The Dandy's Dan goes digital: After 75 years Britain's one-time favourite comic is replaced with online version The Dandy, the world's third-longest-running comic magazine will switch to online publication on TuesdayThe comic, which launched in 1937, was once the nation's favourite and sold two million a weekRecent sales figures have slumped to around 8,000 By Amanda Williams PUBLISHED: 13:03 GMT, 2 December 2012 | UPDATED: 13:52 GMT, 2 December 2012 For many the sight of his grinning face tucking into a 'cow pie' brings back memories of a happier and simpler time – the golden age of comics when children would excitedly part with pocket money for the next installment of their hero's escapades. In the wake of World War Two, the Dandy Comic was the nation's children's best loved buy, and despite households still relying on ration books, the magazine had a circulation which topped two million. But now, as Dandy Dan – the comics best known character – approaches his 75th birthday and following a steep drop in circulation in recent years, the world's third-longest-running comic magazine will switch to online only publication.
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