The great, great thing about the old Internet – browse around enough and you’ll find some little gems.
Not being that great a beano reader, I didn’t realise they ever did full length strips taking up the whole comic for an issue. But how great is it? Very, very great.
Even better is the 1999 Bash Street Nativity, also by Pearse. Well worth reading:
But, as good as they are, they’re still not anywhere near the master, the creator of the kids; Leo Baxendale.
Again, WHY isn’t there some sort of big, big collection of Baxendale’s work?
You can get copies of his memoirs; Hobgoblin Wars from Baxendale’s site.
(a page from a Times article on Leo – from Joe’s post here, art (c) Leo Baxendale and DC Thomson)