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Beano and Dandy Gift Book Hardcover – 1 Aug 2011
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Menaces and Minxes of all ages will enjoy this premium pack. A luxury book with a fantastic DVD of classic Beano animation, plus a fabulous reproduction of The Beano comic from 1951 featuring the first ever Dennis the Menace comic strip!
A best ever selection of Dennis the Menace strips, covering his unruly life from 1951. A wonderfully illustrated timeline of Britain’s wildest boy and The Beano and Dandy comics themselves. A must-have for collectors.
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In a break with tradition the Beano and Dandy gift book focuses on everyone's favourite Menace the Great Dennis rather than say a theme like previous years (School Days 'comics in the classroom', Animals 'crazy about creatures etc)
True there are other pages with characters from Beano and Dandy's Yesteryears but Dennis is to the fore and my these cartoons are really really good.
The art work is the old school where Dennis looks the part not the 'soft cleaned up PC version of today for the TV series'.
Apart from a few pages from a very recent Beano Annual where Denis is depicted graphically on a computer. True he gets up to mischief but he looks all wrong to my eye.
Dennis is a spiky character just like that mop of hair. This is an integral aspect of his character. A sharp, mischievous but all the more lovable for this.
The moral is always there Dennis gets punished for his wrong doing; he never gets away with it. Of course the PC brigade are up in arms about Dennis Father giving him a good slippering with the dreaded 'demon whacker'. Child abuse etc but that was the received notion of those times. The same people that decry poor old cartoon Dennis are the same lot that praise the Ancient Spartans' heroics and we all know what they got up to with sickly children?) Dennis today is too 'rounded' and 'soft' when he actually looks better sharp and spiky in 2D- just like his hair.
The great thing about these early stories is that Dennis actually gets up to mischief and it is I am so glad to report the mischief we all loved to read but never nor for one minute, not ever actually copied.
(I do wish those in power would develop as sense of proportion as well as a backbone and realise people are NOT stupid! When Dennis steals a tank and drives it down the high street no one in their right minds would emulate him. Rant over!)
Now here is a niggle.
In past reviews of previous books I have commented on interlopers from Topper and Beezer appearing and for my mind they really should not be included in a DANDY and Beano nostalgia trip.
I like them but would appreciate an annual of Beezer and Topper characters of yesteryear.
I'd buy it.
Now stick with me as I explain.
A book focusing on Dennis thru' the ages is good BUT why not go the whole nine yards and have an exclusive Beano Dennis the Menace Special?
I know the strips of Dennis are from the Beano but I'm sure it would sell like the proverbial hotcakes.
I for one enjoy reading all the older stories from the 1940,50s and 60s so I feel a little bit cheated that Dennis (albeit fabulous) took so much space.
Have D.C. Thompson scraped the barrel clean I wonder?
There is a market for two such books.
Also (you're still with me? Thank you) I would absolutely love to see series of books featuring the great adventure strips in full that featured in the Dandy and Beano like the Crimson Ball, The Iron Fish and others.
Other comics like the Victor and Lion have done so with issues of The Steel Claw, the Spider and strips like Kellies Eye with great success. (And Alf Tupper the Tough of the Track in 2012)
Back to the review.
They seem to be going out of their way to make this deluxe set THE present for Beano fans because it includes a DVD and a reproduction of the Beano that first featured our beloved Dennis. So you really are being spoiled this year.
All in all if you buy from Amazon at their cheap prices you can't fail.
A big stonking two thumbs up.
Far from being text heavy, the Dennis story is told here mostly through the aid of vintage comic strips spanning through the decades, and taken from both the weekly 'Beano' comics, the annuals, and even the 'Weekly News' newspaper. I was absolutely over the moon to see the inclusion of the extra long 50th Birthday Dennis strip from 2001, which was the work of my all-time favourite 'Beano' artist Mike Pearse. This was from when I used to buy the comic religiously every week at the height of my 'Beano' fandom, and so it was really nice for me to see this hilarious, quick-witted story again after all these years.
As well as the Dennis comics which are plentiful in here, fans are also treated to other occasional stories with his 'Dandy' comic lookalike The Smasher, Bully Beef and Chips, and Desperate Dan (choosing 'Dandy' front covers from 'my' era of 2001 and 2003, both of which I remembered), as well as the front covers of several early Dennis the Menace annuals.
This one is pitched as a 'gift book', so as well as a lot of vintage comic laughs with Dennis and his trusty sidekick Gnasher, who would often terrorise his arch enemy Softy Walter, fans are also treated to a complete reproduction of a 'Beano' comic dated March, 17th 1951, which marked the first ever appearance of Dennis. In addition to this fantastic bonus, you also get a DVD containing two episodes of his popular cartoon TV series: 'Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow', and 'Bathnight Club', which I had great fun watching again.
'Celebrate Dennis the Menace' is a fantastic trip down memory lane with everyone's favourite red and black stripped jersey wearing bad boy. If this lad ever enchanted you as a kid (and who wasn't?), then this is a great opportunity to relive the good old days. Even at the retail price of £12.99, I think that it offers complete value for money.
I bought it as used, so you can say it's my own fault, but I still felt slightly miffed. Great character and stories, though.
I have used this seller before, with no complaints, and probably will do again. Everyone has their odd off day.
Filled with real fun that any kid will love- from the super-mishchivous Dennis the Menace and his antics with his Wire-Haired-Abyssinian-Tripe-Hound, Gnasher, who both make life fun for kids and a misery for adults and softies, the equally mischievous Minnie the Mynx, the Bash Street Kids of Class IIB, the most badly behaved bunch of kids in Beanotown, who always make life a misery for their stuffy Teacher and of course Lord Snooty and Biffo.
And who can forget Little Plum, the Native American boy.
These comics have entertained kids for 70 years.
They will, I hope continue to provide fun and laughter for their target markets of kids aged 6 to 12, and be fondly remembered by generations who grew up on them.
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