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Rob Beschizza at 8:43 am Thu, Aug 16, 2012
Sad news. I used to love reading the Dandy as a child.
I preferred the Beano, but I still bought both every week.
I recently commented in two threads on BoingBoing which began with me expressing sorrow at the apparent demise of comics, only for it to be revealed to me that in fact comics are alive and well and that kids are still reading them out there. It was like a feelgood movie where everything turned out great. So while it is sad that the Dandy died and that that may indeed reflect a general downswing in the popularity of the medium (the advent of video games and the internet being the stock culprits) I think we need not be too pessimistic.
I suspect that The Dandy was largely the architect of its own demise, and let’s not forget that the UK has had a poor history of recognizing comics as a valid part of culture as it is. Hopefully the good news – that kids still read comics – will offset any maudlin sentimentality regarding the subject of this post – however my illustrated comment on this should satisfy those who would like to indulge.
The Dandy hasn’t been a “proper” comic for about a decade now. It was more of a glossy action-packed adfest.
DC Thomson comics were one thing that I was lucky to catch the tail end of, as a child of the early 90s – I still remember being able to buy a Beano for 18p (together with that month’s issue of Commodore Force magazine, with C64 demos on the covertapes! Oh god, I feel old.)