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      05.07.2010 15:47
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      Great British comic

      For something close to 72 years now, the Beano has been entertaining British children (and their parents). For those who haven't heard of it, the Beano is a weekly comic, featuring short one or two-page stories on all kinds of quirky and crazy characters, like the local troublemakers Dennis the Menace or Minnie the Minx, the crafty Roger the Dodger, super fast Billy Whiz, the Bash Street Kids who do everything they can to avoid school, and many many more.

      Over the years the Beano has undergone many changes in content and style, but its kept its overall format: thirty pages, each with more or less 15 individual stories, by whatever artist the characters have been assigned. The stories are light and feature their main characters doing, well, whatever we expect them to. There's obviously no depth, nothing like that and each character is pretty much a one-trick kind of person. - I mean, we expect Billy Whiz to do something related to his speed, and Roger the Dodger to try to avoid doing any work - but somehow it's remained fresh enough to make you constantly buy the next week's.

      I've been reading the Beano for about 15 years now (yeah, somehow I never got tired of it) and yet none of the antics have ever gotten old.

      Every so often they add new characters and stories, often eliminating (or "fading out" older ones), but there are staples that have been there for well over fifty years now - including the aforementioned Dennis, Minnie and Roger.

      A staple of British culture for some time now, some people have claimed that it's been decreasing in quality as of late, but it's really more an adaptation to more modern tastes, although I love how the Bash Street Kids have retained their somewhat outdated fashions (Fatty still wears a uniform jacket and tie) from when they were first introduced back in the 50s.

      For what it is, the Beano is a great bit of light reading for the kids. It's been a part of British culture for years, and I don't see that changing

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        20.08.2009 19:54
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        It will bring a smile to your face

        The Beano is an extremely well known comic for young boys and girls. I have just subscribed to it for my sons, and I used to read it avidly every week, many moons ago.

        Firstly a little history. The Beano is now in its 71st year as it issued its first copy in July 1938. The current issue in the shops is number 3497, which is some publishing achievement. Just from these figures it is clear that The Beano is a popular, long lasting comic. It is published by D. C. Thomson & Co Ltd, who also publish The Dandy.

        So what is the Beano. It is a comic, set out in traditional cartoon strips. Inside todays Beano there are 18 different stories, involving some characters from the very start and other newer ones. Most of the characters live in a place called Beanotown, so at times their stories interlock. There are jokes or facts at the bottom of most of the pages. The only real advertising in the comic is for Beano subscriptions, Beano club and prizes to win.

        As I mentioned some of the comic characters are very old and some quite new. Here are just a few.

        *Dennis the Menace*

        I think his name says it all. This young chap is always getting into trouble and forever annoying the swat of Beanotown, Walter. He is well known for his attire, a red and black stripy top. Dennis has a pet dog Gnasher (they both have similar black hair) who is just as naughty. Poor Walter is always at the wrong end of Dennis and Gnasher's nasty tricks. In 1998 the Beano introduced Dennis' naughty sister Bea.

        *Minnie the Minx*

        I love Minnie the Minx. She is a red headed, hot headed little trouble maker. I seriously think she has a severe case of ADD (attention deficient disorder). She is always bouncing around, looking for someone to upset. She wears a red a black jumper, like Dennis, and a black beret with a red pompom.

        *Bash Street Kids*

        These must be the ugliest group of children on earth! Plug has not changed in all these years, a real character, and never got any brighter. They work as a team, and deceive their teacher, getting him into trouble! You actually start to feel sorry for their teacher. Some may argue that 'Fatty', a member of the gang, is unfairly labelled. He also has a comic strip to himself in The Beano, which is always centered around food.

        *Billy Whizz*

        This chap is an extra fast runner. Extraordinarily fast. In fact he is the 'fastest boy in the world'. He tries to solve problems, but ends up making problems using his speed.

        *Roger the Dodger*

        As his named says, Roger the Dodger is always trying to get out of chores and ends up in trouble. Roger always seems to have 'his' solution to a problem, but it never works. He also wears a red and black top, this time checkered.

        There are many other characters in the Beano, which are lots of fun, and they all get into much trouble.

        The Beano is a weekly comic and costs the hefty price of £1.25. When I used to get it, it was only 7 pence (that really shows my age!). There are many other things associated with the Beano. These include the Beano Max which is a monthly comic and is aimed at slightly older children. There is also the Beano Annual, Dennis the Menace Reading Books, and soon to start, Dennis and Gnasher will have their own CBBC cartoon. Check it all out on www.beanotown.com.

