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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious feast of nostalgia, 1 Oct 2008
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Ernie (Worcestershire) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The History of the Beano: The Story So Far (Hardcover)
A big, sumptuous, heavy coffee table book, which treats the Beano archive with care and respect and documents the awsome talent which has gone into its creation over the past 70 years. The reproduction of numerous, full page, vintage and modern strips is crisp and clear - often taken from original artwork - and printed at a size which is suitable for ageing, nostalgic eyes. For too long Comics have been treated as trivial things; kids swopped them, teachers confiscated them and mothers gave them away to jumble sales. The material on display in this book, however, shows that the Beano, and its ilk, deserves to be re-assesed as a national treasure. It not only reflects the culture of the last 70 years, but can now be seen as having strongly influenced it. More from the vaults of D C Thomson please.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'DANDY', 'BEEZER' and 'TOPPER' deserve the same 'deluxe' treatment;, 29 Dec 2008
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R. Smith "droogzilla" (scotland.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The History of the Beano: The Story So Far (Hardcover)
I recieved this tome as a Christmas present, and it's an an absolute joy: compiled by D C THOMSON Editors [amongst others] this tells the entire saga of Britain's best-loved comic, from it's pre-war inception up 'til the present day.

Pulling no punches in it's presentation of archive material [much--though not all---early strips were 'adventure' fare] and including a fascinatingly bizarre wartime tale featuring a giant robotic HITLER that has to be seen to be believed---------and including a wealth of early 50s strips from the artists who perhaps defined the comic the best for generations: LEO BAXENDALE [BASH STREET] KEN REID ['JONAH']and of course DAVEY LAW [early 'DENNIS'] represented by much fine artwork, in an era where comic artists were afforded the luxury of extra space in which to indulge their comic visions.

A chapter on the 60s decade reveals further sterling work during the 'BEANO'S heyday, with intruiging examples like the final DUDLEY WATKINS' [whose work is chronicled throughout from the very first 1938 issue]'BIFFO' strip, which was actually completed by another artist ['BASH STREET'S DAVEY SUTHERLAND] and is finally identified here.

By 1970, the 'BEANO' had lost both WATKINS and LAW [whose final 'DENNIS' also appears here,] and these two contributers [along with BAXENDALE, who departed in 1962] left the comic without many key art personnel. However, further qualty work continued to appear throughout the 70s [including ROBERT NIXON'S excellent early decade work, which was filled with appeal and zest] and the demise of the 'adventure'-type strip of the 'BILLY the CAT' school is chronicled.

The 80s and beyond reveals a more 'hit-and-miss' approach from the comic, which saw improvements more in the field of improved paper stock and increased use of colour. Though modern strips/creations undoubtedly have considerably less 'staying power', much funny and effective imagery continues to be turned out by the DUNDEE 'dream factory', and it's interesting to compare the more compressed work put out today in counterpoint to the 'BEANO'S 'GOLDEN AGE' of the 50s and 60s.

Finally, this deluxe work is topped by an in-depth, meticulously- researched chronology of key events and developments of character appearences and departures since 1937, which proves to be an indispensible guide to anyone wishing to identify the contents of specific issues from their long-gone childhood.

A fantastic, vitally informative work that impresses and satisfies the most ardent comics buff/casual fan alike......

...............................................TERIFFIC!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever, 17 Feb 2010
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David Wisdom "Despearate Dan" (Ryde, Isle of Wight, England) - See all my reviews
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The History Of The Beano is one of the best books I have ever had. There is so much information in it. It is full of the stories from The Beano. It tells you about all the artists and their work. There is a section telling you when all the characters started and finished. It is a must for any Beano fan. I don't know how I got by without it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My best communion present, 17 May 2012
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I made my communion when I was seven . My parents gave me this instead of money . Thanx guys . I love this book . I still read this now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun-filled book that brought back happy memories., 21 Oct 2013
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Having been a Beano reader in childhood, this book brought back happy memories. It is excellent value for money and should produce many a laugh in all its readers.

Simon Cunningham
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, 8 Oct 2013
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James Bostock (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Even if judged by size and weight alone, this is a great buy.
It has many hours of reading and a comprehensive degree of knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The History of the Beano - smashing, 11 Feb 2013
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simon solomon "ssolomon21" (MELBOURNE, HAWTHORN EAST Australia) - See all my reviews
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Good coverage of this comic with much detail of artists and stories - highly recommended to anyone who's bought the comics in the past
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 6 Feb 2013
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A wonderful book for any Beano fan. So much detail a real gem that an enthusiast would treasure. Worth every penny!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis the Menace, 3 Jan 2012
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I. Wilson "Joanie" (N Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The History of the Beano: The Story So Far (Hardcover)
A very popular 'Santa' gift. Was read from cover to cover before lunch. Obviously much enjoyed. Arrived in the usual Amazon style - well on time, well packaged.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE HISTORY OF THE BEANO - THE STORY SOFAR, 2 Jan 2012
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Excellent. A joy to have and treasure giving an insight into many fabulous and funny stories over the years,it brought back many memories.
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