This annual cover is packed with all the Beano favourites - from Jack Flash chasing Jimmy (and his magic patch), to Lord Snooty and Pansy Potter holding a trampoline to catch them. There's even an early version of Dennis the Menace - can you spot him?
Biffo, Ding Dong Belle, Dennis, and Willie (without his Wonder Gun) are giving Tom Thumb a ride of his life, with their own tornado in a tub! This page shows a variety of how just different densities of red ink can create colour and texture.
Dennis first appeared in the weekly comic in March 1951. Because the Beano Book was planned 18 months in advance, his earliest annual appearance was in the 1953 title. He was an instant hit, wearing his recognisable stripes very early on.
Beano rarely tackled science fiction, but with the rockets and superpowers, the "Flying Family from Mercury" are the exception. Luke Skywalker might get jealous of that 'sky-car' though - Jack's speeder wouldn't look out of place in the next Star Wars film!.
Check out the rest of the 1950's annuals!