Whats the best way to store old Beanos?

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Whats the best way to store old Beanos?

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Finally after leaving home 15 years ago my parents have decided to sell up and I now have to find a niceway of storing my old beano comics - mainly 1970s and 80s - I don't want to lock them away totally in boxes as now they'll be close to hand I think I should re read some....so what's the best way to store them.

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I usaully store mine on top of each other to save space.

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In my experience filing cabinets have been perfect, as long as you make sure the comics are well supported. You can sort them however you like e.g. one file per year, or one file per month, depending how many comics you have from a certain year. Costs you a fortune in suspension files though. :lol:

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steelclaw wrote:I usaully store mine on top of each other to save space.
Thanks...I was thinking more in terms of what in, i.e. plastic wallets, binders, boxes etc to make sure they stay in the same good condition they've managed to be in after years being hidden under a bed!

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Store in a cool dry place. You don't want them getting damp. Oh, and out of direct sunlight.

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sthura wrote:good condition they've managed to be in after years being hidden under a bed!
Well if that works for you, sounds like you've already got a decent system. :up:

A similar alternative can be seen here: http://cdnedge.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2543339.stm
The original owner, who is in his late seventies and did not want to be identified, kept the comic in a plastic folder under a sofa for 40 years before putting it up for sale.

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sthura wrote:
steelclaw wrote:I usaully store mine on top of each other to save space.
Thanks...I was thinking more in terms of what in, i.e. plastic wallets, binders, boxes etc to make sure they stay in the same good condition they've managed to be in after years being hidden under a bed!
I have all mine bagged and in magazine boxes from my local comic shop. You can't beat storing them in the approved method in boxes designed for the purpose, if you want to look after them properly.

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I've kept my TV21s and Odhams comics unbagged and piled up in a cardboard box in the dark for decades and they're still in near-new condition. A lot of it depends on room temperature and keeping them away from radiators and/or direct sunlight.

If you stack them flat, alternate each issue so that every other one is upside down. That prevents spine-roll.

But, yeah, use bags for an extra defense if you wish.
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Lew Stringer wrote:If you stack them flat, alternate each issue so that every other one is upside down. That prevents spine-roll.
Ooh I like that idea, so simple yet I think my brain has become so overcome with dust particles after looking through 30+years of my old stuff that i wouldn't have come up with that :)

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tony ingram wrote:
sthura wrote:
steelclaw wrote:I usaully store mine on top of each other to save space.
Thanks...I was thinking more in terms of what in, i.e. plastic wallets, binders, boxes etc to make sure they stay in the same good condition they've managed to be in after years being hidden under a bed!
I have all mine bagged and in magazine boxes from my local comic shop. You can't beat storing them in the approved method in boxes designed for the purpose, if you want to look after them properly.
I've found that the magazine box doesn't quite accomodate my old Warlords (mid-seventies). Some are just peeking up above the lid, which is quite annoying. I'd imagine it would be the same for most British comics from the same era? My British Marvels, on the other hand, fit quite nicely.

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As i've said before I keep mine in food/freezer bags which you can get from any household goods shops for about £1 for a roll of 250-300. They keep them clean and free from handlig wear. The bags area perfect fit for Beanos and Dandys.

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Ryman (the stationers) does, or did, some dirt cheap recycled cardboard upright magazine holders which I've found quite adequate for my purposes, especially since a year's worth of issues fits almost exactly in one of them (although now both the Beano and Dandy have heavier paper I'm not sure if it'll still work out). I keep them on two long shelves, in the shadow area of the window and some distance from the nearest heat source (although I can't account for humidity, since there's a fish tank two feet underneath!). However, I don't have any significantly old comics, and most of the early ones were kept with such dreadful sloppiness for the first several years it's virtually impossible to attribute a direct cause to any degradation.

Spine roll is certainly a real problem, as I found out back when I simply stacked them. One thing about recent Beanos which you do have to look out for is that the terrible paper stock used from 2008-10 is very capable of knocking over the box it's stored in by sheer force of flop! I had to stiffen mine with scrap cardboard for months before they were tamed.
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dreamticket wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
sthura wrote: Thanks...I was thinking more in terms of what in, i.e. plastic wallets, binders, boxes etc to make sure they stay in the same good condition they've managed to be in after years being hidden under a bed!
I have all mine bagged and in magazine boxes from my local comic shop. You can't beat storing them in the approved method in boxes designed for the purpose, if you want to look after them properly.
I've found that the magazine box doesn't quite accomodate my old Warlords (mid-seventies). Some are just peeking up above the lid, which is quite annoying. I'd imagine it would be the same for most British comics from the same era? My British Marvels, on the other hand, fit quite nicely.
That's weird. I use 2000AD size magazine boxes and there's usually about an inch and a half clear between the top of the Warlords and the lip of the box.

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Hmmm. I didn't realise there was a special box for 2000AD. I just bought some boxes described as Magazine sized, presuming they were American mag sized. I assumed this was the biggest box available and would cope with most British weekies.

What size 2000AD are you referring to here? The taller new size, or the wider originals? The originals are a tight squeeze for me as well, come to think of it.

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dreamticket wrote:Hmmm. I didn't realise there was a special box for 2000AD. I just bought some boxes described as Magazine sized, presuming they were American mag sized. I assumed this was the biggest box available and would cope with most British weekies.

What size 2000AD are you referring to here? The taller new size, or the wider originals? The originals are a tight squeeze for me as well, come to think of it.

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