This year's festive issue of the Beano gives a new meaning to the phrase "Christmas box", as it is actually in a box! (Somewhat squashed in my local WH Smith, but still a box, albeit a slim one.)
Headlined the Ultimate Christmas Box, Beano No.3964 comes packaged with a set of pranks, a joke book, a double-sided poster, 9 stickers, - and 5 badges... but unfortunately the badges were missing from my box! (A pity, as they look like the most collectable item in there, with each badge being a letter of the word BEANO, and featuring a tiny Bash Street Kid.)
The comic itself is the usual 36 pages of fun, with all-new Christmas strips featuring the regular characters. I don't work for the comic these days unfortunately but you'll find top comic contributors such as Nigel Parkinson, Wayne Thompson, and Hunt Emerson in there.
Beano No.3964 is on sale now in all good newsagents and supermarkets, and will be available until 27th December, priced £4.99. The next issue of Beano won't be out until 21st December.