Saturday, 8 September 2012

The Dandy

I've held off commenting on the demise of The Dandy's print edition because as Charlie Brooker pointed out in his Guardian column recently it's not like I've been buying copies recently.

It's not that children are no longer buying magazines, the recent ABC'S showed Moshi Monsters to be one of the country's biggest selling paid for magazines and other print publications are still selling by their tens of thousands. Its just that a product has reached the end of its life cycle and no longer appeals to the children of today.

It was already old fashioned at the time I was reading and hasn't changed much in the strips set up and obvious pay off in the final panel. Take away the smoking and overt racism not much had changed from the 50's.

All of this hasn't stopped a wave of misty eyed nostalgia, the same who point to a so called golden age of children's comics/ television/ books. Ignoring the many great artists producing fantastic stuff today.


  1. Yes, it's a little bit of publishing history going. But then did anyone hold a torch when Eagle's reboot failed or when Deadline closed shop? :-)

    Even as a kid, I didn't like The Dandy; it seemed dated back then - and that was the 80s! Viz ate into the twee nature of the old school comics and turned it upside down and inside out.

    Things move on, tastes change.

  2. It was dated when I first read it in the '50's.

  3. You'd get a lot from my IK side but as it's just me tonight(!)let me say unlike the Beano which reinvents itself sometimes well at other times not the Dandy was just the same barring a few taboos (no smoking, no spanking, no casual racism) as it always was and children for the most part part don't want to read a comic about past childhoods even though many love classic children's literature such as Enid Blyton (She was a Wiz at it) so it's not that surprising it's going in its in print form.


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