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Desperate Dan dresses as a clown
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Desperate Dan dresses as a clown

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Desperate Dan dresses as a clown. And he does it, he says, because there’s nobody around – brilliant! The mind boggles.

This is another great example of how a panel becomes surreal when it is taken from its narrative context and presented on its own. It becomes a snap-shot of action without any context. You can’t imagine what has gone before or what will happen afterwards. And if I were to give you the reason, you’d probably think it banal.

Dan made his appearance in the first issue of The Dandy – the sister comic to The Beano – which was dated 4 December 1937. His main characteristic is his strength, he’s able to lift a cow with one hand.

The character was created by Dudley D. Watkins, originally as an outlaw or ‘desperado’ (hence his name), but in time he turned into a goodie.

This panel is selected, like many of my panels and images, from before the digital age – in fact from a Dandy annual from the 1970s – and should make a great gift to anybody who is into retro, vintage, old school design. I tend to choose material from this era because it was the time I was growing up and my tastes and preferences were being formed.  Obviously, as I’m a screenprinter, I’m biased in favour of the handmade, so this style is right up my street. I hope it is yours.

I am the only screenprinter allowed to plunder the fabulous comic art archives of top British comic publisher DC Thomson.

Handmade, limited edition screen print on cotton paper, mould-made at the St Cuthbert Mill in Wells, Somerset.  

Standard size: 25cm x 19cm.
Medium size: 48cms x 38cms.

Signed and numbered in pencil by the printer, John Patrick Reynolds

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.

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