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Biffo the Bear chases a bathtub

£ 280.00£ 350.00

Biffo the Bear chases a bathtub down a hill – this is one of my all-time favourite screenprints. Biffo the Bear, the anthropomorphic bear from The Beano is caught in the middle of some traumatic adventure involving a very unlikely scenario. And we love it.

It’s actually a very early one for me – I picked it because the panel seemed so hilarious when taken out of the context of the original story. I mean, how surreal is this? I love it – a bear in dungarees chases a bath. Brilliant.

This screenprint also comes in a full-colour version.

Biffo is an anthropomorphic bear who kind of looks like Mickey Mouse who starred on the front cover of The Beano from January 1948, replacing Big Eggo. The comic-draughtsman giant Dudley D. Watkins drew Biffo from the character’s debut until he died on 20 August 1969, after which the versatile David Sutherland replaced him. Biffo the Bear remained on the front cover until issue 1677, dated 7 September 1974. Dennis the Menace took over as the front cover star.

His strip was retired in the 1980s (with his final appearance coming in issue no 2310, dated 25 October 1986).

This is selected, like many of my panels and images, from the 1960s and 1970s, and should make a great gift to anybody who is into retro, vintage, old school design. I tend to choose material from this era because it was the time I was growing up and my tastes and preferences were being formed. But also it’s a pre-digital age, and the drawings are all made by hand rather than computer aided. Obviously, as I’m a screenprinter, I’m biased in favour of the handmade, so this style is right up my street. I hope it is yours.

Large size: 76cms x 56cms

Handmade, limited edition screen print on mould-made, cotton paper.

Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.