Comic Fan Making Whoopee with a [Pounds Sterling]6,200 Beano

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Comic Fan Making Whoopee with a [Pounds Sterling]6,200 Beano


Byline: TINA DAWSON

WHEN the first edition of the Beano emerged from Dundee in 1938 it cost two old pennies and came with a free Whoopee mask.

Yesterday one former reader was pleased he had treasured it as a child and never threw it away for it sold for [pounds sterling]6,200.

It was the highest price ever paid for a comic in Britain, taking it way out of the price range of comic characters such as the Bash Street Kids and making it affordable only by the likes of Lord Snooty and his chums.

The new owner is Oliver Driscoll, from Matlock, Derbyshire, a 25-year-old who grew up on the exploits of Dennis the Menace and Gnasher.

Euan Kerr, current editor of the Beano, said that the boy who originally bought the comic would have had no idea it would ever become so valuable.

'In those days, a comic was a completely throwaway item and nobody would have thought of keeping them, which is why they are so rare.

'A lot more are kept in pristine condition today, so I think it'll be a long time before the editions I am editing are worth this sort of money. …

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