Wimbledon 2014: Andy Murray's cartoon self looks uncannily like a disheveled Tony Blair as sportsman guest edits The Beano

The tennis champion stars alongside Dennis the Menace and Gnasher in an issue dedicated to helping him overcome his emotions

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Andy Murray is the surprise guest editor of this week’s Beano.

The defending Wimbledon champion stars alongside Dennis the Menace and his faithful dog Gnasher in an issue dedicated to helping his cartoon self overcome his emotions ahead of Wimbledon and discover his “inner menace”.

“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 wrote in his editors letter.

It features the sportsman looking not unlike a dishevelled Tony Blair as he attempts to control his constant flow of tears and outbursts of anger by hurtling down a flight of stairs on an upturned table.

Sadly, not all goes to plan for Murray, and he winds up in hospital with a broken arm just two days before the start of the tournament – all of which can be seen in the gallery below. The rest of the story can be purchased from Wednesday (25 June) for £2, alongside a pull-out poster of Murray in full working order.


“It's not every day you get to guest-edit the Beano, but I used to love reading it when I was younger,” Murray continued. “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.”

Craig Graham, the real editor of the long-running comic, 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.”

Murray appeared in the Beano for the first time last year as part of the comic’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

He begins his defence of his Wimbledon title against Belgian player David Goffin at 1pm today (23 June).