The Beano Top 100.

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And NP has contributed several Singled Outs, mainly in Beano Max, cloning Mike. Dave Eastbury contributed the one in Beano Max 3.

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Thanks for adding the extra details Andy. I seem to remember that Dave Sutherland drew a Singled Out too.

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50) Roger the Dodger's Dodge Clinic (162) A half-page spin-off from the main Roger strip (1986-1992) in which the arch-trickster anwered Beano readers' dodge problems. Artwork Robert Nixon.

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49) Wee Peem (163) Initially subtitled 'He's a proper scream' this strip ran to three series over a period of nearly twenty years (1938-1957) and in the first two featured a little lad with a disproportionately large head and a gift for getting into all kinds of mischief while, in the third, although his mischief making capacity remained the same, his bodily proportions became more anatomically correct.
It was also another example of a strip with a title that would have only made proper sense 'North of the Border' (Translated into English it would have been 'Little Jimmy').
Artwork James Jewell, Charles Grigg and Hugh Morren.

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48) Maxy's Taxi (166) A two-line strip (1947-1951) devoted to an unflappable cabby and his weird and wonderful passengers. Artwork George Drysdale.

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47) Jimmy and his Magic Patch (181) A surprisingly low position for probably the most famous of all Beano adventure strips about the lad who can travel to any period in history thanks to the piece of magic carpet sewn into the seat of his pants. ,The Magic Patch ran to 8 series (5 new / 3 reprint) between 1944 and 1959 and the whole idea was given a feminine twist 'Jenny and her Magic Patch' years later in the girls picture paper Mandy. Artwork Dudley Watkins, Paddy Brennan and Andy Hutton.

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46) Red Rory of the Eagles (185) The Thomson editors sitting in their Dundee offices have never been loathe to wax patriotic and as a result over the years the firm's story papers and comics have been peppered with strips and stories reliving the days of the Jacobite Rebellion in which rebel Scottish heros gave the English Redcoats a bloody nose and Red Rory with his two eagle pets Flame and Fury, in an initial text series (1951) and 12 picture strips (1952-1962), was certainly one of these and cut from the same tartan cloth as the Red MacGregor and Wild Young Dirky.
No other character featured in more Beano series in the 1950's (12) and only one would feature in more series overall.
Artwork in turn by Jack Glass, Paddy Brennan, Bill Holroyd and Andy Hutton.

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45 with a bullet) Robbie Rebel (194) A surprisingly high position for this strip that first appeared in 2002. Subtitled 'Nobody tells him what to do!' Robbie is the Beano's menace for the ADHD generation. Artwork Ken Harrison.

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44) Rasher (196) Dennis the Menace first encountered his porcine pet in 1979 but it wasn't until five years later that he earned his solo spot in a strip that lasted, on and off, for eleven yeras (1984-1995). Artwork Dave Sutherland.

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43) Good King Coke (202) Initially appearing in the Beano's first Xmas issue and running to two series (1938-1942) (1945-1946) his comic strip majesty King Coke, for all his royalness, was always short of funds, hence the byline 'He's stony broke'. Artwork Eric Roberts.

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42) Danny's Nanny (211) Running from 1988-1994 this was the strip that made the case for canine childcare. 'Danny's nanny has a wet nose, fur and a tail. That's because Danny's Nanny is a dog!' Artwork David Mostyn.

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41) No entry as two titles tied for 40.

40) The Iron Fish (225) Beginning with three text series (1949-1950) under the title 'Deep-Sea Danny's Iron Fish' and a further 12 in the picture strip format (1951-1966) this has been the Beano's most revived creation.
In the first series Danny Gray is given the pilotable mechanical swordfish as a present by his inventor father and, over the years, it navigates him into all sorts of dangers including encounters with sea monsters, cannibals, pirates and even the odd super-villain. Dangers he faces alone until in the 1960's he is joined by his sister Penny, firstly as the co-pilot of a two-seater modification of the Fish and then in individual versions of the craft that cannot only swim but also fly.
Artwork by Jack Glass, Bill Holroyd, John Nichol, Albert Holroyd and Sandy Calder.

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40) Wild Boy of the Woods (225) A young lad named Derek lives a feral existence in a great wood under the watchful eye of an old hermit he calls 'grandfather'. As a starting point for a story I doubt if this would play today but it certainly passed without comment in 1938 when Wild Boy's first series of picture strip adventures began in Beano No1 and ran for a pretty incredible 175 issues (1938-1942). Three further series would then follow over the next two decades. Artwork Richard 'Toby' Bains and Andy Hutton.

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Wild boy of the woods...never seen that one..sounds interesting..hope there will be an example in the Beano/Dandy 70 years book one day

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Wild Boy of the Woods was called Derek? You couldn't make it up...except that someone did. Fantastic!
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