        I subscribe to the Beano through www.uniquemagazines.co.uk. It was an extremely good offer. The subscription price was the same for anywhere in the world £38.25 for 6 months (26 issues). At least in every other issue there is a gift, poster or some tattoos.

        I was a member of the Beano Club all those years ago. If you become a member now you receive some gifts, monthly emails, 3 mini mags, a card on your birthday and a chance to star in the Beano. It costs £12.99 in the UK and £14.99 for overseas.

        I still have my Beano's in a box in my parents attic. My Beano's are old (very) and fading, but I could not part with them. Lots of happy childhood memories. I think that the Beano is great fun for all, and it certainly lightens your mood. Anything that makes my son's chuckle make me happy.

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          15.07.2009 01:29
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          If you suspect your child (or husband) might love it then give it a go.

          As a Tom Boy this was my comic of choice and I had it delivered weekly. I fondly remember having to fight my dad and my grand-dad (at Christmas) for it as well as updating my uncle on new characters. What I loved about the Beano is that it is unashamedly for the kids and that the adults drawing and writing the cartoons take such delight in them that the stories are dynamic and perfectly suited to their audience (6-12/adult). For example the fact that Dennis hates taking baths and tries to get a mucky as he can. There are an array of characters and I always had my favorites but as it was the only comic I got all the stories were read. The beano also encourages kids involvement with sending in their letters and comic strips ( I remember one lucky boy got his whole comic strip published!). They also now have a website http://www.beanotown.com/index.php?s=toonStuff which can be a great way to get your kids interacting with the internet in a very safe environment (not that they need much help).

          All in all I say if you have a typical son or a girl who's a tom boy then give it a try (It costs 75p) and if they enjoy it then it can be a great way to get them reading more without them noticing. I also remember my mum used to read it to my in bed when I was ill and it used to cheer me up no end.

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            01.04.2005 00:59
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            The Beano is a comic book for kids, which has been available every week for the past 65 years. I was first bought the Beano by my uncle when I was 9 years old, he bought it for me because he used to always read it when he was younger, as soon as I read that first comic I was hooked and for about 10 years I don’t think I missed an issue! Then as I got older I did miss a few, but I have always bought a copy when I have seen it on the shelf. Recently though I think I have become a big kid again as I have been making an extra effort to go out and buy a copy! I’m not old enough to remember when the Beano first came out so I have done a bit of research into the history of the Beano.


            *** A Bit Of Beano History ***

            The first the Beano was published in July 1938, it was then called The Beano Comic, but further along the line changed it’s name to The Beano and was a mix of cartoon funny stories and boys adventure stories, with a character called Big Eggo the Ostrich on the front cover. It not long after The Beano was first published that war broke out, however The Beano continued through the war even though there was a shortage of paper. It was during this time that characters such as Jimmy and his Magic Patch were first introduced, and a few years later Biffo The Bear was also introduced. Biffo The Bear became so popular that he soon replaced Big Eggo the Ostrich on the front page.


            *** The Big Change ***

            In the1950s there were big changes to the Beano, which involved all the old characters being dropped, this even included Lord Snooty, however he was lucky enough to return to The Beano 18 months later. In 1951 Beano History was made when there was the first ever appearance of Dennis the Menace and in 1968 Dennis was joined by his canine chum Gnasher who has since had his own puppies and we also know have Gnipper and occasional guest appearances by some of his other pups. Also in the 50’s was the introduction of Roger the Dodger. Minnie the Minx… the female version of Dennis, the Bash Street Kids also made their first appearance although back then they were first known as When The Bell Rings.

            Towards the end of the 50’s the Beano started to phase out the adventure stories and they were replaced with more cartoons.

            Over the years there have been many characters who have come and gone in the Beano history. Some of the older ones such as Dennis, Minnie, Rodger the Dodger and The Bash Street Kids are still there though and to me they are still the best parts of the comic!


            *** What Beano’s Are Available? ***

            The Beano is commonly known as a weekly comic book, however it also available in a few other forms such as a yearly annual, summer specials, videos and in previous years there have been fortnightly publications available.


