I’ve printed the very first panels of Oor Wullie and The Broons, published in the Sunday Post, Dundee, on March 8, 1936 by DC Thomson.
I’m issuing them now to celebrate the characters’ 80th anniversary.
As ever, the paper I’ve used is mould-made cotton paper milled in Somerset and the editions are limited to 200.
I am able to screenprint these characters courtesy an arrangement with publishers DC Thomson. I am the only screenprinter with such a deal.
They are currently in my standard-size range, 26cms x 19cms, RRP £40 unframed and £16 to my trade customers. Please let me know if you would like to buy them in a bigger format.
Oor Wullie’s characteristics are spiky hair, dungarees and he often sits on an upturned bucket to sum up his situation for us.
The Broons are an 11-strong family. The members are Paw, Maw, Granpaw, Hen, Daphne, Joe, Maggie, Horace, The Twins, The Bairn.
The Broons first appeared in The Sunday Post, Dundee, in March 1936, drawn by the legendary draftsman Dudley D. Watkins, who continued to draw the characters until his death in 1969. They are still appearing every week in The Sunday Post.
The strips were drawn by the legendary draftsman Dudley D. Watkins, who continued to draw the characters until his death in 1969. They are still appearing every week in The Sunday Post.
I especially enjoy using Watkins’s panels in my screenprints as they were drawn so well – he took great pains to give each panel a well balanced composition. And with just a few lines he was able to give a huge range of expressions to his characters.
The Broons and Oor Wullie have become hugely popular across Scotland – and often seem to regarded as part of Scots’ extended families.
I love the stories for their invention and the language that the characters use – it’s full of Scottish turns of phrase which you don’t often see elsewhere.
The Broons and Oor Wullie are known to every Scot – wherever they may be. Many of my customers are Scots or the children or grandchildren of Scots who live outside Scotland.
John Reynolds (07980 844906)