The Beano No. 1 currently up for auction on eBay is a fake, so please don't put in a bid. The person who listed the auction has claimed it to be a "genuine Beano issue No.1", but for a few obvious reasons, it is definatly NOT. No.1. My suspicions aroused when I looked at the sellers other items. He doesn't have any. Surely if he had a Beano No.1 he was willing to sell he/she would either be a book seller or he'd found it in his attic during a clearout. He would more than likely have other items listed. Number 2, the cover has browned whereas the centre pages (above) are perfectly white. WHAT?!? even on the front cover there are many white patches. No way, creases would still be browning from age. There is no way that is going to happen. Thirdly, in Beano No 1's the centre pages were printed in blue and red ink, whereas this is black. And finally, the beano above has staples. Originals were not printed with staples, and even if they were, they would be very rusty after 70 years. After just a few hours online, the bidding went up to 99.00, with the reserve still not met. Oh dear! Bidders should look at the photos first! So remember - don't bid! Thanks to Lew Stringer for responding to my question and supplying some of the information above. You can visit his blog here!
P.s. I know I promised my next blog to be about a comic from the 60's or 70's, but don't fear, it's coming!
UPDATE: The auction ended and the comic failed to meet it's reserve price. The bidding only carried up to 360.00, so maybe bidders noticed it wasn't real.