Friday, November 23, 2012

This Week In... 2011 - The Beano

Time for a second 'This Week In' post for the week, this time we head back just one year to see how much The Beano has changed over the past 12 months! Although this issue is dated 26th November, people would have been getting their copies by now if they subscribed.

Inside, things are different. Dennis the Menace's parents still looked old (I'm not a huge fan of the new look parents) and was still drawn by Barrie Appleby, and the contents page looked very dull and boring compared to the bottom one which appeared in The Beano a few weeks ago.

By the way, if you are rummaging through your comics and want something to look at, compare the contents pages in Beano #3659 and #3660! Yep - they're exactly the same!

Further on in the comic and, even six months before, the comic was still building up to the Olympic Games, with an advertisement comic strip called Wenlock and Mandeville, illustrated by Nigel Parkinson

Fred's Bed was still in his original form, illustrated by David Sutherland. In this strip Fred travels to a military base and ends up in a comic crossover - going to school at Bash Street!

At the time The Beano was running a reprint series of two different classic strips. The first was Number 13 Beano Street, illustrated by John Geering...

...And the second was The Germs, illustrated by David Sutherland.

The Beano has changed rather a lot over the past year, who knows where it will head in 2013. If the recent revamp is anything to go by, it looks like the comic will only be improving!


TwoHeadedBoy said...

Before the reprints, it was just called Number 13 (without the "Beano Street" bit), just so you know.

I haven't got around to seeing the "new" Beano yet, but it's interesting how much change has happened in such a short space, certainly!

Andy Boal said...

Both Fred and the Germs were by Dave Sutherland - Vic took over later in the run!

Harry Rickard said...

This exact reprinted episode of 'The Germs' is actually by David Sutherland. Vic Neill why took over later in 2012 up until when the reprint series ended.

Harry Rickard said...

And that Fred's Bed story is definitely by David Sutherland as well.

George Shiers said...

@TwoHeadedBoy - Grab a copy of the Beano soon! You're missing out on some cracking stuff!

@Harry and Andy: Thanks for the heads up. Looking at that Fred's Bed now, it seems obvious that Dave drew him!