This week's issue of The Beano sees the start of a new feature, Beano Retro, which will reprint strips from the archive. The series begins with two classics, a mid-Fifties Minnie the Minx page drawn by Leo Baxendale and The Three Bears. (The Bears strip is also credited to Leo, but to me it looks more like a very early Bob McGrath page when he was ghosting Leo's style. I could be mistaken of course.)
The Beano often features a few pages of reprint of a more recent vintage but if reprints are a budgetary necessity I hope these older classics can be used instead. It all depends on how well they go down with the readership. I'm sure all the older fans who have bemoaned "Why can't The Beano be like it was" will now be dancing in the streets with a sense of triumph comparable to how the Egyptian people are celebrating tonight, but will the target age of today's eight year olds enjoy such vintage material? I hope so, because although they're over 50 years old these examples are well-crafted finely drawn stories with perfect comedy timing to bring a smile to the faces of kids of any generation.
The Beano No.3572 On sale now. £1.35