There's evidence of a theme developing on the Sunday page, as Frank McDiarmid includes a couple of Smurf-related slogans in the background of a couple of panels - 'Smurfs Rool' and 'Smurfy Tyler-Moore', a reference to US actress Mary Tyler-Moore.
The Skateboard Squad are at a grand sports meeting and yes, it's time for that traditional British comic standby script to get yet another airing - the trophies are stolen, just as they were in the Squad's strips in the 06 May 1978, 20 May 1978 and 01 July 1978 issues. This time, the Squad's deft use of the tug of war rope brings the fleeing felon to account.
There's more Smurfery on Sunday evening, as it appears Father Abraham is on the trail of his chirruping blue chums.
The same page also sees a bit of a row developing between Snail and Frank McDiarmid. Good gag about the miners.
In this week's Gran strip we learn that the synthetic senior citizen is a member of Midwich Grannies Club, who are on a mystery tour by coach. The coach, which is as venerable as the assorted granny passengers, soon breaks down. Gran, determined to complete the mystery tour, tows the charabanc into the middle of an army artillery range.
As Cheeky Weekly approaches its first anniversary, page 9 solicits feedback from readers. This is one of the most detailed readers' polls I have seen, and there's not even a '5 entries drawn from a hat will win a £2 prize' incentive for readers to complete it. It's interesting that Creepy Sleepy Tale is included in the list of features, when it ended 2 issues ago. This is actually the second time a readers' poll has been conducted - the first poll was printed way back in the 10 December 1977 issue, where it occupied a third of a page. Let's hope the results of this poll mean we finally get shot of those flippin' Warner Brothers cartoon strips…
There's further mollusc/artist antagonism on the Tuesday page when Snail is amazed to see Cheeky leaning at a 45 degree angle with no visible support. In the next panel Frank realises he forgot to draw the wall against which the toothy funster is lolling, prompting an outraged thought balloon from Snail, "Bah! That artist has got to go!"
On page 13 the reason for this issue's high level of Smurfage becomes apparent - a Super Smurfs Competition, of the 'spot the difference' variety, is featured. Cheeky Weekly, National Benzole and Decca records pool their mighty resources to offer readers a chance to win vouchers to redeem for Smurf merchandising from National Benzole service stations. As a bonus, all winners will receive a copy of a 'Smurfs hit' from Decca records.
The Joke-Box Jury is sitting in judgement on page 14, the same line-up of jurors as featured on the cover, except they've changed their seating arrangements. All of them seem suitably amused by this week's batch of readers' funnies, so senders of all the jokes featured are assured of their £2 prizes.
I like Cheeky's encounter with Louise on Thursday. Frank McDiarmid depicts a toothy funster boiling with rage. Good acting, Cheeky, but we all know you fancy Louise really.
On page 31 is that news which all comic fans fear - no, not the 'Great news for all readers' which often heralded the end of the line for a title, but a note from Cheeky…
Avid TV viewer Square Eyes makes his debut in Cheeky's Week this issue.
We lose 3 pages of funnies to the Crack-A-Joke game for the second week, but on the plus side, this issue contains a glorious all-Frank McDiarmid Cheeky's Week, with added Smurfs.
|Cheeky Weekly||Cover Date: 09-Sep-1978, Issue 47 of 117|
|1||Cover Feature 'Win money with Joke-Box Jury' - Art Frank McDiarmid 'Win money with Paddywack' - Art Jack Clayton (single art on feature)|
|2||Sunday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|3||Skateboard Squad - Art Jimmy Hansen|
|4||Sunday evening - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|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 Frank McDiarmid|
|9||Readers poll (single appearance)|
|10||Ad: IPC 'Whizzer and Chips' 5 of 6|
|11||Tuesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|12||Paddywack - Art Jack Clayton|
|13||Smurfs competition (first appearance)\Ad: Bassett's|
|15||Wednesday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|20||Thursday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|21||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|22||Mustapha Million - Art Reg Parlett|
|23||Friday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|24||Calculator Kid - Art Terry Bave|
|25||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|26||Tweety and Sylvester 'Bowled Over'|
|27||Tweety and Sylvester 'Bowled Over'|
|28||Interval - Art Frank McDiarmid|
|29||Archie's Angels reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Ron Turner|
|30||Archie's Angels reprint from Whizzer and Chips - Art Ron Turner|
|31||Saturday - Art Frank McDiarmid\Ad: IPC 'Soccer Monthly' 1 of 5|
Cheeky's Week Artists Cover Date 09-Sep-1978