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Andy Murray guest-edits The Beano comic

Beano Murray front Image copyright DC Thomson/PA
Image caption Murray said being guest editor of the long-running comic may be his "greatest title yet"

Tennis champion Andy Murray is starring in and guest-editing this week's issue of The Beano comic.

Murray, who is launching his title defence at Wimbledon, features on the front page of the long-running comic alongside Dennis the Menace.

Dennis and his dog Gnasher give the 27-year-old some coaching in how to be a menace, and how to control his emotions ahead of the tournament.

The special issue is on sale from Wednesday.

Writing in the editor's letter, Murray said: "Olympic Gold was my proudest moment; becoming the first male British Wimbledon winner for 77 years was amazing, but this might be my greatest title yet... Andy Murray - Editor of The Beano."

He added: "It's not every day you get to guest-edit The Beano, but I used to love reading it when I was younger - it's amazing to think it's been running for 76 years.

"I'm around any time Dennis needs me to work on his tennis skills."

Image copyright DC Thomson/PA
Image caption Murray stars in the Dennis the Menace strip as well as guest-editing the comic
Image copyright DC Thomson/PA
Image caption Dennis and Gnasher help the tennis star cope with his emotions ahead of the tournament

The comic's editor Craig Graham said: "It's amazing to think that Andy is the only British man to have won Wimbledon in the entire 76-year history of The Beano.

"Andy was a great sport throughout his week in charge, and he's welcome in The Beano office any time... although after his experience with Dennis I'm not sure he'll want to."

The issue also features a special supporter's poster for Murray fans.

The children's comic, first published by DC Thomson in July 1938, is still printed weekly in Dundee and is best known for characters such as Dennis the Menace, Gnasher, The Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx.

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