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As someone who grew up reading all the children’s classic comics such as The Dandy and Beano, I find it incredibly sad that the Dandy is facing closure due to low circulation.

I even used to subscribe to the Dandy, and waited eagerly every week for the postman to deliver it so I could catch up on the antics of Desperate Dan et al.

That’s if my Dad didn’t get to the doormat first, as I had to get in quick as he always wanted to read it before me! Cue a small me sat twiddling my thumbs, huffing and puffing until he’d finished.

I was even a member of The Desperate Dan Club. You got sent a badge, and had a secret Desperate Dan club password that you weren’t allowed to tell anyone who wasn’t part of the ‘Club.’

Ah, those were the days.

Which is why I think it’s such a shame that it is now facing closure due to not enough children being interested in magazine reading, and would rather play on games consoles instead.

Do they not know what they’re missing out on?!

Fancy preferring to sit there in front of the tellybox instead, or playing some inane game.

What they need is a good comic to stimulate their imagination.

I’ve bought the Dandy a few times in the past couple of years in the hope that my 8 year old would read it. (Well, I bought it on the pretence it was for him. It was for me really.)

After choking at the price (HOW MUCH?! It was about 27p last time I bought it! 🙂 ) he did have a read, and a chuckle.

Then promptly went back to his preferred magazines of choice, namely Match, Strike, Kick, and all the other football related ones.

Well, at least he’s got a magazine habit. Which, apparently is more than can be said for most kids these days if the slump in kids comic and magazine sales is anything to go by.

If we want to keep the comic industry alive, let’s all revive our children’s interest in cartoon characters.

Where would be without these?!

Desperate Dan and his cow pie

The Beano

Dennis The Menace

The Bash Street Kids

Plug and Smiffy being my two favourites.

Or how about Colonel Blink from the Beezer…

Don’t let a whole new generation miss out……

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/aug/13/oldest-comic-the-dandy-faces-closure

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For as long as I can remember  I’ve always loved magazines, and even to this day, long after my teens, I still dash to the shops when all the new titles are out.

I remember the obsession starting around the time an aunt who used to work in a newsagent used to give me a handful of different comics and magazines every week.

I’m no better nowadays, in fact I’m worse!

As a child. it would be Twinkle comic, and reading about the antics of Nurse Nancy looking after her dolls in her Toy Hospital.

Then a little older,  I’d get off the school bus and it’d be a trip across the road to the local shop to buy the latest copy of Look – In, Smash Hits, TV Hits,  or Just Seventeen magazine.

Then getting home and carefully taking out the posters and sticking them up all over the wall.

If you wanted something to read apart from the celeb goss and music interviews, you couldn’t beat the good old fashioned photo stories you got.

The ones with the photos and the speech bubbles coming out of of the people’s heads. Can you even get them anymore?! I haven’t seen one of those for ages….

Blue Jeans, and also Patches magazine were both firm favourites.

Nowadays I still read everything and anything, from Heat for the weekly celeb gossip to Take A Break for the real life stories.

I’m sure there’s lots more I used to read that I’ve completely forgotten about!

Were you a magazine nut like me?

 

You can find what others used to read and have some more nostalgia moments over here: http://saveeverystep.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/old-teen-magazines-lifes-a-journey-blog-hop-week-18/

 

 

 

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