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Friday, 5 September 2014
D.C. THOMSON ANNUALS ON SALE NOW...
All images copyright D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd
My local WHS has just put a selection of Annuals on display, so,
tempted as I was to wait 'til nearer Christmas when the price comes
down, I snapped up the two you see before you in case they sell out.
At the moment, if you buy one, you get the other for £1, which works
out at only £7 each - quite a good buy. No doubt there will be other
competitive offers elsewhere, and the price is bound to decrease even
further at Christmas and the New Year (supplies permitting) if you'd
prefer to wait a bit. Anyway, let's consider THE BEANO &
It's satisfying to see that the pages are presented simply, with-
out all the 'dressing up' that DCT's designers usually over-apply, but
I still have a few quibbles. The colours on most of The Beano covers
seem bright and vibrant, whereas The Dandy ones seem pallid by com-
parison. It's as if one set of covers have been boosted, but the other set
haven't. Despite that, it's a nice little collection, even 'though, following
the mix-up of printing the same page twice in the recent Dandy Summer
Special, Thomson's compound that error by printing the last two
pages in the book out of sequence. (You can see the correct
order above, just below the cover.)
The OOR WULLIE & THE BROONS book is a delight,
being presented in full colour for the first time, and there's a great
selection of art by KEN H. HARRISON, DUDLEY D. WATKINS
and even two examples by ROBERT N. NIXON. The colouring gives
the pages a whole other dimension, 'though there are at least a couple of
instances where greater thought could have been put into its application.
In the two small images above, Wullie's hair is delineated quite clumsily,
with it growing from behind his ears in the first, and over his fore-
head and temples in the second.
However, these small but annoying quibbles aside, DCT
are to be commended for at least trying to do the right thing.
Once they actually manage to produce their output free of