for Harry! (14.11.10)
Many of you will be well aware that DC Thomson's
weekly The Dandy
was given a big, brash makeover, three weeks
ago. It's now thrown off its magazine stylings, and those
free gifts that plastered its cover, and instead has gone
its roots to embrace a whole new raft of fun strips
It's just another step along the comic's continual
this time there really is a lot riding on it, because
sales of the
title have been in decline and many folks had speculated
it maybe even disappearing altogether...
So issue # 3508 brought together Jamie
Smart's "Desperate Dan",
and "Pre-skool Prime Minister", Andy
Fanton's madcap medieval
"George Vs Dragon", Lew
Stringer drawing and writing "Kid Cops"
and illustrating the super-daffy "Postman
"Robot on the Run", Wayne Thomson's wacky take
on "Bananaman" and a whole lot more. But top
of the heap, or
indeed, king of the hill, we had Nigel
Parkinson and Harry Hill
combining for an all-new, 100% officially bonkers "Harry
comic strip. And dapper Harry took over the cover, too,
he's stayed there for the last three weeks, so he really
face of the comic now. And you know what? He's
"Harry Hill" the comic strip is a great tickling
read. It's chock full
of left turns and right turns, witty asides and ridiculous
from his make-believe TV Land of dreams. If you're
a fan of Mr Hill,
you're in for a treat. Even the little Knitted Character
gets a look-in.
Of course, there's a tradition for having famous personalities
starring in our weekly comics. Lew
Stringer reminds us that
the very first issue of "The Dandy" featured
an "Our Gang" strip.
And this here Fleetway
fan can steer you in the timely direction
of "The Goodies" (40 years young this month),
they had their
own star strip in "Cor!!" in 1973, that went
down very well.
But you know, this reader is more specifically
another Fleetway strip star, because Harry Hill is Cheeky,
reincarnated, don't you think? He too had three, four
eventually many more meandering pages of nonsense
each week that tickled your tonsils. And he was hugely popular.
You'll recall, he started out in the pages of Krazy
being given his own self-titled weekly. Might the same
happen to Harry...? Well, we hope not, because he's
entree to a mirthful main course that you really
It's great to see a weekly comic embracing the
world of the
fun strip so enthusiastically again....