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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Other Cheeky Artists - Barrie Appleby

Please note that Barrie's work on the Laugh and Learn features in Cheeky Weekly (on which he collaborated with Brian Walker) are not covered in this topic. Laugh and Learn was never drawn by Frank McDiarmid, and it's therefore outside the scope of this series on artists who ghosted Frank's features.

Barrie Appleby joined the elite band of Cheeky's Week artists in Cheeky Weekly issue 21, dated 11 March 1978, in which he drew 5 full pages, from Wednesday (which featured a guest appearance by The Two Ronnies) to the Interval page, and a further 3 panel strip which concluded Saturday.

Barrie supplied 4 full pages in the issue dated 25 March 1978, this time drawing Wednesday to Saturday. In the issue dated 08 April 1978 he started at the beginning of the week, with 5 pages from Sunday to Tuesday (Sunday being comprised of Sunday and Sunday evening, and Monday covering Monday and Suddenly).

In the 22 April 1978 issue, Barrie's 4 full pages of artwork commenced on Thursday, and ended with Interval, but Barrie also supplied the closing Saturday three-panel segment, and in the 06 May 1978 issue he provided the same elements again.


The comic dated 20 May 1978 saw Barrie contribute his highest number of pages in a single issue yet, with a set of 6 full pages running from Sunday to the first part of Wednesday, and also the three panel Wednesday strip following that week's Creepy Sleepy Tale.

However, this high point was followed by 2 issues where Barrie provided only the post-Tale 3-panel strips; 27 May and 03 June 1978.

The 10 June 1978 issue contained 6 full pages of Barrie's work, plus the 3-panel Wednesday closer, but on 17 June he was back to providing only the Wednesday conclusion.

Barrie provided 6 full pages for the issue dated 24 June 1978, but this time he didn't draw the concluding Wednesday strip.  In the following week's 01 July 1978 issue, the 3-panel conclusion of Wednesday was his sole contribution.

Barrie's work adorned the cover of the 08 July 1978 comic, with that week's What a Cheek strip, but his only work inside was again the Wednesday conclusion, and on 15 July he provided only the What a Cheek feature.

Following these weeks of minimal fill-ins, Barrie was back, with what was to be his only full Cheeky's Week, in the comic dated 22 July 1978.  The Cheeky features this week consisted of 10 full pages and a 3-panel Wednesday conclusion.

In the 12 and 19 August 1978 comics, Barrie delivered only the main Wednesday pages, and on 26 August his work appeared in the concluding 3 panels of Wednesday only.  This was the final appearance of the concluding Wednesday strip, as the Creepy Sleepy Tales came to an end in this issue.

Barrie's work didn't feature again until the comic dated 10 February 1979, in which he contributed 8 full pages and the cover's What a Cheek 3-panel strip.  This was almost a full Cheeky's Week, but Frank contributed that week's Burpo Special (I include The Burpo Special as part of Cheeky's Week).
A month later the position was reversed, with the Cheeky's Week content of the 10 March 1979 comic being comprised of 9 elements by Frank McDiarmid and Barrie contributing a Burpo Special only (the only occasion on which Barrie drew the strip).

Later that month Barrie provided 4 pages in the 31 March 1979 issue, and there was another Barrie 4-page issue dated 28 April.

The 26 May 1979 issue featured Barrie's art on the cover only. In the editions dated 13 and 20 October 1979, Barrie stood in for Frank McDiarmid on Snail of the Century.

The issue dated 10 November 1979 featured another 4 pages from Barrie, and his final work on Cheeky Weekly graced the cover of edition number 106, dated 17 November 1979.

Barrie Appleby's Cheeky's Week pages in Cheeky Weekly


Cover Date Page Element
11-Mar-197815Wednesday
11-Mar-197819Thursday
11-Mar-197821Friday
11-Mar-197825Saturday
11-Mar-197828Interval
11-Mar-197831Saturday
25-Mar-197815Wednesday
25-Mar-197819Thursday
25-Mar-197821Friday
25-Mar-197825Saturday
08-Apr-19782Sunday
08-Apr-19784Sunday evening
08-Apr-19789Monday
08-Apr-197812Suddenly
08-Apr-197813Tuesday
22-Apr-197819Thursday
22-Apr-197821Friday
22-Apr-197825Saturday
22-Apr-197828Interval
22-Apr-197831Saturday
06-May-197819Thursday
06-May-197821Friday
06-May-197825Saturday
06-May-197828Interval
06-May-197831Saturday
20-May-19782Sunday
20-May-19784Sunday evening
20-May-19788Monday
20-May-197811Suddenly
20-May-197813Tuesday
20-May-197815Wednesday
20-May-197817Wednesday (conclusion)
27-May-197817Wednesday (conclusion)
03-Jun-197817Wednesday (conclusion)
10-Jun-19782Sunday
10-Jun-19784Sunday evening
10-Jun-19789Monday
10-Jun-197812Suddenly
10-Jun-197813Tuesday
10-Jun-197815Wednesday
10-Jun-197817Wednesday (conclusion)
17-Jun-197817Wednesday (conclusion)
24-Jun-19782Sunday
24-Jun-19784Sunday evening
24-Jun-19788Monday
24-Jun-197811Suddenly
24-Jun-197812Tuesday
24-Jun-197815Wednesday
01-Jul-197817Wednesday (conclusion)
08-Jul-19781What a Cheek
08-Jul-197818Wednesday (conclusion)
15-Jul-19781What a Cheek
22-Jul-19782Sunday
22-Jul-19784Sunday evening
22-Jul-19788Monday
22-Jul-197813Tuesday
22-Jul-197816Wednesday
22-Jul-197818Wednesday (conclusion)
22-Jul-197820Thursday
22-Jul-197823Friday
22-Jul-197825Saturday
22-Jul-197828Interval
22-Jul-197831Saturday
12-Aug-197814Wednesday (conclusion)
19-Aug-197814Wednesday (conclusion)
26-Aug-197817Wednesday (conclusion)
10-Feb-19791Cheeky's Week
10-Feb-19792Sunday
10-Feb-19798Monday
10-Feb-197910Tuesday
10-Feb-197912Wednesday
10-Feb-197923Thursday
10-Feb-197925Friday
10-Feb-197930Saturday
10-Feb-197931Saturday
10-Mar-197929The Burpo Special 'Constable Chuckle'
31-Mar-19792Sunday
31-Mar-19796Monday
31-Mar-19799Tuesday
31-Mar-197912Wednesday
28-Apr-197923Thursday
28-Apr-197925Friday
28-Apr-197930Saturday
28-Apr-197931Saturday
26-May-19791Cheeky's Week
13-Oct-197932Snail of the Century
20-Oct-197932Snail of the Century
10-Nov-19792Sunday
10-Nov-19797Monday
10-Nov-197910Tuesday
10-Nov-197915Wednesday
17-Nov-19791Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim'

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