For an Easter extravaganza comic book fans won’t forget, they’d best head to eBay; as the first-ever issue of The Beano is up for grabs – with a starting bid of £3,499.99.
The listing of this iconic British comic strip is extremely rare, as this is one of only 25 known to be in existence since being published on 30th July 1938; costing just 2p.
Not far off its 76th birthday, the sighting of The Beano celebrates the first time Lord Snooty and his friends arrived on the comic book scene.
Comprising 28 pages, the publication showcases a colourful front cover along with a “Whoopee Mask” – but sadly, isn’t in quite as good a condition as the comic.
While it initially went on sale for just 2p, the comic is now listed at a starting bid of £3,499.99 – which is marginally less than a previous listing, fetching £12,000 back in 2004.
Owner of online auctioneer Phil Comic, Phil Shrimpton, explained: “We are delighted to offer what is arguably, the most sought after British comic amongst collectors.
“Hundreds of other British comic titles have been published in the last 76 years but, sadly, none have stood the test of time like The Beano.
“Few British adults can claim not to have read at least one copy of the comic in their time.”
The very first issue was a huge success, selling a staggering 443,963 copies – yet just 25 are known to have survived.
This children’s classic is the world’s longest running comic, and has been published each week for the past 76 years. The most recent comic, issue 3,729, was published on 9th April 2014.