WHETHER it’s a child of today or someone who grew up in the 1970s, a collector of nostalgia or just a comic lover, everybody knows the Beano and Dandy.
And that’s why Dudley Taylor, owner of Fab and Faded in Longsmith Street, Gloucester, thought nothing of snapping up 650 of the classic comics at a car boot sale.
The titles, which started life in 1937 and 1938 respectively and gave the world the likes of Dennis the Menace and Desperate Dan, were found at the regular car boot sale at Hempsted Meadows car boot sale, which takes place each Wednesday by Dudley Taylor, who bought all 650 he was offered in one swoop.
“I just took a chance on them really,” said Dudley.
“I already sell old editions of NME and have wanted to move my old Shoot football magazines from the 70s in but haven’t had time as I am still reading them. When I saw these, I thought to myself why not?”
The near mint condition comics are being sold in plastic wallets to keep them pristine and include issues from various decades including the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
His business nose looks to have sniffed out a decent deal too, with dozens already snapped up.
“I am hoping they all get bought relatively quickly, I am selling them at two for a £1 and attracting all sorts of customers – collectors, parents,” said Dudley, 52.
“It is something that will definitely keep the kids quiet so I would hope that they fly off the shelves.”
The antiques, vintage and flea market business, which also is host to retro clothing, collectable toys, records and CDs, along with a garden and coffee shop, has been running for two years.
Head of catering at Fab and Faded, Robert Neal said the new line of nostalgia hitting the shelves is bound to increase popularity.
“They are all in good condition as are all the magazines here,” he said. “I myself have brought in some old Rupert the Bear annuals.”