Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Christmas Comic Covers - Part 5
Time for another look at Christmas comic covers from the past and this blog I'm focusing on just one title, as we look at the Twelve Dandys of Christmas, a selection of various Dandy issues from the last 70 years. Starting off above with the festive edition from 1940 as Korky the Cat makes a Hitler snowman. Artwork is by Korky's first artist James Crighton and the scan is taken from Christmas Comic Posters, a book written by the late Denis Gifford in 1991.
Next up, it's thirty years later and the cover to the Dandy from December 1970. By this time the Korky strip had been taken over by Charles Grigg who produced many splendid covers for the weekly.
Christmas 1974 brings us another Charlie Grigg cover. You'll notice from this selection how often The Dandy's logo changes over the decades!
Christmas 1981 and the cover design hasn't changed much for twenty years, but Charlie Grigg manages to pack in ten panels into a restricted space making the comic look good value for its escalating cover price.
By 1986 Desperate Dan had replaced Korky as the regular cover star. The artwork for this issue, which by now had absorbed Hoot comic, is by Ken Harrison.
Two years later, in 1988, and The Dandy had by now received a bold new look with glossy paper and yet another new logo. Artwork is again by Ken Harrison.
Christmas 1994 and the artwork this time is, I think, by David Parkin.
A nicely decorated 1998 cover by Keith Robson.
The Christmas 2000 cover looks familiar as it's a reprint of the one from 1988! As consolation the interior Desperate Dan reprint, in black and white on its first printing, was coloured for this version.
The Dandy from Christmas 2001 is a busy Ken Harrison production featuring as many of the comic's stars as he could fit in.
By Christmas 2005 The Dandy had undergone a well-publicized revamp with Desperate Dan shunted inside. The Bananaman cover for this issue is by Steve Bright.
Although there was the usual Christmas edition of The Dandy in 2006 (not pictured) D.C. Thomson also produced a Dandy Christmas Special for that year. The cover here features the revamped Desperate Dan, literally square-jawed, by Ken Harrison using a slightly different style.
More Christmas covers soon!