Back in the pre-new Dandy days, this was an idea I had. I still think it has legs, but what do I know! Here's how I put it:
"Just a thought about 'keeping' the old characters- each week we could catch up on a comic character, out to pasture now, and see how they're doing, OR what they'd be like as actual people 'in the real world'. We could even do Superman or The Simpsons. [Parody is not copyright infringement! eg "If you'd rather waste your money reading this badly written, horribly drawn rubbish than buying a real, genuine hilarious Simpsons comic, go ahead!"]
Desperate Dan in his Rocking Chair (he's 90), Puss and Boots in therapy, Calamity James in an asylum, Beryl in prison-"
I'm convinced it would work.