10 Facts You Didn't Know About Beano

Here are 10 things we know you don't know about Beano

1. The word 'Beano' means 'a party'

According to the dictionary, a beano is 'a party or a good time'! 

So Beano on, dudes!

2. Dennis wasn't in the first Beano

Everybody's favourite rebel first sneaked into Beano No. 452 (although you can't tell from the cover, because he isn't on it!)

Beano No.452 - March 17, 1951 - the first issue to include Dennis the Menace

3. The first 3 artists to draw Dennis had the same name...

They were all called David!

4. The Dennis the Menace Fan Club had over a million members, including Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill!

The most popular part of the membership pack was the hairy Gnasher badge!

Hairy Gnasher Fang Club badge, Beano Dennis the Menace

5. There are only 20 surviving copies of Beano No. 1 in the whole world

So if you find one in your gran's attic, it could be worth £20,000!

6. More than 400 characters have appeared in Beano

Beano Aprils 1st 2017 cover, Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Roger the Dodger, The Bash Street Kids

7. It takes about 25 people to make a Beano comic

That includes writers, artists, colourists and graphic designers

8. The man who draws The Bash Street Kids has been dong it since 1962

David Sutherland has been drawing them for 55 years - bet his hand is aching!

The Bash Street Kids from Beano - drawn by David Sutherland since 1962

9. Beano is the World's Longest-Running Comic

And that's official!

Beano World's Longest-Running Comic World Record Certificate

10. The first cover star of Beano was an ostrich

He was called Big Eggo!

Big Eggo from Beano No. 1
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