Is the Beano magazine a bad influence?

(64 Posts)
Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:38:43

Hi this is my first thread ever! I was just hoping for some sensible advice. My DH is threatening to throw out all my DS 8years, Beano albums and comics. He loves them dearly but my DS thinks they are a bad influence. ( this weeks was very anti homework which is already a difficult subject to motivate my DS). DH has already got rid of the Thomas the Tank engine books when he was little ( as he didnt like the way they treated each other). Can anyone counter his argument? I dont want another row or to be blamed further down the line. Here's hoping for a quieter life.

insanityscratching Mon 17-Jun-13 22:56:57

Dd loves the Beano it's her Thursday treat. She's probably one of the easiest and most well behaved children known to man so it doesn't seem to be having a detrimental effect. I've even bought her vintage comics and annuals where Dennis gets walloped weekly but she hasn't shown any propensity for violence yet. I'd advise you keep the Beanos and you tell your dh to get a grip.

edam Mon 17-Jun-13 22:57:05

Ooh, shallishanti reminded me, I loved the Beano as a kid (and Mandy, and Twinkle, and the Dandy, and every comic I could get my hands on) and I grew up to be... a journalist. Which, depending on your dh, may be an argument for. Or against!

Salmotrutta Mon 17-Jun-13 22:58:29
Salmotrutta Mon 17-Jun-13 22:59:36

And The Dandy stopped last year sad - you can on,y get it online now.

weblette Mon 17-Jun-13 23:01:15

Ha Edam me too!

All of my 4 read it, there are fights as to who gets it first - they range in age from 5-13, girl and 3 boys.

Your dh sounds a joyless arse, sorry.

I only opened this thread because I thought it was going to be one about 'what threads would have been on mumsnet in the 1950's' grin

sadAbout the Dandy. I loved that one. Am I right in thinking it had Ivy the Terrible in it? smile

MrsLyman Mon 17-Jun-13 23:11:29

Hmm, on the one hand I agree with you the Beano didn't do me any harm, but on the other I can't stand Thomas the Thank engine and will always steer DS1 away from them at bedtime as they are all really horrible to each other (the author clearly has issues from his boarding school days), so I do feel some slight empathy for your DH's point of view.

How bad is your son's problem with homework? If it's never getting done then encouraging him to read anti-homework stories probably isn't wise. If it's just a normal reluctance to get started but it always gets done eventually scenario then your DH is being unreasonable.

Lurleene Mon 17-Jun-13 23:13:18

The only thing I don't like about Beano is that it costs over 8 quid a month!

Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 23:18:30

What stories did my deranged Ddh enjoy, piprabbit ? Tin Tin & Aestrix . I did enjoy the recent Tin Tin film but can't really comment as I didn't get into those annuals. I read my brothers Dandy and Beano, may be I'm the delinquent influence! Although I had to make do with sneaky peaks of the Jackie magazine from jumble sales and friends older sisters. I recently found a Jackie annual in a charity shop and did throw it away ( not just 'coz Gary Glitter was the pin up!).

weblette Mon 17-Jun-13 23:21:59

Ooh I remember the days when it was 7p

Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 23:26:01

Yes MrsLyman homework reluctance is confined to written work and can usually be cajoled with time incentives and other bribes. Maybe I should use the Beano as a reward smile

lottiegarbanzo Mon 17-Jun-13 23:26:05

Hmm, well I've had a lifelong predilection for stripy jumpers but don't like the combination of black and red. I feel terribly conflicted now you mention it...

piprabbit Mon 17-Jun-13 23:27:11

Aestrix was never one for conforming to authority and there were some peculiar ideas in Tin Tin IIRC.

If you want to understand why children enjoy subversive literature, and why it is actually good for them, try reading something like Alison Lurie's "Don't tell the Grown-ups - The Subversive Power of Children's Literature" - or better still get your DH to read it.

Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 23:34:41

Oh I like the idea of piprabbit books with subversive in the title. can you get it from the local library?

Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 23:37:27

Oh Edam I forgot about the Twinkle, I'm becoming nostalgic here.

piprabbit Mon 17-Jun-13 23:38:31

It's available to reserve at my local library, so hopefully should be available at yours (and there are second hand copies on Amazon for less than £3 with free delivery)

piprabbit Mon 17-Jun-13 23:39:19

Nurse Nancy and the Doll's Hospital - I soooo wanted a nurses uniform like Nancy's.

The Beano is enjoyed by all in my house, dd was a huge fan, then ds, dh always reads it too - everyone has their favourite characters too. Ds reads his copies of the comic and the annuals over and over. It has got much more PC. I loved Astrix and Tin Tin when I was young, as well as Oor Wullie and The Broons, Garfield, Rupert the Bear and Snoopy...

Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 23:46:07

Thanks piprabbit I'll pop down library later

BreconBeBuggered Mon 17-Jun-13 23:56:24

Ask your child's teachers what they think about throwing out things he loves to read, and report any responses back to your DH.

KentishWine Tue 18-Jun-13 07:17:27

If your DH is concerned about 'morals' in children's books he might want to think about his own childhood reading - TinTin was rather racist at times!

As for throwing away DSs books...that's just mean. Your DS will remember it forever. DH should get a grip. It's The Beano, not Mein Kampf.

burberryqueen Tue 18-Jun-13 07:23:41

don't let him throw the Beano collection away! It would be sacrilege and really nasty!
one or two friends and I did blame our anti-authoritarian stance on the Beano but actually there is nothing wrong with that and we are all doing OK in later life, so do not worry....
also ask your husband if he would like to make a bonfire of the Beano and point him to Fahrenheit 451 and Nazi Germany.

theodorakisses Tue 18-Jun-13 08:19:58

aquila and ocada are chosen by the kind of parents who think any joy sugar or fun may not be an exclusive learning experience. Boooooring

theodorakisses Tue 18-Jun-13 08:23:11

and as you husband sounds like a fussy tosspot who thinks everything should be educational, he is also showing utter hypocrisy by depriving a child of reading something he loves. It's a slippery slope, he'll be banning telly next and posting smuggo threads about the fact their child is 47 and have never even seen a television set

Oldandcobwebby Tue 18-Jun-13 08:28:20

Have my very first LTB. As a bloke, I have no idea why a woman would stick with a controlling loon.

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