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Looking for a bargain? (Daft question - who isn't?) Then get yourselves along to your nearest HOME BARGAINS store, where the BEANO Annual for 2020 costs only £2.99 instead of the full price of £7.99. (Remember now, that's the BEANO, not The BEANO - sigh! Whoever thought up that pointless change?) Anyway, save yourselves a fiver now!
However, be advised that DENNIS The MENACE is no longer the scowling scamp of old (and hasn't been for a while), but rather a cutesy-looking imitation who calls GNASHER 'Dude'. In fact, the strip isn't even called Dennis The Menace, having changed its title to that of the animated TV show, DENNIS & GNASHER - again, a change that was instigated a few years ago.
Also, although amusing, the first story in the book is a not-too-subtle PC-preachy tale about the threat of too much plastic impacting on the environment. Whatever happened to comics just trying to be funny, instead of following a social agenda, however worthy it might be? Just leave it to the real world, DCT - it's not as if the subject is being ignored elsewhere.
Remember when The Beano was riotous, rebellious, anarchic and untamed, and didn't 'toe the line' or follow the rules? I miss those days! Maybe the rest of the stories in the Annual will perk up a bit - I'll let you know once I've read them.