Dandy owner DC Thomson to end comic's printed edition

Desperate Dan DC Thomson said the final print edition would not mark the end of characters like Desperate Dan

The publisher of one of the world's longest-running children's comics, The Dandy, has confirmed plans to stop printing the title.

DC Thomson said printing would end with a special edition released on the comic's 75th anniversary on 4 December.

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Rather like the News of the World, the print edition is set to go out with a flourish.”

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However, the Dundee-based company insisted it would not be the end of The Dandy or its characters.

It said it had "exciting" online plans after sales slumped to 8,000 a week from a high of two million in the 50s.

The Dandy, which launched in 1937, has featured characters such as Bananaman, Korky the Cat, Cuddles and Dimples, and Beryl the Peril, along with Desperate Dan.

As well as issuing a special edition for the final print run, the comic will also include a reprint of the first edition of The Dandy.

DC Thomson's Ellis Watson said the company wanted to ensure the comic would be popular with future generations.

The Dandy The Dandy is set to disappear from the shelves by the end of the year

Mr Watson explained: "We're counting down 110 days until the big 75th anniversary bash and we're working on some tremendously exciting things.

"Dan has certainly not eaten his last cow pie. All of The Dandy's characters are just 110 days away from a new lease of life."

A book celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Dandy was launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this week and the comic will also feature in exhibitions at the National Library of Scotland and the Cartoon Museum.

A bronze statue of Desperate Dan stands in Dundee city centre, alongside Minnie the Minx, from The Dandy's sister title The Beano.


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    Comment number 99.

    Its a sad day when an institution like this ends. I was a fan of the Beano, started reading it in about 89 or 90, it helped me to learn to read. The Beano in the 90's was pretty much the same as in the 50's, although the bash street kids didn't get caned. For me started to go downhill in the very late 90's and 2000's, less catapults and rotten tomatoes more text messaging and ipods etc.

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    Comment number 98.

    Visiting Grandma on Sundays was a fantastic - She never failed to buy me a Dandy and Beano and a big bag of sweets and left them in her shopping bag in the front room for me. I'll miss those comics but not half as much as I miss my dear, wonderful Grandma Doris Baker xx

    Great memories

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    Comment number 97.

    As a child of the 90s I read The Dandy - my Grandma bought it for me.

    Even then I devowered the 'classic' stories in old annuals & comics more than the ones published at the time.

    I remember the week they 'modernised' The Dandy. The Newsagent instantly offered to cancel my Grandma's subscription - the new version felt cheap and nasty. It's gone downhill since - this news is sadly inevitable.

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    Comment number 96.

    To people are all nostalgic and romanticising about comics, times have moved on, there is social media and sites like youtube, online short series is where the dandy should be!

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    Comment number 95.

    Very sad when a great tradition like this end. I used to love my weekly comic being delivered when I was a kid. It's another sign of the times but I can't help thinking the kids of today are missing out.

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    Comment number 94.

    i have a large number of annuals in the attic dating bact to the early 80' bought for my son.i started reading the comic along time ago.i suppose with the advent of the fantastic technology we have today,it was inevertable it would one day happen,sad all the same.

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    Comment number 93.

    I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. I'm of an age where comic books like this were just starting to be replaced by computers and the like. Sad, but times change and so do peoples tastes. Newspapers too are falling out of favour.

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    Comment number 92.

    Sic transit gloria mundi et dandy.

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    Comment number 91.

    It's a very sad day for the British comic book lover.

    I have over 300 of the Dandy and Beano comic library comic books. It's such a sham that my boys will not be able to build a collection themselves.

    Agree with the other comments about Whizzer n Chips, Buster, topper and Oink, They just don't do comic books like they used to. Glad i snapped up some issues of oink from Ebay a few years back.

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    Comment number 90.

    Look at the real rubbish kids exposed to now!

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    Comment number 89.

    Whilst I've not read the Dandy in almost 30 years, I do remember how much I enjoyed the comic as a child and the excitement of waiting for my membership to arrive when I joined the Desperate Dan fan club (think I've still got the badge and plastic wallet somewhere)

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    Comment number 88.

    My late father use to buy us the Dandy and the Beano for our weekly treat as he use to get the Dandy when he was a boy, I too bought both the Dandy and the Beano for my son when he was very young, I will be very sad to see It finish. Three generations can't be wrong.

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    Comment number 87.

    R.I.P Dandy.
    I have fond memories of reading you when I was a kid. And Christmas just wasn't the same without a Dandy annual.

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    Comment number 86.

    OK, to make this simple, give The Beano and The Dandy to a five year old. Watch one get chucked away instantly. The Dandy no longer looks anything like The Dandy. The drawing is dire and like something most folk would do at school. DC Thomson should go stand in the corner with a dunce's hat on. Oor Wullie must be gutted.

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    Comment number 85.

    Dundee's finest is no more -such a shame
    Amongst the wee gems I learnt from it was what a janitor was.It wasn't a term used in England much and came in very useful when I moved to Scotland

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    Comment number 84.

    Very sad to hear this news.
    While growing up I was an avid comic reader with The Dandy and the Beano being amongst my favourites. I began reading them when they cost 2p, and only gave up on them when I was well into my 20's.
    Anyway thanks Dandy for the many years of fun with Bully Beef and Chips, the Jocks and the Geordies, Winker Watson and Dirty Dick.

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    Comment number 83.

    If they're doing an online edition with archival material will it include WWII era propaganda strips?

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    Comment number 82.

    I learnt to read with the Beano and Dandy

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    Comment number 81.

    I think that if all the children's comics were banned from putting landfill-bound plastic knick-knacks on the front, to entice their young readers to buy them, then this would not have happened. The Dandy and The Beano have far more entertaining story lines and better graphics than all of their counterparts put together - not just my opinion but that of my 4 children.

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    Comment number 80.

    2 Hours ago
    @26 HooHum

    Haven't you been reading the articles about this or indeed watching the news recently? The Dandy is broken. It is selling less than 8,000 copies a week as opposed to the 2 million it used to 60 years ago.
    I guess yes!


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