I vividly remember that Wilfrid was the first one presented, and I think he was followed in subsequent weeks by the rest of The Bash Street Kids before it moved on to feature other Beano characters. As you can see they had a flexible attitude towards keeping the characters the correct proportion to each other. Puppet Fatty is smaller than Dennis!
I'm pretty sure I cut out every one so I think they're all shown here. (That said, I seem to remember a General Jumbo one too but that appears to be missing.) Please forgive the grotty appearance of some of them. Over the years the glue soaked through the flimsy newsprint and turned brown as glue is wont to do.
I glued the figures onto card from cereal packets so there's also a nostalgic aspect in looking at the reverse of the puppets where we can see fragments of old Ready Brek and Sugar Smacks boxes from 1967! (Yes, that's Captain Scarlet on the Sugar Smacks box. Various TV characters were featured on those cereal packets over the years, usually promoting the free badge or whatever inside. Back in the days when using free gifts to entice children to eat sugary foods was allowed!)
The artwork for the puppets was mainly by David Sutherland, although the Roger the Dodger, Biffo, and Buster ones are by Gordon Bell.
Most of the characters are still in The Beano today of course but some such as Lord Snooty's supporting cast are long gone. Interestingly two adventure strips were also represented with Billy the Cat and Danny on a Dolphin. (The Danny puppet lost an arm sometime during the past 46 years unfortunately.)
The idea was to connect the limbs and head to the torso with loops of cotton and manipulate them with another length of cotton. I couldn't be bothered with that and preferred the limbs sewn tightly to their joints so I could play with the puppets as sort of flat cardboard action figures. My mum had the job of sewing them together each week but she didn't mind and as a trained tailoress it was a quick task for her. These puppets have been in an old shoebox for years but I found them last year when I was clearing out my mum's house after she'd passed away.
The book The History of The Beano showed some of the puppets as they appeared before thousands of Beano readers took scissors to them.
Interestingly, The Beano didn't make a fuss in promoting the puppets. There were no cover lines mentioning them as I recall. They just appeared unannounced one week and became a fixture for months afterwards. Then quietly stopped when all the characters had been exhausted. It was a nice idea, and I remember the anticipation every week of wondering who would be featured next. No doubt many readers cut out the puppets just as I did, so the chances of collectors finding undamaged copies from that period must be slim.