It's The Beano's 77th birthday this week and it's still going strong! Issue 1 was published on Tuesday 26th July 1938. There's the cover above drawn by Reg Carter; a photograph of the actual comic in great condition, taken from the phil-comics Facebook page:
I thought I'd have a crack at drawing Big Eggo myself, so here he is. The Beano's first cover star is long gone now but perhaps he'll return one day. who knows?
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