The long running fan club for the Beano comic, the Beano Club, is to close prior to being relaunched as a new website www.beano.com in the next few months. The Dennis the Menace Fan Club, which included membership to Gnasher’s Fang Club was started by DC Thomson in 1976 and featured badges, birthday cards, newsletters and top-secret passwords (which Bloghorn wouldn’t dream of revealing here). The Club, which at it’s peak boasted 1.25 million members became the Beano Club in 1998. It’s not clear at the moment whether the new website will be a subscription site or free to members.
Thanks to PCO Member Rob Murray for spotting this story.