|Cover art: Nigel Parkinson with Beano designers Leon Strachan and Gary Aitchinson.|
That's the cover of the actual comics above by Nigel Parkinson. However it comes bagged with gifts so this is what to look out for in the shops...
Open the bag and you'll find the comic plus five gifts which include a melted snowman (!) and a shoe squeak prank.
However, three of the gifts are wrapped up like Christmas presents so it's mystery what they contain... and I'm not telling you. (If you know, please don't post spoilers. Let's keep it a mystery in the spirit of the season. I might even save mine to open on Christmas Day!)
The comic itself, Beano No.4014, has a great festive design throughout, with snow on the logos and in the borders, - and follow that snowball that's rolling across the logos through the comic to see where it ends up. (I'm not telling you that either. ;-)) In another nice touch, the blue "sky" of the borders gets darker as we go through the comic.
|Art: Barrie Appleby.|
|Art: David Sutherland.|
|Art: Nigel Parkinson.|
|Art: Laura Howell.|
I have a nice memory of 50 years ago, reading the Christmas Beano of 1969 on Christmas Eve, and I hope the kids of today will have fond memories of this year's issue to carry with them too. Comics are important in not only helping children to read but also by being a small addition to their happy times of childhood. (If you're interested you can see that 1969 issue here:
There are no mini-strips in this issue by the way, which means no Pup Parade. A bit of a disappointment for me to miss doing a Christmas strip but they'll be back soon.
The Christmas Beano is on sale now, and for the next few weeks. Price £4.99.
Not to be confused with the Beano Christmas Special, a 68 page bookazine that's been on sale for a few months now. I previewed that here: