Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This week's BEANO

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The new-look Beano enters its second week with another packed issue. Plenty of top quality artwork from Nigel Parkinson this week including him taking on Minnie the Minx! (Taking on the artwork that is, not challenging her to a catapult duel.)

There's also another nice retro/modern Billy Whizz by Wilbur Dawburn, loads of other strips (including Rasher by yours truly) and... a cameo by 1950s Beano star Jonah in the free pull-out poster comic, Gnaws, drawn by Barrie Appleby (with the poster image on the reverse by that man Parkinson).

The Beano No.3661 - in the shops now! (Although you may have to trek around a few shops if my local newsagents are anything to go by.) 

12 comments:

Robert said...

Jonah! Huzzah!

Harry Rickard said...

A VERY strong issue! Blew last week's issue out of the water - which is rather topical what with a cameo of Jonah and all! ;)

Some great stories this week! Rasher was great as well - really enjoyed it! Although I'm sure I'm not the only one wanting to see the return of Super School!

Lew Stringer said...

I'd like to see it return too, but perhaps I'm biased. :)

Beanokev70 said...

Lew, with these old characters coming back, do you have an old or current Beano character you'd love to draw?

Lew Stringer said...

I've never given it much thought as I've mainly drawn new characters. That said, I'm really enjoying drawing Rasher!

Hmm... I dunno. A comedy version of The Iron Fish perhaps, in the style of Combat Colin, tackling mad scientists and monsters?

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

I still remember the days when every newsagents carried the Beano.

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, it used to be everywhere! The Beano used to sell out very quickly and in the 1960s was one of the few comics I had on regular order so I wouldn't miss an issue. (The others being Pow, Fantastic, and Terrific.)

Beanokev70 said...

The Iron Fish yes that would be interesting, would love to see your take on that, As with Gary's comment, I always remember Newsagents had all the comics either on the counter grabing your regulars mine being Cracker, Sparky, Dandy & Beano & then grabing the any new ones that stood out....its just amazing how many weekly's there used to be.....

Lew Stringer said...

Thinking back, it's staggering how many comics were so easily available. Like you said, the weeklies would be on the counter, then there'd be a spinner rack or two stuffed with American comics and Top Sellers publications, and elsewhere in the shop there might be various things like Mad magazine, Andy Capp collections, Treasury Editions etc.

These days UK comics are more fragmented, with the surviving traditional comics on the shelves alongside numerous nursery magazines, American imports in specialist comic shops, and various graphic novels in bookshops. I much preferred the days when you could find everything in one shop but such times are long gone sadly.

Beanokev70 said...

Yes I was never into American Comics when I was young, but gave recently found Boom Comics who are doing some great Planet of the Apes titles the moment that have me hooked & Dynamite who are doing a Sherlock Holmes series I would recommend both. Closer to home Strip Magazine has been great & look forward to the relaunch next year. Like you said Lew we have to hunt it out now but that can be the fun part.

Dr Andy Oliver said...

I have great memories from the 70s - loads of IPC and related comics along the bottom shelves - in all their papery (i.e. non glossy) glory. Incidentally this weeks Beano and Danny came thru the door today. I see the return of Korky Cat to the front v=cover (strip inside looks like an old reprint). Lew - could you shed some light on who drew Calamity James in this weeks Beano? It's very ol school in style )and an instant hit with me).

Lew Stringer said...

Hi Andy, I haven't seen this week's issues yet but I'm assuming Calamity James was by Tom Paterson as usual? Those strips are reprints (from the 1980s I believe).

I've seen an image of the Dandy cover. Great to see Korky back on there. (It was originally the cover to The Dandy Book 1967. Art by Charlie Grigg.)

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