Dandy 75: National Library Of Scotland Exhibition

The celebrations of The Dandy’s 75th birthday around the country include three different exhibitions, one in the Cartoon Museum in London, one in the Lamb Gallery at the University of Dundee (downthetubes feature here), and one in the National Library Of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Located on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town near the Castle, the National Library Of Scotland is one of the six legal deposit libraries of the British Isles (along with the British Library in London, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Cambridge University Library, Trinity College Library in Dublin and the National Library of Wales).

The NLS puts on a selection of free exhibitions throughout the year including one series under the title of ‘Treasures’ which change frequently and use a single room in the library’s foyer. The current Treasures exhibition covers the Art and History of The Dandy and features a selection of original artwork, both black and white and colour, original scripts both typed and longhand, plus comics, annuals and various other Dandy items. While the exhibition is not large, it has an impressive array of items from all eras of the title.

The NLS previous has put on the impressive Local Heroes: The Art Of The Graphic Novel exhibition which was featured on downthetubes here, and we also interviewed the curator of the exhibition, John Birch, on the main downthetubes.net site.

Issue 22 of the library’s free magazine, Discover NLS, is also of interest as it includes a two page Dandy strip by long time DC Thomson artist Jim Glen especially created for the magazine featuring Desperate Dan and a whole host of Dandy characters delivering the items for display from the Dandy office to the NLS. Needless to say things do not go smoothly when Hungry Horace and Greedy Pigg discover the NLS’s recently opened cafe. Discover NLS issue 22 is available to read on-line here.

The Art And History Of The Dandy exhibition at the National Library Of Scotland runs until February 3 2013 and is free. There are more details including opening hours at the National Library Of Scotland website.


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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