New Era Snapbacks

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He was so good, it was a job he would do for the next 22 years and for 21 of those years (from 1966 to 1987) he also illustrated all the Dandy Annual's covers.

Son Steve, aged 62, of Halesowen, who is now sole carer for his dad who suffers from dementia, said his father would be devastated to hear that The Dandy, which he was so much a part of, would be coming to an end in print.

"It was always very special to have my dad doing the job he did. People were always fascinated to hear about it.

"As dad worked from home in a little box room I would go in to him and watch him drawing the comic strips so I could see what was going on in the story.

"After starting out as an engineer he got into artwork. Dad started work for The Dandy so I really have grown up with it.

Whoopee for the Beano; Splodge and Shortie Shambles for Topper; and for Judy, The Ring that Winks and Kimi Kami.

a host of other comic cartoon characters, including the iconic Desperate Dan himself.

Just some of the other characters the 96 year old drew during his long career include Kat and Kanary and Prince Adidas Cap White And Black

"Ten years ago we got dad to write down his life story and he did in long hand and in pencil, so we have a record and it's a very interesting life story. He'll read through that most days too, which helps him to remember what he did.

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He took over drawing the cover for The Dandy Comic on January 20, 1962.

Steve adds: "We still have some of his original artwork and he'll look through that on a daily basis.

"I remember the way it would work with The Dandy. Publishers DC Thomson in Dundee would send dad the scripts of what would be included in the next story, say of Korky the Kat, and dad would do a draft drawing in pencil.

Charles, or Chas as he has always signed his artwork, was the man behind Dandy's Korky the Kat for more than 20 years, as well as Nba Caps 2014

Chas's time on The Dandy is something he still takes great pride in.

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"Dad also did some of the famous saucy Bamforth's postcards and we have copies of over 200 of these printed cards.

"But if I was to tell him The Dandy was coming to an end in print, then he would be disappointed.

But it was in its heyday that Charles, who began his career drawing cartoons for local newspapers while he worked as a toolmaker for a Black Country factory, worked for DC Thomson.

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"It was such a part of my childhood, and of other people my age, not just because what dad did. I'll be really sad to see it go in print too.

"He would have forgotten five minutes later and the next day he would have the same disappointment, it's a bit like Groundhog Day for him. So I think it's best I don't tell him."

22 years as cartoonist for The Dandy comic

So much so that he plans not to tell him.

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Its publisher, DC Thomson, has confirmed it will stop printing the title, which will be commemorated with the release of a special edition. But the Dundee based company has insisted the move will not spell the end of The Dandy or its characters as it has revealed what it describes as "exciting" online plans for the New Era Snapbacks comic.

"But as he got more confident in his work he would just do them in Indian ink straight off.

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On Tuesday, The Dandy's 75 year legacy as one of the world's longest running children's comics in print, that he was so much a part of, will come to a sad end.

Next week marks the 75th anniversary of The Dandy, when it will be published in print for the last time before moving entirely online. Justine Halifax takes a look back at its heyday with the family of the Halesowen cartoonist who drew characters such as Korky the Kat.

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Kat for 20 years.

"We've still got over 400 Dandys dad did over 1,000 front covers and drew Korky the Jordan Cap Snapback Black

The move away from print comes after sales of the comic slumped to 8,000 a week from a high of two million in the 1950s.

"He would then send the drawings off in tubes that had been used to store badminton shuttlecocks and then they would come back with the editor's comments on and dad would then do them in Indian ink and send them back to the offices where the colour would be put on.

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Steve says: "Dad has vascular dementia so he has no short term memory, but he still has an amazing nature, he is a really jolly old fellow.

Charles Grigg loved drawing from the age of six, but little did the Halesowen pensioner know that he was destined to develop into one of the nation's most celebrated comic cartoonists.

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