The Beano is a British children's comic book published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd of Dundee, Scotland, which was first issued on 26 July 1938 (dated 30 July). Euan Kerr (editor was editor from 1984 until he handed over to Alan Digby in early 2006. Alan had been Beano Chief Sub Editor when Euan first became editor, and later edited The Beezer. Currently the comic costs 99p.

There have been several long-running strips over the years. The longest-running strip in the comic as of 2006 is Dennis and Gnasher (overtaking Lord Snooty), which first appeared (under the name Dennis the Menace) in 1951. Other famous strips include The Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, and Roger the Dodger. Lord Snooty appeared in the very first issue, but disappeared from the comic in 1990.

There are frequent fictional crossovers between the strips, with most of the characters living in the fictional town of Beanotown. Also, because many strips in The Dandy are drawn by the same artists, crossovers between the two comics also occur occasionally. As well as this, the comics develop a friendly rivalry. (e.g. "I quit! The Dandy is much safer" "This would never happen in The Beano!")

A first issue of The Beano sold for £ 12,100 on 16 March 2004, which was at the time the highest price ever paid for a British comic at an auction. The current highest price is £20,350 which was paid for the first issue of The Dandy on 7 September 2004.

The Beano is also the second longest running comic, the first being The Dandy which is also made by D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.

List of Beano comic stripsEdit

Current stripsEdit

Extra-long comics featuring all of the current characters sometimes appear, usually based around some theme (i.e. the Queen's Birthday, Dennis' 65th year in the Beano).

Past stripsEdit


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