1 week has gone and I haven't done my Dandy review yet?! I'm sorry comic fans!
Anyway, I'm going to refer to it like it was this week's if that's okay with you... Anyway...
So, a brilliant issue, this week's was another brilliant 44 pager and was also not only the Easter Special but also known as the Fanton Special as well as Andy does rather a lot in this week's issue!!
So, on with the contents!
PG 1: Front Cover - Bananaman - Wayne Thompson
PG 2: Jokes - Jamie Smart
PG 3: What's Inside? (With Rocky O'Flair - Wayne Thompson)
PG 4: Harry Hill's Real Life Adventures in TV Land - Nigel Parkinson
PG 6: The Mighty Bork - Wayne Thompson
PG 7: Madvertisement: Madbury's Chrome Egg - Andy Fanton
PG 8: Kid Cops - Lew Stringer
PG 9: Shorts: Springwatch - Andy Fanton NEW!, Britain's NOT got Talent - Karl Dixon, Mad March Hare - Andy Fanton NEW!, The Eggheads - Nigel Auchterlounie NEW!
PG 10: Puzzle: Is your Teacher an Alien? - Duncan Scott
PG 11: Advert: Beyblade (I played with them when I was a little 'un!!) :D
PG 12: Bone-O - Mike Donaldson
PG 13: Clown Wars - Nik Holmes
PG 14: The Bogies: Double Blow Seven - Nigel Auchterlounie
PG 15: Smashed Hits - Unknown
PG 16: The Arena of Awesome (Beano Editor: Mike 'First Strike' Stirling VS 'Crushin' Craig Graham) - Jamie Smart
PG 18: Yore - The Etherington Brothers
PG 19: Shorts: Springwatch - Andy Fanton, Britain's NOT got Talent - Karl Dixon, The Eggheads - Nigel Auchterlounie, Mad March Hare - Andy Fanton
PG 20: Puzzle: Hoff-MAZE-ing!
PG 21: Justin Beaver - Stu Munro
PG 22: What's Inside the Dandy Office - Dave Mostyn
(Pull out: Stickers - Jamie Smart)
PG 24: Competition: Make me a Monster - Lorenzo Etherington
PG 25: Bananaman - Wayne Thompson
PG 29: Shorts: Springwatch - Andy Fanton, Britain's NOT got Talent - Karl Dixon, Mad March Hare - Andy Fanton, The Eggheads - Nigel Auchterlounie
PG 30: Advert: Dandy Website and WWE Kids
PG 31: Cel-EGG-brity Easter Eggs - Nigel Parkinson
PG 32: Little David Hasselhoff - Nigel Parkinson
PG 33: Korky the Cat - Phil Corbett
PG 34: Thingummyblob - Jamie Smart
PG 36: Dandy Subscription Page
PG 37: Space Dogz - Nigel Auchterlounie
PG 38: Puzzle: Messi Bedroom - Chris McGhie
PG 39: Shorts: Springwatch - Andy Fanton, Simples! 101 Ways to use a Meerkat (No. 75) - Duncan Scott, Mad March Hare - Andy Fanton, Britain's NOT got Talent - Karl Dixon
PG 40: Farm-ula One - Wayne Thompson
PG 41: Mailbag
PG 42: George VS Dragon - Andy Fanton
PG 43: Next Week (Harry Hill's Real Life Adventures in TV Land, Thingummyblob, Thor NEW!, Royal Wedding Kit, Justin Beaver)
PG 44: Desperate Dan - Jamie Smart
Okay, a really good issue, my favourite being a toss between Bananaman, Springwatch, George VS Dragon, Desperate Dan and Thingummyblob which were all fantastic, the worst this week was probably The Bogies and Eggheads, with Smashed Hits also failing to impress me once again.
1 PAGE OR MORE:
HARRY HILL'S REAL LIFE ADVENTURES IN TV LAND - 7/10
I didn't find it funny at all and found it very boring.
THE MIGHTY BORK - 9/10
Lovely to see his return after his sad absence last week. Seemed good enough, Easter related and a nice story.
