Dandy comic relaunches online

The Dandy comic celebrates its 75th anniversary by relaunching as an exclusive online publication. Coinciding with the launch, the last ever printed issue also goes on sale today.

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Dandy publisher: Going online is 'venture into the unknown'

The Dandy celebrated its 75th anniversary by relaunching as a online publication.

I appreciate it's almost a deliberately naive venture into the unknown for a publisher that's been cutting down trees for 75 years, squishing them flat and smearing ink all over them.

We're not super slick, we're not Silicon Valley, but what we are is some pretty talented animators and story tellers that are really excited about seeing if we can introduce these wonderful characters to another couple of generations.

– Ellis Watson, chief executive of DC Thompson

The Dandy 'is alive and well'

The Dandy is alive and well, and it's going to continue as usual it's just as of next week it's going to be available online on a regular basis, with all the famous characters and scripts and storylines and humour, as well as games, goodies and interactivity.

– David Bain, the comic's head of digital development

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Sir Paul McCartney to appear in final Dandy

The final printed issue of the Dandy features a cameo from Sir Paul McCartney, who said in 1963 it was his ambition to appear in the comic.

Sir Paul McCartney Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The website will feature old favourites Desperate Dan, Bananaman and Korky the Cat in new animated strips, featuring voice overs and sound effects.

Users will also be able to play interactive games, watch videos and create and care for their very own virtual pet, the Dandy Dollop.

The Dandy comic relaunches online

Desperate Dan turned digital today as The Dandy celebrated its 75th anniversary by relaunching as an exclusive online publication.

Desperate Dan is relaunching online after 75 years Credit: DC THOMSON PUBLICITY

Britain's longest-running comic has embraced the world wide web and will now be available to download online and as a smartphone and tablet app.

Dundee-based publisher DC Thompson announced in August that the weekly children's comic would make the transition into cyberspace following dwindling sales in recent years.

Coinciding with the launch, the last ever printed issue also goes on sale today.