NICE LITTLE NUMBER
HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY TO THE BEANO
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 30th July 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
Today, 30th July 2018 The Beano comic from DC Thompson is 80 years old.
Happy Birthday to the Beano! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Beano, Happy Birthday to you. Hooray!
So to celebrate here are 20 ‘nice little (& big) numbers’ one of our nation’s greatest treasures.
1 1938 On 30th July 1938 the Beano was first published
2 442,963 The number of copies sold of the first issue
3 3,945 The number of issues from 1st to the one celebrating it’s 80th birthday inclusive
4 4,000 Issue 4,000 will be published in Summer 2019 Possibly 14-Aug-2019
5 12 The number of known copies of the first issue in existence
6 £12,100 The amount paid for a copy of the first issue sold on 16 March 2004
7 1,974,072 The circulation at it’s height in April 1952
8 31,000 Is the current circulation
9 2d The cover price of the first issue which was 2 old pennies which is less than 1p
10 £2.75 The price of the latest issue
11 2 weeks During World War II and up to 1949 The Beano was published every two weeks instead of weekly (and so was The Dandy) due to paper shortage
12 14 The number of different comic strips in the current Beano
13 44 Pages in the current birthday edition
14 19 The number of different comic strips in the first Beano
15 4 The number of full length prose stories of 3,000 1,500 3,000 & 3,000 words respectively
16 24 The number of pages in the first edition
17 2000 The year Chessington World of Adventures theme park, opened “Beanoland”. It went on for 10 years before sponsorship ended. Most of the major Beanoland attractions remain in operation today but have been rethemed as “Wild Asia”.
18 205+ The number of humorous comic strips over 80 years
19 1,350 The number of issues Biffo the Bear was on the front page from Issue 327 24th Januaey 1948 until 1677 7th Seeptember 1974. He last appeared in the comic 27th February 1999 making a total of 2,627 issues he had appeared in.
20 3,502 The number of issues Dennis the Menace comic strip has appeared in. He first appeared 17th March 1951 Issue 452. It is the longest running strip in the comic. Dennis took over the front cover From Biffo the Bear from issue 1678 14th September 1974.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. —Ayn Rand
Happiness is…being a child again and laughing out loud at the Beano
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
How do you make anti-freeze? Hide her coat. (Taken from the current Beano).
Love is…letting you read my Beano comic
TRACK OF THE DAY
Sunshine After The Rain – Elkie Brookes
Highest Chart Position: No.10 1st October 1977
©2018 Phil M Robinson