FORTUITOUSLY I obtained a last-ever issue of the Dandy.

Attached therein was a facsimile of the first copy, pictured, dated December 4, 1937.

One of the cartoons inside, Smarty Grandpa, depicted three characters who doubtless were the inspiration for Grandpaw, Joe and Daphne in the later highly popular and still surviving Broons annual.

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Time-wise this revelation would make Joe and Daphne about 85 years of age and Granpaw Broon 150 years old.

Well done DC Thomson for perpetuating this myth of Scots longevity.

Allan C Steele,

22 Forres Avenue,