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Hi and welcome to my blog about comics from other people’s childhood! It is dedicated primarily to British humour comics of the 60s and 70s. The reason they are not from my childhood is simply because I didn’t live in the UK back then (nor do I live there now). I knew next to nothing about them until fairly recently but since then I’ve developed a strong liking for the medium and amassed a large collection, including a number of complete or near complete sets. My intention is to use this blog as a channel for sharing my humble knowledge about different titles, favourite characters and creators as I slowly research my collection.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WORLD’S NICEST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF THE DANDY AND THE BEANO FROM 1970 - 1988


Some time ago I wrote about my ambition to collect THE BEANO and THE DANDY from the first issues of 1970 till the last newsprint numbers of 1988, and have them bound in half-year hard-cover volumes. Well, the mission has been accomplished and I am now the proud owner of the World’s most nicely packaged complete collection of the two comics from the period :)  

I went for the best condition I could lay my hands on. Many of the comics are in pristine condition and have their pink flyers or free gifts intact, and the bound volume packaging ensures they will remain that way for many years to come. I prefer half-year format to complete years because in the thinner volumes the centre pages of the comics open flat and one can fully appreciate the beauty of strips like The Bash Street Kids and Corporal Clott.

The books have white covers with reproduction of the first issue of the volume on the front and that of the last one on the back. Spines are made of artificial leather. Each volume comes with a dustjacket with reproductions and text on the front, the back and the spine. They look great on the shelf and I can conveniently find any issue that I want in a matter of seconds! 

In the process of collecting these long runs of the two titles, I also picked up a beautifully preserved complete set of HOOT and the first two years of NUTTY, so I had them bound in the same format. 

I will now wait until I have the time to read them all, or until someone reads this post and offers me a lot of money for this massive and unique collection. Don’t be shy to contact me if you have serious thoughts :)




















17 comments:

  1. I'm amazed you would even consider selling it...all that effort..
    I've shared it on facebook comic fansite and you have lots of nice comments and people drooling and wanting to buy it...if they had enough money!!

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  2. Very well done to you! I would love to own a collection like this and am sure many others would too. Any chance you would be willing to sell these in digital format to give people the chance to create their own books?
    As I said before,very well done to you! Great work

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    1. Thanks for the kind words. I am not a fan of digitalising old comics, digital format ruins all the joy of collecting, at least for me.

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  3. Those are ridiculously amazing! You'll be the first person I contact if I ever win the Lottery...

    Still loving the Ken Reid In Smash! book I have :)

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  4. I'll give you a tenner for the lot of 'em, Irmy. Take it while it's going.

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    1. Kid, I should have thanked you in my blogpost for helping me to save some postage costs in the process of collecting these comics :)

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    2. Not at all, Irmy. There may be some people who view me as an attention-seeker, but I'm not the kind of person to look for public thanks for private actions. Besides, you already thanked me by giving me some of your spare issues in return, so thank YOU for that. Now, regarding my generous offer of £10 - is it a deal? (You pay postage of course.)

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  5. What an insulting offer - £10 indeed! £15 would be much more like it. I'll even throw in a bag of marbles, a cowboy suit and a go-kart (one wheel's a bit faulty); can't say fairer than that ;-)

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  6. I'm out. £15 is too high for me. I'd have to hawk my mutton for a year to get that kind of dosh.

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  7. Blimey! Did you win the lottery??

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    1. That's only the years 1970 - 1988, and they weren't very expensive to buy, even in excellent condition.

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