Paul McCartney is to appear in the final print edition of The Dandy before it becomes a digital-only publication. The former Beatle was apparently a big fan of the comic when growing up in Liverpool and when it was announced in August that it would soon become a digital-only venture, he sent a letter to The Dandy’s publishers to ask if he could be in it.
He wrote in his letter: “I feel a little sadness that I see its final issue is appearing in December. In 1963, in the NME, when asked what my personal ambition was, I replied: ‘To have my picture in The Dandy!’ I hope it’s not too late!”
Seemingly it was not, the print edition’s editor Craig Graham saying: “When the decision was taken to stop printing The Dandy and take it online earlier this year, it really was a case of now or never. Sir Paul wrote a lovely letter to us, wishing The Dandy well and hoping it wasn’t too late to make an appearance. How could we refuse?”
And so, it shall come to pass that McCartney will not only appear in the publication shaking hands with Desperate Dan, but he’ll also lead the magazine’s cast of characters in a ‘singalong’ of ‘Hey Jude’, which should ensure that a) children reading the final Dandy comic will be confused, and b) it’ll be about 132 pages longer than usual.
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