'Cheeky' [15th July 1978]
'Cheeky' strip by Belardinelli
Cheeky [The character] whenever babysitting the Sweeny Toddler like baby 'Baby Burpo' would take along his copy of 'Creepy Sleepy Tales', although Cheeky ended up giving himself the creeps while walking back home after reading the tale. 'Creepy Sleepy tales' were clearly based on 'Badtime Bedtime Books' that appeared in issues of Fleetway's 'Monster Fun' [see pic]. Other forms of the Creepy Sleepy Tales were presented by the editor as TV shows, chapters in books, a trip to the cinema etc, so to avoid any monotomy of the format.
The reader would get a peek into that weeks tale, the strip below is from the 15th July 1978 issue.
The other strip featured is from a thriller that Cheeky would dip into after receiving a tap off the bookshop owner. This paticuliar strip is called 'Fangs of Fear' and was illustrated by Belardinelli who went on to great things at 2000ad. I think this strip just ooozes atmosphere and reminds me of some of the strips that appeared in particuliar American horror comics such as 'Creepy', 'Eerie', 'Psycho', 'Nightmare' etc and also some strips that would appear in issues of the British 'Scream' comic as well as issues of 'Misty'. Belardinelli's artwork apperance in 'Cheeky' is a total contrast to the regular strips that would appear every week.
Thanks to John.