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Desperate Dan scratches his back with barbed wire

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Desperate Dan scratches his back with barbed wire. The Dandy’s big man shows how tough he is by using barbed wire to satisfy an itch.

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.

Medium size: 48cms x 38cms.

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

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.