeky to play off - many of whom were
given a starring turn in the spotlight via their own
Such was Cheeky's spectacular rise to fame, he
outgrew the comic and within the year he had been
his very own standalone weekly, "Cheeky Weekly".
But Cheeky wasn't the only star.The
Scaredy Cat, Birdman
& Chicken, Pongalonapongo
Hit Kid were
all first class strips. And Detective Fumbly
had moments of sheer genius within its mad ramblings.
there wre those one-off wonders, fleshing out the title.
You never knew what was coming next. Maybe that selfsame
daring worked against the comic. Maybe folks wanted
regularity of the other fun comics, with
the same strips,
week after week, and less tomfoolery?
That might explain why "Krazy" was published
eighteen chucklesome months before it was merged with
in April 1978. As for our Cheeky, well,
he got the last laugh because his own comic
until 1980 when it was swallowed up by Whoopee!
ironic that, today, Krazy is one of the more keenly
collected titles in the fun comic back catalogue.
was just a comic ahead of its time?
the characters in Krazy comic were supposed to dwell
in the same fun town, called - you guessed
it - Krazy Town.
The very first issue printed a doublepage snapshot
of the place,
accompanied by the Krazy Town shield. And each week
"Flick Strip" was printed in the top right-hand
corner of every
page. You flicked the pages to watch a silly short
how about this for an entrance? The panel below
features Cheeky's very first appearance - see?
- he's fooling
with a hose, cheeky boy!