How to tell if you’ve re­ally got num­ber one

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

With The Beano turn­ing 80, peo­ple the world over are clam­our­ing to find orig­i­nal first edi­tions of their favourite comic.

Orig­i­nal copies are very rare and ex­tremely col­lectable and un­der­stand­ably peo­ple who be­lieve they have one be­come very ex­cited at what its value could be.

One col­lec­tor sold his orig­i­nal for

£17,000 in 2016.

Un­for­tu­nately for most of those hold­ing a cov­eted comic, the truth is it is likely a re­print.

Sev­eral “fac­sim­ile copies” have been made since 1938, in­clud­ing a 1998 60th an­niver­sary edi­tion from The Sun­day Post and a 2003 re­print – the pages of which were ar­ti­fi­cially aged to make it look more au­then­tic.

There are four key things to look for if you think you have an orig­i­nal:

Num­ber of pages: The orig­i­nal comics con­tained 28 pages. Some re­prints have 24 pages as some con­tent that does not meet modern ed­i­to­rial stan­dards was re­moved.

Pa­per: The orig­i­nal was printed en­tirely on off-white newsprint. Re­prints may try to re­pro­duce the look but will likely con­tain bril­liant white or glossy pages.

Bind­ing: The orig­i­nal was glue bound. Re­prints were sta­pled or string bound.

Edges: The orig­i­nal will likely have zig-zagged in­den­ta­tions on the top and bot­tom edges. Some col­lec­tors may have trimmed their copies and re­prints will have sharp clean edges.

Orig­i­nal first edi­tions of The Beano were printed on off-white newsprint and con­tained 28 pages.

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