In September 2013, under licence from D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd, we printed and published 1,000 copies of the 76 page hardback book pictured below. With vintage style paper and matt laminated covers and dust jacket, the book faithfully reprinted the cover of every Beano and Dandy comic Christmas edition, from 1937 to 1969, in full size and full colour.
The Dandy and The Beano comics are British institutions evoking fond memories with their bold, bright front covers familiar to millions of boys and girls. Korky the Cat from The Dandy and Big Eggo and Biffo the Bear from The Beano were long-standing front cover stars and firm favourites with readers.
The Christmas issues had particularly attractive, stand-alone front covers and are widely collected today, so they were a natural choice to reprint. As collectors ourselves, it took us many years to acquire the original comics used in the production of the book. Once the collection was complete, they paved the way for our long term ambition of producing the book.
The unique compilation of every Christmas cover from the classic years, 1937 to 1969, of these two great national comic treasures has been relished by collectors, enthusiasts and nostalgia seekers as all 1,000 copies have now sold.
You may still be able to find copies available on eBay and Amazon as we sold the last few copies to a book wholesaler but we expect it will have sold out by Christmas 2016. After that, a few copies may emerge on the secondhand market as the odd collector moves on their collection.
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