Every week or so, I update this list of comics (British ones – DC Thomson/Fleetway, not the US Marvel/DC stuff) at my old blog: http://siandhisramblings.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/me-and-me-comics.html
However my ‘updates’, at the end of the blog post, before the actual list, have started getting longer. So, I think I’m going to start posting those updates here instead. Starting with today’s update, which, for no good reason, is also on the old blog as well.
I’m not going to move the list though. I’m awkward like that.
SEPTEMBER UPDATE: 1/9/12 – On Thursday, my Dad and sister went to Chesterfield Market and promised to get me some more comics. I was fearing that, with the print run of The Dandy nearing it’s end, prices may go up. And while they hadn’t gone up, they had gone. No Dandys available at all, and certainly none of the 80s comics I’d requested (I always ask them to keep a look out for some Beanos from the Summer Gnasher disappeared). So, I was brought a dozen or so Beanos from the early noughties, plus some annuals from the early eighties. Meanwhile…
THE PARENT TRAP: Also, three or four weeks ago, The Beano had a slight redesign. Gone were the recent ‘retro-esque’ covers of recent months, to be replaced with a bright, almost fluorescent, cover with a BeanoMax feel to it. The last couple of weeks also featured no issue number on the cover, something I’m glad to see has been resolved with this week’s issue. However, I’ve noticed that they’ve started ‘youthing’ the character’s parents. It started with Roger The Dodger’s parents a few weeks ago. His mum was younger, different, certainly, but it was his Dad which was a fairly drastic makeover job. Gone was the moustache and the grey hair, and Roger’s younger looking Dad had the same Roger-y hairstyle, but it was black, and he was clean-shaven. However, I thought it could be reasonably explained away by him simply having a shave, and buying a bottle of Just For Men.
But a couple of weeks ago, Gok Wan popped up in Dennis’s strip, and took away Dennis’s Mum and Dad for a makeover. They reappeared last week with drastic new looks.
These changes were one of the subjects in a questionnaire in the issue, which I thought was a good idea with regard to letting The Beano gage how much their young readers are actually bothered about the strip characters’ parents. But then, this week, Minnie The Minx’s Dad, who last week had been as thread-bare up top as ever, is suddenly younger and has a full head of ginger hair! Now, I realise, given the way I’ve moaned about people complaining that The Dandy‘s changed too much, hence it’s closure, that I could come across as something of a hypocrite. But all these changes in less than a month just seems a bit much to me. I’m still hoping for a big end-of-year strip, where it turns out all the kids have had their minds altered while aliens have kidnapped their real parents… If that doesn’t happen, I can deal with it, but if I turn to The Bash Street Kids next week, and Teacher’s suddenly 20 years younger, I’m not going to be happy…