            The annuals are available yearly, they come out usually in the last couple of months before Christmas and are priced at what I would class as quite expensive! The 2005 issue was retailed at £6.99! However I waited until after Christmas and picked up a copy for just £1.99 in my local bookshop The Works! I remember when I used to hear my mum moaning about paying £3.99 for these, I bet she’ll be glad she doesn’t buy them now! The annual contains a wide selection of stories for many characters past and present.

            The Summer Specials are available in the summer (well duh!). Last time I purchased one they were priced around £3. They contain a wide variety of stories mainly about the Beano characters going on their summer holidays; they also have little puzzles and quizzes to do as well. They are perfect for taking on holiday as they will keep you amused and you get activities to do, ok they are a bit easy as they are aimed at kids, but they are still fun!

            The videos are released every so often. I think there are about 5 that have been released so far. They each contain a selection of stories from different characters. I personally wouldn’t really recommend these as they are a bit of a let down compared to the comic. The voices in them I think are the thing that let's them down because they really sound nothing like what you would expect these characters to sound like.

            Fortnightly publications are small books, which used to be available every two weeks, I used to always buy them when I was on our annual family holiday in Wales and they were fab! Instead of having a selection of all the characters these books have just one 32 page story in them about one character and his/her adventure. There was also a puzzle version available occasionally in this format. The bad news is though I haven’t seen these books around for a good few years so I would hazard a guess at they are no longer around. Which to me is a shame as they were great.


            *** So What Is In The Beano? ***

            The Beano is a selection of comic strips featuring various different characters, each with their own hilariously funny personalities. The Beano also features advertisements for other Beano products and occasional toys and sweets that would catch the attention of kids. They also have various special features and run competitions on a quite regular basis. Another part of The Beano is the famous Dennis The Menace Fan Club.


            *** So Who Are The Characters? ***

            Over the years since The Beano first appeared there have been lots of characters who have been and gone, many of these I haven’t heard of, due to the fact I wasn’t born, so I will do a list of the ones past who I don’t know and I will attempt to give you a bit of insight into the characters which I know.


            *** Characters From The Past ***

            These characters are listed in no particular order

            I’ll start with the characters who have been and now gone into Beano history who I can’t really tell you much about them, as I don’t know anything! They are as follows: Tom Thumb, Hairy Dan, Billy the Cat, Shipwrecked Circus, Jimmy And His Magic Patch, Big Eggo the Ostrich and Strang The Terrible.

            There are some characters also in the Beano history who I do know or vaguely remember, these are as follows:

            Lord Snooty: Lord Snooty was first known as Lord Marmaduke of Bunkerton. His stories were about his adventures with his friends of the Ash Can Alley Gang. Personally I didn’t really enjoy this character as I found him a little boring compared to others available in the comic.

            Baby Face Finlayson: Another character from the past who I read but can’t say I really enjoyed was Baby Face Finlayson. These comic strips were about a thieving little baby who robbed people and places from his motorised pram and was always getting caught and arrested by the police.

            Biffo the Bear: Biffo The Bear was the second Beano character to appear on the cover of the comic, he replaced Big Eggo The Ostrich and remained on the cover until the introduction of Dennis The Menace. Biffo was different from the other characters because he was silent. Biffo never had any speech bubbles or text telling you what was happening in the strip, instead there were just the pictures and you read the story through these. I enjoyed Biffo, as I enjoyed coming up with things that he could be saying in the different pictures.

            General Jumbo: I vaguely remember this character, I also remember skipping reading this one most of the time as I found it very boring as it was about a young boy who had adventures with his military toys and toy soldiers.

            Pansy Potter: Pansy is another character who I remember reading but don’t really remember much about. She was the strong girl of the comic with massive muscles. I enjoyed reading these stories, as they were really funny.

            Ball Boy: Ball boy was as his name sounds… a footballer! Ball Boy stories were to do with a lad called Ball Boy and his useless football team who always lost their matches, but in very entertaining ways. I will admit though as much as I enjoyed reading this one it did get kind of repetitive.

            Three Bears: The three bears were 3 hungry bears… like the kids story, except unlike the kids story there was no goldilocks. Instead these stories followed the adventures of the bears: Ma, Pa and Ted in their search for food and the desperate ways they will attempt to get food.


            *** Characters Present ***

            As before these are in no particular order.

            Dennis the Menace: Dennis is probably the most famous of all the Beano characters. He is a menace to the whole of Beanotown in particular the local bunch of softies including Walter the Softie. Dennis is always accompanied by his ever-faithful canine pal Gnasher.

