Sunday, 29 August 2010

Dandy Stars

Stars who are currently in the Dandy Xtreme as of February 2010:
Comic stripTime in comicArtistNotes
Agent Dog 2-Zero2004–2005, 2006, 2007–presentWayne Thompson
The Banana Bunch1956-1993, 2004, 2010–pNigel ParkinsonOriginally in The Beezer until 1990, when the comic merged | with The Topper and relaunched as Beezer and Topper until the comic folded in 1993.
Bananaman1980–presentC. McGhie/John Geering(reprints)Originally in Nutty until 1985; also in BEEB comic
Beryl the Peril1953-2005, 2007, 2010-pRobert NixonBeryl the Peril originally from The Topper. Moved to Dandy in 1993.
The Bogies2009–presentNigel AuchterlounieSold to the Dandy Xtreme. Very popular comic strip.
Cuddles and Dimples1986–presentNigel ParkinsonCuddles originally in Nutty (1981–1985), transferred to Hoot! (1985–1986), teamed up with Dimples following Dandy merger. Dimples strip in The Dandy 1984–1986.
Desperate Dan1937–presentJamie Smart
Jak and Todd1997–1999, 2000–2003, 2004–presentWayne ThompsonOriginally drawn by Jimmy Hansen; every time the strip re-appears the storylines change and a new artist is commissioned to draw it.
Korky the Cat and the Kits1937–2004, 2005, 2007, 2010-pRobert NixonAppeared on front cover of first Dandy.
Marvo the Wonder Chicken1996–1998, 2008-pNigel ParkinsonReturned in August 2008. Originally drawn by Jimmy Hansen.
Spooky Skaters2009–2010UnknownSold to The Dandy, the comic strip has now ended.
Hyde & Shriek1992–1993, 2008-pNick BrennanPreviously drawn by Tom Paterson.
Doctor Loo2008-pDuncan ScottPlay on BBC drama Doctor Who.

The Dandy HISTORY.

The first issue, under the name The Dandy Comic, was published on 4 December 1937. It was published weekly until 6 September 1941, when wartime paper shortages forced it to switch to fortnightly, alternating with The Beano. It returned to its weekly schedule on 30 July 1949. From 17 July 1950, the magazine changed its name to just The Dandy.
Though later issues became all comic strips, early issues had many text strips, with some illustrations. In 1940, this meant 12 pages of comic strips and 8 pages of text stories. Text stories at two pages each were Jimmy's Pocket GrandpaBritish Boys and Girls Go WestThere's a Curse on the King and Swallowed by a Whale!.
After issue 3282 (dated 16 October 2004) The Dandy underwent a radical format overhaul.[1] The comic changed format and content, reflecting a more television-oriented style, now printed on glossy magazine paper instead of newsprint. The price was raised from 70p to £1.20 (99p for the first two weeks), a new comic strip called "Office Hours" appeared, and two supposedly new ones also started, though were actually revivals from a few years earlier ("Jak" and "Dreadlock Holmes").
As of August 2007 (issue 3426), The Dandy has had another update, becoming the fortnightly comic Dandy Xtreme. It now costs £2.75 (some issues can cost up to 2.99 depending on how many gifts there are).[2][3]
Unlike previous versions, Dandy characters will not necessarily grace the cover every issue; instead, celebrities and other cartoon characters will be featured. The first Dandy Xtreme had Bart Simpson on the cover.