The Beano Annual for 1950 was the last in a series of the Magic-Beano Books, as the two comics had joined together due to paper rationing for the wartime annuals.
This was the year when Dennis the Menace was launched in the weekly Beano comic, but it would be a while until he appeared on the cover of a Beano Annual. In the meantime, Biffo the Bear was still top dog – long before Gnasher showed up!
By now, the weekly Beano was tearing up the rule book with Dennis the Menace in full effect and Minnie the Minx about to join him. The Beano Annual for 1952 was a much more conservative affair…
Queen Elizabeth II came to throne in 1953, but can you spot the king of comics making his first appearance on the cover of the Beano Annual? CLUE: He’s got his favourite weapon in his hand…
Here’s the cover of the Beano Annual for 1955…
The Beano Annual for 1955 looked like this, so if you turn 63 in 2018, then this is your birthday Beano annual!
Minnie the Minx and Roger the Dodger make their first cover appearances on the Beano Annual for 1956. But… while Dennis the Menace appears in his iconic red and black stripes, Minnie’s stripes are blue and yellow, and Roger’s checked shirt is red and yellow!The reason is that in the 1950s most Beano pages were printed using just one colour – black. It was only later that red and black would be chosen for these super-cool jumpers!
The Beano Annual for 1957 has a footy theme to the cover, and we’ll be lucky so see a more spectacular goal in the World Cup – let’s see if Neymar. Messi, Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah or Harry Kane can do it!
Here’s the Beano Annual for 1958, with classic characters like Dennis, Minnie, Roger, and the Bash Street Kids just beginning to takeover the pages.
The end of the 50s sees the Beano stars acting the goat, just like at the start of the decade…
If you want to see more Beano Annuals from the last 80 years, you’re in luck! Check out the rest of the series…