(above) from 2008, with DESPERATE DAN seen through the hole
in the cardboard cover. Let's hope they publish another Beano special
WH SMITH's. Keep your eyes peeled.
UPDATE: And here's what it looks like (below). It's currently
available in some branches of WH Smith earlier than anticipated.
Contrary to information supplied to me earlier, the reprint contains
only 24 of the original 28 pages.
FOOTNOTE: Apparently, The Dandy's circulation has increased by
over 60% as a consequence of all the recent publicity surrounding its fate,
but it's unlikely to be enough to earn it a reprieve, sad to say. Incidentally,
around 90% of sales of certain DCT magazines are as a result of being
sold in WH Smith's, so the claim from some apologists that The Dandy's
failure was mainly down to factors other than readers' dissatisfaction
with the content appears to be somewhat tenuous.
Looking for the post about the last issue of The Dandy? Click here.