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The first Beano

£ 95.00£ 145.00

This four-colour screenprint of the very first Beano comic was printed to celebrate The Beano’s 70th anniversary. It is the first time the front page of The first Beano has been produced as a screenprint.

It was created from one of the very few – and extremely valuable – original copies of the first edition still in existence – and my thanks go to the owner for lending it.

The print has a 70th anniversary stamp on the back, to mark the fact that it was produced for the comic’s birthday.

I’m very pleased with the recreation of the colours which seem to be faithful to the original. These including the shade of green produced by laying a think layer of blue ink over an earlier layer of yellow and the dot patterns which represent the lake and the sand.

The print in the photograph above is framed so that it is raised from the background, so you can see the slightly rough edges of the handmade paper. Bringing it forward, instead of putting it behind a matting board, means the print throws a slight shadow, giving it a three-dimensional feel.

Handmade, limited edition screen print on cotton paper, mould-made at the St Cuthbert Mill in Wells, Somerset.  

Medium size: 56cm x 37cm

Signed and numbered in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.