To celebrate the talent behind The Beano, Phil plans to sit down with his son Arthur, two, and read him his first Beano comic.
Emma Scott, chief exec of Beano Studios, said: "We're all super proud of Beano and how it has entertained four generations of incredible, avid fans.
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.
In the early days The Beano contained text stories, but in the early 1950s these were ditched to make way for more comic strips.
During World War II paper shortages spelled difficult times for The Beano -it was reduced to just 12 pages and had to be published every fortnight as opposed to every week.
The propaganda value is seen clearly in one wartime Lord Snooty strip where the headquarters of The Beano is seen being stolen by German aircraft after a cartoon Hitler claims that as long as The Beano is on sale, the British remain ``Cheery''.
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.
One of the most famous characters to come from the DC Thomson stables was Dennis the Menace, who made his first appearance in the Beano on March 17, 1951.
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.