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First-ever Dandy to hit auction.

A RARE copy of the first Dandy annual, published before the outbreak of the Second World War, is to be sold at auction.

The 1939 Dandy Monster Comic, published late in 1938, was the first of 81 editions of the annual to be published.

It features many of the characters that went on to become household comic names, such as Desperate Dan and Korky The Cat.

The annual, which had an original cover price of 2/6, has a pre-sale estimate of PS1,200 to PS1,500 ahead of this month's auction, and will be sold as part of a book sale at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers in Aylsham, Norfolk.

The Dandy comic was first published in December 1937 and continued until December 2012 in printed form, then for a further six months online.

It has been discontinued by publisher DC Thomson but annuals and occasional summer specials continue to be published. Keys auction house last year sold a copy of the first ever Beano annual, from 1940, for PS2,700.

Keys head of books, Andrew Lindsay-Bullock, said: "It is very rare to see a copy of the first ever Dandy annual, especially in such good condition."

The book sale takes place on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12.


Daniel Smith of Keys Auctioneers Book Department holding the 1939 Dandy Annual ANDY NEWMAN

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2019
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