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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Profile – Taff the Laff

Cheeky introduced Welsh wag Taff the Laff in the 14 July 1979 edition of his comic. Where Taff had been for the preceding 87 issues was never explained. Maybe he had only recently moved from the valleys to Krazy Town.

Taff's debut
Art: Mike Lacey


Cheeky's promise of rhyming raillery was contradicted on Taff's second appearance...

Cheeky Weekly 28 July 1979
Art: Dick Millington


...but by the time of his third outing the comical couplets had been restored...

Cheeky Weekly 04 August 1979
Art: Frank McDiarmid

In the comic dated 18 August 1979 the leek-loving lad shared a name-based quip with our toothy pal on Monday and again on Wednesday. Taff also appeared twice in the 08 December 1979 edition, but his second outing that week was in a non-speaking, background role.

Cheeky Weekly dated 10 November 1979 saw a reversal in the usual order of things as the toothy funster told Taff a joke rather than the other way round. This was one of those occasions when the panel containing the set-up was at the end of a row, and the punchline appeared in the first panel of the following row, a situation which does not make it easy to present a decent scan of the gag. I'll just tell you that Cheeky's payoff was "A Taffodil", and you can probably figure out the joke yourself.

Taff appeared on the cover of the comic dated 12 January 1980, sharing a rugby joke with our grinning hero, and the Welsh wit also appeared on the Monday page in the same issue. The laffing lad's final Cheeky Weekly appearance was in the last edition of the comic, bringing to 26 the total number of issues in which Taff appeared. He never featured in the Cheeky pages in Krazy.

Character Total Issues First Appearance Final Appearance
Taff the Laff2614-Jul-197902-Feb-1980

Count of elements by artist





Character Artist Total Elements
Taff the LaffFrank McDiarmid17
Taff the LaffMike Lacey5
Taff the LaffJimmy Hansen2
Taff the LaffDick Millington2
Taff the LaffFrank McDiarmid pencils2
Taff the LaffBarrie Appleby1

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