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DC Thomson
DC Thomson
is a British publishing and television production company best known for producing The Dundee
Courier, The Evening Telegraph, The Sunday Post, Oor Wullie, The Broons, The Beano, The Dandy, and Commando comics. It also owns Parragon and the Aberdeen Journals Group which publishes the Press and Journal. It was a significant shareholder in the former ITV company Southern Television. Through its subsidiary DC Thomson
DC Thomson
Family History the company owns several websites including Friends Reunited[2] and Findmypast. Based in Dundee, Scotland, the company also owns children books publisher Parragon.


1 History 2 Publications 3 Subsidiaries

3.1 Brightsolid 3.2 Findmypast

4 See also 5 References 6 External links


Headquarters of DC Thomson
DC Thomson
& Co.

The company began as a branch of the Thomson family business when William Thomson became the sole proprietor of Charles Alexander & Company, publishers of Dundee
Courier and Daily Argus. In 1884, David Coupar Thomson took over the publishing business, and established it as D.C. Thomson in 1905. The firm flourished, and took its place as the third J in the "Three Js", the traditional summary of Dundee industry ('jam, jute and journalism').[3] Thomson was notable for his conservatism, vigorously opposing the introduction of trade unions into his workforce, and for refusing to employ Catholics.[4] Among historians of popular culture, the firm has "excited a good deal of interest precisely because it has always shrouded its activities in secrecy ... [it] has never allowed scholars access to its archives, and has declined to participate in exhibitions of juvenile literature."[5] The company produces more than 200 million comics, magazines, and newspapers every year from offices in Dundee, Glasgow, Manchester, and London. In June 2010, 350 jobs at DC Thomson
DC Thomson
were made redundant with the closure of the West Ward Printworks in Dundee, along with a section of the Kingsway Print Plant. Although the principal offices are now located outside Dundee
city centre at Kingsway, the Courier Building at Meadowside has been retained as the company headquarters. This 1902 building was designed to resemble an American red stone, steel reinforced office block. When a tower extension was added in 1960, the architect T Lindsay Grey kept the same style. In 2009 DC Thomson
DC Thomson
acquired the magazine company This England Publishing, which included This England magazine and Evergreen quarterly magazine. There were nine job losses in 2013 with the editorial team remaining but relocating in Cheltenham. In the same year DC Thomson
DC Thomson
acquired the Friends Reunited
Friends Reunited
website from ITV for £25.6m, but by 2011 was valued at £5.2m.[6] As of 2016, the company posted an increase in pre-tax profits and revenue whilst employing over 2,000 workers. Despite the falling circulation of newspapers and magazines, DC Thomson
DC Thomson
attributed the rising profits to company-wide cuts to operating costs and good figures in digital revenues and events. The company went on to say that they would continue to branch out their brand into new areas to support the traditional newspaper and magazine divisions.[1][7]

East Kingsway printing works and offices

Publications[edit] For a complete list, see List of D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd publications. D.C. Thomson publications include:

Sunday Post The Courier The Evening Telegraph My Weekly The Scots Magazine The People's Friend The Beano The Dandy Commando Jackie Shout Bunty Animals and You

Subsidiaries[edit] Brightsolid[edit] Brightsolid
is a data centre and cloud-based hosting company based in Dundee. It was established in 1995 as Scotland
Online and in 2008 became Brightsolid, organised into two companies: Brightsolid
Online Publishing (BSOP) and Brightsolid
Online Technology (BSOT). Brightsolid
online publishing (BSOP) was subsequently renamed DC Thomson Family History in October 2013.[8] Findmypast[edit] The Findmypast
group (formerly DC Thomson
DC Thomson
Family History) owns a variety of large genealogy sites worldwide, including Findmypast, Genes Reunited, Mocavo and Friends Reunited.[9] Following the split of Brightsolid
in 2013, Annelies van den Belt was appointed chief executive.[10]

