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The Dandy Christmas Special – Issue 3565

January 2, 2012

The Dandy Christmas Special - Issue 3565

The Dandy Christmas Special - Issue 3565

♫ Jingle bells, jingle bells – jingle all the way! ♫

♫ Oh what fun it is to see, Dan racing Santa’s sleigh – HEY! ♫

♫ C&D are back, 2 part The Bogies, and Mr Meecher is Peter Pan ♫

♫ Nuke beats up old Saint Nick – what a rough, mean man! ♫

♫ Jingle bells, jingle bells – jingle all the way! ♫

♫ The last we’ll see from Harry Hill, he certainly will be missed  – HEY! ♫

♫ Korky the Cat, Rocky’s Horror Show is back – Oh, what a fright ! ♫

♫ As well as that there’s George VS Dragon with more from that stupid knight! ♫

MERRY CHRISTMAS, ONE AND ALL! (Or should that be Merry New Year, eh?)… So anyway, just returned from a 3 week holiday in South Africa and have now finally got my Christmas Dandy! So with no further will do, make a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy my Dandy Christmas Special Review!

Firstly a big well done to Craig, Mark and Michelle for making a truly fantastic issue which I thoroughly enjoyed! The amazing thing about this all-too-short 44 page special is that every strip – bar Professor Chaos and Space Raoul – is Christmas-related! A very impressive feat!

Bah humbug!

Rocky's Horror Show is back for the Christmas Special! - Wilbur Dawbarn

The last ever story we shall see from Harry Hill featured in this issue adding a bit of sadness to the comic – of course it is not mentioned it is the last one meaning the comic strip will be gone in 2012 without a trace. But now for the question, “Who will replace Harry Hill as the main comic strip?”, my bet is on Pre-Skool Prime Minister, Bananaman or Desperate Dan, however My Own Genie, Cuddles and Dimples or Space Raoul could also take over which will be bad as then the comic will be lead by a reprint.

Farewell!

Harry Hill still making jokes as normal - finished off nicely but I'd have preferred it if it had a goodbye message at the end... Ah well, farewell Harry Hill!

Many new strips this issue and also one of which is an act of plagiarism… Hmm… The Best Thing about X-Mas is… by Paul Palmer, Rude-olph and Elf & Safety both by Andy Fanton are all new and also all one-offs which feature on the mini strip pages along with a Korky mini strip, Animals Eat the Funniest Things and 99 Genius Homework Excuses (Taking up the spaces of Go Compare, Punslinger, Dad’s Turn to Cook, Count Slugula, Brian Damage, Snoop Dawg, Star T.Rex) . Also a new one-off story taking up one page drawn by Nigel Parkinson of the UDraw competition winner’s superhero creation, the winner being Professor Chaos by Emin Kara (Hmm… Professor Chaos.. sounds familiar…). So basically, Emin Kara, you are a cheat and because of you, the Dandy could get sued. Nice one.

Highlights of this issue for me were My Freaky Family, Frosty, George VS Dragon, Rocky’s Horror Show, Desperate Dan, The Bogies, My Own Genie, Nuke Noodle, Mr Meecher, the Uncool Teacher and Postman Prat! The “lowlights” were Rude-olph (Strip 2 and 4), Cuddles and Dimples, The Best Thing about X-Mas is… Now, don’t get me wrong – they were all fairly decent… But I honestly would’ve preferred to have seen 4 of Elf & Safety and only two of Rude-olph. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers.

Postman Prat - Strong week!

Lew Stringer's beautifully-drawn festive title box for Postman Prat who once again had a strong week!

Anyway, we’ve been going on about this a bit too long haven’t we…? Now let’s get to the main part, the content.

PG 1: Front Cover – Jamie Smart (featuring Desperate Dan)

PG 2: Jokes! – Chris McGhie (stock-art)

PG 3: What’s Inside? – Nigel Parkinson (featuring Harry Hill)

PG 4: Harry Hill’s Christmas Adventures in TV Land – Nigel Parkinson (the final one)

PG 6: Postman Prat – Lew Stringer

PG 7: Professor Chaos – Nigel Parkinson ONE-OFF! (plagiarism)

PG 8: Puzzle: Out of Sprouts? – Paul Palmer

PG 9: Shorts #1: 99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 58) – Karl Dixon, Korky the Cat – Phil Corbett, The Best Thing about X-Mas is… – Paul Palmer ONE-OFF!, Rude-olph – Andy Fanton ONE-OFF!

