|A genuine Beano #1 and its advertising flyer.|
I often get emailed asking about values (which you can never say for sure) for first issues of The Beano, only that it turns out they're replicas. So, here's how to spot a fake Beano No. 1.
1. The Staples.
When I get these emails people often say things along the lines of "the staples are nice and shiny". The pages, as with many early comics, were glued, not stapled (and would staples really be shiny after 75 years?).
2. The Centre Spread.
The centre spread in replicas is sometimes printed in black ink, wheras in the original comic it was printed in blue and red.
3. Page Count.
Pretty much all the reprints I have seen have had 24 pages, wheras the original had 28! A complete original can be seen in The History of The Beano, by Morris Heggie.
|A recent replica.|
On the front cover of some reprints (such as the image above), the red goes right out to the edge of the comic, but in the original (as seen at the top of the post), there is a white border around the edge.
And there you have it - how to spot a fake first Beano!