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The company has contracts to digitise archives for the Imperial War Museum and the British Library, where it is making the British Newspaper
Archive searchable. See also[edit]

Companies portal Children's literature portal Comics

List of D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd publications British comics Ellis Watson


^ a b c d e "D.C. Thomson & Co Ltd." Retrieved 28 October 2016.  ^ "brightsolid acquires Friends Reunited". Brightsolid.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-02-06.  ^ "Victorian Dundee: Jute, Jam & Journalism". Scottish History. BBC. Retrieved 2007-10-02.  ^ "Gazetteer for Scotland: David Couper Thomson".  ^ MacKenzie, John M. (1984). Propaganda and Empire: the manipulation of British public opinion, 1880-1960. Manchester
and New York: Manchester
University Press. p. 219. ISBN 0719018692.  ^ "DC Thomson's Friends Reunited
Friends Reunited
continues fall in value". BBC News. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.  ^ "Publisher DC Thomson
DC Thomson
posts 20% rise in profits". Retrieved 28 October 2016.  ^ "The Future for Family History is Digital". DC Thomson
DC Thomson
Family History. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014.  ^ "Shake-up at online firm brightsolid". BBC News. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014.  ^ "Digital media executive Annelies van den Belt joins in brightsolid reorganisation". The Courier. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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The Courier Evening Telegraph The Sunday Post Aberdeen Journals

The Press and Journal Evening Express Aberdeen Citizen


Animals and You The Beano BeanoMAX Classics from the Comics Commando My Weekly The Official Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson
Mag The People's Friend The Scots Magazine Shout This England The Weekly News WWE Kids

Notable former publications

Bunty The Beezer The Dandy Fun Size Comics The Hotspur Jackie The Magic Comic Nutty The People's Journal The Rover Sparky The Topper Twinkle The Victor Warlord


Parragon Peter Haddock


David Coupar Thomson People associated with the Beano People associated with the Dandy



British Newspaper
Archive Findmypast Friends Reunited Genes Reunited

Puzzler Southern Television

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DC Thomson

Currently Running Comics

The Beano BeanoMAX Commando Fun Section in The Sunday Post

Adventure Comics

Adventure Bullet Buddy Champ Commando The Crunch The Hornet The Hotspur The Rover The Skipper Spike Starblazer The Vanguard The Victor Warlord The Wizard

Girls Comics

Bunty Judy Mandy Nikki

Humour Comics

The Beano BeanoMAX The Beezer Buzz Classics from the Comics Cracker The Dandy Fun Size Comics Hoot The Magic Comic Nutty Plug Sparky The Topper

Pre-School Comics

Bimbo The Magic Comic Twinkle

Notable Strips

Alf Tupper Baby Crockett Bananaman The Bash Street Kids Beryl the Peril Black Bob Biffo the Bear Big Eggo The Broons Calamity James Cuddles and Dimples Dennis the Menace Desperate Dan Ginger Gnasher Ivy the Terrible Jonah Keyhole Kate Korky the Cat Little Plum Lord Snooty Matt Braddock Mickey the Monkey Minnie the Minx Nero and Zero The Numskulls Pansy Potter Roger the Dodger Tricky Dicky Oor Wullie Willy Nilly Winker Watson Wilson the Wonder Athlete Wolf of Kabul

Comic annuals

The Beano
The Beano
Annual The Beezer Book The Bimbo Book The Dandy
The Dandy
Annual The Hotspur
The Hotspur
Book for Boys The Sparky Book The Topper Book The Victor Book for Boys Warlord Book for Boys

Character annuals

Annual The Bash Street Kids
The Bash Street Kids
Annual Beryl the Peril
Beryl the Peril
Annual Black Bob Book The Broons Annual Dennis the Menace Annual The Desperate Dan
Desperate Dan
Book Oor Wullie
Oor Wullie

