Cheeky had to contend with a number of annoyances while trying to enjoy the weekly Saturday morning picture show. Fearsome usherette Ursula and noisy nosher Crunching Chris had been tormenting our toothy pal in the cinema since Cheeky Weekly’s debut, but the 29th issue of the comic, dated 06 May 1978, introduced a new threat to Cheeky’s appreciation of the silver screen in the form of strident snorer Snoozin’ Susan.
Art: Barrie Appleby
The first time we saw Susan on any occasion other than Interval was on Sunday evening in Cheeky Weekly dated 24 June 1978. This was the first of her 8 appearances in that particular issue, throughout which she was accompanied by Do-Good Dora who was trying to ensure that Susan followed Doctor Braincell’s advice to get plenty of fresh air. Cheeky’s comatose crony slumbered through the week, but on Saturday we saw her awake for the first time.
|Susan's first waking appearance|
Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils
It wasn’t until the comic dated 01 July 1978, the 9th issue in which Susan had featured, that she was rendered by pure Frank McDiarmid artwork (and even then all we saw were her recumbent legs and an arm).
Another instance of a conscious Susan was presented when Cheeky was given a glimpse of his future in the special issue dated 19 August 1978.
|Cheeky Weekly 19 August 1978|
Art: Frank McDiarmid
Two weeks after the toothy funster’s vision of the year 2038, the 1978 version of the sonorous slumberer again woke up in the cinema, this time because her foot had gone to sleep.
Susan was again roused from her dozing in the 21 October 1978 first birthday issue, on that occasion by Presto the rabbit’s magic carrot (and no, that’s not a euphemism).
The Saturday morning picture show sequence came to an end in Cheeky Weekly dated 02 December 1978 but Snoozin’ Susan appeared, in various Krazy Town locations and in her usual somnolent state, in a further 9 issues. She was the source of the Mystery Comic in the issue dated 14 April 1979.
|Art: Frank McDiarmid pencils|
Susan’s final Cheeky Weekly appearance occurred in the 29 December 1979 issue where she was seen (or at least her legs were visible) having a kip on the floor during Cheeky’s Christmas party. This brought to 32 the number of Cheeky Weekly issues in which she appeared. Susan was never seen in Cheeky's strips in Krazy.
|Character||Total Issues||First Appearance||Final Appearance|
Snoozin' Susan - Number of appearances by Element
|Element||Number of Appearances|
Count of elements by artist
|Snoozin' Susan||Frank McDiarmid pencils||13|
|Snoozin' Susan||Mike Lacey||9|
|Snoozin' Susan||Frank McDiarmid||6|
|Snoozin' Susan||Barrie Appleby||6|
|Snoozin' Susan||Jim Watson||3|
|Snoozin' Susan||Dick Millington||2|