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Is the Beano magazine a bad influence?

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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.

theodorakisses Wed 19-Jun-13 13:00:00

ooh, love the term Moniker, a new foster pup is on her way to me and you have just named her! If she were male, it would have had to be Dennis...

WhizzerAndChips Tue 18-Jun-13 23:24:26

As you can see from my MN moniker, I was an avid comic reader! I regularly read Whizzer and Chips, Topper, Beano and The Dandy I even joined the Desperate Dan Club and had my own badge and club secret 'password' grin
As much as I read the comics, I didn't feel the urge to pea-shoot passing objects or fashion a catapult a'la Minnie The Minx, Ivy The Terrible or Beryl The Peril style.
Tell your DH to get a grip! smile
Oh, and I'm another one who is extremely glad that there are still children out there who love The Beano. I was gutted when the Dandy had to close a while back. I keep trying (and failing) to get my DS's to read old fashioned comics like the Beano, to no avail - they'd much rather read football magazines like Shoot! and Match!
Oh well, at least they still love reading, so I'm happy!

morethanpotatoprints Tue 18-Jun-13 23:14:48

Sorry OP. You're dh is mad.

of course if you look hard enough at most things for dc you will find bad influences. it is part of the attraction for dc and the people who make/publish the items.
Throughout history this has been the same, and surely dc should have this freedom from having to be the perfect child.
If they are allowed this fantasy in books, toys etc. They are less likely to go off the rails.
Is your dh going to follow him round until he is 16, looking for bad influences. I hope for your ds sake he isn't.
Tell him to take a chill pill and show him the comments on here.
Also second the comment about telling his teacher what your dh plans to do. I know what her/ his reaction would be.

edam Tue 18-Jun-13 23:06:07

Jellybeanz, I can still remember the immortal instructions in Twinkle to 'ask Mummy to help you cut around the thick black lines'. I loved those dressing up dolls!

If you are anywhere near London, DO take ds to the Beano exhibition on the South Bank, it's great fun.

UniS Tue 18-Jun-13 22:04:01

I took DS to a concert on Sunday. We sat next to an older gentleman, we know, whose wife was one of the performers ( along with my DH) . I took 2 old beanos out of my bag for DS to read during the concert. Older gentleman was thrilled and promptly "borrowed" one of them, making great play of letting his wife know that he would be OK during the concert as he had a beano to read so he wouldn't get bored.

Dawndonna Tue 18-Jun-13 10:05:53

This is daft. However, get him some Asterix as well as The Beano. Maybe that way your dh will remember how violent and subversive the Asterix stories actually were.

MrButtercat Tue 18-Jun-13 09:37:39

We have subscription to Beano and The Phoenix.

3 very well behaved,avid readers doing well at school.

We tried Aquila but none of my dc read it as avidly and as the whole point of comics is to read I ditched the subscription.

bodiddly Tue 18-Jun-13 09:32:26

You can still get the Beano - the Dandy is only available online now though!

lashingsofbingeinghere Tue 18-Jun-13 09:15:17

Compromise? Get Aquila and the Beano?

mrsjay Tue 18-Jun-13 09:04:36

yes it was the dandy that was disbanded ( i am sure )

Meglet Tue 18-Jun-13 09:02:40

Can you still get the Beano?!!

mrsjay Tue 18-Jun-13 08:56:59

I was all sad faced when dd1 said mum you can stop getting my beano now I am to old for it,

mrsjay Tue 18-Jun-13 08:54:43

I think the Beano should be required reading for every child

I agree with you mini I wonder if mini the minx has an influence on naughty little girls grin. I remember a iwas speaking to a mum when dd2 was in primary she had banned tracy beaker as it was rubbing off on her dd and as she was such a good girl before it must be tracy making her naughty hmm

bodiddly Tue 18-Jun-13 08:30:29

My ds is obsessed by the Beano and the Dandy. I don't buy the current comics as they cost a lot but we buy older comics and annuals at car boot sales and charity shops. He has soooo many of them and reads them over and over. In my view anything that encourages reading is fine by me. I do insist that he reads a proper book at bedtime but he can be found the rest of the time with an annual in the garden, under the bed, on the loo or even in the bath!

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Thanks piprabbit I'll pop down library later

TapselteerieO Mon 17-Jun-13 23:43:03

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...

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

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

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)

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

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

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