Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Comics: The DANDY (1998)


Throughout its 75 year run The Dandy was a top class comic, and the Christmas issue of 1998 was no exception. A fantastic front cover by Keith Robson served as a perfect taster for an excellent edition. 


There was so much good material in this issue that it wasn't easy narrowing it down to a few to show here but here we go, starting with an Owen Goal page by Nigel Parkinson and a really nicely designed festive logo...
On page 10, Beryl the Peril by Robert Nixon, who excelled at Christmas scenes. Just look at that final panel, crammed with festive iconography...
Next, The Smasher drawn by Brian Walker. Just about as Christmas as it gets. Excellent stuff.
This issue had a number of special one-off strips, such as The Night Before Christmas by Ken Harrison...
There were three pages of jokes in this issue under the title Tis the Season to be Jolly, all by different illustrators. This one was by veteran artist Ken Hunter...
Finally, a text story, Bedtime Tales by Bradley Bedsock. Actually it was illustrated by Dave Sutherland...
Another Christmas treat soon. Which year will the Blimey-Timey Machine choose next? 

4 comments:

John Pitt said...

Didn't Ken Hunter draw the Jellymen in the 60's Beezer? Now there IS a strip I would gladly pay handsomely to read again - British comic adventure at its BEST!

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, Ken Hunter was the artist, John. Peter Gray showed some on his blog a white ago. You commented there, so you may have forgotten:

http://petergraycartoonsandcomics.blogspot.co.uk/2010/02/ken-hunters-jellymen-from-beezer-1960.html

John Pitt said...

Ah yes, THAT's where I first read it! I knew I'd read about it somewhere in the wonderful world of comic blogs! ( a world that I just love! )

Lew Stringer said...

For some reason I was never keen on The Beezer. Admittedly it had some great strips, but apart from Colonel Blink it didn't really grab me. I have vague memories of The Jellymen and The Iron Eaters though so I must have read some issues.

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