            Gnasher and Gnipper: Gnasher and Gnipper are Dennis’s two dogs who assist him in all his menacing. It is mainly Gnasher who appears in the Dennis the Menace strip but Gnipper does appear at times too. Gnasher and Gnipper also have their own page in the comic with their own adventures too.

            Walter the Softy: Walter is the softest softie in the whole of Beanotown. He and his “chums” are always prancing around Beanotown loaded with flowers and pink fluffiness. Walter also has a softie dog who is a little white poodle called Foo-foo. Dennis always menaces Walter and Gnasher menaces Foo-foo.

            Bea: Bea is a very recent addition to Dennis’s family. She is his baby sister. Bea was brought into the comic a couple of years ago when Dennis’s mum discovered she was pregnant while on holiday on a cruise. Bea is a mini version of Dennis in terms of menacing. I can see her growing up as a cross between Dennis and Minnie the Minx!

            Minnie the Minx: Minnie is basically the female version of Dennis. Like him she terrorises Beanotown and on a few occasions they have made guest appearances in each other’s stories.

            Roger the Dodger: Roger is another of my favourites; he is always coming up with new dodges to get himself out of ANY sticky situation. When I was young I always wanted to be mates with Roger so I could use all his dodges to get out of doing homework!

            The Bash Street Kids: The Bash Street Kids stories are about a class of 12 very unruly children, their teacher, school dinner lady – Olive and the school swot – Cuthbert. These were my ultimate favourite when I was younger. I always used to wish I were at Bash Street School; it always looked like so much fun with all their antics and naughtiness!

            Billy Wizz: Billy is a young lad who has the gift of speed. He can wizz around the entire world within a matter of seconds and even dodge in and out of raindrops as they fall! Which I think is really a great thing to be able to do! However he actually finds time to get bored! These stories tell of his wizz speed adventures and how sometimes his speed gets him into trouble.

            Calamity James: I’m going to be completely honest here… I hated this one! It is about a boy who is very very unlucky. Everywhere he goes he always has bad luck, absolutely NOTHING ever works out ok for him. I found these stories boring though and never really paid much attention to them.

            Ivy the Terrible: Ivy is really cool; she is a three-year-old little girl who I think is really just the female version of my little brother! She is always getting herself into mischief and causing complete chaos… it’s very entertaining!

            Joe King: Joe King tells a lot of jokes, these are mainly really cheesily bad ones, but I actually like them as that’s my type of joke! The readers of the beano send in the jokes that are mainly used in the Joe King comic strips and in return for their joke being printed they will win a small prize.

            Les Pretend: Les is a little boy with a BIG imagination. He loves to pretend to be things or famous people and he is always dressing up and acting in the same way as his chosen item or person. These stories tell of the great fun he has doing this and how it drives his parents nuts!

            Tim Traveller: Tim is a boy who travels through time on his magic bike. His stories follow his adventures in to past and future dates. I haven’t really read too many of his stories as I wasn’t too impressed the first time and didn’t really give it a second look.

            The Numskulls: Another fantastic story! The Numskulls are little men who live inside and operate a young boy named Ed’s body. There is a numskull for each area of the body and the stories are very entertaining reading the things that they make him get up to!

            Ok, that’s all the main Beano characters and everything I know about them and their individual stories. There are other characters who appear in the comic but they don’t come in very often so it wouldn’t be worth going into detail over them all!

            All of the characters past and present do pop up now and again, even if it is only by another character mentioning their name. The main place they will re-appear is in the annuals. For example this years annual has a General Jumbo story in it and he hasn’t appeared in the comic for ages! So if a favourite of yours has gone missing from the comic then check out some of the annuals. Chances are you’ll find them in there!


            *** The Dennis The Menace Fan Club ***

            The Dennis the Menace fan club was launched in 1967 and I am led to believe now has over 1 million members. I personally am a member and I still have my membership details from when I first joined when I was 9. The fan club used to be on one page of the comic and featured things such as competition details, letters, jokes, poems and photos sent in by readers and details of how to join the club. If you join the fan club you will get a little passbook containing official club information and the Dennis and Gnasher fan club badges. Once you are a member then it is for life.


            *** I Want To Buy The Beano ***

            So I’ve convinced you that the characters who make up this fantastic comic are worth spending your money on then? So how much will Beano products cost you?

