Emma Raducanu is one of many British sports stars to be honored in a new special edition of popular comic magazine The Beano.
First published in 1938, The Beano is the world’s oldest comic book and has published over 4,000 issues.
Renowned as a children’s magazine featuring iconic characters including Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx ââ this latest edition follows Dennis and his âspecial guestsâ as they are embroiled on a Home Alone-inspired adventure.
The magazine celebrates a historic year for British sport, which has included successes in tennis, football and the Olympics.
Famous names featured in the comics include Arsenal and England footballer Bukayo Saka, Olympic skateboarder Sky Brown and world record Paralympic swimmer Maisie Summers-Newton.
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Other famous personalities, such as Matt Hancock, Piers Morgan and Elon Musk, also star in the fictional cartoon, which sees Dennis on a mission to reunite his dog Gnasher with his family for Christmas.
It is Saka and Raducanu who finally come to the rescue. Saka helped guide England to the Euro final this summer and has become a vital part of Arsenal’s first team.
Meanwhile, Raducanu made history at this year’s US Open, becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam.
This catapulted the 19-year-old up the rankings and made her the new UK number one.
Since then, the teenager has been forced to deal with a whirlwind of several months, including multiple public appearances and the small question of playing on the WTA tour.
Now her season is finally over and the Briton has taken to Twitter to thank her fans for all their support.
“Wow … that was a year,” she wrote. âI want to thank you and thank you for your generous support. I learned a lot at a fast pace on this amazing journey, but all I can say is that I am very excited and motivated for my next steps.
âI feel like I can do a great job with my team, with patience I think we’ll get there.
âA big thank you and a big appreciation to my team and to the people who supported me! It wouldn’t have been possible without you.
“I love Emma.”
Raducanu helped boost the morale of the nation, especially after England’s excruciating defeat in the Euro final.
Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studies said: âThis year our sports superstars have lifted the spirits of the nation, so we couldn’t think of a better way to end 2021 than with a well-deserved appreciation for these incredible young athletes and the joy they have brought to the nation. “
Special gold leaf comic book covers featuring diver Matty Lee, Summers-Newton and Brown will also be on sale, with proceeds going to the Save the Children charity.
The special goes on sale Wednesday, featured as a flyer in the magazine itself.