Wednesday, November 07, 2012
The Beano gets a boost
There's a few tweaks to The Beano starting from this week. Not a major revamp in the way The Dandy had two years ago but it still receives some substantial changes including the introduction of some new strips.
First up, the paper for the cover stock now has a high gloss finish like that used by Moshi Monsters magazine. There's also a price rice by 50p to £2.00. Whether or not either of these changes is permanent remains to be seen as the comic comes with a bound-in A2 size double-sided poster which isn't labelled as a gift. (There will also be a pull-out poster next week.)
Inside, the comic kicks off with a nice two page spread drawn by Nigel Parkinson which welcomes new readers to the fold. This is clearly a revamp intended to attract a new generation of readers, but it also contains a lot that should please existing Beano fans.
Billy Whizz has been given a retro-makeover with Wilbur Dawbarn as the new artist. Billy's tracksuit has been replaced by a red T-shirt and black short trousers. Yes, it's a return to the character's original 1960s look and it really works! A nice old-style strip but by a modern cartoonist.
Calamity James is back, albeit as a reprint, with artwork by the great Tom Paterson. If that doesn't please older readers, nothing will. And I think new kids will get a kick out of it too.
Minnie the Minx and The Numskulls are now single page strips instead of two pagers, which tightens up the pace of the humour. (Numskulls is actually a reprint from a few years ago.)
Ratz is renamed Midnight Rat for the first of a two part story with the focus on a rodent superhero. With artwork by Hunt Emerson you can't go wrong.
The readers pages have received a retro-makeover by being re-named the Dennis the Menace Fan Club, albeit in name only. (No Gnasher badges, as yet at least.)
The new strips? Eight single-tier gag strips on two pages bringing back a bunch of old characters. A nice way to break up the full page strips. Get ready for Gnash Gnews, Little Plum, Winston, Simply Smiffy, Pup Parade, Baby - Face Finlayson, Les Pretend, and one I've drawn... Rasher!
Plus regular favourites Dennis the Menace, The Bash Street Kids, Roger the Dodger, Meebo and Zuky, Ball Boy, Gnasher's Bite, puzzles, and a Bananaman reprint.
This new look all-packed issue of The Beano is on sale now! £2.00