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.
1939 September 1 The Beano Annual is first published.
1951 17 March Issue 452, Dennis the Menace makes his first appearance.
1953 18 April Issue 561, Roger the Dodger makes his first appearance.
1953 8 August Issue 577, Dennis the Menace's arch-enemy Walter the Softy is introduced when he moved in.
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
1961 September Beano strikes 1000.The front cover contains a range of Beano characters.
1962 August 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.
1976 5 May Issue 1768, The Dennis the Menace fan club( is introduced. For 30p, which went to the Beano office, you could get cool badges, secured in the Fan Club Wallet.
1980 November 15 Beano strikes 2000.On the back cover you would see the first ever beano cover.
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.
1986 May Gnasher returns home with a litter of puppies.
1990 The Beano's Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Show is first aired on CITV and then TCC.
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 2931, Dennis the Menace's sister Bea is born.
1998 The Dennis the Menace fan club finishes, and The Beano Club begins. However, it would return 20 years later.
2000 1 January Issue 2998, The Beano's New Millennium special is released.
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.
2003 2 August The Beano turns 65 , and a special birthday issue is released, where Dennis puts on some shorts belonging to Jimmy from the comic strip Jimmy and his magic patch.
2007 14 March Wayne's in Pain is announced as the newest Bash Street Kid. However, he only lasts a year.
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.
2008 2 August The Beano turns 70 and celebrates with A event called Gnashional Menace day, where every body has to be naughty like Dennis.
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, the biggest change to the masthead since 1971.
2016 28 September Dennis is made "politically correct" as the comic strip is rebranded Dennis and Gnasher.
2017 23 April Artist Leo Baxendale dies age 87.
2017 16 September Issue 3902, Since Curly moved, JJ and Rubi are introduced since they both moved in. Pie-Face has been redesigned.
2018 7 March Big Eggo returns to the Beano after 69 years away.
2018 25 July The Beano Comic reaches 80 and had a birthday issue guest edited by David Walliams, and the Dennis Fan Club returned.
2018 29 August & 5 September Gnasher goes missing (again!)but is found round the back of the Beanotown Battersea dogs and cats home a week later.
2018 December 19 Minnie the minx celebrates her 65th anniversary, having first appeared in 1953.


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External links

  • Beano official website
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