MADVERTISEMENT (CHROME EGG) - 9.5/10
Some lovely humour here, loved the whale bit! Beautiful artwork by Andy Fanton as well!
KID COPS - 9/10
I liked it, wasn't too funny but it was drawn nicely and it was a nice idea, modernised as well.
BONE-O - 9.5/10
It's awkward, I love the artwirk, it looks professional, but for some reason there's something I don't like abotu this strip...
CLOWN WARS - 9/10
It was okay, not some of Nik's better pieces of artwork. Also I don't like the use of the 'Splat' so much plus how tacky it looks.
THE BOGIES - 5/10
Oh dear. And it was doing so well. Possibly the worst Bogies strip since the revamp. The artwork was rushed, the story wasn't at all funny and it just seemed boring and bad.
THE ARENA OF AWESOME - 8/10
After a massive build-up, this is what we get, a boring fight with hardly any references towards the comic, I was at least hoping to see some Beano and Dandy characters fighting. Seems when they show the AoA in the Next Week and promote it, it's bad, when they don't, it's good.
YORE - 8/10
Nice artwork, beautiful in fact, but this was the only thing good about this week's episode.
JUSTIN BEAVER - 10/10
Ah, finally a 10/10! I loved it, from all the comic cameos up to hidden references, I know when I see a good strip and this was one of 'em!
BANANAMAN - 10/10
4 pages of brilliance, Wayne Thompson, thank you for treating us! The Banker and Fta Cat are brilliant, I hope to see them back, also fantastic to see the return of Chief O'Reilly!
LITTLE DAVID HASSELHOFF - 9.5/10
Funny, nicely drawn (apart from his nose, it doesn't look right!), some nice comedy as well, yet another great Little Celebs strip!
KORKY THE CAT - 7/10
I don't like his artwork, it looks rushed and his speech bubbles are so hard to read, the story wasn't too good either.
THINGUMMYBLOB - 10/10
JEHHHHHHHLLYY!! Jamie Smart, you're a genius. A true genius. This week's Thingummyblob was both funny and touching, panels 10 and 18 made me feel sorry for him, this is what makes Jamie so brilliant, he can make the readers feel emotions for his characters, he's brilliant.
SPACE DOGZ - 9/10
I liked it. Some nice artwork by Nigel A, not as rushed and looks like more thought has gone into it. At the moment I'm loving Space Dogz!
FARM-ULA ONE - 7/10
Urrrrgghhh. Last one, thank goodness. Well. It wasn't bad, I'll give it that and Wayne's artwork makes it look a lot better. But it was still a poor strip story-wise.
GEORGE VS DRAGON - 10/10
Oh man, this strip is hilarious! So glad it has returned, love the bit with Pat! Also a lovely appearance again from Dave the Squirrel as well as Wirlin, yippee!
DESPERATE DAN - 10/10
To the FUTURRRRRR!! This was brilliant, great artwork, very funny and I loved all the 'FUTURRRRRR' bits!
SPRINGWATCH (STRIP 1) - 5/5
BRITAIN'S NOT GOT TALENT (STRIP 1) - 4/5
MAD MARCH HARE (STRIP 1) - 4/5
THE EGGHEADS (STRIP 1) - 2/5
SPRINGWATCH (STRIP 2) - 5/5
BRITAIN'S NOT GOT TALENT (STRIP 2) - 5/5
THE EGGHEADS (STRIP 2) - 2/5
MAD MARCH HARE (STRIP 2) - 4/5
SPRINGWATCH (STRIP 3)- 5/5
BRITAIN'S NOT GOT TALENT (STRIP 3)- 3/5
MAD MARCH HARE (STRIP 3) - 5/5
THE EGGHEADS (STRIP 3) - 2/5
SPRINGWATCH (STRIP 4) - 5/5
SIMPLES! 101 WAYS TO USE A MEERKAT (NO. 75) - 4/5
MAD MARCH HARE (STRIP 4) - 3/5
BRITAIN'S NOT GOT TALENT (STRIP 4) - 5/5
So there we have it, once again very sorry for not doing this blog entry before!
Anyway, The Dandy - Issue 3531, NOT on sale now for £2.50!