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Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future


Below are three examples of Frank Hampson's fantastic artwork for the Dan Dare strips, these being rare full-page illustrations (normally each story page consisted of a number of individual frames). The first illustration is from the first ever Dan Dare story from 1950 and depicts Mekonta, the capital city of the evil Mekon and his Treens in the northern hemisphere of Venus. The second is from "The Man From Nowhere" story from 1955 (which was the first part of a trilogy also consisting of "Rogue Planet" and "Reign of the Robots") and depicts a gathering of all the main "good guys" from the series at the Venusian Embassy on Earth. The third is from the 1959 story "Safari in Space" (which was the first part of a trilogy that also consisted of "Terra Nova" - Frank Hampson's final Dan Dare strip - and "Trip to Trouble") and depicts Dan and his companions' first sight of the gigantic "Galactic Galleon" spaceship on the McHoo Asteroid.

Mekonta, capital city of the Treens
The Venusian Embassy on Earth
The gigantic "Galactic Galleon" spaceship

 

Here is another example of Frank Hampson's amazingly detailed Dan Dare artwork, this being a single frame from one whole page of frames from the "Rogue Planet" story, the sequel to "The Man From Nowhere" in the mid-1950's. Set on the planet Cryptos, in the foreground of this scene on the flying vehicle (a "Veteocar") are Lero the Crypt - the eponymous "Man From Nowhere" of the prequel story - and Dan Dare's companions Digby and Lex O'Malley. Point your mouse at Digby to see a close-up of him...

Point your mouse at Digby to see a close-up of him... Spaceman 1st Class Albert Fitzwilliam Digby, Dan Dare's faithful companion on all of his adventures

 

Below are some images of Dan's arch-enemy The Mekon and some of his Treens.

The Mighty Mekon of Mekonta
Dan encounters a Treen
Treens being helpful for once!
The totally evil and emotionless Mekon

 

Click on the image below to go to my page of artwork from the 1950's strips presented via a doubly-interactive cube (Java Applet powered, from my "Fun Stuff" page - please click on this link to view the system requirements for running the cube: Technical Notes).

Click here to go to my Dan Dare "Interactive Artwork Cube" page (Java Applet powered)

 

Here are some examples of artwork from the Dan Dare stories after Frank Hampson left in 1959. After his departure, the quality of the strips (which had until then been of an incredibly high standard) varied greatly, but these images show some of the outstanding artwork that still did get produced. The first illustration is by Frank Bellamy from the 1960 "Project Nimbus" story and depicts the "Nimbus 2" spaceship rendezvousing with the "Andromeda". The second is by Keith Watson from the 1963 story "Operation Time Trap" and shows Dan Dare's experimental faster-than-light spaceship "Tempus Frangit" on a distant uncharted world. It was during this adventure that Dan first encountered the alien Xel pictured in the third illustration, also by Keith Watson. Xel was to become another of Dan's implacable foes in the mould of the evil Mekon, and he featured regularly during the mid-1960's era of the series.

"Nimbus 2" and "Andromeda" rendezvousing
Dan's experimental spaceship "Tempus Frangit"
The alien Xel, another of Dan's (and Earth's) evil enemies

 

Just in case you haven't discovered it yet, click on the main logo in the top frame of this window to see a 1960's illustration (by Keith Watson) of Dan Dare and Digby with Dan's personal spaceship "Anastasia".

 

Click on the image below to go to my page of Dan Dare artwork and images presented via a photo album-type Java Applet (from my "Fun Stuff" page - please click on this link to view the system requirements for running the album: Technical Notes).

Click here to go to my Dan Dare "Artwork Album" page (Java Applet powered)

 

Below are some photos of just a few of the many items of Dan Dare merchandise produced in the 1950's. They are: the pop-up picture book, the "Anastasia" press-out model book, the "Race in Space" board game, the tin-plate "Ray Gun" toy rifle, and the tooth powder tin together with the box it came in (which also contained 3 picture cards from a set of 25).

The Dan Dare pop-up picture book
The "Anastasia" press-out model book
The Dan Dare "Race in Space" board game
The Dan Dare tin-plate "Ray Gun" toy rifle - ZAP!
The Dan Dare tooth powder tin, box and picture cards

 

Here is a photo of a piece of 1950's Dan Dare wallpaper that I used to own, which was found lining someone's garage tool-drawer of all things! It is believed to be the only example to have survived all these years.

The last piece of original Dan Dare wallpaper?

 

Below is a photo of the box lid from the 1990 "Dan Dare III" computer game, showing the excellent 1950's-style artwork. Click on the image to go to my Dan Dare "Commodore 64 Games" page for some more information (including images and playable music) on the three Dan Dare computer games.

The box lid from the 1990 "Dan Dare III" computer game, showing the excellent 1950's-style artwork (Click here to go to my Dan Dare "Commodore 64 Games" page)

 

This is a photo (complete with an inset of Dan Dare in the pilot's position) of one of the few remaining examples of Frank Hampson's 1950's studio reference models used to ensure that there was illustrative consistency in all of the stories. This is one of the Interplanet Spacefleet rocket ships often seen in the original series, an example of which is also shown below. The majority of the model is constructed of balsa wood, and it measures an impressive 56 x 15 inches (142 x 38 cms).

One of Frank Hampson's studio reference models

A rocket ship from one of the 1950's stories

 

This is an image of Dan Dare's personal spaceship "Anastasia" as depicted in the 2002 computer-generated Dan Dare TV series. Apart from the fact that it is quite a bit larger, this version is quite faithful to the original 1950's and 60's "Anastasia", an example of which (with its swing-wings extended) can also be seen below. Click on the image to go to my Dan Dare "TV Series" page for some more information (including images, downloadable trailer movies and playable theme tune and title song music) on the TV series.

The CG TV series version of "Anastasia" (Click here to go to my Dan Dare "TV Series" page)

The original 1950's and 60's "Anastasia", with swing-wings extended

 

Below is a 3-D computer-modelled image of Lero's ship approaching the dark star "Sabul" en-route from Earth to Cryptos, based on a frame from the 1955 story "The Man From Nowhere". You have a choice of three different sized versions to save as your Windows desktop wallpaper/background if you wish.

Click on the size below the picture that best suits your Windows display, and then follow the instructions on the new page (please note that these are very large JPEG files and may take a while to load).

A 3-D computer-modelled image of the Cryptos ship from "The Man From Nowhere" story

640 x 480 pixels version

800 x 600 pixels version

1024 x 768 pixels version

 

If you would like your Windows desktop to have more of a Dan Dare theme, click on the image below to go to my Dan Dare "Screen Savers" page.

Click here to go to my Dan Dare "Screen Savers" page

 

If you would like your Windows desktop to have even more of a Dan Dare theme, click on the image below to go to my Dan Dare "Icons and Cursors" page.

Click here to go to my Dan Dare "Icons and Cursors" page

 

Here is a lovely collage of various Dan Dare images, created by Barbara Kerschner for the 2003 Luxembourg Comics Expo and this website, which I think captures the look and feel of Frank Hampson's original 1950's Dan Dare really well. Click on the image to see the full-size version (800 x 800 pixels - please note that this is a very large JPEG file and may take a while to load). As you place your mouse over the image to click on it you will see the Dan Dare logo that Barbara also created for the Comics Expo.

Click here to see the full-size version of Barbara Kerschner's Dan Dare collage for the 2003 Luxembourg Comics Expo and this website

 

(There are lots more Dan Dare images on my "Fun Stuff" and Links pages too, plus there are many high-resolution images and animated GIFs at Dan-Dare.net's "sister" site: Dan-Dare.org...)

 


 

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