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OK, here's another Dandy Annual question: is it the 1968 or 1969 Annual which has the Captain Whoosh story where a giant stone statue of lion squashes a double-decker bus?


Sat May 11, 2013 12:57 pm
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Off the top of my head, it's the 1969 annual [with Korky on the cover with himself and the mice about to tuck into Christmas puds, against a pale blue background].

Fantastic, unforgettable, cinema-styled double spreader with the statue smashing through a museum. I think theres even a 'Read the DANDY' advert on a double-decker bus---delicious, delightful detail.

Artwork of course by Charlie Grigg---as if you ever doubted that!

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Sat May 11, 2013 3:18 pm
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Spot on Rab (apart from the Dandy advert) - 1969 it is!

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...Great stuff! :)

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Sat May 11, 2013 3:26 pm
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Thanks for the assistance, Phil! I think the 'DANDY' ad may be on a previous-page frame----still a great image even all this time later.

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The Dandy annual and Beano annual should do more two pagers...even if its humour...rather than adventure stories...such an opportunity!!

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Thanks all! A fantastic spread. I'll have to track that Annual down. I remember the story ending with a jolly slap-up feed with the Mayor, but I couldn't help worrying about what had happened to all those people in the bus! Whoosh himself looks like he's modelled on James Arness.


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...Yes. Never mind the 'Death Bus Crash Horror' - in Dandyland even the worst tragedies could be instantly ameliorated by the prospect of a slap-up feed! :)

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Incidentally Sue, I've just noticed that the same Dandy Annual also features the original version of your story about Desperate Dan and his explosive handclap:

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As memorable as both those strips are, however, I have to say that my own favourite sequence from that annual is Paddy Brennan's fantastic double-page spread in 'The Island of Monsters', where two boys are shown running for their lives from an army of giant wasps and ants!

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Mon May 13, 2013 9:39 am
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Thanks, Phil! The 1970 Annual "Island Of Monsters" featured giant stag beetles and bees. I still have this one.


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The 1969 DANDY annual is highly reccomended for any self-respecting comics buff.

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Just got it, thanks to my Mum. £2, just over half the price of what Phil apparently paid.

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...Actually I think I knocked the dealer down to half price! :)

That was a few years ago though. £2 is definitely a bargain nowadays.


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Well, your scan says £3.75 on it so I assumed that was what you paid. So if you managed to haggle it down, fair play.

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