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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.

QUICK TIP: this blog is a sequence of posts covering one particular comic at a time. The sequence follows a certain logic, so for maximum results it is recommended that the blog is read from the oldest post up.

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Showing posts with label The Dandy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Dandy. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


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 :)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Not only were DC Thomson never big on comedy horror, they also rarely offered cut-outs or pull outs. However, two consecutive issues in 1976 (Nos. 1802 and 1803) did have cut outs, and not just some ordinary cut outs but monster-themed ones!

The 4-weeks’ competition began in issue 1800 dated 22nd May, 1976. At first the challenge was to dress up Korky but then they changed the theme for some reason and offered readers a possibility to assemble some funny monsters.

All Images 2015 © DC Thomson, Ltd.  All rights reserved.

Monday, November 3, 2014


With Guy Fawke’s night just a few days away, let’s take a look at some of those bright Fireworks covers. The one below is that of a very early issue of THE BEANO. It was offered in one of phil-comics auctions which ended yesterday. With 60+ watchers, more than 10 bidders and 36 bids, it went for an impressive £677. Phil-comics never fail to attract top prices for their excellent items!

As many of you may know, in addition to being a highly-reputable eBay auctioneer of UK comics, Phil is also a publisher who has produced the beautiful collection of Christmas covers of the Beano and the Dandy 1937 - 1969, so if you need a X-mas gift for someone who is into this kind of thing, why not buy a copy from phil-comics on eBay? I hope sales are going well enough to make it worth Phil’s while to publish a similar volume of Fireworks covers sometime in the future! Before this happens (if ever), here are some festive covers of the Dandy from the 50s. All but one are from my collection. 

Friday, December 13, 2013


I will wrap-up the Artist Self-Portraits series  (for now) with a selection of pages of The DANDY’s Smasher from the brush of the ever-excellent Brian Walker. I don’t know of any other UK comics artist who made so many appearances as an active character in his own strip. The first example that I spotted is in the Dandy No. 2370 cover-dated 25th April, 1987:

My collection of the Dandy has a large gap from the end of July 1988 till the first issue of 1990 but then continues without a break until the middle of 1994 (as a result of my effort to collect full sets two brilliant strips by Tom Paterson - The Laughing Planet and Hyde and Shriek). 

Brian Walker made one appearance in Smasher in 1990 (issue No. 2528), together with the Dandy Editor Morris Heggie :

… followed by as many as three in 1991 (issue Nos. 2577, 2602, 2607):

… followed by two in 1992 (issue Nos. 2628, 2642):

… and just one in 1993 (issue No. 2672):

Although I have very few issues of the Dandy from the later years and Brian Walker doesn’t appear in them, I believe he didn’t stop drawing himself in, as confirmed by this episode of Smasher from The Dandy Summer Special 1996: 

1996 DANDY SUMMER SPECIAL also sports this bright back cover with caricatures of the Dandy editor Morris Heggie. Not a self-portrait but still a nice piece to include in this series. I've got no idea who drew it though.