The Beano, 25th June 2014 - Dennis the Menace

Dennis elbow? Andy Murray guest edits The Beano

 

The Beano, 25th June 2014 - Cover
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He’s no stranger to the pages of The Beano – having taken on Minnie the Minx in the weekly humour comic from DC Thomson in the past, for its 75th anniversary edition for example. But now Britain’s top male tennis star and current Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been promoted to guest editor.

Tennis champion Andy Murray will both star in and guest-edit this week’s issue of The Beano as the comic succumbs to tennis fever and Dennis the Menace (drawn by Nigel Parkinson) helps Andy Murray discover his inner Menace — with disastrous consequences.

The Beano, 25th June 2014 - Dennis the Menace
Dennis arrives at Andy Murray’s home to teach him about being a Menace and how to control his emotions ahead of an upcoming tennis tournament.

The Beano, 25th June 2014 - Dennis the Menace

The Beano, 25th June 2014 - Dennis the Menace

The Beano, 25th June 2014 - Dennis the Menace

The Beano, 25th June 2014 - Dennis the Menace

The Beano, 25th June 2014 – Dennis the Menace

© 2014 DC Thomson
© 2014 DC Thomson

“Olympic Gold was my proudest moment; becoming the first male British Wimbledon winner for 77 years was amazing,” notes Murray in his Editor’s letter,”but this might be my greatest title yet… Andy Murray – Editor of The Beano!”

The Beano’s (regular) Editor Craig Graham said, “It’s amazing to think that Andy is the only British man to have won Wimbledon in the entire 76-year history of The Beano. Andy was a great sport throughout his week in charge, and he’s welcome in The Beano office any time… although after his experience with Dennis I’m not sure he’ll want to!”

Andy Murray added, “It’s not every day you get to guest-edit The Beano, but I used to love reading it when I was younger – it’s amazing to think it’s been running for 76 years! I’m around anytime Dennis needs me to work on his tennis skills.”

Also in the tennis-crazed issue, Dennis’s dog Gnasher makes a meal of Murray’s tennis racquet and Minnie the Minx is on court (not in court, as her father fears). The issue also features a special “Unleash Your Inner Menace!” Andy Murray supporter’s poster.

• The Andy Murray guest-edited issue of The Beano goes on sale Wednesday 25th June 2014 and will be on sale in all good newsagents and as a digital edition. More info: www.beano.com

Art by Nigel Parkinson © 2014 DC Thomson

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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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