The Beano is a long running British children's comic, published by DC Thomson.
The comic first appeared on 30 July 1938, and was published weekly. In September 2009, The Beano's 3,500th issue was published. The Beano is currently edited by Craig Graham. Each issue is published on a Thursday, with the issue date being that of the following Saturday.
Its characters include Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids, The Numskulls, Roger the Dodger, Billy Whizz and Ball Boy. Earlier characters who have been phased out include Ivy the Terrible, Calamity James, The Three Bears and Pansy Potter. Some old characters, like Biffo the Bear, Lord Snooty, Baby Face Finlayson and Little Plum, have more recently made a return as "funsize" quarter-page strips.