David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson are among a number of celebrities that will appear in The Beano’s 75th anniversary issue, on sale this Wednesday (24th July).
In the ‘Dennis the Menace and Gnasher and David Beckham!’ strip, David decides to move to Beanotown. An undercover Dennis the Menace helps him find a home, but the only problem? It is beside Sir Alex Ferguson’s new house.
Beckham and Ferguson join a long and ongoing list of celebrities that have featured in the comic – a sales tactic the comic has used for decades to promote the weekly humour comic.
The Beano Editor-in-Chief Mike Stirling said: “David Beckham features quite a lot in the anniversary issue and I think that the strip with David Beckham and Sir Alex Ferguson is brilliant. Dennis is up to his usual menacing and the results are hilarious. It pokes fun at their history in a light hearted way and of course, it’s all meant in jest.”
“We listen to what our readers say and feature people that they want to read about,” he added. “I think that the anniversary issue is possibly the most celeb-packed issue we have ever produced! 75 years of The Beano is a landmark worth celebrating and we hope that it appeals to readers of all ages.”
With a cover from Nigel Parkinson, the 75th anniversary issue will also feature celebrities such as Harry Hill, Bruce Forsyth, Holly Willoughby, Simon Cowell, One Direction (who appear in the Bananaman strip), Jessie J and of course Andy Murray amongst others.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.