            The Beano: The weekly comic will cost you 75p (at the moment) this does go up every now and again. To give you a rough idea on this, it only cost 22p when I started reading way back in 1991!

            The Specials: The Beano Specials such as the summer special cost around £3 however as above the price may vary.

            The Videos: I have seen the videos for sale for as little as £4.99. They are available in most music/video stores and when they are first released they are sold pretty much anywhere that sells videos!

            The Fortnightly Publications: As I said above, I don’t think these are sold any more. They were 50p when I last found one. If anyone knows if you can still buy them please let me know!


            *** Copyright and Publisher Details ***

            Just in case you need these, here are the copyright and publisher details:

            Copyright/Publisher: D.C.Thomson Ltd

            You can contact the Beano via the official Beano website which is www.beanotown.com



            Ok I’m pretty sure I’ve covered everything I can. Any questions just leave me a message! Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope you enjoy reading the Beano!

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              Back 1937 the new commic "The Beano" was released, i wasn't around to know about it back then, however i am very much here now. More to the point the beano is great for people of all ages, kids, adults, inbetween (well actually not inbetween). Anyway my point is you should read the beano at least twice a month until the day you die just so when you do die you can turn around and say - i read the beano twice a month. Wouldn't that make you happy? For thoose of you who don't know what the beano is - its a commic feauturing the greatest characters such as lord...whatsyamacallit. Mind you i think he might be dead now, oh well enjoy reading more of this thing of what you call "The Beano", its great fun trust me! And never think your too old!

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                Whether your way up high, or way down low, the best of the best comes in the form of the Beano! Yes - it is true! Now totally enjoyable by all the family and still only the cost of a really big Mars Bar. Having produced over 3000 editions of this timeless classic, the Beano/Dandy studios still continue to reel off this now completely unopposed, longest ever-running children’s comic. Undisputed. And even with things like 'Pokémon' and other stuff like that, the Beano still stands firm in now the widest crowd ever seen. Nowadays, long after the time when I spent a few pennies on it, Dennis the Menace still features, with Billie Whizz, Ivy the Terrible, Baby Bea, Gnasher and Gnipper, and this week they did a special Lord Snooty page. It still has the Beano club, with more and more jokes and pictures, yet the stories are the best bit with almost all the characters, apart from Walter, still get into trouble. Dennis had Pie Face and Curly, and his next-door neighbour is still the Colonel. Bully Beef still beats up Chips, and if the annual is anything to go buy, every magazine should be well sought after - if you can afford it... Recently, the company that makes the Beano have steadily put up its prices. 5 years ago, it was 30p. Now it's become 52p and if you have little kids earning pocket money, they have to save more for their comics. Also, the comic itself has shrunk in the number of pages - and I've seen a lot of these changes in magazines that are about to go bust. The end for the Beano? We'll just have to wait and see... Advantages: Still the big comic Old characters New characters Top quality drawing without the slightest hint of manga Disadvantages: Steadily rising rising price Steadily reducing reducing number of pages IJC

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                  i love gnasher he look really sweet - Advantages: it fun for all ages - Disadvantages: i should be thicker so there is more to read

