Thursday, October 19, 2017

The first MINNIE THE MINX! (1953)

Over on Beano.Com this week they've uploaded the very first Minnie the Minx strip, when she debuted in The Beano back in 1953. 

The artwork is by Leo Baxendale, but it's from his early days as a cartoonist when he was still experimenting with his style. Minnie looks somewhat different to how we know her today, and Leo's style was less confident and not as distinct. 

Leo would of course go on to become the most influential artist in British comics from the 1950s to the present day, so it just goes to prove that artists should be given a chance to develop their styles, and strips should be given time to grow. 

See the full strip over at Beano.com here:
https://www.beano.com/posts/throwback-thursday-meet-minnie-the-minx

3 comments:

Charlie Horse 47 said...

Hello! Just curious why Minx, Menace, et al had red and black coloring? Was it a limitation in the printing technology of the time or a deliberate design? Thanks!

Lew Stringer said...

Most comics only had full colour on the cover. Interiors were either black and white, or had 'spot colour' (red), which is why characters wore red. Simply a limitation of the budget.

Charlie Horse 47 said...

Thanks Lew!

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