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U.K.’s Longest Running Comic, Dandy, to Print Final Copy

August 16, 2012

The U.K.’s longest running comic book, the Dandy, will print its last weekly edition to mark the 75th anniversary in December, after which characters such as Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat move online.

“On Dec. 4th we’ll publish our 75th anniversary edition -- and now that the cat’s out of the bag, I can confirm that this will be our last print edition,” Ellis Watson, head of magazines and newspapers at publisher DC Thomson & Co., said today in a statement. “It’s what comes online then that will set the tone for the next 75 years.”

The Dandy’s most famous characters are Desperate Dan, a cowboy who can lift a cow with one hand and eats cow pies, and Korky the Cat, a black-and-white cat with a trademark red nose. Privately held DC Thomson, based in Dundee, Scotland, said it is developing its magazine business to make it more efficient.

“Dan has certainly not eaten his last cow pie,” Watson said.

The last edition will include a reprint of the first-ever Dandy, initially published in December 1937.

A book commemorating the 75th anniversary premiered at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this week. The Dandy will feature in exhibitions at the National Library of Scotland and The Cartoon Museum, DC Thomson said.

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