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  • Farewell to the Dandy 1937-2012

    This week saw the publication of the final issue of legendary British humour comic The Dandy, cancelled after delighting kids for 75 years. Launched by Dundee based publishers DC Thomson in December 1937, it was the third longest running comic title in the world (after the Italian Il Giornalino, launched in 1924, and DC's Detective Comics, launched in March 1937). Thomson's have said The Dandy will continue in an online format, but it seems fan favourite characters like Desperate Dan have graced newsagents shelves in Britain and various Commonwealth countries for the last time. tribute here: http://www.brokenfrontier.com/lowdow...937-2012-r-i-p

  • #2
    What about The Beano, then? Is this just another instance of a publisher merging features into a single title?
    DE pull list: Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse Makers, ERB's The Greatest Adventure, Green Hornet '66 Meets The Spirit, PSP: Herokillers, KISS/Vampirella, Mighty Mouse

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    • #3
      Originally posted by positronic View Post
      What about The Beano, then? Is this just another instance of a publisher merging features into a single title?
      No, The Beano is still going strong. It's been selling about three times what The Dandy was for years, and there's been no merger. The Dandy will continue as an online presence only, it seems.

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      • #4
        Considering the long-standing fictional rivalry between the two publications, I wonder then that The Beano might not be celebrating what is a fairly decisive "victory". Not for publisher DC Thompson, obviously... so perhaps, a Beano victory dance might be considered poor taste.

        Fun fact:

        In America, Beano is the name of an anti-flatulence pill.

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        • #5
          Dennis would approve of that...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tony ingram View Post
            Dennis would approve of that...
            Yes, we have one of those as well. Though nowhere near as anarchistic as yours...

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            • #7
              Curiously, the two versions of Dennis the Menace appear to have been created and almost exactly the same time, but not actually to have had any connection to each other whatsoever. They both debuted in March 1951, and while the American version first saw print on March 12 and the British version on March 17th, the British version was created for a weekly title and so would almost certainly have been created before the US version first appeared. It seems David Law and Hank Ketchum both had exactly the same idea for a character name at exactly the same time, probably without being aware of each other's existence.

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              • #8
                It's probably down to the fact that there aren't that many words that rhyme with Dennis. Or likewise, many names that rhyme with "menace". Except maybe Garth Ennis.
                Last edited by positronic; 12-10-2012, 12:57 AM.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by positronic View Post
                  It's probably down to the fact that there aren't that many words that rhyme with Dennis. Or likewise, many names that rhyme with "menace". Except maybe Garth Ennis.
                  "Ennis the Menace". Hmm, that has definite possibilities...

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