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Desperate Dan says: “I can’t remember who I am”

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Desperate Dan says: “I can’t remember who I am”. The poor chap has obviously had too much to drink, or perhaps he’s been hit on the head. This is a good example of what happens when you take a panel out of its original comic context and present it on its own – you don’t know what’s happened before or what will happen after. You have to use your imagination to interpret it.

Anyway, he speaks for us all at some stage or other. Doesn’t he? Or is it just me?

I chose the panel not only for the speech bubble but also for the composition – it’s a neat simple drawing with the speech bubble and Dan’s chest as design elements framing his face.

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.
Large size: 76cms x 56cms.

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

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.