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 159.

    it's a shame for me, as i grew up reading the beano and the dandy, but I'm also excited for seeing what will happen next! thanks for the childhood!

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    Comment number 158.

    I am delighted to hear this because I have two vintage 1974/75 copies of the Dandy and would like them to rise in value. Sorry kiddies.

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    Comment number 157.

    I was impressed with the redesign. My daughter enjoyed the Dandy since she was not interested in the girlie free junk magazines out there nor the toy/tv linked franchise magazines. The modern Dandy tried to use a new set of styles and artists/writing as the old fashioned style was already dead. It's a real shame it has finished.

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    Comment number 156.

    "All of The Dandy's characters are just 110 days away from a new lease of life."



    Desperate Danielle?

    Beryl the Victim of Society?

    Nutritionally Deprived Horace?

    Dinah Mohammed?

    Watson the Winker?

    Bob of Colour?

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    Comment number 155.

    Dandy, Beano and Beezer, for years. Different age now though, they'll have to pull some smart moves to save the likes of The Dandy.

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    Comment number 154.

    I used to read the Dandy and Beano before the war (not sure I read the first edition) but then progressed onto the Wizard and Hotspur. I had many happy hours with the comics and will be sorry to see the titles disappear!

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    Comment number 153.

    In my RAF days, one of the most important servicing documents in the Bloodhound missile workshop was the cutaway schematic provided courtesy of the centre page of the Eagle. They actually got raided once when they asked for a schematic of our first nuclear sub, and an outline arrived with everything blanked out. An old WW2 ex submariner printer provided the logical location of everything else.

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    Comment number 152.

    @130 Alf Tupper (The Tough of the Track) was in The Rover and The Victor.

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    Comment number 151.

    131 - The more I see of your posts the more I enjoy them. I'm sure as a comic fan who followed the progression through to 2000ad you'll be glad to see Dredd coming to the big screen.

    The Dandy, sadly, has evolved out of existence through changing times, like Eagle and others before it. It should be mourned, but I am sure that suitable alternatives this generation can enjoy already exist.

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    Comment number 150.

    My cat is called Korky...................After the comic character

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    Comment number 149.

    The redesign a few years ago killed it. They tried to make it 'cool' with a new cover star who was clearly in the mould of Dennis the Menace, a new art style for him and some of the other strips, and even new laminated paper. Meanwhile, The Beano stayed as it was.

    The message is simple - don't change something for change's sake. If it's lasted decades, it's doing something right.

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    Comment number 148.

    Dandy and Beano are gateway comics for Viz. By the time I was 12, I had memorized the profanisaurus.

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    Comment number 147.

    Characters from the Dandy, the Beano, the Victor... will outlast many characters from so-called 'serious' books of fiction. I mean, what lasting impact have any recent winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature actually had ?

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    Comment number 146.

    The Dandy was OK though I preffered the Beano thought the dandy was a bit girly sometimes.

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    Comment number 145.

    If you get the chance you should check out the Dandies & Beanos from the WW2 erea.

    Not only do you get to see Desperate Dan slautering the Nazis in a variety of amusing ways , they also feature some of the most spectacularly politically incorrect characters you will ever find.

    My personal favourite being 'Musso da Wop (He's sucha da flop).

    Apparently both Hitler & Mussolini were furious.

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    Comment number 144.

    I used to read the Dandy until I found that I preferred the Lion as better value because it used words to paint the pictures and run the films in my mind as I sat quietly reading. Nowadays the domestic scene is more like that I witnessed at my boss's house with a 12 year old using his iPad to rub his ear.

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    Comment number 143.

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    Great days and sadly lost forever. A curly wurly and snuggled up in my den reminds me of the Dandy, with my sisters Barbie doll held prisoner by Eagle Eyed Action Man :( Bless!

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    Comment number 142.

    How very sad. I read the Dandy and Beano in the 50s - then the Topper as well. Perhaps the creator of Bob Servant (Neil Forsyth) could step in to save it!

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    Comment number 141.

    I remember getting my Dandy every Tuesday when a YMCA newsagent van would come to our Army housing estate in Germany in the 1960's.
    I won't say I'm going to miss it, grew out of it ages ago lol, but I can't help noticing I havn't seen comics at the newsagents for years, I didn't know it was still out there.

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    Comment number 140.

    As the article said, the brand will carry on. In this day and age, there is an alternative to the costs of printing and distributing a comic.

    The paper comic is now a thing to collect, place in an acid-free vinyl sleeve and trade.

    I'm sure The Dandy will embrace a new, digital, delivery mechanism, bringing the exploits of its characters to generations to come.

 

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