Our crazy chums were launched in #604, dated 13th Feburary 1954, and got two weeks of previous advertising, as seen above.
Here is the second strip from Beano #605, dated 20th Februray 1954.
Not all the characters were in straight away. Plug (called so because he was "plug-ugly"), didn't appear named until #606. At this point however, he was called Pug.
He first appeared called Plug in issue #608:
In issue #607, the poor defenceless Janitor appears for the first time, attempting to outrun the kids who have escaped from school. Surely that man deserves a medal!!
Moving on from the Janitor, Wilfred appears for the first time in issue #615 and, although he is not named, he appears as a kid with a jumper pulled right up to his chin!
I hope you enjoyed a look at these early Bash Street Kids, as well as these early Beanos. I may return to some Beano Beginnings (or Dandy beginnings etc.) in the future...!