An era of British comics history comes to a close as the last ever print edition of the venerable old lady of Brit comics, the Dandy, goes on sale this week, and over on Jamie Smart’s blog he pays homage to the seventy five years of the Dandy entertaining kids and also about his own contributions to the great icon of British comics, including creating the cover for the final issue (seen above, borrowed shamelessly from Jamie’s blog and (c) DC Thomson):
“Well, here we are. The final Dandy is out this week. It’s a bumper issue featuring the very first issue of The Dandy (from 1937), as well as an enormous countdown of The Dandy’s best characters from then to now (including a load of new material!). Frankly, it’s beautiful, a remarkable end to an even more remarkable history. 75 years of wonderful British comic fun, signing off in style.
It is sad though, be warned. What a legacy, but what an emotional way to end.
I was honoured to be asked to draw the front cover for the final issue. And to be honest, my entire nine (or so) year career at The Dandy has been one honour after another. Getting hired was the first honour, drawing Desperate Dan was one of the biggest, and being given the responsibility to create this final front cover just blew me away (incidentally, on the back cover, a titan amongst Dandy artists has drawn his own version of the cover I did, and it made me yelp with joy. One, final, honour).“