Paul McCartney. Photo MCT
Paul McCartney will fulfill a lifelong wish this week
when he appears in the final print edition of Britain's
longest-running children's comic The Dandy, a favourite of the
ex-Beatle when he was growing up in Liverpool.
The comic that brought beloved characters including
pie-eating cowboy Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat to millions
of homes is going digital-only from Tuesday (local time), 75
years after it was first published.
The weekly publication sold more than two million copies in
its 1950s heyday, but with children lured by alternative
entertainment from television and video games, circulation
fell to less than 8000.
Published in the Scottish city of Dundee by DC Thomson,
executives are describing digital-only Dandy as a chance for
a "new lease of life" rather than the beginning of the end.
McCartney contacted Dandy after the digital switch was first
announced in August.
He said that in an interview with music magazine NME in 1963
he was asked what his personal ambition was, and he replied
that he wanted to have his picture in The Dandy.
"I hope it's not too late!" the 70-year-old wrote in a
letter. "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
He will be seen grimacing as Desperate Dan squeezes his
fingers in a firm handshake, after which McCartney leads 50
of the comic's most famous characters in a sing-a-long of the
Beatles hit "Hey Jude".