Cheeky delivers a theatre-type joke in the What a Cheek strip. Readers of a similar vintage to me will get the 'Brian Haystax' joke on the theatre poster, a reference to veteran British farceur Brian Rix (haystacks = hayricks).
Skateboard Squad are at a dog show, and yes, the old plot device of having a thief on hand to steal the trophy is shamelessly employed again. Some nice Mike Lacey artwork on this strip, with a variety of canine breeds on display.
Pongo Snodgrass, malodorous menace from Krazy comic, makes a cameo appearance in this week's 6 Million Dollar Gran episode. How he managed to get himself into the background of a TV programme remains a mystery.
Doctor Braincell is the character to feature throughout Cheeky's Week this issue, as Cheeky and pals provide the feed lines for medical mirth.
For once Cheeky isn't terrified by the Creepy Sleepy Tale, although Burpo, taking inspiration from the story of Old Nick's son's fire-breathing visit to Earth, spikes the toothy funster's post-tale sandwich with extra-hot mustard.
I like the 'art thief' gag on the Friday page, and the way Snail slides to the edge of the panel. Funny comment from him in the following panel as well.
Granny Gumdrop and her feline friend Tired Tom round off the issue on the back cover's Pin-Up Pal poster.
Barrie Appleby provides 7 Cheeky's Week elements this issue, with Jim Watson delivering 5. Frank McDiarmid draws the cover elements and the Pin-Up Pal poster.
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 20-May-1978, Issue 31 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Posh Claude' - Art Frank McDiarmid\What a Cheek - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|2||Sunday - Art Barrie Appleby|
|3||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|4||Sunday evening - Art Barrie Appleby|
|5||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|6||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|7||6 Million Dollar Gran - Art Ian Knox|
|8||Monday - Art Barrie Appleby|
|9||James Bold 'The Frightened Village' 4 of 9 - Art Mike White|
|10||James Bold 'The Frightened Village' 4 of 9 - Art Mike White|
|11||Suddenly - Art Barrie Appleby|
|12||What's New, Kids\Ad: Arena Swimwear (final appearance)|
|13||Tuesday - Art Barrie Appleby|
|14||Old Comic reprint from Film Fun 'Abbott and Costello' 2 of 2|
|15||Wednesday - Art Barrie Appleby|
|16||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds|
|17||Creepy Sleepy Tale - Art Keith Reynolds\Wednesday (conclusion) - Art Barrie Appleby (first art on feature)|
|18||Joke-Box Jury\Ad: IPC 'Jinty' 2 of 7|
|19||Thursday - Art Jim Watson|
|20||Home Movie 'The Scarlet Pimple' - Art Jack Clayton|
|21||Friday - Art Jim Watson|
|22||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|23||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|24||Ad: Wall's (first appearance) 'Tom and Jerry lolly'|
|25||Saturday - Art Jim Watson|
|26||Tweety and Sylvester 'All Duded Up'|
|27||Tweety and Sylvester 'All Duded Up'|
|28||Interval - Art Jim Watson|
|29||Space Family Robinson 'Bid For Freedom'|
|30||Space Family Robinson 'Bid For Freedom'|
|31||Saturday - Art Jim Watson\Ad: IPC 'Tiger' 2 of 10|
|32||Pin-up pal 'Granny Gumdrop' - Art Frank McDiarmid|
Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 20-May-1978