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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/05/12 12:05 PM

We aren't the only magazine who turned 75 this year: so did Britain's "The Dandy," the world's third-longest running comic book. And it's about to cease publishing its printed edition and will go all digital.

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-medi ... nal-print/
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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/05/12 12:42 PM

I never got into the Dandy. I was more of a Whizzer and Chips kid.
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Postby AJM » 12/05/12 12:51 PM

The publishers of The Dandy, D C Thomson, are based in Dundee, Scotland.

I do remember Whizzer and Chips, however my favourites comics were: -

The Topper
The Beezer
Shiver and Shake (another 'two titles wrapped into one' comic.)

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/05/12 03:03 PM

Didn't you guys read Superman, Batman, or Spiderman?
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Postby erdnasephile » 12/05/12 04:24 PM

Oddly enough--they are all now availabe electronically as well (same date as print) http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/11/d ... bookstore/
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Postby AJM » 12/05/12 05:15 PM

Not sure if these types of comics existed in the US - strips about mischievous school kids, big strong stubble-chinned cowboys who ate cow pie, game winning footballers (erm... Soccer..ers?).

We now have Viz which has pretty much the same type of strips but for adults, like me, who's sense of schoolboy humour never matured into anything more sophisticated.

I did read the superhero comics and preferred Marvel to DC. I also recall occasionally getting hold of other US mags like Amazing Stories or Astounding Stories.

I also used to buy MAD magazine and still pick up a copy when I'm in the US.

I suspect all these in some way made me into the keen reader and avid book collector / hoarder that I am today....

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Postby mrgoat » 12/05/12 05:20 PM

Richard Kaufman wrote:Didn't you guys read Superman, Batman, or Spiderman?


American comics weren't so popular/available when I was a kid, but my brother lapped them up.

But I did love mad magazine.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/05/12 05:38 PM

I got into Batman and the like with the Dark Knight book in 1986. I used to read Mad when I could get it, but comics were banned at my school so they were hard to come by.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 12/05/12 05:51 PM

You folks were definitely deprived.
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Postby espermachine » 12/05/12 06:11 PM

Never read the Dandy myself, but my younger brother was a fan. I instead opted for the 1980s revamped Eagle comic as well as the incredibly short-lived Scream!; Dan Dare and the Mekon, Doomlord, The Thirteenth Floor ... great stuff.
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Postby erdnasephile » 12/05/12 06:30 PM

Were MAD, American comics, and the like much more expensive in the UK than in the US?
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Postby AJM » 12/05/12 06:47 PM

I do recall that they were more expensive, I think MAD probably still is.

Not sure about the Marvels and the DCs - they could be printed in UK or Europe these days when they wouldn't have been back in the day.
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Postby Ian Kendall » 12/05/12 07:55 PM

I remember my cousin had Prog 1 of 2000AD, which would be worth a chunk these days...he also had some American comics (he lived in Hong Kong) and I loved looking at the adverts in the back pages for all the mysterious toys. I swear one of them was a working submarine!
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Postby PickaCard » 12/05/12 08:14 PM

Ian Kendall wrote: I loved looking at the adverts in the back pages for all the mysterious toys. I swear one of them was a working submarine!


Ian, check out this fun book. You will get to see what the "submarine" looked like :)

http://www.amazon.com/Mail-Order-Myster ... _se_s_cp_4
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Postby Mark Paulson » 12/06/12 12:23 PM

erdnasephile wrote:Were MAD, American comics, and the like much more expensive in the UK than in the US?


These days, comics are expensive IN the US! Back in the old days, I can remember buying Superman for 12 cents. Now they are all $2.99 or $3.99. MAD is $5.99 (cheap). Yikes!
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Postby erdnasephile » 12/06/12 12:28 PM

5.99? Yikes!

(A few years back, I lucked into the hardcover reprints of MAD -- really a fun read.)
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Postby Richard James » 12/06/12 12:40 PM

Ian Kendall wrote:I remember my cousin had Prog 1 of 2000AD, which would be worth a chunk these days...


Actually, Prog 2 is the sought after one as it is the first time that Judge Dredd is introduced to the world!

I don't know how I managed it, but I actually have TWO copies of Prog 2 (One of them even has some of the original stickers that came as a free gift) and one copy of Prog 1.

I know that I subscribed to the comic as a kid, but have no idea why I have 2 copies of Prog 2!
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Postby AJM » 12/06/12 03:25 PM

Ha ha - I've just ordered Mail Order Mysteries from Amazon UK.

Can't wait to read, once again, about Sea Monkeys, X-Ray Specs, Snowstorm tablets and Charles Atlas.....

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Postby Mark Ratekin » 12/06/12 09:24 PM

Mail Order Mysteries is a really fun book that will make you yearn for the days of the Johnson-Smith catalog.

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Postby David Scollnik » 12/07/12 04:58 AM

AJM wrote:The publishers of The Dandy, D C Thomson, are based in Dundee, Scotland.

I do remember Whizzer and Chips, however my favourites comics were: -

The Topper
The Beezer
Shiver and Shake (another 'two titles wrapped into one' comic.)

Cheers

Andrew

My 'uncle' the trashman, here in Canada, used to do a pick-up at a news stand each week. He used to bring me bags of British / UK comics every few weeks that the newsagent saved for him. I think my favourite among the bunch was Beano. I recall Dennis the Menace (and Gnasher) from there. And I also liked Desperate Dan from Dandy. I also recall liking some strip that featured a bunch of British school kids always getting into trouble ... don't recall the name of that off the top of my head, though.
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Postby AJM » 12/07/12 05:16 AM

David Scollnik wrote:I also recall liking some strip that featured a bunch of British school kids always getting into trouble ... don't recall the name of that off the top of my head, though.


The Bash Street Kids.
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Postby PapaG » 12/07/12 10:13 AM

My favourite strips as a kid were any written and drawn by the demented and brilliant Leo Baxendale and Ken Reid. Both stalwarts of DC Thompson publications in the 70s.
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Postby AJM » 12/08/12 01:33 PM

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