Sunday, March 25, 2012

This week in 1979 - The Beano!

I've wanted to do this for a while now, look at a comic from the current week several decades ago (based of course, upon Lew Stringer's series - So the first one I decided to feature is the following Beano from this very day in 1979, which you could purchase for a mere six pence!

First up, is of course the Dennis the Menace strip, which features Dennis' cousin - Denise (who to me looks a lot like Beryl the Peril)! The whole story is based around Dennis recieving a whacking - but it the end it isn't him who gets it! (Seems a bit drastic though, getting a bloodhound to hunt him down just to give him six of the best, doesn't it!?) Art by Dave Sutherland.
The Fix-it Twins was inside the front cover, and it's a story all about a crazy pair of twins who will (try to) fix anything and everything! Although trying to be helpful, things usually backfire on them! The story only lasted for two years from 1978 to 1980, and was illustrated by Ron Spencer.

Next up is Jim Petrie's Minnie the Minx. Now, I have mentioned this particular story on this blog before, because for once Dad's real name was revealed! A very nice story though, all the minxing is done by Dad instead of Minnie!

The Dennis the Menace Fan Club was massive - in it's time it collected over 1 million members from all over the world! (In fact did you know that before the band 'Scouting for Girls' were signed to Epic Records, they ran their own fan club, 'The Wolfcub Club', through their MySpace site. The name was a wordplay similar to the band's name, being based on the Dennis the Menace fan club!) And of course, this issue is no exception, with lots of letters and jokes to fil up this fantastic page. My favourite has to be the 'Star Letter' of course, where a fan from South Yorkshire sent in a balloon for Dennis to blow up!
Sweet Sue, like The Fix-it Twins, lasted from 1978 to 1980, but this story was illustrated by Bill Ritchie. This episode is all about her peg dog William (who appeared in a lot of the stories), who really doen't want to have to go for walkies. In the end he jumps into the pram, and Sue doesn't mind! Guess why...
And finally, enjoy this short Biffo the Bear strip, drawn by (I think) David Sutherland!

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