The golden era of The Beano probably lay in the 1950s.
Tanni Grey Thompson remembered that when her grandmother came to visit on a Sunday she would bring sweets and a comic, sometimes The Beano, which they would read together.
Dennis was always his favourite in The Beano, whereas in The Dandy it was Desperate Dan and Alf Topper in Vic or .
Some of the Beano characters are similar to the people in politics,'' he mused.
He joked that Tony Blair would probably love some Beano characters to sort out a happy ending to his current problems.
Styffin Parri reckoned his taste in clothes has been affected by seeing Dennis the Menace in his brother's Beano.
Weatherman Derek Brockway also read The Beano, but he admitted his favourite comic character was Beryl the Peril from its rival Toppe r .
The competition was organised by Capri-Sun in conjunction with the Beano and Dandy in a bid to find the UK's best young cartoonist.
In a bid to see their cartoon creations printed within the Beano and Dandy, plus enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the comics' HQ to watch their cartoon strip roll off the presses, 75 budding young artists from across the UK have been chosen to attend one of five events.
They will be shown the art of professional comic strip creation by Beano and Dandy expert cartoonists and have the chance to submit a second cartoon drawing as they compete for the ultimate title of UK's Best Young Cartoonist 2003.
He's a big fan of the Beano and Dandy and we couldn't believe it when he got the phone call saying he was in the semi-finals.
The 1950s saw a big shake-up at the Beano
with all the old characters being dropped - even Lord Snooty, although he returned 18 months later.