The Dandy’s Korky the Cat hits, er… the catwalk! Thanks to top fashion designer Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney -2017 Dandy Collection
Image: Stella McCartney

The Dandy comic may sadly be long gone but Beano Studios has teamed up with fashion designer Stella McCartney to bring some of its characters back into the public eye for her autumn 2017 collection.

Korky the Cat, Dinah Mo and mischievous twins Cuddles and Dimples all feature on the print, which appears in 15 pieces of the designer’s ready-to-wear collection.

Styles  include an all-in-one, outwear jackets lined with the print, dresses and separates, t-shirts, intarsia knits, denim jeans and a sweatshirt with embroidery applique.

The collection will be available in stores worldwide from May, but it’s strictly for the well-heeled Dandy fan – prices range from £170 for a t-shirt to £1,260 for a parka!

Stella McCartney -2017 Dandy Collection
Image: Stella McCartney

“The humour and artistry of comic strip animation touches your heart and your memory bank,” says Stella McCartney.

“In this collaboration, fun and fashion go hand in hand and we are able to incorporate sustainable, stylish, timeless pieces while celebrating the inner child in our spirit.”

“We’re delighted to be working alongside Stella McCartney and her team to give iconic British comic characters, Korky, Dinah Mo and Cuddles & Dimples a fresh new context,” commented Emma Scott, CEO at Beano Studios.

The Dandy Issue One
The Dandy Issue One, published in 1937.

“Our mission at Beano Studios is to entertain all kids (even grown up ones) by bringing our infamous rebellious streak to life in a range of new ideas, from fashion to movies to apps.

“Thanks Stella – we love your take on our world.”

First published in 1937, six months before its sister comic The Beano, The Dandy entertained children weekly for decades with the adventures of characters such as Desperate Dan and Beryl the Peril, until the demise of its print edition back in 2012. Sadly, an attempt to continue the title as a digital comic foundered, but The Dandy annual is still published every year.

Korky the Cat first appeared in The Dandy in 1937, eventually becoming the comic’s cover star for many years. 10-year-old Dinah Mo always caused chaos and destruction wherever she went, as did cheeky toddler twins Cuddles and Dimples, who arrived in the comic in 1986.

The Dandy featured a cameo from Stella McCartney’s father Sir Paul McCartney in its final weekly issue in 2012. Back in 1963, when The Beatles were hitting their stride in the pop charts, he said it was his ambition to appear in the comic.

Sir Paul appears alongside the likes of  Desperate Dan, unaware of the strength of his formidable handshake, grimacing as the cowboy crushes the bass player’s fingers (thankfully the ones on his right hand – Sir Paul plays a left-handed guitar).

Paul then lead 50 of the comic’s most famous characters in a sing-along version of “Hey Jude”, including Korky and Bananman, who still appears in Beano comic today.

Stella McCartney Official Site

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Sir Paul McCartney pays tribute to The Dandy in its last ever print edition
Sir Paul McCartney pays tribute to The Dandy in its last ever print edition
Desperate Dan just doesn't know his own strength - and Sir Paul has forgotten, too!
Desperate Dan just doesn’t know his own strength – and Sir Paul has forgotten, too!

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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