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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:17 PM

The end is nigh

The Dandy: final edition goes on sale.

The last-ever printed edition of one of the world's longest-running comics has gone on sale.

The Dandy, which features characters such as Desperate Dan and Korky the Kat, was first published 75 years ago.

But its circulation has plummeted to about 8,000 copies a week in recent years, from a peak of two million in the 1950s.

Publisher DC Thomson has now launched the comic online, and as a smartphone and tablet app.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-20581867

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:23 PM

1. Spent many a train ride,

head buried in The Dandy. Time marches on, eh?

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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:31 PM

2. I hope they will still produce the paper annuals

Much as I would like to convince people that I was reading Proust from the age of 5 it was comics such as the Dandy and the Beano which were my first literary experiences. Despite the fact that DC Thomson is in many ways as reactionary an organisation as you can find the comics really were very much in touch with the working and lower middle class world that provided most of their readership. If you find any of the editions from prior to the mid 60s you will catch a glimpse of a world where memories of rationing and food shortages still played out in children's stories and the the best possible ending for a tale was for the characters to enjoy a slap up feed. No doubt our current government will do its best tomorrow to reintroduce modern kids to that reality.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:34 PM

3. The videos were a fun glimpse into British culture

Did you catch Paul McCartney in there?

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