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The Dandy #3587

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The Dandy #3587

Credits

  • Words: Various
  • Art: Various
  • Publisher: DC Thomson
  • Price: £1.99
  • Release Date: Jun 27, 2012

If you haven’t checked this venerable institution out lately then you owe it to yourself to do so. There’s a cracking team of hugely talented cartoonists on show doing the previous seven decades of creators proud with their efforts!

It’s astonishing to realise that The Dandy turns 75 years old later this year and the humour anthology is still providing a brilliantly anarchic mix of badly-behaved school kids, incompetent authority figures, and mad, slapstick humour for British children. Seven and a half decades of continuous publication is a staggering achievement and The Dandy’s current tagline of “100% Funny” is one that it lives up to in some style in this, amazingly, its 3587th issue!

One of British comics’ few concessions to the capes-and-costumes brigade, Bananaman, is this week’s cover star taking on the giant mutant penguin Thingu in a madcap pop cultural pastiche. Elsewhere it’s great to see Beryl the Peril looking so good for her age (60 next year having first been published in The Topper in 1953!) with Steve Bright’s incarnation of the mischievous tomboy combining a welcome traditional look for Beryl with a contemporary setting for the character.

Writer-artist Andy Fanton, who has been such a big and important part of The Dandy since its revamp a couple of years or so back, shows his versatility again this issue. His outrageous O.A.P. Bad Grandad is in fine, irascible form at the local bowling alley while his bizarre mash-up of genres C.I.B. Cavemen in Black sees more prehistoric monster-hunting silliness.

Alexander Matthews’s insanely inventive Nuke Noodle is fast becoming one of my favourite characters in The Dandy and this week’s time-travel encounter with George Washington is no exception. Wilbur Dawbarn’s Mr. Meecher the Uncool Teacher also goes the time tunnel route this week as he continues to follow in that long line of put-upon D.C. Thomson schoolmasters. The short strips are as effective as ever – a strong mix of the surreal (Nigel Auchterlounies’s Jibber and Steve), the scatological (Poo Bear), the pun-laden (News at Hen) and the running gag (When it’s Not So Cool to Be Wolverine).

No, it’s not The Dandy of my youth but that in no way means the quality of the comic in 2012 isn’t just as high as it was when I first picked it up in the 1970s. Desperate Dan and the crew may have undergone a few cosmetic changes since then but the child-like, anti-establishment, and ever so slightly naughty central conceits of the characters remain exactly the same. If you haven’t checked this venerable institution out lately then you owe it to yourself to do so. There’s a cracking team of hugely talented cartoonists on show doing the previous seven decades of creators very proud indeed with their efforts!

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