PG 10: Bananaman – Wayne Thompson

PG 12: Frosty – Steve Beckett (the final one)

PG 13: My Freaky Family – Nigel Auchterlounie

PG 14: The Bogies – Nigel Auchterlounie (featuring Father Sneezemas – PART 1)

PG 15: My Own Genie – Jamie Smart (reprint)

PG 19: Shorts #2: 99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 54) – Karl Dixon, Elf & Safety – Andy Fanton ONE-OFF!, The Best Thing about X-Mas is… – Paul Palmer ONE-OFF!, Rude-olph – Andy Fanton ONE-OFF!

PG 20: Puzzle: Turkey Again?!? – Paul Palmer

PG 21: Cuddles and Dimples – Nigel Parkinson IT’S BACK! (reprint)

PG 24: Puzzle: That’s not my Hamster! – Jamie Smart (most likely – a reprint)

PG 25: Mr Meecher, the Uncool Teacher – Will Dawbarn

PG 26: Advert: The Dandy Annual 2012

PG 27: Nuke Noodle – Alexander Matthews

PG 28: Craft: Ew Peter! – Nik Holmes 

PG 29: Shorts #3: 99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 59) – Karl Dixon, Elf & Safety – Andy Fanton ONE-OFF!, The Best Thing about X-Mas is… – Paul Palmer ONE-OFF!, Rude-olph – Andy Fanton ONE-OFF!

PG 30: Rocky’s Horror Show – Will Dawbarn IT’S BACK! (for a one-off)

PG 31: Competition: Mega X-Mas Giveaway!

PG 34: Space Raoul – Jamie Smart (reprint)

PG 36: Advert: The Dandy Subscription Page

PG 37: The Bogies – Nigel Auchterlounie (featuring Father Sneezemas – PART 2)

PG 38: Advert: The Beano (featuring Gnasher’s Bit-e – Barrie Appleby)

PG 39: Shorts #4: 99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 61) – Karl Dixon, Animals Eat the Funniest Things! – Duncan Scott, The Best Thing about X-Mas is… – Paul Palmer ONE-OFF!, Rude-olph – Andy Fanton ONE-OFF!

PG 40: Mailbag

PG 41: Desperate Dan – Jamie Smart 

PG 42: George VS Dragon – Andy Fanton

PG 43: Next Week! (featuring Pre-Skool Prime Minister, The Bogies, Mr Meecher, Desperate Dan and Clown Wars!)

PG 44: Inside! (featuring Bananaman, Mega X-Mas Giveaway, Mr Meecher, the Uncool Teacher, Desperate Dan & Ew Peter!)

Nuke Noodle VS. Saint Nick!

Nuke Noodle doing what he does best... - Alexander Matthews

RATINGS!

ONE PAGE OR MORE:

Harry Hill’s Christmas Adventures in TV Land: 9/10

Postman Prat: 10/10

Professor Chaos: 8/10 (misses out on 9/10 because of plagiarism)

Bananaman: 9/10

Frosty: 10/10

My Freaky Family: 10/10

The Bogies (Part 1): 10/10

My Own Genie: 10/10

Cuddles and Dimples: 6/10

Mr Meecher, the Uncool Teacher: 10/10

Nuke Noodle: 10/10

Rocky’s Horror Show: 10/10

Space Raoul: 9/10

The Bogies (Part 2): 10/10

Desperate Dan: 10/10

George VS Dragon: 10/10

MINI-STRIPS:

99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 58): 8/10

Korky the Cat: 9/10

The Best Thing about X-Mas is… (Strip 1): 8/10

Rude-olph (Strip 1): 10/10

99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 59): 10/10

Elf & Safety: 9/10

The Best Thing about X-Mas is… (Strip 2): 9/10

Rude-olph (Strip 2): 6/10

99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 60): 10/10

Elf & Safety: 9/10

The Best Thing about X-Mas is… (Strip 3): 7/10

Rude-olph (Strip 3): 9/10

99 Genius Homework Excuses (No. 61): 9/10

Animals Eat the Funniest Things!: 9/10

The Best Thing about X-Mas is… (Strip 4): 9/10

Rude-olph (Strip 4): 7/10

So I think that’s all I can say really except there’s one more piece of news which I’ll go into more detail about in a separate blog post, but if you want to know a big spoiler… read on…

SPOILER ALERT! Bananaman is joining the Beano as of the second issue of 2012 and will be drawn by Nigel Parkinson in the style of John Geering… Could this be the end of Bananaman’s 26 year run in the Dandy? What is the reason for moving the blue buffoon? All will be unveiled very soon…

Could this be the end for Bananaman?

Could this be the second-to-last Bananaman story of his 26 year run in the Dandy?

And so, now we near the end of the Christmas Dandy blog post, and before I go… I’d like to finish this with something truly magical which I’m sure will get you all feeling festive and warm your hearts…

Hmm... Charming.

Hmm. Charming.

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