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The Dandy

The Dandy is a British children's comic published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd of Dundee, Scotland, which was first issued on 3 December (dated 4 December) 1937, and is currently the longest running comic in the UK, which it became as of issue 3007 (dated 10 July 1999). This beat the previous record holder, Comic Cuts, which ran for 3006 issues between 17 May 1890 - 12 September 1953.
The original editor was Albert Barnes from the first issue up until 1982 - legend has it that Desperate Dan's chin was based on Albert's own chin. He was succeeded by Dave Torrie in 1980, before Dave went to edit The Beezer when he was in turn succeeded by current editor Morris Heggie. Morris handed over to Craig Graham in 2006.
There have been several long-running strips in The Dandy over the years. The most enduring is Desperate Dan who has been in all issues since the first one in 1937, bar a brief period in 1997 where he 'left' the comic, only to return for the comic's 60th anniversary issue in that year. Korky the Cat also featured in the first issue, and despite being quietly dropped in January 2005, he returned in November and still makes irregular appearances in The Dandy today. Other long-running characters include Winker Watson, Brassneck and Cuddles & Dimples.

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