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Episode 92: The Beano

And now for something totally Beano…

For this episode, Tom takes Morgan back to his childhood for a look back at his favourite comic book, the British institution that is… The Beano!

So grab your pea shooters, catapults and your Dennis the Menace fan club membership card, and let’s discover nearly 100 years of cheeky cartoon brilliance.

We drunkenly natter about:

  • The Beano-Dandy feud that wasn’t
  • How Morgan’s PE teacher Mr Stern looked just like Desperate Dan
  • The Beano’s Ostrich and Bear mascots before Dennis
  • What Beano actually means
  • Tom’s lamenting that pea shooters have disappeared
  • The great Bash Street Kids scandal of 1994
  • The fascinating coincidence of the two Dennis the Menace cartoons
  • Dennis’s dad time jump
  • The awesome Dennis TV theme tune from a genuine rock star

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Clips used:

  • The Beano’s Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Show (BBC)
  • Dennis and Gnasher (1996) (BBC)
  • Dennis the Menace (1993) (Warner Bros)
  • Dennis and Gnasher (2009) (BBC)
  • Walsh and Barker (British Pathe)
  • Mr Blobby (BBC)

One thought on “Episode 92: The Beano

  1. James says:

    I’ve read the Beano from every era on and off, still read the comic weekly, before giving my nephew.

    In my opinion the comic today is actually better than ever and improves every year, without forgetting it’s roots. You should get a copy of the 2021 beano summer special that was really great. Really gives you that holiday feeling you had when you were a kid. It has that kind of Simpons humor that works with lots of ages. I watch comedy of most genres stand up, sitcom etc from many era and there is nothing better than the Beano when it’s at it’s best. It’s up there with things like Only fools and horses and Red Dwarf.

    Whilst the comic doesn’t sell so much these days, the last tv show you mentioned is on Netflix – very successful 🙂

    The dandy whilst for older kids was never quite as good, because appealing to older kids dampens the humor because it has to be something your parents wouldn’t like and hence it dumbs down the standard. Although Winker Watson in the dandy was really good, he didn’t get enough strips.

    Thanks for the episode, I don’t normally manage to find time to listen to them fully but I made time for this one.

    I don’t have a shed but I can get a copy of the Beano and go and read in a quiet place and laugh and just forget things for a while 🙂 The comic being analogue / paper makes that time even better because no internet distractions / rubbish / stress etc.

    My direct debit for the Beano means it costs about £1.6 a week, I doubt there is much in life that low in price that has ever given me so much joy 🙂 The double joy of it being paper is that you than share that copy with other people.

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