Notable Artists

Barrie Appleby Nigel Auchterlounie Leo Baxendale Gordon Bell Nick Brennan Paddy Brennan Sid Burgon Reg Carter Wilbur Dawbarn Karl Dixon The Etherington Brothers Hunt Emerson Andy Fanton John Geering Barry Glennard Charles Grigg Ken H. Harrison Laura Howell Diego Jourdan Malcolm Judge David Law Trevor Metcalfe Allan Morley David Mostyn Vic Neill Robert Nixon Gary Northfield Nigel Parkinson Tom Paterson Jim Petrie Ken Reid Bill Ritchie David Parkins Jon Rushby Jamie Smart Lew Stringer David Sutherland Kev F. Sutherland Dudley D. Watkins Stevie White

Notable Writers

Mike Chinn Gilbert Lawford Dalton Alan Grant Ian Gray R. D. Low Grant Morrison Tom Morton John Radford Cavan Scott John Smith

See Also

List of D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd publications List of Fleetway and IPC Comics
publications List of Beano comic strips List of Dandy comic strips List of Beezer comic strips List of Beezer and Topper comic strips

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Current strips

Ball Boy Bananaman The Bash Street Kids Beaginnings Biffo the Bear Billy Whizz Calamity James Dennis the Menace Gnipper Les Pretend Little Plum Lord Snooty Minnie the Minx Number 13 Beano Street The Numskulls Pansy Potter Pup Parade Rasher Roger the Dodger Tom, Dick and Sally Tricky Dicky

Notable former strips

Baby Face Finlayson The Bash Street Kids
The Bash Street Kids
- Singled Out Beaginnings The Belles of St. Lemons Big Eggo Billy the Cat Colin the Vet Colonel Crackpot's Circus Crazy for Daisy Danny's Nanny Derek the Sheep Fatty Fudge Freddie Fear General Jumbo Gnasher's Bit(e) Gnasher's Tale Gnash Gnews Gordon Bennett Grandpa Hairy Dan Helpful Henry The Germs Ivy the Terrible Jack Flash Jimmy and his Magic Patch Joe Jitsu Joe King Johnny Bean from Happy Bunny Green Jonah Lord Snooty
Lord Snooty
the Third The Magic Lollipops The McTickles Meebo and Zuky Morgyn the Mighty The Nibblers Nicky Nutjob Olaff the Madlander Ping the Elastic Man Pirates of the Caribeano Ratz Robbie Rebel Richard the Lion Simply Smiffy Smudge Splodge Super School The Three Bears Tim Traveller Tin-Can Tommy Wee Ben Nevis Wee Peem Winnie the Witch Winston The Yeti with Betty Zap Zodiac

Supporting characters

Bea Gnasher Walter the Softy

Television adaptations

The Beano's Dennis the Menace and Gnasher
Dennis the Menace and Gnasher
Show (ITV) Dennis and Gnasher (1996) (BBC) Dennis and Gnasher (2009) (BBC)

Writers and Artists

Barrie Appleby Nigel Auchterlounie Leo Baxendale Gordon Bell Basil Blackaller Paddy Brennan Nick Brennan Sid Burgon Reg Carter Wilbur Dawbarn Hunt Emerson Andy Fanton John Geering Barry Glennard Harry Hargreaves Ken H. Harrison Laura Howell Diego Jourdan Malcolm Judge David Law Trevor Metcalfe Allan Morley David Mostyn Vic Neill Robert Nixon Gary Northfield David Parkins Nigel Parkinson Tom Paterson Mike Pearse Jim Petrie Dean Rankine Ken Reid Bill Ritchie Jon Rushby Cavan Scott Duncan Scott Jamie Smart Lew Stringer David Sutherland Kev F. Sutherland Dudley D. Watkins Stevie White

See also

The Beano
The Beano
timeline The Beano
The Beano

List of Beano comic strips by annual

Beano comic libraries/Fun Size Comics BeanoMAX The Beano
The Beano
Summer Special Beano Video List of Beano comic strips Dennis the Menace Annual The Magic Comic F