The Beano timeline

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This is a timeline of events concerning the long-running D. C. Thomson & Co. comic The Beano.


Year Date Event References
1938 30 July The first ever issue of The Beano goes into print with Big Eggo as the cover star.
1951 17 March Issue 452, Dennis the Menace makes his first appearance.
1952 Dennis the Menace's arch-enemy Walter the Softy is introduced.
1953 18 April Issue 561, Roger the Dodger makes his first appearance.
1953 19 December Issue 596, Minnie the Minx makes her first appearance.
1954 13 February Issue 604, The Bash Street Kids are introduced under the title When the Bell Rings.
1959 George Moonie is succeeded as Beano editor by Harold Cramond
1962 David Sutherland begins drawing The Bash Street Kids, something he still does to this very day.
1964 16 May Billy Whizz is introduced.
1968 31 August Issue 1363, Gnasher makes his first appearance.
1974 14 September Dennis the Menace becomes the incumbent cover star of the Beano taking over from Biffo the Bear.
1975 18 October Issue 1735, Ball Boy is introduced.
1984 October Harold Cramond retires as Beano editor and is succeeded by Euan Kerr.
1986 April Gnasher goes missing, which leaves Dennis distraught, prompting a nationwide search for the beloved cartoon canine.
1993 The Beano Video (aka Beano All-Stars) is launched on VHS, which animates the Beano characters for the first time.
1994 The Beano Videostars is released as a follow up to the Beano Video.
1998 17 October Issue 2395, Dennis the Menace's sister Bea is born.
2000 1 January Issue 2998, The Beano's New Millennium special, is released. Two weeks later, the comic would reach its 3000th issue.
2000 15 January The Beano celebrates its 3000th issue.
2001 13 January Issue 3052, Minnie the Minx's artist Jim Petrie retires after almost 40 years, with his 2000th and last Minnie strip featured in the issue. [1]
2001 19 July Bronze statues of Minnie the Minx and Desperate Dan, measured at approximately 8ft, are unveiled in Dundee city centre. [2]
2002 5 January Issue 3105, Freddie Fear: Son of a Witch is introduced.
2003 A Beano-Dandy crossover strip, Dandy Days in Beanotown is published in The Dandy due to the rivalry between the two comics.
2007 14 March Wayne's in Pain is announced as the newest Bash Street Kid.
2007 27 October Issue 3404, Laura Howell becomes The Beano's very first female artist after her strip Johnny Bean from Happy Bunny Green makes its debut.
2007 In the comic's biggest revamp the paper style finally changed from newsprint to a glossy paper, much in the style of the inside pages of the then companion papers Dandy Xtreme and BeanoMAX.
2009 29 August Dennis the Menace and Gnasher are revamped to coincide with the new animated series.
2012 4 December The Beano becomes the last weekly humour anthology comic after The Dandy prints its final edition having recently celebrated 75 years.
2013 8 July The Dennis and Gnasher animated series is relaunched, with the new name of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher, effectively reversing the "softy" changes made to the Menace in the last series, but retains some of the characters. CBBC Presenter, Chris Johnson has taken over the voice role of Dennis the Menace.
2013 24 July Issue 3695, The Beano's 75th anniversary issues is released, featuring a handful of celebrities including Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham,, Bruce Forsyth, and the Dandy's very own Harry Hill.
2013 4 December Long-serving artist Charles Grigg dies aged 97.
2014 26 February A real-life Bash Street is unveiled in Dundee to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Bash Street Kids. [3]
2014 26 August Artist Jim Petrie dies aged 82.
2014 1 December The Dennis the Menace Minecraft mod is launched.
2015 1 April The Blast in Beanotown app for the iPad is launched.
2016 28 September The beano gets a brand new logo and name.
2018 30th July Beano celebrates it's 80th anniversary with an anniversary issue.


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External links

  • Beano official website
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