Andy Murray and mum in The 75th anniversary edition of The Beano

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in Beano’s 75th Anniversary edition

Andy Murray and mum in The 75th anniversary edition of The Beano Andy Murray and mum in The 75th anniversary edition of The Beano

Wimbledon winner Andy Murray will appear in the 75th anniversary issue of The Beano, which goes on sale on Wednesday 24th July.

Andy is the first British men’s Wimbledon champion to appear in The Beano as the last one, Fred Perry, achieved his title in 1936, before the comic was launched.

In this special edition, Murray faces off against Minnie the Minx in a game of tennis that he will never forget.

The anniversary issue celebrates 75 years of The Beano and will also feature a host of other famous faces, yet to be announced.

The Beano celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and we’ve been working hard to put together an extra special issue that is packed full of menacing, pranks and jokes,” enthuses The Beano editor Craig Graham. “We always planned to include Andy Murray in this amazing issue – but we’ve reworked the strip to reflect his historic Wimbledon win.”

“The issue will also feature special guest writers and illustrators, celebrity contributions and young comic genius Zoom Rockman’s debut Beano strip,” he added. “It’s been a real honour to work on this extra special issue and we hope Andy – and all our readers – like it!”

(SOLA2012 Winner Zoom Rockman is the 12 year old who has written, drawn and published his own comic The Zoom! For more information visit: www.thezoom.co.uk)

The Beano is renowned for drawing iconic British faces into its strips with past issues featuring, most recently, The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay and famous names such as One Direction, Simon Cowell, Chris Evans and Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis.

Further back, it’s featured Harry Hill, Emma Bunton, Linford Christie, Lenny Henry, Marti Caine, Les Dawson and countless others, including Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

 

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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