The Beano Top 100.

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Thanks for praise guys. It's always appreciated.

27) Smudge (355) A mucky kid in the Dandy's Dirty Dick tradition whose major comic strip (1980-1986) was followed by a trickle of further episodes right up until 1999. Artwork John Geering.

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26) Number 13 (356) First appearing in the Reader's Request feature the Beano's answer to the Munsters, although it's doubtful if any of the readers at the time realised it, starred in a strip that ran fairly continuously for ten years (1987-1997) and then in several further episodes up until 2002. Artwork John Geering.

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25) Big Eggo (358) The Beano's first cover star (Nos 1-326), and who but for a certain cartoon rabbit having claimed first dibs on the name might well have been called Oswald, was an egg-obsessed ostrich of indeterminate sex whose comic career spanned a total of eleven years (1938-1949). Artwork Reg Carter, Jack Prout and George Drysdale.

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24) Crazy for Daisy (359) This tale of Ernest Valentine's lovelorn quest to get the love of his life to notice him spanned a decade (1997-2007). Artwork Nick Brennan.

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23) Beaginnings (365) In Sept 1998 Dennis' Mum gave birth to a little girl and Beano readers, thanks to a poll, named her Bea. In the last ten years Bea has proved to be, in her own cute, guilless way as much of a menace as her older brother and certainly worthy of the strip of her own that has now appeared in the comic more often than not for nearly a decade. (Now simply titled Bea). Artwork David Parkins and main artist Nigel Parkinson.

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In case you're wondering why, as a current strip, Bea didn't get a 'Bullet' it's because we've now reached a point where the distances between entries are becoming so great that it might be several years before Bea can advance up the table much. That being said though she can overtake the next entry in a month.

22) Tom Thumb (369) Tom Thumb was the six-inch tall woodcutter's son made famous in the fairytale by Charles Perrault and his continuing fairytale adventures were a major feature of the Beano's content in its first twelve years (1938-1950) both in the text and adventure strip format.
After a brief return to the Beano's pages in 1957 Tom was then revived for a fourteen year run in the Thomson nursery titles Bimbo and Little Star.
Artwork Dudley Watkins, James 'Peem' Walker, George 'Dod' Anderson, James Crighton, Fred Sturrock, George Drysdale and John Nichol.
From this point on in the Top 100 its comic strips all the way.

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21) Tom, Dick and Sally (571) A surprisingly high position for this sibling rivalry strip (1975-1986) in which two brothers take on their sister and invariably come off worst.
Artwork Dave Jenner and Keith Reynolds.

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Kashgar wrote:21) Tom, Dick and Sally (571) A surprisingly high position for this sibling rivalry strip (1975-1986) in which two brothers take on their sister and invariably come off worst.
Artwork Dave Jenner and Keith Reynolds.
I have the 1975 Beano annual that made the first appearance of them.

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Bob Nixon also contributed - including the 1975 annual, if that's the one where the boys ended up with salt on their desserts.

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Thanks for the info guys. For simplicity's sake I am keeping the entries Beano comic related as this is the Beano Comic Top 100 and not including annual appearances where characters might have appeared earlier (rarely) or later than the dates given.
I've also not included 'guest' appearances by characters in other strips.

20) The Nibblers (612) In two series spanning eleven years (1970-1974) (1977-1984) and a number of later reprints Porky and his cat Whiskers were constantly outwitted by the 'Nibblers' a band of mice consisting of His Nibs, Chiseller, Sniffler, Cheddar George, Gordonzola, Enormouse and Scritch and Scratch. Artwork John Sherwood and Ron Spencer.

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19) The Numskulls (615) The little guys who take care of a lad called Edd's inner workings came to the Beano in 1993 after spending 40 years, since Mar 1962 and a major format change, as one of the star strips in the Beezer and the amalgamated Beezer & Topper with artwork by Mal Judge,Tom Lavery, Jimmy Glen and Steve Bright.
Beano artwork Tom Paterson and Barry Glennard.
Note; Had the Numskulls earlier Beezer appearances been taken into account it would have seen the strip rocket from No 19 to No 5.

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Im surprised big eggo didnt make it into the final 10 cant wait for the next installment nice one kashgar

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Further on the Numskulls, they had been updated (together with Colonel Blink, who became Blinky at the hands of George Martin and later Nick Brennan) some years before the move.

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Amazing...The Numskulls would have made the top 5! According to the Beano Website, they're the most popular after Dennis - or maybe that's just coz dozy readers can't be bothered to change the poll option and immediately cast their vote. (The Numskulls are always the first on the poll list)
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Conor B wrote:Amazing...The Numskulls would have made the top 5! According to the Beano Website, they're the most popular after Dennis - or maybe that's just coz dozy readers can't be bothered to change the poll option and immediately cast their vote. (The Numskulls are always the first on the poll list)
It doesn't surprise me. That concept has always fascinated young readers, hence the strip being around since the early Beezer days. Similar strips such as Georgie's Germs and The Nervs were very popular in the Odhams comics.

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