Upon catching sight of the latest issue in the shops, you’ll immediately notice something different – the front cover bears a different logo (see above) and sports a different layout, similar to the free edition given away with the Sunday Post a couple of weeks ago. I have always had a fondness for that alternative logo design, so it’s nice to see it get a bit of an airing.
But enough about the cover! What’s inside, I hear you cry (that WAS you, yeah? Or was it the voices in my head?)
Well, as the summer holidays kick off (though you wouldn’t really know it to look outside), George and Dragon both take to the beach for some sandcastle building antics in this week’s George vs Dragon:
If I may parp my own horn here (which I may, as it IS my blog) I really like this strip, it’s one of my favourite GvDs. I originally pitched it as a two-page summer special, but when that didn’t work out I condensed it into one page, and am still quite proud of it. Yes!
Elsewhere, we have some rather sad news – it’s the final episode of the second series of Harry and his Hippo – altogether now: AWWWWWWWWWW. But the pair go out fighting, as they meet up with arch-rivals Rory and his Rhino again:
I hope you’ve enjoyed the second run of Harry and his Hippo, and if you’d like to see them return again then let The Dandy know -it’s YOUR comic, after all! Contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop them a line on their Facebook or Twitter pages!
As well as that, there’s the glorious return of Lew Stringer’s excellent Postman Prat, a two-page Harry Potter-inspired Korky the Cat by Phil Corbett and more terrific Tiny’s Temper by Stu Munro. WHEEEEE!
PLUS! This week’s issue also trailers a new mini-strip starting next week – yes, ladies and gents, Dave the Squirrel’s spin-off debut commences in the very next issue! HOORAY! In anticipation of the little fellah’s starring role, here’s a sneaky-peek at one of his first (mis)adventures. ENJOY!
SCHOOOOOOL’S OUT for Summer, as Alice Copper once sang. And how right the make-up wearing metaller was, for schools up and down the land are gearing up for the summer break now, unleashing hordes of kids upon the populace for six weeks. And what better way to keep them entertained through the break than by buying The Dandy every week!
This week’s issue features a school-based episode of Harry and his Hippo (pictured above), as Harry tries to convince his teacher that Hippo is just an ordinary schoolboy. Plus there’s a couple of sneaky cameos from old Dandy characters from the past – can YOU name them? CAN YOU?
From schooling to soothing next, as George gets his future read by a soothsayer in the latest George vs Dragon. Is he really destined to ‘rise higher than ever before’? Pick up this week’s issue to find out!
George and Dragon also pop up in an excellent little cameo in Nik Holmes’ brilliant Clown Wars strip, so there’s a little extra medieval mirth to enjoy!
PLUS! All the usual great comics (including a welcome reprint of Jamie Smart’s wonderful My Own Genie), spoofs and STUFF, AND three gifts, including SWEETS. Yum, sweets!
That’s The Dandy issue 3544, priced £2.50 and out NOW. Buy it, or I’ll set Alice Cooper on you.
IT’S Dandy day, and this week’s issue is BURSTING with Fanton-y goodness, with four pages of my stuff inside. HURRAH!
First of all, up-and-coming comic superstar Dave the Squirrel makes his biggest and boldest cameo yet, as he makes life difficult for a poorly-disguised George in George vs Dragon!
In related news, word from Dandy HQ is that Dave’s upcoming solo-strip will begin in early August, so look out for that, and in the meantime don’t forget to become a fan of the squirrel superstar on Facebook for all the latest Dave news. DAVE!
George and Dragon also feature on this week’s joke page, so there a little bit extra of the duo this week as well. WHOOP!
Also in this issue, Harry and his Hippo enjoy two pages of larks, as Harry prepares to undergo his biggest challenge yet in the regular strip; while there’s also a Hippo-themed Madvert alongside it, showcasing the Hippo Pooper Scooper – no hippo-owning household should be without it!
As well as that, there’s more of the terrific Tiny’s Temper by Stu Munro, Mr. Meecher begins a four-page summer special story by Wilbur Dawbarn, and the latest quest in Yore! gets underway, courtesy of those excellent Etherington Brothers.
And it’s all wrapped up in an Apprentice-based cover by Nigel Parkinson, which delights me as I LOVE that show, I do. Roll on the final on Sunday – TOM TO WIN!
Ahem. Anyway, The Dandy, out now, for only £1.50. BUY IT OR YOU’RE FIRED. From LIFE.