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A Beano Christmas on the Isle of Man

Collection Issue Date: 29th October 2018

A festive fun-filled set of stamps to celebrate eighty years of Beano

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to present our incredible Christmas issue which is a collection to celebrate eighty years of Beano, the world's longest-running and most-loved comic.

Our Christmas story sees Dennis, Gnasher and friends on the Isle of Man raising a laugh and causing mischief while helping the Manx mail reach Beanotown and all destinations worldwide.

The moral of the tale is that writing to friends and family by post is still the best way to catch up at Christmas, or share good wishes at any time of the year!

Issue Information

Eighty Years of Fun

When work started on Beano back in 1937, the team had no idea they were creating a British pop culture icon. Now in its 80th year, Beano is officially recognised as the world's longest-running weekly comic, and has been delighting children – of all ages - for generations!

Beano has also had a wider cultural impact, whether reassuring children in the face of the enemy and their worst fears during the Second World War, or introducing its most famous son, Dennis, as a rebellious icon. Above everything else, Beano is recognised as a great British institution of fun.

Dreaming of a Write Christmas
Christmas is the most wonderful time of year in Beanotown, so Dennis and Gnasher are grumpier than Scrooge when Mum reveals that they're heading to the Isle of Man for a festive visit to a mysterious uncle with a shocking secret...

He's a postman – one of Gnasher's most fearsome foes!

Just when Dennis thinks things can't get any worse, a basking Megalodon munches the family's mobile phones. Humbug! He's now 'marooned' on an island, with no way of communicating with his mischievous mates; Christmas 2018 is cancelled.

That's when Uncle Paul reveals a secret way to message mates to his nephew. He explains how writing a letter or a postcard, sticking a stamp on it, then posting it is like sending an epic text message, only it's delivered by your own postie - 'butler'.

Even cooler, Paul arranges for the stamps to be amazing, funny scenes of Dennis running riot having fun on the Island.

Not only do his friends write back, but they promise to meet together on what's quickly become the Christmas Isle of Mischief, to share the festive fun.

So be inspired by Dennis trying something different to bring a smile to friends and family. This year, let's make sure everyone's dreaming of a 'Write Christmas'!

The Stamps

• Dennis and Gnasher completing a 'snowcastle' version of the Tower of Refuge while a scary-looking Viking prepares to chuck a snowball.

• Dennis and Gnasher, having painted their kartie/sled with Isle of Man Post Office livery, have Paul the Postman tied up in a sack as they throw presents to all while they race down Tynwald Hill.

• At a snowy Douglas Sea Terminal Gnasher is trying to grab at the non-existent tail of a Manx cat who is teasing him with a sausage-shaped Christmas gift. Behind Gnasher is the famous four-horned Loaghtan sheep, trying to 'spike' Gnasher!

• The IOM Steam Railway Christmas train has been Beano-ed! Dennis reaching across to splat custard pie into Santa's face! Gnasher's face fronts the train 'Thomas the Tank Engine style'

• Dennis and Gnasher and the Manx Minx fairies make light work of the letters to Beanotown allowing time for Paul the postman to put his feet up!

• At the old Marine Drive toll gate Santa, squashed into his tiny Peel P50 car, pursues Dennis and Gnasher in their menacing sidecar and, unseen by Gnasher, a Manx cat joins in the fun on his sled.

• Santa and his reindeers find flying conditions difficult as Dennis turns the world's largest waterwheel at Laxey into a snowball chucking machine!

• At Castle Rushen the Beano gang assemble for their surprise Christmas party proving that sending out invitations by post gets results.

"Dennis loved the idea of taking time out to tell his mates how much he valued them at Christmas. The fact he sent them cool postcards, with these amazing, funny stamps, meant they took notice and over-delivered back too. The magic of Christmas! At this time of year he's usually thinking about his letter of excuses to Santa, so this was a big departure for him. He's so pleased with the results, he's already talking about writing thank-you letters as his new year resolution. Result!"
Michael Stirling, The Beano

Technical Information

Comic Script Craig Graham
Comic Art Nigel Parkinson
Comic Production Molly Robertson & Brett Murray
Design EJC Design
Printer Lowe Martin
Process Offset Lithography 4 colour
Paper 110gms PVA gummed
Perforations 13 per 2cm
Gummed Stamp Size 36mm x 36mm
Format Sheets of 20
Date of Issue 29th October 2018

A Beano Studios Product © D.C. Thomson & Co. Ltd 2018

Collection Products

Beanotown Post Office 'Top Secret Message' Kit
Beanotown Post Office 'Top Secret Message' Kit

Product Code: WP40
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

Complete with a note from Dennis unveiling his secret message, this kit really does put the fun into letter writing!

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A Beano Christmas Set and Sheet Set
A Beano Christmas Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: WP31
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

Celebrate 80 years of fun and join Dennis and Gnasher in a Beano Christmas on the Isle of Man with this incredible festive stamp set.

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A Beano Christmas Presentation Pack
A Beano Christmas Presentation Pack

Product Code: WP41
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

Join Dennis and his trusty best friend Gnasher as they cause chaos in a Beano Christmas on the Isle of Man!

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A Beano Christmas First Day Cover
A Beano Christmas First Day Cover

Product Code: WP91
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

This BLAM-tastic First Day Cover showcases our fun, mischievous stamps on a festive backdrop.

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A Beano Christmas Collectors Album
A Beano Christmas Collectors Album

Product Code: WP43
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

A colourful, festive and truly AWESOME collector’s piece for any fan of the world’s most loved comic.

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A Beano Christmas Fan Pack
A Beano Christmas Fan Pack

Product Code: WP85
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

The ideal duo - a presentation pack and first day cover from this fun-tastic collection are provided as a set, creating the perfect gift.

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A Beano Christmas Comic Sheetlet
A Beano Christmas Comic Sheetlet

Product Code: WP64
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

Join Dennis and Gnasher in a Beano Christmas on the Isle of Man with this incredible comic strip sheetlet which has been created exclusively for Isle of Man Post Office.

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A Beano Christmas Framed Sheetlet
A Beano Christmas Framed Sheetlet

Product Code: WP50
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

Love Beano? Then what better way to commemorate its 80th Birthday than with some truly EPIC wall art!

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A Beano Christmas Limited Edition Signed Print
A Beano Christmas Limited Edition Signed Print

Product Code: WP60
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

The ultimate prize for the true Beano fan, a hand-signed print by Beano artist Nigel Parkinson for which there are only 100 available worldwide.

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A Beano Christmas Self Adhesive Stamp Sheet
A Beano Christmas Self Adhesive Stamp Sheet

Product Code: WP36
Product Issue Date: 29th October 2018

Our self adhesive stamp sheet is made up of 24 stamps, all with a 52p value for your convenience.

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