*Humour Comics: A very unusual addition this update. Any World War II era issue of Dandy (November 25th 1944) in Fine condition would be uncommon enough, given its age and the exigencies of wartime paper rationing, but this issue features the debut of one of the Dandy’s most enduring features. It’s the first appearance of Black Bob, the Border Collie who outlasted Lassie, continuing his career well into the 1990’s, and still in popular consciousness today, as witness by Viz magazine’s spoofs of “Black Bag, The Faithful Border Bin Liner”. In addition to Black Bob’s 2-page prose debut (he didn’t evolve into a comic strip until later), this issue features regulars “Korky the Cat”, “Desperate Dan”, “Freddy the Fearless Fly”, the politically-incorrect “Inky-Poo”, and Superman – er, sorry, “The Amazing Mr. X”, who bears no resemblance at all to the famous Siegel & Shuster creation, plus many more. All this in a packed twelve pages (There was a war on, you know…), with beautiful off-white interiors, vivid unfaded cover colours and only very minimal spine and edge wear. FN at £100.