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
|08-Jul-1978||1||What a Cheek|
|15-Jul-1978||1||What a Cheek|
|10-Mar-1979||29||The Burpo Special 'Constable Chuckle'|
|13-Oct-1979||32||Snail of the Century|
|20-Oct-1979||32||Snail of the Century|
|17-Nov-1979||1||Cover Feature 'Gunga Jim'|