Superfan joins Beano’s 80th birthday bash
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.