Desperate Dan eats giant cow pie

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I’ve printed this image of our favourite urban cowboy eating his favourite food – for the first time in a medium size. Until now it’s only been available in my standard size, 26cms x 19cms.

There are horns sticking out of the pie. Sometimes there are hooves also.

Dan made his appearance in the first issue of The Dandy – the sister comic to The Beano – 0n 4 December 1937. His main characteristic is his strength – he’s able to lift a cow with one hand.

The character was created by Dudley D. Watkins, originally as an outlaw or ‘desperado’ (hence his name), but in time he turned into a goodie.

This panel is selected, like many of my panels and images, from before the digital age – in fact from a Dandy annual from the 1970s – and should make a great gift to anybody who is into retro, vintage, old school design. I tend to choose material from this era because it was the time I was growing up and my tastes and preferences were being formed.  Obviously, as I’m a screenprinter, I’m biased in favour of the handmade, so this style is right up my street. I hope it is yours.

I am the only screenprinter allowed to plunder the fabulous comic art archives of top British comic publisher DC Thomson.

Handmade, limited edition screen print on cotton paper, mould-made at the St Cuthbert Mill in Wells, Somerset.  

Standard size: 25cm x 19cm.

Signed and numbered in pencil by me, the printer, John Patrick Reynolds

Officially approved by The Dandy publisher DC Thomson.

© D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd.

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