The Beano at war

September 29th, 2016  

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The Beano at war: Fascinating collection of wartime comics show how propaganda persuaded Britain's children they need not fear the Nazis

  • The Beano and The Hotspur trumpeted the importance of Britain's war effort to youngsters at home
  • They used vibrant front covers and witty story lines to ridicule Hitler and undermine the Nazis
  • Action-packed cartoons showed rocket-powered jets blasting German aircraft and destroying warships
  • The collection of comics have been put up for sale in an online auction by comic book specialists
By Stephanie Linning for MailOnline
Published: 01:13 +10:00, 25 August 2016 | Updated: 03:23 +10:00, 25 August 2016

Bright, bold and politically charged, these comics reveal how publishers fought to win over the hearts and minds of British children during the Second World War.
The Beano and The Hotspur both trumpeted the importance of the nation's war effort to youngsters sitting at home, many of whom had brothers, fathers and uncles serving on the frontline.
Targeting children as young as eight, the comics used vibrant front covers and witty story lines to ridicule Hitler and undermine the Nazis while championing the ideal of the plucky British underdog.
Action-packed cartoons hooked older readers, dazzling them with tales of rocket-powered jets tearing through German defences and brave British soldiers thwarting Nazi attacks.
Younger readers were kept laughing with comic strips showing schoolgirls outsmarting the enemy and a cunning ostrich ambushing his foe with an explosively charged egg.
September 29th, 2016  
I use to get the Beano and the Dandy when I was a young''un, brilliant comics.

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