Is now 80 years old! Pleasingly it is still a proper comic too and free of plastic polybagged crap most weeks. I was always more fond of The Dandy but its sister title always had quality too. As a kid my favourite character in it was Gnasher the dog!
While The Dandy still continues with new material as an Annual it is a shame it does not reflect the madness of the last days of its weekly incarnation. It also has Summer Specials though they contain only reprint material.
I was always more of a Beano kid than I was a Dandy kid to be honest. Always enjoyed stuff like the Bash Street Kids, and Dennis the Menace. Although I was always fonder of Gnasher than I was of his human sidekick. (For some reason, Gnasher's laugh always sounds to me like a slightly Newcastle version of Muttly. I have no idea why).
I've been enjoying The Beano so much of late that I have subscribed. At that price it's worth 90p-ish a pop. There's some genuinely funny stuff every issue: really high quality humour strips. I can always pass the issues on to the local reading donation box when I am done with them.
I dislike stickers on toys when toy technology progressed beyond them for many years so companies now cheapen out by replacing detail with poor quality stickers while putting the prices up. I enjoy stickers in all other contexts!!!
Made a trip to Dundee to see The Beano exhibition in the McManus art allery (lovely building). Nicely presented with not a hint of looking down on the medium. Now I have seen some Leo Baxendale original art with my own eyes rather than the lower quality repro of the time I now understand why folk have started banging on about him in recent years. Superb craftmanship.
Also nice to see a copy of The Beano #1 in person without having to pay several thousand pounds!
Alas while the museum tat shop had general Beano merchandise there was nowt made specifically for the exhibition.
Glad to say that BEANO continues it's year on year rise in circulation (now over 41,000 PER WEEK), unlike virtually every other print publication, and isn't "plummeting" in sales despite what you heard on @channel4news