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 202.

    When I was a child my Father wrote stories for DC Thompson comics including the Dandy. They looked like scripts the characters lines and a description of the scene for the artist. I remember him tapping away on his Remington with two fingers producing episodes of Denis the Menace, Alf Tupper, The Wolf of Kabul, Shadow the Sheepdog, The Four Mary's etc. . My Dad, James Cornes.

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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 117.

    I think the Dandy and beano were always marketed at parents.

    Personally I used to love 2000AD, got it every week yet every christmas I had to smile and say thanks for a Dandy or Beano annual I never wanted and couldn't swap for anything better because all the other kids had one too.

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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 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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