Royal Mail’s Comic Stamp Set

\"\"Stand by for 1st Class fun and frolics as Royal Mail pays homage to the great British comic on ten new stamps. Comics, issued on 20th March, also marks the 75th birthday of The Dandy, Britain’s longest running comic, and celebrates by featuring 10 comic front covers, together with one of its iconic characters.So if The Topper, Tiger, Bunty or Buster were a weekly part of your childhood this issue will definitely bring back some happy memories. But where did it all start? British comics emerged from weekly ‘story papers’ such as Boy’s Own and The Magnet (featuring Billy Bunter), but in December 1937 DC Thomson launched The Dandy, featuring rollicking comic strip adventures with individual speech balloons rather than blocks of text.The Beano followed just over 6 months later and from that point publishers new they were on to a winner, with an explosion of titles after the Second World War including The Beezer, Eagle, Mandy and Twinkle. At that time there was a comic to suit every child, but as the decades rolled by weeklies folded or merged as readers lost that weekly habit.Today, from Royal Mail’s selection, The Dandy, The Beano and 2000 AD, (launched in 1977) are still successful and remain in circulation and their much loved characters, including Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace and zero-tolerance super-cop Judge Dredd live on in the nation’s heart.  Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “For over a century, Britain’s uniquely eccentric comics have brought cheer to generations of readers. More importantly it has presented us with a cast of characters that, like the memories of those comics themselves, remain with us throughout our lives.”

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