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Biffo the Bear

Biffo the Bear

Fact File

Started:
1948
Finished:
1999

'Big Eggo' had been the Beano's cover star for almost ten years when it was decided that the readers would respond better to a lead character with two arms as well as two legs. "Look there! It's Biffo the Bear!" exclaimed Eggo above the Beano logo on the cover of issue number 326, and there was Biffo, in his shorts, braces and collar, striding out next to the title panel. The next week, Eggo was there beside the Beano title, and the first Biffo story took pride of place on the cover.

Dudley D. Watkins was the artist who brought this humanoid black bear to life on that first appearance, and would continue to do so for nearly 1100 episodes, before Dave Sutherland took over, with staff artist Jimmy Glen succeeding Dave. The strip was silent, relying on slapstick as Biffo moved through a human world, before speech balloons began to creep in in 1949 - even still, these could be few and far between, and many of the strips remained wordless.  More dialogue came in in 1953, when Biffo was given a new pal to talk to, Buster, a human boy with a bald head and jug ears who would join in with Biffo's antics.

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Biffo and Buster remained the stars of the Beano's front cover until 1974, when Dennis the Menace took up residence on the front and back pages. Biffo would continue on an inside page until 1986. During that time, he also made many guest appearances in the revived Magic Comic, which ran between 1976 and 1979, appearing alongside his nephews, 'Cuddly and Dudley'.

Sid Burgon was the artist when Biffo returned to The Beano in 1989. There was no sign of Buster, and the strip had gone back to its silent beginnings. This later run lasted until 1999, though Biffo was one of several vintage Beano characters who returned for a guest appearance in the 70th Anniversary issue, guest edited by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park, with Dave Sutherland once again supplying the artwork.

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  1. Sam
    SamFri 11 October 2013 at 3:19PM

    It's a shame that Biffo did so badly in the Funsize Funnies (which should have stayed). If they brought that feature back, then he could be drawn by Andy Fanton who is a good artist. Never mind that though, just get a new website! It could have games and a forum, with Humphrey Grumpy Trousers IV and Webguy, writey-typer person and the return of Gaston and those dastardly penguins au Francais!

    (Unfortunately for new members, you won't have any idea of what I'm rambling on about, which is the old webby.)

  2. Gnash22
    Gnash22Sat 3 August 2013 at 1:59AM

    He was very well drown and not a bad caricature

  3. CheezioMENACE
    CheezioMENACEWed 10 July 2013 at 5:12PM

    Biffo's not so cool

  4. Dennis 20
    Dennis 20Mon 27 May 2013 at 4:21PM

    he is back natejb2003

  5. Luigiman1300
    Luigiman1300Mon 15 April 2013 at 7:55PM

    BIFFO is the best! He should have more than a part in funsize funnies.

  6. tombenten
    tombentenSat 16 March 2013 at 4:26PM

    biffos back in fun size funnies!

  7. the boss
    the bossWed 13 March 2013 at 2:40PM

    finnaly biffo is back in the beano because he is my fave

  8. gadgetguy
    gadgetguyFri 22 February 2013 at 10:15AM

    Biffo is a classic according to me

  9. Dennis 20
    Dennis 20Mon 7 January 2013 at 4:40PM

    He is in the latest issue

  10. natejb2003
    natejb2003Mon 31 December 2012 at 4:31PM

    Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo! Bring back Biffo!

  11. Menacing joe
    Menacing joeSat 29 December 2012 at 9:33AM

    Biffo is epic

  12. Menacing joe
    Menacing joeSat 29 December 2012 at 9:31AM

    I loved biffo he's epic

  13. IizDaBest
    IizDaBestWed 5 December 2012 at 8:01PM

    Bring him Back!!!

  14. Potatoes
    PotatoesWed 28 November 2012 at 8:31PM

    biffo is cool he should come back. to be honest, some of the clasic designs are beter than the modern ones but NO ONE is as good as rodger. (and potatoes!)

  15. Mario Toad and Luigi
    Mario Toad and LuigiSun 23 September 2012 at 12:14PM

    BIFFO THE BEAR IS IN THE LATEST ISSUE! HE DIDN'T FINISH IN 1999!

  16. Matthew The Menace!
    Matthew The Menace!Sun 9 September 2012 at 8:19PM

    What ever happened to lord snooty the third? mr. beano editor plz reply!

  17. MasterJhop
    MasterJhopFri 3 August 2012 at 8:26PM

    I can't believe that "Biffo the Bear" has been around since 1948!

  18. JDF24796577
    JDF24796577Mon 4 June 2012 at 8:34AM

    biffo the bear from 1960's is such an idiot.

