Comedian and children’s author David Walliams is taking a seat in the editor’s chair at The Beano as he joins the 80 birthday celebrations for the iconic British brand.
Walliams has guest edited the special celebratory issue going on sale this week in which he will find himself immortalised in comic strip form alongside the Bash Street Kids and characters from his hit kids’ books, The World’s Worst Children.
The comic will also feature Moe; a brand new character created by Walliams, who debuts in a new strip called Moe’s Monkey Feet. Loosely based on the comedian’s son, the story sees Moe using his dextrous feet to play pranks on other notorious Beano characters.
As well as writing his own comic strips, Walliams commissioned a special Beano Town adventure, featuring characters Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx and Bananaman, who all team up to defeat an out of this world visitor.
The strip also nods to the comic’s 80 years of success with the inclusion of characters like Lord Snooty, Tin-Can Tommy and Pansy Potter.
Writing in the Editor’s letter, Walliams said: “What I have always loved about the Beano was that it felt naughty. It was a comic that should read under the duvet with a torchlight.
“I don’t think I’d have got into writing my books without Beano. When coming up with characters for my TV shows and books, I’d imagine them all as larger than life characters, much like the ones in Beano.
“The comic is quintessentially British and as long as there are children who like to laugh, there will always be a place for the Beano.”
Emma Scott, CEO of Beano Studios, added: “It’s fantastic to work with David Walliams for our 80 birthday bash – he’s brilliantly Beano -embodying the daft and rebellious nature which for 80 years has entertained kids and parents alike.
“On its 80 birthday, Beano is more relevant than ever, spreading much needed cheekiness and inspiring kids to just embrace being kids, whether it’s on our award-winning Beano.com, in our hit TV shows and the world-recording breaking comic.
“Here’s to the next 80 years.”