Comics: the art and history of the Dandy at the NLS

Published On November 14, 2012 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Conventions and events

(issue 1 of the Dandy from December 4th, 1937, (c) DC Thomson)

The National Library of Scotland has another interesting comics exhibition coming up, with The Art and History of The Dandy exhibition opening on November 21st and running through to the 3rd of February next year, nicely timed to coincide with the final issues of one of Britain’s most venerable comics. From the description:

Launched in 1937 by publishers D C Thomson, ‘The Dandy’ is one of Britain’s longest-running comics. For 75 years it has served up weekly portions of boisterous, anarchic fun designed to tickle the funny bones of kinds of all ages. With iconic characters like Korky the Cat and Desperate Dan, it is a beloved part of British childhood. See original drawings and artboards from the archives of D C Thomson alongside material from the National Library of Scotland’s collections. Find out about the fascinating process behind the production of Desperate Dan and co, from pencil sketch to print.

The National Library of Scotland is handily only a few minutes walk from the Edinburgh Forbidden Planet, located on George IV Bridge (opposite the Central Library) and as the exhibitions are open during the week until 8pm it’s very handy for anyone to nip in on the way home from work and is, as with their other regular exhibitions, free of charge. Must note this one down in my own diary!

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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