Dundee Beano bash cel­e­brates 80 years of global comic favourite

Su­per­fan makes pil­grim­age to char­ac­ters’ home as the McManus hosts spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - PAUL MA­LIK pa­ma­lik@the­courier.co.uk

A spe­cial birth­day bash was held for The Beano in Dundee last night, cel­e­brat­ing 80 years of a world­wide favourite.

The DC Thom­son Mead­ow­side build­ing played host to a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion, with a staff party be­ing held in the morn­ing and an­other in the evening at the home of ev­ery­one’s favourite comic.

Beano su­per­fan Ian Atkin­son, 49, trav­elled from the Berk­shire vil­lage of Up­per Buck­le­burry (the home of St An­drews alumni and fu­ture queen Cather­ine, Duchess of Cam­bridge) to Dundee on Fri­day, specif­i­cally to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary in the comics’ home.

Mr Atkin­son has ev­ery edi­tion of the an­nual and is 28 edi­tions short of hav­ing a com­plete set of comics.

Along with his wife, Ed­wina, Ian en­joyed a tour of the McManus Gal­leries – tem­po­rar­ily re­named the McMe­nace in an­tic­i­pa­tion of The Beano bash – where he viewed orig­i­nal art­works and met fel­low en­thu­si­asts.

“I had told my wife sev­eral months ago I had planned a ro­man­tic break to Scot­land,” he said.

“When I told her what dates we were go­ing, well, she fig­ured it out straight away why we were re­ally com­ing up.

“I have loved The Beano for near enough my en­tire life. Ed­wina calls it an ob­ses­sion and I guess she is right.

“I have too many pieces of Beano mem­o­ra­bilia to men­tion, in­clud­ing gui­tars, all of the an­nu­als, ev­ery sum­mer spe­cial and I am 28 edi­tions short from hav­ing all 3,945 copies.

“My dog is called Gnasher, just like Den­nis’s and he is just as badly be­haved.

“It was ex­tremely im­por­tant to be in Dundee for The Beano’s 80th birth­day.

“This is the first time I’ve vis­ited and it is re­ally a lovely city. We will def­i­nitely be back in 10 years time for the 90th cel­e­bra­tion.”

The Beano first hit news­stands in 1938 and at its peak sold more than 2 mil­lion copies a week in the 1950s.

The lat­est edi­tion was guest edited by co­me­dian David Wal­liams.

In 2013 The Beano was awarded a Guin­ness World Record for be­ing the long­est run­ning print comic.

A “spe­cial” ex­hi­bi­tion is cur­rently in place at the McMe­nace fea­tur­ing the Beano art­work of Horace Pan­ter, bass player in ska band The Spe­cials.

Pic­ture: Steve MacDougall.

Horace Pan­ter with one of his pieces at the McManus (McMe­nace) Gal­leries, Mead­ow­side, Dundee.

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