Total Issues: 49
A somewhat confusing title which was described (in Writers and Artists
Yearbook for 1920) as containing "Serial stories suitable for boys
reading. Good healthy adventure, sea, school, detective, colonial.
Plenty of incident and no elaborate verbage. Length 6000 to 10000 words.
Complete stories same style 3000 to 4000 words in length. Also articles
with hobbies of interest to boys." The copy was presumably released
before the paper was launched, because the actual magazine was very
According to collector Bill Lofts: " 'A Cheerful Paper for Cheerful
People' was the blurb at the heading, whilst its contents, apart from
cartoons drawn by the great Film Fun artist G.W. Wakefield, Fred Bennett
and A.B. Payne, had serious serials and love stories such as 'The Fellow
Who Loved Violet Hobson', 'Smoking Room Stories', (and) articles on
famous jockeys and film stars such as Owen Nares. 'Hunting for a Flat'
was another article in a later issue which I am sure will confirm that
Cheerio was without question an adult market paper." (W.O.G. Lofts,
A.C.E. Newsletter No.64, June 1984
Also from Lofts (Collectors' Digest Vol.21 No.245,-May-1967, pp30-31):
No.1 appeared-May-17, 1919, priced 1½ d, with its cover portraying the
great George Robey. Inside page had a serial story called "The Debts of
Jasper Strange, V.C." Private, millionaire, ex-convict, and illustrated
by J. Louis Smythe. Another page had a picture of Miss Alma Taylor.
Smoking Room stories being witty; nutty; chirpy, and new, filled yet
another page. Centre pages were filled with a serious drawing by G. M.
Payne of Gnr. James Hardy who won the V.C. and came from my old Regiment
in the Royal Artillery. "From Milly to Tilly" was yet another backchat
page being the tittle-tattle of a tame typist to her girl friend.
Serials by E. Allingham and H. B. Richmond prolific comic serial writers
were also featured, and the last page on the back cover had Footlight
Favourites with photos of Annie Saker, Fay Compton, Gladys Cooper, Owen
Nares, Iris Hoey, Seymour Hicks and Margaret Bannerman. Other pages were
filled with large half page cartoons that appeared in Titbits and
Blighty though it did advertise Greyfriars Herald and Boys' Cinema.
Became: Kinema Comic
Publishers: Amalgamated Press
|Issues & Index Sources: 17-May-1919 – 17-Apr-1920|