Anxious to repeat the success of their comic, The Dandy, Scottish publishing house DC Thomson introduced The Beano just 35 weeks later in July 1938. It was practically a replica of the first comic and, again, proved a great success.
It is now the longest-running British children’s comic.
The front cover originally presented ‘Big Eggo’ drawn by Dudley Dexter Watkins, who also drew The Beano’s first star, ‘Lord Snooty’ of Bunkerton Castle.
During World War II, The Beano switched to fortnightly publication to save paper, alternating weekly with The Dandy. The comic became full colour in 1993.
- The Bash Street Kids – Smiffy, Plug, Danny and the other ageless reprobates of Bash Street High School
- Biffo the Bear – a walking, talking, big-eared furball who graced the cover from 1948 to 1974
- Big Eggo – the original cover star, Big Eggo the ostrich
- Billy The Cat
- Billy Whizz
- Danny on a Dolphin
- Dennis the Menace – the crown prince of British comicdom – and his pet dog (Gnasher), pet pig (Rasher) and lifelong foe (Walter the Softy)
- General Jumbo – a schoolboy general with a miniature remote-controlled army and airforce
- The Iron Fish – the incredible mechanical swordfish invented by Professor Gray and piloted by his son, Danny
- Jonah – the unluckiest sailor in the world
- Little Plum, Your Redskin Chum – a grotesquely stereotyped Native American boy
- Lord Snooty and his Pals – who wore a Lord Fauntleroy suit without explanation
- Minnie The Minx
- The Nibblers
- Pansy Potter the Strong Man’s Daughter
- Pup Parade – with the Bash Street Dogs
- The Q Bikes
- Roger the Dodger – a youthful eleven-year-old who was the author of volume after volume of homemade ‘Dodge Books’ and diaries of every trick he had ever played to avoid getting out of an unpleasant situation (from going to the barber to shopping with his mother)
- The Three Bears