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                  ~ ~ As a boy growing up I was reared on staple diet of children’s comics, of which The Beano was a particular favourite up until the time I was about ten or eleven years old. I then moved on to more serious fare such as the Hotspur, Victor, and the Tiger, which were crammed full of exciting yarns and heroes to captivate the enquiring mind of any youngster. ~ ~ My little nine-year-old daughter is very much following in her father’s footsteps, and is also an avid fan of the Beano, getting extremely upset if her daddy forgets to buy it for her on a weekly basis. The days of newsagents delivering newspapers and magazines to your door now sadly seems to be a thing of the past, at least here in Ireland, as I can quite vividly recall literally waiting at the letterbox for the paperboy to arrive when I was a child. In fact, the Beano and its ilk were fairly often the cause of me turning up late for school, as I would attempt to read just one more story before having to get down to the daily grind. ~ ~ The Beano is published in London by D.C. Thompson & Co. Ltd. Of Fleet Street, and must be one of the most long-lived children’s comics still on the market today. One of the favourite characters, and the front page personality, is none other than every boy’s favourite rascal, Dennis The Menace, who, since my young days, has now been joined by his scoundrel of a dog called Gnasher, and by the fairly recent new arrival to the household, his baby sister Bea. Bea also has her own column in the inside pages, called “Bea Ginnings”, as does Gnasher the dog, or should I say Gnasher and his offspring Gnipper, who occupy a slot on the back cover weekly. I have actually put away the first six editions of the comic that introduced baby Bea to her adoring public, as I’m convinced that in years to come they will become collector’s items, and worth their own weight in gold! ~ ~ In recent yea
                  rs these characters have become even better known to today’s kids by also starring in there very own TV series, that sadly seems to be off the air at the moment here in Ireland. The scrapes and spills that these much loved characters get into have captured the hearts of countless numbers of children for generations, and show no obvious signs of diminishing in popularity for a few generations yet. They have also spawned a yearly annual, that in our house is always one of the first items to be added to the list of presents from Santa. ~ ~ The Beano has even joined the Information Age, as it now has its very own website and fanclub at www.beanotown.com, that was loaded into the favourites file on our PC immediately upon discovery, and is now consulted religiously by my wee daughter on a daily basis. ~ ~ There are many other favourite characters in the Beano such as Minnie the Minx, (a girlie equivalent of Dennis) The Numskulls, Roger the Dodger, the Bash Street Kids, and a host of others who are as popular today as ever they were in the past. I’m an adult of 49 years of age now, and buying this comic for the little lass gives me just the excuse I need to have a good read of it for myself, and to still take pleasure from doing so, even after all these years. At 55 pence it’s a tad more expensive than in my young days, but still exceptional value for money.

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                    • "Adults Claim It Is For Children"

                    Okay, I know I really shouldn't be reading The Beano. It's not as if I get read it every week... Okay, I do. I read the Beano every single week, and love it. It has everything a small child, or an older person with a childs spirit trapped inside them, could ever want. Colourful pictures, genuinely funny events, plus subtle humour picked up on my people like me, lovable characters, each unique, characters that come back after years of "holiday", and a guaranteed fun experience for all. Who can forget characters such as Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx, who have lasted out so long, even through different artists and thus different appearances. Dennis' absolute happiness with which he attacks his "menacing" is not something to warp childrens minds at all; it is very entertaining. His faithful dog Gnasher has also survived for some time, plus the other Menace Animals include Dasher the spider, and Rasher the pig. Dennis' secret of always remaining 10 years old, and always using the trusty weapons such as the peashooter and catapult, make him the absolute idol of every child who has ever read the comic. We then also have the likes of the Bash Street Kids, who have appeared on the centre pages of the comic for I don't know how long, and Les Pretend, whose active imagination is sure to bring something new each week. There are often clashes between the "Menace Gang" and the Bash Street Kids, usually in the form of a water fight or football match, and it is always fun to see who will come out on top. My personal favourite character, however, is Calamity James. You have to feel sorry for the poor lad who is always getting hurt, or damaging things, and as a result getting hurt. And for those who watch closely, you can notice "little squelchy thingies" in almost every cartoon. The way James is drawn to have such a happy outlook even though he is doomed to failure from t
                    he word go, is something that I look forward to every time I read. I also enjoy reading the likes of The Numskulls (five little people inside the head of Ed, who control how he moves etc: Brainy, Snitch, Radar, Cruncher, and Blinky), Roger The Dodger (another favourite: a very clever, sneaky boy who gets out of all kinds of troubles using his dodge books and wits alone), Number 13 (haven't seen them for a while, but basically a family consisting of a vampire, a frankenstein-esque creation, werewolves, ghosts, bats, etc), and The Three Bears (Ma, Pa, and Little Ted, three lovable bears who have their own problems to deal with, living in a cave in a desert, raiding Hank's Store for food). Cartoons such as this always make me laugh, even thouh I know the Beano is aimed at a younger audience! I suppose one of the other things that is good about the Beano is this: the stories are not rigged. You do not have each episode ending with the character coming off best, and living happily ever after. There are often episodes in which Dennis, Roger, or any other character, will come unstuck, and end up losing his battle with his father/sergeant Slipper/his teacher, etc.. This makes each episode unpredictable, and fun to read. All in all, I do not have a bad thing to say about the Beano. You get excellent quality cartoons at a very low consistent price (currently 55p), and sometimes you get a free gift too (usually some sweets or a lolly, or some stickers! I enjoy the sweets!!). This is entertainment at a timeless best, and I would advise adults who think they are "too old for it" to buy a copy today, and hide it inside their Daily Telegraph and read it! -k

