The Desperate Dan Statue in Dundee, Scotland

In this episode, we’ll be visiting The Desperate Dan Statue in Dundee, Scotland. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King.

In Dundee’s City Square, stand two quirky bronze statues, a nod to comic heroes. Revealed in 2001 by local kids, they honour the creators of Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx. These characters, imagined by Leo Baxendale and Dudley D Watkins, once called Dundee home while crafting comics. Towering at 2.5m (8 feet), Desperate Dan is the main character from The Dandy, a Scottish comic. He’s a tough cowboy and the magazines mascot, famous for his super strength – he can lift a cow with ease! These statues are a blast from the past and a must-see for comic fans!

By Anthony King (c)