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13th Apr '16 5:09:13 PM DrNoPuma
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* WorldsStrongestMan: Desperate Dan. One memorable strip (reproduced in the Beano and Dandy 50 Golden Years book) shows various exotic strongmen from countries all over the world competing, each of them lifting up huge weights, other people or even an elephant...only to reveal that Dan has tunnelled up from beneath and is holding up the podium, all the strongmen and everything they're lifting as well!

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* WorldsStrongestMan: Desperate Dan. One memorable strip (reproduced in the Beano and Dandy 50 Golden Years book) shows various exotic strongmen from countries all over the world competing, each of them lifting up huge weights, other people or even an elephant...only to reveal that Dan has tunnelled up from beneath and is holding up the podium, all the strongmen and everything they're lifting as well!well!
* XylophonesForWalkingBones: ''Eddie Potter'' had a strip where the titular character holds ''Series/PopIdol'' style talent show auditions at his school, which is populated by macabre creatures including werewolves and living skeletons. One of the acts involves a group of skeletons using their own bones as musical instruments.
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31st Oct '15 4:48:26 PM nombretomado
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See TheBeano, The Dandy's partner-in-mischief.

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See TheBeano, ComicBook/TheBeano, The Dandy's partner-in-mischief.



** The Smasher looks ''really'' suspiciously similar to [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]] from supposed rival comic TheBeano, even though his personality is different.

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** The Smasher looks ''really'' suspiciously similar to [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]] from supposed rival comic TheBeano, ComicBook/TheBeano, even though his personality is different.



* NoFourthWall: As with TheBeano, characters from The Dandy have been known to have a chat now and then with their writers and artists.
** In one Dandy Book, Dan's greatest enemies [[{{EvilCounterpart}} Dangerous Dan McGrew]] and [[PlantPerson Cactusman]] managed to hold the editor of The Dandy hostage, so that [[{{DangerouslyGenreSavvy}} they would always win]]. Naturally, they didn't succeed [[spoiler:and Dan managed [[{{ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections}} to pull a few strings]] with the editor of TheBeano. The last page of Dan's story showed the two baddies [[{{CrossoverPunchline}} on the cover of the latest issue of The Beano]], [[{{CoolAndUnusualPunishment}} reduced to picking daisies]], where a [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK certain spiky-haired youth]] observed them from a distance... ]]

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* NoFourthWall: As with TheBeano, ComicBook/TheBeano, characters from The Dandy have been known to have a chat now and then with their writers and artists.
** In one Dandy Book, Dan's greatest enemies [[{{EvilCounterpart}} [[EvilCounterpart Dangerous Dan McGrew]] and [[PlantPerson Cactusman]] managed to hold the editor of The Dandy hostage, so that [[{{DangerouslyGenreSavvy}} [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they would always win]]. Naturally, they didn't succeed [[spoiler:and Dan managed [[{{ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections}} [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections to pull a few strings]] with the editor of TheBeano. ComicBook/TheBeano. The last page of Dan's story showed the two baddies [[{{CrossoverPunchline}} [[CrossoverPunchline on the cover of the latest issue of The Beano]], [[{{CoolAndUnusualPunishment}} [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment reduced to picking daisies]], where a [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK certain spiky-haired youth]] observed them from a distance... ]]



* RaceLift: In the digital comic's story Retro Active, Kat has dark skin. She's actually a sucessor to [[TheBeano Billy the Cat]]'s former sidekick Katie, who is white.

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* RaceLift: In the digital comic's story Retro Active, Kat has dark skin. She's actually a sucessor successor to [[TheBeano [[ComicBook/TheBeano Billy the Cat]]'s former sidekick Katie, who is white.



* TakeThat: ''TheBeano'' and ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' have a friendly rivalry which often involves taking popshots at each other (e.g. characters being threatened with the possibility of getting sent to the other comic).

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* TakeThat: ''TheBeano'' ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' and ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' have a friendly rivalry which often involves taking popshots at each other (e.g. characters being threatened with the possibility of getting sent to the other comic).
30th Oct '15 1:49:54 PM StFan
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* {{Expy}}: The Smasher looks ''really'' suspiciously similar to [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]] from supposed rival comic TheBeano, even though his personality is different.
** Depending on who you ask, Hector Spectre is either an expy or a SpiritualSuccessor to an earlier character called Edd Chumley, who appeared in a strip called ''Meet Edd: He's A Ghost'' in TheBeezer [[ComicBook/TheTopper and Topper]]. Both strips involved [[HeadlessHorseman headless ghosts]] in Elizabethan get-up with rural dialects and accompanied by a grey cat, both drawn by David Mostyn. The main difference was that Hector haunted a stately home, whereas Edd's home was said to be long since demolished. It's likely that a different main character was created as Edd looked very much like a [[DistaffCounterpart male version of Molly.]]

