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Happy 80th birthday Beano!

Guest post from DC Thomson, Beano publishers with a great resource on the history of the comic:

 How did you spend your summer? Did you participate in The Summer Reading Challenge? Now that school is back in session, it's time to reflect on our great summer reads and literary highlights.

One of the best summer highlights, at least we think so, was Beano’s 80th birthday. On July 30th, the local comic, published by DC Thomson, turned 80 years old! From the creation of Britain's best boy Dennis the Menace to breaking the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest running weekly published comic, Beano has certainly had some noteworthy moments over the years.

Did you know that Dennis the Menace’s name came from an old music hall song which went “I’m Dennis the Menace from Venice?“ Or that editor George Moonie was on Hitler’s hit list should Germany invade the UK? How about that Big Eggo, a goofy looking ostrich, was the original cover star? There’s loads to learn about Britain's best-loved comic!

DC Thomson   Beano 80th   Header Image

To help ring in eight successful decades, DC Thomson has created a visual, interactive timeline of the comic strip’s key milestones. Join us in the celebration and explore historic milestones or stop by your local library to check out one of the many Beano editions.

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