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BBC Radio 4 Extra re-broadcasts Danny Wallace’s Beano documentary, “Menace to Society”

Author and broadcaster Danny Wallace is a lifelong Beano fan who grew up in Dundee, the home of the comic – and The Dandy, too, and in a BBC Radio 4 Extra programme Menace to Society, first broadcast when the comic reached its 75th anniversary, currently back on the station’s web site, he looks at theContinue reading BBC Radio 4 Extra re-broadcasts Danny Wallace’s Beano documentary, “Menace to Society”

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Happy Birthday to the Beano at 80: Why It’s Still Much Loved

In the run up to the 80th anniversary of the Beano‘s debut in July 1938, I asked comic creators and fans of DC Thomson’s much-loved weekly humour comic (now produced by Beano Studios) who their favourite characters or strips were, and why? Did they have a favourite creator? And, perhaps most importantly – why doContinue reading Happy Birthday to the Beano at 80: Why It’s Still Much Loved

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The Beano at 80 – a Potted History by Phil Shrimpton

As the Beano closes in on its 80th birthday, comics auctioneer Phil Shrimpton of Phil Comics looks back at some the weekly humour comic’s achievements and its continued success today… The Beano comic needs very little introduction, certainly not in the world of comic collecting but also not amongst the general population. Many of itsContinue reading The Beano at 80 – a Potted History by Phil Shrimpton

Beano Book art by Jimmy Hansen SNIP

In Memoriam: Beano and Buster artist James “Jimmy” Hansen

We were very saddened to hear the news recently that British comic artist James (Jimmy) Hansen, perhaps best known for his work on the Beano’s “Dennis the Menace” strip, passed away last month, on Tuesday 19th June. (News broke of his passing while I was on a short break, followed by a very busy catchContinue reading In Memoriam: Beano and Buster artist James “Jimmy” Hansen

Dennis the Menace Screenprint by John Patrick Reynolds

Two Beano screenprint exhibitions announced as part of 80th anniversary celebrations

Britain’s favourite comic, The Beano, celebrates its eightieth birthday this summer and Comic Art, run by screen printer John Patrick Reynolds, will be marking the event with two major exhibitions of Beano screenprints. The Beano‘s first edition was published on 30 July, 1938 and it’s been published ever since – sometimes selling nearly two millionContinue reading Two Beano screenprint exhibitions announced as part of 80th anniversary celebrations