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75 years of The Beano : A timeline (1938-2013)

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Happy birthday, Beano! May many new comics follow you.

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Happy birthday Beano! If you’ve never read it, here’s what you’ve missed…

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1938: The first edition of the Beano appears, dated 30th July. The Dandy started the previous year. Stories include Big Eggo (the cover story centred on an ostrich), Pansy Potter: The Strongman’s Daughter and the more enduring Lord Snooty and his Pals which lasts into the 1990s.

There are only twelve copies of the first issue known to still be in existence.

1939 -1949: Due to paper rationing, the Beano and Dandy both appear on alternate weeks, rather than weekly.

1940: The first ever Beano Book. If you own one without a year on the front, it must be from between 1940 and 1965. If it’s called The Magic-Beano Book, It must be from between 1943 and 1950 (the regular comic was never called this).

1940-43: Musso The Wop appears, the racist title of a strip mocking…

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