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for 2013 with that of the Beryl strip in the late, lamented weekly, I note
that her father is different in both strips. In the Annual, it's the 'original'
father (who was surely DENNIS's Dad's twin brother), while in the weekly,
it's an updated version who has a little hippy beard. Over in The BEANO,
I see that Dennis also has a new set of parents. Perhaps, in Dennis's case,
it's to tie-in with his TV cartoon series, but, if not, I'm bound to ask why
they make such changes?
overlooks is that kids don't bother with such things, even if they notice
them. It's adult editors who get their knickers in a twist over Dennis's or
Beryl's Dad looking 'too middle-aged' for today's young readers. When I
was a kid, teachers wearing gowns and mortarboard hats in the WINKER
WATSON strip weren't something that most 1960s youngsters had ever
experienced outside of an old WILL HAY movie, but it never seemed
anomalous in the slightest. We probably just subconsciously assumed
that schools where teachers wore such apparel existed somewhere.
DAVEY LAW drew Dennis's Mum and Dad which was funny to see, so
to 'update' them (and in the process diminish the visual humour of Dad's
pinstripe suit and Mum's woolly jumper) is to miss the point entirely. Leave
these comic strip icons alone, DCT editors, and instead focus on making the
strips funny, rather than worrying about them looking 'with it'. Having said
that, however, I've actually been getting a few chuckles from The Beano
recently, and this week's Dennis strip was a nice little read. If the comic
continues in the same vein, I might continue to buy it, but I'd still prefer
to see the characters with their original set of parents, rather than
the new, young, trendy ones they've been given in recent years.
What do the rest of you think? Agree, disagree, couldn't
care less? Let rip in the comments section.
Incidentally, look at the lettering on the above pages. Note that
the easiest one to read at a glance is the classic Dennis story. Now
if only D.C. THOMSON would take note.