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Desperate Dan seeks advice

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Desperate Dan seeks advice – on catching something but we know not what.

The two speech bubbles and the two figures neatly balance each other. It’s a panel taken from the midst of a story – we don’t know what happens before or after, we don’t know what Dan is trying to capture, we just have this snapshot. I love the sense of interrupted action. What great advice: wise and pragmatic. And what great puzzlement on Dan’s face.

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: 26cms x 19cms – not yet available. Contact [email protected] if you want one.

Medium size: 48cms x 38cms 

Large size: 76cms x 56cms – not yet available. Contact [email protected] if you want one.

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

Officially approved by The Dandy publisher, DC Thomson.

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.