The Beano Summer Special

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The Beano Summer Special is like the Beano with extra comic strips, which as its name suggest was released during the summer months and cost more than the regular comics. This special first started in 1963 with a joint Beano-Dandy summer special and then in 1964 the first Beano summer special appeared. These ran continually until 2003 when they were replaced by Beano specials, which was a series of monthly special Beanos including a Summer Special released in the Summer. In 2006, the Beano specials was discontinued in favour of BeanoMAX. However in 2011 an ultimate summer special exclusive to WHSmith was released and so was the The Beano 3-D Summer Annual 2011. Unlike the traditional Beano of the time, this edition of the comic had a more colourful appearance to it. The front cover of these comics often had one picture which had a caption encouraging the reader to turn to the rear cover to see what happens next. As well as Beano Summer Specials there were also Bash Street Kids Summer Specials.

Year Cover Price Front Cover Contents Image
1973 10 Pence Biffo the Bear riding a train with Bash Street kids as passengers, whilst Gnasher sleeping on track with Dennis the Menace looking on.
1974 12 Pence Gnasher racing to catch a green/white/red beach ball. Front Cover says "Is Gnasher going to ruin the game?" Back Cover says "Ha! Ha! Gnasher just wants to join in the fun!"
1975 15 Pence Bash street kids partaking in a wheel barrow race on the beach.
1977 20 Pence Dennis the Menace and Gnasher jumping from high board with the Bash Street Kids looking on
1978 22 Pence Dennis the Menace and Gnasher busking on the beach.
1980 28 Pence Dennis the Menace and Gnasher in tree attempting to steal food from Bash Street Kids picnic
1981 32 Pence Dennis the Menace and Gnasher at swimming pool riding a dolphin water pistoling the Bash Street Kids
1982 32 Pence Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and the Bash Street Kids taking part in a raft race
1983 40 Pence Dennis the Menace and Gnasher wind surfing.
1984 43 Pence Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and the Bash Street Kids on beach taking part in a sack race.
1985 48 Pence Dennis the Menace, Gnasher pushing Walter the Softy on the swing.
1988 65 Pence Dennis the Menace, Gnasher bouncing on a Bouncy Castle. This comic offers a chane to "WIN A TRIP TO Alton Towers! SEE INSIDE FOR DETAILS!" at the bottom.
1989 70 Pence Dennis the Menace, Gnasher riding a donkey over a beach picnic as Bash Street Kids look on horrified.
1992 90 Pence Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and Rasher playing at the playground on a swinging tyre.
1998 £1.10 Dennis the Menace and Gnasher on beach whilst Dennis is roller skating.