Above is part of a single frame from the
original drawing of the Little Plum
'Bears Mechanized Army' double-page
spread, drawn by Leo Baxendale for
The Beano of 12th. March 1960
the first, there was a miscalculation on the part of Plum and Chiefy about
the bears, that derived from the ideology of human superiority over other
animal species. They thought the bears were mugs.
inside Beano pages were printed with red and black ink only (for economy).
The colour washes on the original drawing weren't meant for direct reproduction;
they were a visual guide for the process people of where to put their
mechanical Ben Day dot and line tints (invented in 1879 by a New Jersey
printer, Benjamin Day).