  19. superegghead
    supereggheadWed 7 December 2011 at 5:43PM

    that face...... it almost melted my eyes

  20. rorytherober300
    rorytherober300Sat 12 November 2011 at 10:04AM

    biffo and eggo were classic in the early days but not as good as dennis the menace

  21. CiaraZoom
    CiaraZoomFri 29 July 2011 at 7:55PM

    I agree codebuster

  22. codebuster
    codebusterFri 8 July 2011 at 5:53PM

    Biffo should come back!

    We want Biffo back!

    We want Biffo back!

    BRING BACK BIFFO THE BEAR!

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  25. denmaster
    denmasterWed 23 February 2011 at 7:48PM

    I want him back

  26. michael_the_menace
    michael_the_menaceThu 10 February 2011 at 4:47PM

    i wish biffo was in the beano again

  27. Sam
    SamSun 30 January 2011 at 6:47PM

    @Webguy

    It would be good if the Beano could print some Biffo artwork in the Beano so everyone could see its full potential. We would be forever grateful!

  28. Sam
    SamSun 30 January 2011 at 6:42PM

    Yeah, the supreme club. Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! (Cough cough!)

  29. Sam
    SamSat 15 January 2011 at 3:09PM

    Maybe....Biffo will knock Dennis off the front cover and replace him, 'cos Biffo's a cut above the rest!

  30. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Tue 14 December 2010 at 4:53PM

    @Rose

    Yeah, but I'm starting afresh! It shall now be the SUPREME club!!!

  31. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Mon 13 December 2010 at 10:51PM

    @Bailey the Menace

    David Sutherland ya mean? Yeah that would be cool!

  32. lord snooty's new unpaid butler (aka rose)
    lord snooty's new unpaid butler (aka rose)Mon 13 December 2010 at 8:39PM

    @Jonnie12

    Yay! :D

    @Sam

    BBB04? There was like 30 something people who joined the club on the old website XD

  33. Bailey the menace
    Bailey the menaceSat 11 December 2010 at 4:05PM

    Get the guy who drew biffo in the annual 2010 to draw him in the beano and beanomax , that would be cool !

  34. Sam
    SamSat 11 December 2010 at 9:31AM

    @Rose

    You're BBB04!

  35. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Fri 10 December 2010 at 7:44PM

    Rose accepted!

  36. lord snooty's new unpaid butler (aka rose)
    lord snooty's new unpaid butler (aka rose)Thu 9 December 2010 at 5:48PM

    @Jonnie12

    When I looked at this page, I was like 'OMG I still haven't joined yer club!' so I shall apply right now. Can I join the Bring Back Biffo club? :D

  37. Sam
    SamSat 4 December 2010 at 2:12PM

    Right:

    President Jonnie12 BBB01

    Vice-President Sam (Me!) BBB02

    Secretary Rubzy BBB03

  38. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Sat 4 December 2010 at 12:14PM

    Thanks, sam!

    @Beano

    Have you seen the amount of people wanting biffo back! A good 30 seperate people at least!

  39. Sam
    SamFri 3 December 2010 at 1:23PM

    Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo! Biffo!

    Hint Hint!

    Bring back Biffo!

    @Jonnie12 I'll join!

  40. Sam
    SamFri 3 December 2010 at 1:18PM

    @Jonnie12

    Hook me up mate! I'm joining your club!

  41. Sam
    SamThu 2 December 2010 at 8:17AM

    Thanks Beano, BRING BACK BIFFO!

  42. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Wed 1 December 2010 at 7:06PM

    @Sam

    Yes!

  43. Sam
    SamSat 27 November 2010 at 2:15PM

    @Jonnie12

    Yeah! Do you still have your club?

    Please say yes!

  44. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Wed 24 November 2010 at 7:15AM

    YAY! Loads of praise comments for biffo!

    @Bailey the Menace

    Yeah, but I want him as a regular in the comic, thanks for the praise!

    @Tank man

    Most definately!

    @sam

    Yeah! He was!

    One last thing to say... BRING BACK BIFFO!

  45. Sam
    SamSun 21 November 2010 at 1:38PM

    @Jonnie1

    I agree. Biffo was cool!

  46. tank guy
    tank guySat 20 November 2010 at 6:24PM

    what a brill bear!!!

  47. Bailey the menace
    Bailey the menaceSat 20 November 2010 at 11:31AM

    i really want biffo bear back because he was cool although he was in the beano annual 2010 in 1 strip

  48. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Fri 19 November 2010 at 7:06PM

    Fixed now I see! Good work, beano!

  49. Jonnie12
    Jonnie12Wed 17 November 2010 at 4:53PM

    Yep, a little mistake there. Sid'll be gettin angry!

  50. Digifiend
    DigifiendTue 16 November 2010 at 11:08PM

    It's Sid Burgon, with an N. Nice detailed profile apart from that little typo.