Morph on The Beano

Morph to guest star in this week’s Beano

The Beano - Cover Dates 11th July 2015

DC Thomson has teamed up with Aardman to bring Morph, the nation’s favourite clay character, to The Beano, everyone’s favourite comic this week.

Newly-returned to our TV screens, Morph guest stars in the comic, sharing the cover with Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, and appearing in a specially-commissioned comic strip, which sees Morph escape from Gnasher (who has mistaken him for a sausage) and help Dennis foil a dastardly scheme by Walter Brown, his arch-enemy.

A scene from this week's "Dennis the Menace" strip , guest starring Morph.
A scene from this week’s “Dennis the Menace” strip , guest starring Morph.

Everyone’s favourite terracotta clay hero Morph has just launched on CBBC after a 15-year absence from TV screens. The new series comes after a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over £110,000 which part-funded 15 brand new one-minute episodes.

The episodes, which have been released throughout the second half of 2014 on Morph’s very own YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/MorphOfficial) have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of fans worldwide.

Originally created in 1977 by Aardman, Morph first appeared on the BBC Children’s art programme ‘Take Hart’ alongside the artist and presenter Tony Hart.

Staying true to the original format, the new episodes are shot using clay and traditional stop-frame animation at Morph’s original home at the Aardman studios in Bristol.

Peter Lord, Director at Aardman and creator of Morph, said, “As a huge fan of Dennis the Menace ever since I was a lad (and Gnasher was a pup), I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see our creation Morph starring alongside Dennis in the pages of The Beano. It’s fantastic to see these two iconic British mischief-makers joining forces in my all-time favourite comic.”

The Beano’s Editor Craig Graham said, “We’re delighted Morph has joined Dennis and Gnasher in The Beano, although I’m not sure he knew what he was letting himself in for!

Like Dennis the Menace and The Beano, Morph connects brilliantly with people of all ages. We hope this special issue of The Beano will ignite fond childhood memories for older readers, while our younger audience will love bringing Morph to life with the amazing augmented reality cover.”

Morph on The Beano
Morph on The Beano

The Beano featuring guest star Morph goes on sale Thursday 9th July 2015

• Check out The Beano online at www.beano.com

• The official Morph web site is at http://amazingmorph.com 

Follow Morph’s adventures on YouTube at MorphOfficial

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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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