Artist: Beano comic artist
Medium: Numbered Limited edition Screenprint on Cotton Paper
Size: 7" x 10" (190mm x 260mm)
Signature: Signed by Printer (JPR) in pencil lower right and numbered lower left
This is a handmade signed limited edition screenprint.
A bear watches telly. Brilliant. Biffo the Bear is one of The Beano's most famous characters or at least was when I was a child. He's an anthropomorphic bear who kind of looks like Mickey Mouse who starred on the front cover of The Beano from January 1948, replacing an ostrich character called Big Eggo.
The comics-draughtsman giant Dudley D. Watkins drew Biffo from the character's debut until he died on 20 August 1969, after which the versatile David Sutherland replaced him. Biffo the Bear remained on the front cover until issue 1677, dated 7 September 1974. Dennis the Menace took over as the front cover star.
His strip was retired in the 1980s (with his final appearance coming in issue no 2310, dated 25 October 1986).
This is selected, like many of my panels and images, from the 1960s and 1970s, and should make a great gift to anybody who is into retro, vintage, old school design. I tend to choose material from this era because it was the time I was growing up and my tastes and preferences were being formed. But also it's a pre-digital age, and the drawings are all made by hand rather than computer aided. Obviously, as I'm a screenprinter, I'm biased in favour of the handmade, so this style is right up my street. I hope it is yours.
The Beano is of course also home to those other icons of British children's comic humour Dennis the Menace and Gnasher.
Incidentally, the word beano is apparently short for "bean-feast" and means a feast, a celebration and a good time.
This is a handmade original screenprint: a work of art printed by hand, from a plate, block, stone, or stencil (which is the case here - screenprints are made using screen stencils) that has been created by the artist for the purpose of producing the image.
Signed and numbered out of 200 in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds.
Price:> £55.00 IN STOCK € $
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