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Comic fans around the world rejoice as The Dandy goes digital
The famous comic, based in Dundee, Scotland, first hit the shelves in 1937, introducing anarchic characters such as Desperate Dan, the cow-pie eating cowboy, Korky the Cat, Beryl the Peril and Bananaman.
Officially the longest running comic book in the UK, The Dandy’s new status in the digital sphere will allow comic books fans around the world the chance to catch up on the characters’ latest exploits online.
The Dandy has already dipped its toes in digital waters with the launch of an iPhone and iPad app in November, 2011. And now, as the comic ceases weekly print publication, publishers DC Thomson are looking forward to taking the much-loved characters into the next generation.
Ellis Watson, CEO of Publishing, commented, “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.”
He added: "On December 4th, we'll publish our 75th anniversary edition, and now that the cat's out of the bag I can confirm that this will be our last print edition. It's what comes online then that will set the tone for the next 75 years..."
In the last 75 years, The Dandy has become something of a British institution. In its prime it shifted 2 million copies a week, and even withstood paper rationing during the Second World War as it was considered crucial in boosting the morale of the nation’s children during this troublesome time.
The 75th anniversary edition of the weekly comic, out on 4th December, will feature a reprint of the first ever edition, but will poignantly be the last print edition.
The Dandy Annual will continue to be printed, meanwhile a book celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Dandy was launched at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this week, and the comic is to feature in exhibitions at the National Library of Scotland and at The Cartoon Museum, ensuring The Dandy’s legacy continues to live on for many years to come…