And neither, sadly, do the vast majority of the British public. The UK's longest-running children's comic, starring cowboy Desperate Dan, sold two million copies a week in its Fifties heyday. But now The Dandy sells fewer than 8, a week. No surprise, then, that it's facing closure.
UK's oldest comic The Dandy faces closure
Page 3 Profile: Desperate Dan, comic character | The Independent
Desperate Dan is a wild west character in the British comic magazine The Dandy and has become their mascot. He is apparently the world's strongest man, able to lift a cow with one hand. The pillow of his reinforced bed is filled with building rubble and his beard is so tough he shaves with a blowtorch. The character was created by Dudley D. Harrison, though the Watkins canon was often recycled. There is a statue of Dan in Dundee, Scotland, where his publishers, D. The strip was drawn by Dudley D.
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The Dandy, the UK's oldest children's comic and home to cartoon strip characters including Desperate Dan, the cow-pie eating cowboy, is facing closure after 75 years. In its heyday between the s and s, the Dandy sold 2m copies a week as young fans lapped up stories of Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat. But it has suffered circulation decline since then as successive generations of children have grown out of the habit of reading weekly comics, with their free time given over instead to watching TV and more recently playing video games and surfing the internet. The Dandy has outlasted children's comic titles such as the Beezer and the Topper by 20 years or more.
No recent wiki edits to this page. Desperate Dan is one of the longest running comic strips in the world having appeared in issue 1 of The Dandy in and continues to appear in The Dandy today. Desperate Dan was created by artist Dudley D. Watkins and Dandy editor Albert Barnes , the latter of whom also provided the inspiration for Dan's massive chin and who wrote the strip for the first several years.