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* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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The Smasher looks ''really'' suspiciously similar to [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis the Menace]] from supposed rival comic TheBeano, even though his personality is different.
** Depending on who you ask, Hector Spectre is either an expy or a SpiritualSuccessor to an earlier character called Edd Chumley, who appeared in a strip called ''Meet Edd: He's A Ghost'' in TheBeezer [[ComicBook/TheTopper ''ComicBook/TheBeezer'' and Topper]].''[[ComicBook/TheTopper Topper]]''. Both strips involved [[HeadlessHorseman headless ghosts]] in Elizabethan get-up with rural dialects and accompanied by a grey cat, both drawn by David Mostyn. The main difference was that Hector haunted a stately home, whereas Edd's home was said to be long since demolished. It's likely that a different main character was created as Edd looked very much like a [[DistaffCounterpart male version of Molly.]]
25th Oct '15 2:55:47 AM calmestofdoves
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* StubbornHair: Desperate Dan is always depicted with very tough stubble which in extremis he can use to file or grind metal. He has to shave with a blowtorch and a sharpened spade when he needs to tidy up.
9th Sep '15 5:10:07 PM smalltime
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* UglyGuyHotWife: Cuddles and Dimples' parents after their 2004 redesign.
6th Sep '15 5:31:38 AM smalltime
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Cuddles and Dimples were originally neighbours before they were changed into brothers.
12th May '15 4:15:00 PM nombretomado
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* [[GoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] SuperHero: There's actually a 1940s superhero, The Amazing Mr X, who got brought back as part of the superhero team in digital strip Retro Active.

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* [[GoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] SuperHero: There's actually a 1940s superhero, The Amazing Mr X, who got brought back as part of the superhero team in digital strip Retro Active.
23rd Apr '15 4:31:52 PM Exxolon
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The print version of the comic ceased publication on its 75th anniversary in December 2012; an online version lasted just 13 issues before the comic ended for good in July 2013. However the ''The Dandy Annual'' will continue to be published for the foreeable future.

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The print version of the comic ceased publication on its 75th anniversary in December 2012; an online version lasted just 13 issues before the comic ended for good in July 2013. However the ''The Dandy Annual'' will continue to be published for the foreeable forseeable future.
13th Apr '15 11:51:39 AM Exxolon
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The print version of the comic ceased publication on its 75th anniversary in December 2012; an online version lasted just 13 issues before the comic ended for good in July 2013.

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The print version of the comic ceased publication on its 75th anniversary in December 2012; an online version lasted just 13 issues before the comic ended for good in July 2013.
2013. However the ''The Dandy Annual'' will continue to be published for the foreeable future.
27th Jan '15 11:13:19 AM mlsmithca
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** In fact, in both this comic and TheBeano, almost all of the characters seem to crave large meals (often referred to as a [[AntiquatedLinguistics "slap up feed"]]). Traditionally, such a "slap up feed" (often depicted as a massive pile of mashed potatoes with sausages sticking out of it, but sweets, pies and cakes are also popular) was the usual reward at the end of a strip if the characters won whatever contest or outsmarted whichever opponent appeared in the plot that week, and it still crops up today. There's a fascinating historical context to this: WorldWarII happened early in the development of these comics, when rationing and hardship meant that the idea of being able to gorge on large meals or piles of sweets actually ''was'' something for the children reading the comics to dream of.

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** In fact, in both this comic and TheBeano, ComicBook/TheBeano, almost all of the characters seem to crave large meals (often referred to as a [[AntiquatedLinguistics "slap up feed"]]). Traditionally, such a "slap up feed" (often depicted as a massive pile of mashed potatoes with sausages sticking out of it, but sweets, pies and cakes are also popular) was the usual reward at the end of a strip if the characters won whatever contest or outsmarted whichever opponent appeared in the plot that week, and it still crops up today. There's a fascinating historical context to this: WorldWarII happened early in the development of these comics, when rationing and hardship meant that the idea of being able to gorge on large meals or piles of sweets actually ''was'' something for the children reading the comics to dream of.



* ComicsMerger : Merged with Hoot and Nutty (original home of ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}).

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* ComicsMerger : ComicsMerger: Merged with Hoot and Nutty (original home of ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}).



** Depending on who you ask, Hector Spectre is either an expy or a SpiritualSuccessor to an earlier character called Edd Chumley, who appeared in a strip called ''Meet Edd: He's A Ghost'' in TheBeezer [[TheTopper and Topper]]. Both strips involved [[HeadlessHorseman headless ghosts]] in Elizabethan get-up with rural dialects and accompanied by a grey cat, both drawn by David Mostyn. The main difference was that Hector haunted a stately home, whereas Edd's home was said to be long since demolished. It's likely that a different main character was created as Edd looked very much like a [[DistaffCounterpart male version of Molly.]]
* FriendToAllChildren Desperate Dan is always solving the neighbourhood kids' problems in ridiculous, over-the-top ways.

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** Depending on who you ask, Hector Spectre is either an expy or a SpiritualSuccessor to an earlier character called Edd Chumley, who appeared in a strip called ''Meet Edd: He's A Ghost'' in TheBeezer [[TheTopper [[ComicBook/TheTopper and Topper]]. Both strips involved [[HeadlessHorseman headless ghosts]] in Elizabethan get-up with rural dialects and accompanied by a grey cat, both drawn by David Mostyn. The main difference was that Hector haunted a stately home, whereas Edd's home was said to be long since demolished. It's likely that a different main character was created as Edd looked very much like a [[DistaffCounterpart male version of Molly.]]
* FriendToAllChildren FriendToAllChildren: Desperate Dan is always solving the neighbourhood kids' problems in ridiculous, over-the-top ways.
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