Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:17 PM
dipsydoodle (42,100 posts)
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.
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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:31 PM
fedsron2us (2,853 posts)
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.