Following the popularity of Phil’s Comics first book in 2013, which reprinted the classic Christmas covers of Beano and The Dandy from 1937-1969, this book celebrates some of the very best front covers of our two favourite British comics from 1937 to 1988, their first fifty years.
Published under license from Beano Studios, the eighty Beano covers and eighty covers of The Dandy chosen are some of the most iconic and attractive front covers, made up of firework, Easter, new year, Christmas, landmark issues, birthday numbers, free gift editions and some that just tickled our fancy. They were supplied from our own collection but many came from a handful of other collectors who very kindly supplied scans of elusive comics.
The covers feature the well known and loved comic stars Big Eggo, Biffo the Bear, and Dennis and Gnasher in Beano, whilst The Dandy covers feature Korky the Cat and Desperate Dan (and the one and only Keyhole Kate cover from the 1940s). The main artists who drew the covers in this book are Reg Carter, Dudley Watkins and David Sutherland in Beano, whilst the Dandy covers were drawn by James Crichton, Charles Grigg, David Gudgeon and Ken Harrison; some of the best known and prolific British comic artists.
There’s a four page introduction and the added bonus of four unseen pages of original front cover artwork, provided by the archivists at DC Thomson & Co., Ltd.
The book is hardback with a matt laminated dustjacket and 176 full colour, 140gsm uncoated matt pages, emulating old comic paper. It’s nearly an inch thick so is very much a coffee table book to be browsed and read again and again.
Collectors spend years building wonderful collections of sought-after special issue comics with attractive front covers, such as the ones in this book. They’re often stored away to preserve them and therefore difficult to view, so this book is a one-stop book to enjoy a total of 160 glorious front covers. An absolute must for collectors and fans of Beano and The Dandy, plus anyone who may have read the comics in that classic era of 1937 to 1988.
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