Rasher (comics)

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Comic strip character(s) from The Beano
Rasher the Beano pig.jpg
Publication information
Stars inDennis the Menace and Gnasher
Creator(s)David Sutherland (for the Rasher strip)
First appearanceIssue 1920
(5 May 1979 [in Dennis the Menace and Gnasher])
Last appearancec. 2009
Also appeared inThe Beano Annual
Dennis the Menace
Current statusLimited
ScheduleDiscontinued; Now re-released
Main Character
FamilyHamlet (brother)
his sister Virginia Ham (sister)
Uncle Crackling
Little Piglet
FriendsDennis (owner)

Rasher is a British comic strip published in the comics magazine The Beano, featuring Dennis the Menace's pet pig Rasher. Early episodes of the strip also featured Rasher's family, such his brother Hamlet, his sister Virginia Ham, Uncle Crackling and Little Piglet, who were all introduced in the first episode. It was initially drawn by David Sutherland and, in its first iteration, ran from 1984 until 1988.

Rasher had earlier made his first appearance in The Beano in issue 1920 (5 May 1979) in the Dennis the Menace and Gnasher strip.

From issue 3480 (25 April 2009), older Rasher strips were reprinted in full colour in The Beano. Later they stopped, due to Dennis and Gnasher being revamped for their new TV series (2009); Rasher was dropped outright in this series and seemingly replaced with a new pig called Harley, belonging to Dennis' Granny.

Eventually, Rasher returned in Beano 3601, featuring in Dennis and Gnasher alongside Harley. Later, Rasher once again got a strip of his own as part of the "Funsize Funnies," drawn by Lew Stringer and starting in Beano 3660. Rasher also appeared in the 2014 annual drawn by David Sutherland[1]