More used to being on stage in front of thousands of people than being a cartoon character, Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has finally achieved a lifelong personal ambition of appearing in the final printed edition of a childhood favourite comic The Dandy.
Due to a slump in sales, The Dandy – who’s star characters include Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat – is to hit newsagent and shop shelves for the last time on 4th December after a staggering 75 year run.
But after sitting down and writing a letter to the editor, Sir Paul managed to secure himself a cameo appearance in the swansong of this once great British institution.
The ambition dated back to the early days of Beatlemania in the 60’s. “The Dandy was a favourite comic of mine when growing up in Liverpool and each week I would look forward to the exploits of Desperate Dan and his other comic book colleagues.” Said Macca, “I feel a little sadness that I see its final issue is appearing in December. In 1963, in the NME, when asked what my personal ambition was, I replied – to have my picture in The Dandy! I hope it’s not too late!”
Editor Craig Graham was happy to oblige, saying: “When the decision was taken to stop printing The Dandy and take it online earlier this year, it really was a case of now or never. Sir Paul wrote a lovely letter to us, wishing us well and hoping it wasn’t too late to make an appearance. How could we refuse?”
This isn’t the first time that Paul McCartney has appeared in cartoon form. His first cartoon form was in the Beatles TV show, running from 1965 to 1967. Next up was his more ‘hippiefied’ appearance in the Yellow Submarine movie. More recently in 1995 Macca made a cameo in The Simpsons episode Lisa the Vegetarian. However his Dandy appearance is his first in a comic.
While sales of The Dandy have dropped from over 2 million copies per week to a mere 8,000 copies per week, Dandy fans will still be able to catch up with their favourite characters on the official website.