Su­per­fan joins Beano’s 80th birth­day bash

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

A spe­cial bash was held for The Beano last night to mark 80 years of be­ing a world­wide favourite.

Su­per­fan Ian Atkin­son trav­elled from Berk­shire to Dundee to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary in the comic’s home.

The 49-year-old has ev­ery edi­tion of the an­nual, and is 28 copies short of hav­ing a com­plete set of comics.

Along with his wife Ed­wina, Mr Atkin­son en­joyed a tour of the McManus Gal­leries – tem­po­rar­ily re­named the McMe­nace for The Beano bash – where he viewed orig­i­nal art­works.

“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. I have too many pieces of Beano mem­o­ra­bilia to men­tion, in­clud­ing gui­tars, all 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’. It was ex­tremely im­por­tant to be in Dundee for The Beano’s 80th birth­day.”

There was also a staff party at DC Thom­son’s Mead­ow­side build­ing.

The comic first hit news­stands in 1938 and at its peak sold more than two 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.

Do you have the real thing? How to tell if your favourite comic is an orig­i­nal or a re­print

With The Beano turn­ing 80, peo­ple are clam­our­ing to find orig­i­nal first edi­tions.

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:

Pages: Orig­i­nals con­tained 28 pages.

Pa­per: Orig­i­nal was printed on off-white newsprint.

Bind­ing: Orig­i­nal was glue bound. Edges: Orig­i­nal will likely have zig-zagged in­den­ta­tions on the top and bot­tom edges.

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