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I fear that we are reaching the end of an era. I have received the Broons or Oor Wullie annual for Christmas for nearly 60 years now. Reading this year's Broons, there is no comparison between the artwork of Peter Davidson and the new anonymous artist. Davidson uncannily reproduces the wonderful artwork of the much lamented Dudley D. Watkins, whereas the new artwork is very crude, utterly unbearable to anyone who knows the work of the master. The new-style strips try to update the Broons to a degree that just makes the stories absurd in my view. Davidson's stories are also updated but in a way which leaves them closer to the originals. But what has happened to the minister? And is it possible today for Paw to work in a shipyard? I think the stories, Broons or Oor Wullie, really only work in a time-warp between 1955 and 1960, which was Watkins' high summer. I will stop getting these annuals on the sad day that Peter Davidson retires and I will then spend Christmas reread the annuals from the 1960s and early 1970s, when the Sunday Post reproduced Watkins' earlier strips after his early death in 1969.
I was searching for gifts for my partner who has dementia . This was ideal as he still likes to try his hand at annuals ,books or comics from bygone days . The Broons was always a favourite . This is perfect . Swift delivery and packaging from Top Class seller Thank you xxx
For decades now I've loved The Broons - especially as an only child. They undoubtedly fuelled my fantasies of how real large families behaved. Generations of the same family all getting along reasonably well, humorous storylines that never stray too far from reality - and above all great characterisations.
Well, The Broons isn't quite 'reality' - it's reality with the bad bits taken out so there's no ageing, no serious illness, no death, no pandemics. These Sunday Post characters have remained consistent through the years and even the way the characters are drawn has changed little since I first discovered 'Scotland's Happy Family' as a child in the 1960s. If you've not discovered The Broons yet, give this annual a go - especially at the bargain post Christmas price. You might find yourself hooked.
I used to get the Broons and Oor Wullie sent down every year at Christmas, sadly this year had to buy my own - but still worth it! Stories are still great (I always read them through as soon as the arrive!), not keen on some of the newer artwork, though.