Talk:Desperate Dan

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Desperately Unfunny Dan[edit]

Rodhullandemu removed a reference to Desperate Dan being parodied by Viz magazine as Desperately Unfunny Dan, saying:

The source for Viz (Desperately Unfunny Dan) doesn't look too reliable to me, because by the time it gets to us, it's third-hand hearsay. Can you find a better reference, e.g. Viz' website.
My response to Rodhullandemu is:
(a) The article came from the Sunday edition of The Times, a newspaper generally regarded as responsible and reliable in its reporting
(b) The article was written by the former Viz editor who created Desperately Unfunny Dan, Chris Donald himself (so really we are dealing with a primary source, and not "third person hearsay")
(c) Any person of reasonable intelligence and judgement would consider the reference to be reliable.

Kransky (talk) 13:39, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Jamie Smart, who later became Dan's artist and writer for 12 issues in April 2008[edit]

How do we know it's only twelve issues? It's fortnightly, so that goes up to August - another month at least. And if that's true, is it reverting to Dudley D Watkins reprints? We need citation. Digifiend (talk) 13:27, 23 July 2008 (UTC)


Is there any chance of a "fair use" image for this page - it's hard to adequately document the history of a cartoon character without an image! (talk) 23:13, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

General Clarifications[edit]

Nowhere in this article does it say what was DD's intended nationality or profession. Being an American I'm unfamiliar with him, having only heard of him through the Village Green Preservation Society, and assumed he was an English character until it said his girlfriend was a Native American "squaw"? Maybe start out the article with something akin to the lead of the Dudley Do-Right article? (talk) 02:43, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

The “Western” Setting…?[edit]

I’m surprised that there doesn’t appear to be any mention of the fact that the strip, as it originally appeare, although ostensibly set in the “Wild West” of America, uses visuals often (mostly) derived from life in Scotland. Dan lived in a typical two-up, two-down house, furnished in much the same style as Watkins used for his other creations such as Oor Wullie and The Broons. Streets looked much the same - featuring pillar boxes and Scottish trams - barring the addition of cowboy props such as hitching bars for horses to be tied to, and the odd cactus. The mixture of the exotic and mundane was much of the fun! Jock123 (talk) 16:52, 18 August 2012 (UTC)


The section on modernisation says "Zeke's personality was also changed into a person who loved 're-refried beans'". This is the only mention of a character named Zeke, giving us no clue as to when he first appeared, or what his personality was originally. (talk) 18:10, 30 August 2012 (UTC)


Desperate Dan was also used in the lyrics of a song by the band that became 10cc, Hotlegs. Asat (talk) 10:39, 16 December 2015 (UTC)