Having a right old beano

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Horace Panter made his name as a musician with ska legends The Specials. But as a new series of comics celebrating the Beano’s 80th anniversary proves, he’s a dab hand with the brush as well as the bass, writes Gillian Nelis

It was, Horace Panter reckons, a very Beano moment.

The publishers of the legendary British comic had asked him to produce a series of artworks marking its 80th birthday, and had given him carte blanche to do so. The spirit of irreverence that has flowed through the Beano’s pages for decades turned his thoughts to his favourite genre, Pop Art.

“I started to think about how I could incorporate my favourite art with my...

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