Rare Beano album sold for £2,700 at auction

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Robert Henshilwood, head of books for Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylshan, with first edition Beano annualImage source, PA
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The rare annual was published before the appearance of Dennis the Menace

A rare copy of the first Beano annual, published before the appearance of Dennis the Menace, has sold for £2,700 at auction.

The 1940 Beano Book was issued around the outbreak of the World War Two in 1939.

It came a year after the weekly comic was first brought out by Dundee-based DC Thomson in July 1938.

The annual had been expected to fetch between £1,200 and £1,500 at the auction at Keys in Aylsham, Norfolk.

It is the first of 79 Beano annuals published to date and features comic strips, stories and illustrations - but does not include mischief-maker Dennis the Menace, who made his first appearance in 1951.

His pet dog Gnasher was introduced in 1968.

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The annual was published in 1939, a year after Dundee-based DC Thomson put out the first weekly comic.
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The first edition does not include the Beano's most famous character, Dennis the Menace, as he did not make his first appearance until 1951.