Archive: Beano Annual 1943 - The First Magic-Beano Book

Take a peek inside the fourth wartime annual, filled with classic comic strips and adventure stories!

1943 Beano Book

At the height of World War Two, with paper rationing in full effect, Beano and Dandy comics were already being published on alternating weeks. To help this, the Magic comic would share annual pages with the Beano for the coming years.

1942 Beano Book - Annual Cover

Eggo Meets Koko

The mascot of the Magic comic, Koko the Pup, teamed up with Beano's Big Eggo, to appear in the first Magic-Beano strip.

Magic-Beano Book 1943 - Big Eggo and Koko the Pup

Comics Collide!

The Magic comic had a slightly younger readership, but brought characters that were just as whimsical and entertaining as the Beano favourites.

Magic-Beano Book 1943 - the Tickler Twins in Wonderland

Artists of the Era

Many Beano artists were renowned for their work on other DC Thomson publications - Peter Piper here looks suspiciously like Oor Wullie!

Magic-Beano Book 1943 - Peter Piper

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