Celebrating 80 years of 'Beano'
'Dennis the Menace' and 'Gnasher'.
front cover of first edition of
'The Beano', 30 July 1938
Join the National Library at Kelvin Hall at our special event to wish a very happy 80th birthday to this iconic Scottish comic.
Eighty years ago, the launch of 'The Beano' revolutionised British comics. It was an immediate success and by 1950 circulation was close to two million copies per issue.
This special one-day event on Saturday 28 July offers a chance to see rare items from the Library's collections, including:
- The first edition of 'The Beano',
- The first 'Beano' annual
- Other vintage 'Beano' books and memorabilia.
Original Beano artwork will also be on display, kindly loaned by Beano publishers D C Thomson.
First edition of 'The Beano'
The Library's copy of the first ever issue of 'The Beano' comic is one of only 25 known to exist. Published on 30 July 1938, it was printed in colour, had 28 pages and sold for two pence.
Characters in the first issue included 'Wee Peem' and 'Helpful Harry', which were precursors of famous current characters 'Minnie the Minx' and 'Dennis the Menace'.
'Lord Snooty and his Pals' also featured as well as a clockwork boy called 'Tin-Can Tommy' and an ostrich called 'Big Eggo'.
Saturday 28 July
Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
Free. Drop-in session — no need to book. Suitable for children of all ages, families very welcome.