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                      29.04.2001 07:55
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                      The Beano is a great comic. i have read it ever since i was little. the Beano is a comic which consists of about ten different comic strips; with classics such as:- Dennis the Menace, who is often in trouble at school or home, by upsetting walter with his mates; pie face and curly. Roger the Dodger, who thinks up schemes, not even a mastermind could. Ivy the Terrible, who runs amok and causes trouble. The bash street kids, they upset there teacher,cuthbert the teachers pet, headmaster,cook and janitor everyday at school. They consist of Danny, Fatty, plug, wilford, and other favourites. and Billy Whizz, the super fast boy who can get anywhere in seconds. These have been going on for about fifty odd years and are still funny today, i suggest you buy a copy and try it.

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                        17.11.2000 14:38
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                        Back in the day the Beano was the number one comic for kids in my opinion. Now I am not that old (twenty six) but I remember how much enjoyment I used to get from it.I used to get the Dandy weekly and my sister used to get the Beano delivered. I always wanted to read the Beano first though which normally ending up in fights which she used to win I hasten to add. Anyway, The characters in the Beano were just so entertaining, Dennis the Mennis, Minnie the Mix and my favourite The Bash Street Kids. I also used to enjoy the Christmas Annual which came out which I used to ready time after time. You can tell that because of the state of them. I know comics are not really cool anymore but back in the day they were and the number one was the Beano.

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                          01.11.2000 06:50
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                          Beano - still THE comic to buy, with its charismatic characters, timeless humour and endless jokes it will never date the Beano looks as good now as it did when I was five or six (and no that wasn't during the war) I used to get my Beano every week, rushing off to the local corner shop with my pocket money at the ready and used to sit on the kerb and catch up with my favourite people.. Dennis the Menace is still causing everyone including his long-suffering dad a headache and the favorite Bash Street Kids are still going strong, with some new characters doing their bit..I can't find the three bears with their bowls of mash and sausages which is a shame as I liked them..and what about Minnie the Minx? There are still activity pages, puzzles to do and competitions to enter which certainly makes me happy to continue buying it as good value (for my little girl of course)and then there's the beano socks, gnasher hats, scarfs etc etc This timeless comic to me represents a good choice when so many alternatives in the reading section for children have questionable content, I for one will continue to buy both the comic and the annual and have a good read!!

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                            27.10.2000 05:21
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                            My 7 year old son absolutely adores this comic. He gets really absorbed in it. I recently 'borrowed' a copy to see what was so fascinating and to my delight discovered that a lot of the old characters were still there. Dennis is still getting up to mischief with Gnasher and the Bash Street Kids still rule. It is packed with comic strips, a readers page and advertisments. It is also topical, a recent issue covered 'Who wants to be a millionare?' which my lad found hysterical. There is also a Beano Club which looks good value for money, with lots of goodies, and a t-shirt. From my recent experience, The Beano is as good as it ever was.

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                              18.07.2000 02:03

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                              Since i was a little lad I have always loved The Beano, i think it is a national institution in its own right in the UK. I hope that it goes on for ever and ever. I now collect the special editions and Annuals although I must say that the Annuals seem to be gettin more and more expensive (or is that just me in my old age?) I dont think there is any other comic which gives so much to all ages. Many other comics, such as the Marvel comics, seem to be aimed at slightly older children. The Beano can be read by all ages! It certainly gets my thumbs up!

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                              11.07.2000 21:16
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                              I'm not a big fan of comics...probably because as a parent I'm the one that gets to fork out two or three quid for a few measley pages of naff storys and advertising! however there is one exception to every rule - and The Beano is it!!! Every Thursday my eight year old son is overcome with an unfathomable desire to go shopping, every Thurday I fall for it and every Thursday he sneaks his favourite comic into my shopping trolley!!! If it was any other comic he wouldn't get away with it - but for The Beano I'm prepared to make an exception! For starters The Beano is in my price bracket!!! - what else can you pull off the shelf for 52p??? Perhaps more importantly it's creative, amusing and buys me a bit of peace and quiet! Okay so it does still contain adverts, but for that price I guess we don't mind putting up with them! The only down side to The Beano is when they bring out special editions - the millenium edition was a prime example!! That Thursday I got draged shopping and the shelves were bare! The Beano has always been, and probably always will be!, highly collectable! I guess it's because it's a name we've all grown up with and have fond memorys of!

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