Paul McCartney gets wish, is in last Dandy comic

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Paul McCartney will fulfill a

lifelong wish on Tuesday when he appears in the final print

edition of Britain's longest-running children's comic The Dandy,

a favourite of the ex-Beatle when he was growing up in

Liverpool.

The comic that brought beloved characters including

pie-eating cowboy Desperate Dan and Korky the Cat to millions of

homes is going digital-only from Tuesday, 75 years after it was

first published.

The weekly publication sold more than two million copies in

its 1950s heyday, but with children lured by alternative

entertainment from television and video games, circulation fell

to less than 8,000.

Published in the Scottish city of Dundee by DC Thomson,

executives are describing digital-only Dandy as a chance for a

"new lease of life" rather than the beginning of the end.

McCartney contacted Dandy after the digital switch was first

announced in August.

He said that in an interview with music magazine NME in 1963

he was asked what his personal ambition was, and he replied that

he wanted to have his picture in The Dandy.

"I hope it's not too late!" the 70-year-old wrote in a

letter. "The Dandy was a favourite comic of mine when growing up

in Liverpool and each week I would look forward to the exploits

of Desperate Dan and his other comic book colleagues."

He will be seen grimacing as Desperate Dan squeezes his

fingers in a firm handshake, after which McCartney leads 50 of

the comic's most famous characters in a sing-a-long of the

Beatles hit "Hey Jude".

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

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