It’s interesting to see the covers of this week’s BEANO and Spirou, the last men standing of the traditional humour comic in their respective countries.
Spirou, the Franco-Belgian comic published by the Dupuis company since 1938, does, I think, aim at a slightly older audience than BEANO, but it’s good to see that both are keeping up the tradition of seasonal covers.
(We’ve yet to see The Phoenix Halloween week cover of course, but read on for information on the current Monster Fun).
In this week’s BEANO, the Chandra’s take Halloween very seriously! It is a time of dressing up and scaring each other – with their pranking skills! But when things start to get a bit spooky, they’re going to have to put those pranking skills to the test!
Plus, Dennis and Gnasher are off to the circus! There’ll be clowns… and… and… well, that’s about it really? No wonder there aren’t many people going! Clowns are very scary!
Meanwhile, Minnie’s got a witch’s wand! Oh no! There’s only one thing than a witch on Halloween… Minnie on Halloween! And magical powers! Let’s spook everyone!
But there’s more! The Bash Street Kids have been to the library – and they’ve found this dusty old book that is filled with a strange language and symbols. Do not read it out… too late!
Bananaman has been watching some scary movies! For someone who battles evil every week, he’s scares very easily!
• Spirou official magazine site (in French)
Spirou isn’t readily available in the UK, but you can buy the hardback collections every few months from AmazonUK and it’s also available digitally via a BD app such as Izneo
Peter Duncan is editor of Sector 13, Belfast’s 2000AD fanzine and Splank! – an anthology of strips inspired by the Odhams titles, Wham!, Smash! and Pow! He’s also writer of Cthulhu Kids. Full details of his comics activities can be found at www.boxofrainmag.co.uk