Next week’s BEANO will see the addition of two new Bash Street Kids to the strip’s long-established line-up, adding to a core cast that hasn’t changed that much since the series began as “When the Bell Rings“, back in 1955, created by Leo Baxendale.
Joining the Class 2B on a permanent basis will be Mandira Sharma , who first arrived in the weekly humour comic as the star of “Mandi and her Mobile“, as part of the title’s 80th anniversary celebrations; and prankster Harsha Chandra, who’s fairly new to the comic’s cast of characters.
The new class members join Danny, ‘Erbert, Freddy (who, as we reported, is no longer to be called “Fatty”), Plug, Sidney, Smiffy, Spotty, Toots, Wilfrid, Cuthbert in BEANO No. 4088, on sale next Wednesday, 2nd June 2021.
The addition is long overdue – the last addition to Class 2B on a permanent basis was Cuthbert in 1972, who is, readers have noticed, missing from the strip header, and an accident-prone character called Wayne, no longer at Bash Street. Of course, other BEANO characters have guest starred in the strip, including Dennis and Minnie. I’m sure Toots – the only girl in the class for decades – will welcome the company, too!
• Responding to criticism of recent changes, and support of Pride Month; and, in particular, an abysmal parody of the Bash Street Kids by the Daily Mail, the BEANO has responded by saying it has always been led in what it does by its readers. “They tell us what they want to see and ask us to do better when we don’t get it right.” The response on social media implied action could be taken, but instead they decided to donate to the charity Young Minds (presumably rather than pay lawyers to sue) – and urged readers to do the same
With thanks to Lew Stringer
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