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1001 Stories Collection

Bash Street Kids

1001 Bash St Kids
Added on 30th July 2020

Author and Illustrator Leo Baxendale
First appearance 1954, The Beano
Publisher D C Thompson

The hilarious antics of the children in Class 2B are chronicled here.

Story

The adventures – and misadventures – of Class 2B and the adults whose lives they make a misery. Originally the whole class featured but over time nine main characters emerged – Danny, Smiffy, ‘Erbert, Spotty, Sid, Toots, Plug and Fatty.

Why we chose it

A comic story which has stood the test of time. Children today are still laughing at the Bash Street Kids.

Where it came from

Originally called When the Bell Rings it was renamed the Bash Street Kids in 1956. It was apparently inspired by a Dundee school which was next to the offices of DC Thomspson.

Where it went next

The Bash Street Kids are still going strong today and still one of the most popular Beano stories.

A street in Dundee has been named Bash Street.

The Bash Street Kids artwork was exhibited as part of The Beano exhibition at The McManus Art Gallery in 2018.

Associated stories

The Beano is the longest running children’s comic. Its most famous character is probably Dennis the Menace. Other characters and stories include Minnie the Minx, and Roger the Dodger.

Added on 30th July 2020

Author and Illustrator Leo Baxendale
First appearance 1954, The Beano
Publisher D C Thompson