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With the Beano's 80th birthday fast approaching it was to be expected that there would be a special birthday issue of the record breaking comic title but happily, as well as that, we are being treated to a 100pg celebratory bookazine titled 'Beano : 80 Years of Fun'. It is already available in WHS etc for £6.99 or, if you are willing to wait a few weeks and expend £25, you can pre-order it from Thomsons as part of a boxed set which as well as the bookazine will include reproduction copies of 8 issues of the Beano produced across the years of the comics publication and which form the reference points by which the bookazine itself relates the Beanos history while also in included in the boxed set will be a number of posters and free gifts. (One caveat if you are thinking of buying the publication from a shop, get there early, as the thin card cover has a cut-away section to accomodate Dennis' smile and in my local WHS two of the five available copies already had torn and damaged covers due to the issues having been pulled in and out of the rack where they had been placed for sale).
Like all of Thomsons publications of this sort it is a fine piece of work and conveys, as always, the firms genuine sense of pride in their juvenile output over the years. Admittedly there are one or two sloppy errors in the retelling of the comic's history which I'm surprised weren't spotted but overall, with its absorbing tales to tell and its photos and biographies of artists and editors, all seven of them in the latter case, it is a must for any of us who ever took up the call 'Never be without a Beano!'.

30 Jun 2018, 12:02

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On reading through the above I did spot the following factual errors -
Page 6 - Reg Carter did do work for 'Mickey Mouse Weekly' prior to working for the Beano but that comic title wasn't first published in 1930, as stated, but 1936. The first Mickey Mouse Annual had been published in 1930 by Dean & Sons but this had nothing to do with Reg Carter.
Page 11 - The impression is given that 'Morgyn the Mighty' and 'Wild Boy of the Woods' were prose stories in the Beanos early issues when, in fact, they were picture stories.
Page 12 - It states on this page that Lord Snooty appeared 'in every issue until 1991' when in fact Snooty had already missed over 150 issues by November 1959! His first series ran from No1 to 367(30/7/49) followed by a hiatus until his second series began in No440 (23/12/50) with this second series coming to an end in No811 (1/2/58).
This series was immediately followed by another short run series featuring Snooty titled 'A Funny Thing Happened the Other Day' in issues 812(8/2/58) to 818(23/3/58). There was then a further break in the Snooty story until his third series began in No904(14/11/59).

30 Jun 2018, 12:29
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