Tuesday, 11 December 2012

THE END IS NIGH...


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According to what some people are saying, based on ancient Mayan prophecies, the end of the world is nigh.  I don't buy it - not yet, anyway.  However, I can understand how people could be misled into thinking that such was the case.  The world - as you and I both know it - is essentially 'expiring' at an alarming rate, what with the steadily-increasing deaths of celebrities we grew up with (or their once-good reputations tarnished beyond repair), the advance of technology, the change in society's habits - and, last but not least - the death of The DANDY.

 

Yeah, I know what you're thinking:  "You cannot be serious!"  However, it seems to me, and to those of a similar age, that the world today is far different to the one we grew up in.  And remember, we grew up with radio, colour television, the telephone, computer games, video recorders, space travel, etc., so we were hardly in the stone age.  With the demise of The Dandy, it's one more nail in the coffin for the world with which we (that is, my contemporaries and I) were once so familiar.

 

Every Christmas, toys such as ACTION MAN, LEGO, MECCANOAIRFIX, CORGI, DINKY, MATCHBOX, etc., to choose from; truckloads of colourful, sturdy Annuals on sale, Yuletide numbers of seemingly innumerable, favourite comic weeklies - essential elements which flavoured our very experience of the Season and gave it the magic which we so fondly remember. I hope that the children of today will look back in adult years on their childhoods and remember them with equal fondness, but I have a hard time believing that they could ever be as magical as my own.  Yeah, I know - I'm sure that every generation thinks the same.


Every time someone dies, the world for them has effectively ended (natch), so it shouldn't be such a difficult prospect for the rest of us to come to terms with. However, this year, with just one remaining British comic of yesteryear left standing, it really does seem that the world we once knew is coming to an end. The CHRISTMAS BEANO is going to feel mighty lonely this year as it peeks out from newsagents' shelves.  Will it even be here in December 2013?


Welcome to my world.  It's dead, Jim!  (Or very nearly.)  Anyway, on that cheerful note, enjoy reading the above Christmas cover stories from a time when the world of comics was in far better shape than it is today.  (Not to mention far more recog-nizable to people of my age group.)    

10 comments:

Mr Straightman said...

All I can usefully add to that is that old comics rule. Nuff said.

Kid said...

Yup, those were the days.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

You had me worried then - thought you'd got some "inside information" that the Beano was getting scrapped as well!

Kid said...

I occasionally have to tease you lot into reading the p*sh I write with an intriguing title, THB. Otherwise I'd be the only one reading some of my posts.

Smiffy said...

It wouldn't surprize me if it went next year.

Kid said...

I'd give it a bit longer than a year, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happens some day. It's almost inevitable unless they can pull in new readers.

Anonymous said...

Every comic ends eventually. It's a prediction you can't fail to be right about.

You forgot 2000AD as another old weekly that's still around.

baab said...

Well,unless the Mayans also used the gregorian calendar,nothing is going to happen.
Pope Ratzinger released info last week (which appears to have been lost to the likes of royal family drama)
informing the world that they dont know when the christ was born-neither the month nor the year.
They reckon they are out by about seven years,but not really sure...
So its not 2012 AD.....
I asked someone last night if they knew why this was considered 2012 AD and their reply,"It comes after 2011 AD!"
I did not go into any more detail.

Mr Straightman said...

There's no reason why the Beano shouldn't enjoy a further 75 years, as long as they don't make the mistakes the Dandy made.

Kid said...

But 'Tom' (er, Anon), I'm not 'predicting' its 'inevitable' demise - I'm lamenting it. Personally, I'd like The Beano to be around forever.

Nah, I didn't forget 2000 A.D., I just didn't include it. It came out in 1977 - which, to me, is only 'yesterday'. I was only thinking of comics that had been around in my childhood and before.

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So we can relax for a bit longer, Baab? Phew!

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Very true, Mr S - but there was no reason for The Dandy to have made those mistakes. Now, The Dandy editor is The Beano editor - will he have learned from his mistakes on The Dandy? Time will tell.



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