The BeanoMAX is a monthly British comic
published by D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd
It is a spin-off
of the UK comic, The Beano
. Each issue has 44 pages
and costs £2.50.
The first issue was published on February 15
and was a Comic Relief
Almost every issue of BeanoMAX has a different theme. The themes are as follows:
1. Comic Relief
3. Bugs and creepy crawlies
4. Tricks and wind-ups
5. At the movies
6. Summer holidays
7. Football and sports
8. Horrible Histories
11. Wild and wicked
13. Sport Relief
16. Football Superstars
19. No special issue
21. Hallowe'en (not yet published)
Most of the strips in BeanoMAX also star in the weekly Beano. However, some of these started in the weekly, and also starred in BeanoMAX, but ended up being removed from the weekly (still showing sometimes, but only once every few months) and carrying on in the 'MAX, for example, the Neds.
There is only one original strip in the monthly comic which has never appeared in the Beano.
A list of strips:
BeanoMAX also uses quite a few reprints. Issues that contain no reprints at all are rarely published. Some might say that Issue One had no reprints, as all the Beano character strips were new, but a Mr. Bean
comic strip was present, as part of Comic Relief to boost the new movie
, reprinted (under licence, as D.C. Thomson do not own it) from the Mr. Bean Magazine.
Regular features in the comic include:
- The Lowdown - entrance feature. Also includes a contents bar at the side.
- Fashion Victims - A humorous "joke" about certain people and what they dress like, e.g. Goths, Nature lovers. Drawn by Duncan Scott, who also draws The Neds.
- The Arcade - Game reviews, apparently by 9 boys: Angus, Arfan, Daryn, Jack, Jonah, Lee, Mark, Ryan and Saul. Moved from weekly Beano.
- Game Gurus - An extended "Arcade" feature that gives game cheats and hints, also apparently by two boys - Jamie and Josh.
- A pull-out poster (occasionally)
- Puzzle pages, with a theme and name having something to do with the issue, for example the "Wild Creatures" puzzle page is full of animal puzzles, and entitled "Creature Conundrums".
- MAX-imum - 2 pages worth of free prizes, won by telephone calls.
- Subscription offers and Beano Club forms.
The logo has always been a combination of the old Beano logo (from 1977-1998), slightly updated with the help of computer technology, and a blue
style MAX alongside it.
The original logo had the Beano logo as it was on the weekly comic, with the MAX overlapping it slightly at the right.
In late 2007, the MAX part of the logo started to grow in size. It was almost twice the height as the Beano logo at one point.
In 2008, for 2 issues in the summer, the logo changed so that the MAX was predominant to the Beano logo. Instead of the Beano logo running horizontal, it was now vertical, alongside the MAX which was by now on a diagonal bar. After these 2 issues, the BeanoMAX logo changed back to the style it had gained in late 2007.