Here are four pages from the upcoming Dan Dare #1 revival from Titan Comics, out in October from Peter Milligan and Alberto Fouch, out on October 11th
The iconic British hero returns for brand-new adventures, written by Peter Milligan with art by Alberto Fouche! featuring cover by superstar artist Christian Ward (ODY-C, Black Bolt)! For the first time in human history, the Sol System is at peace and Dan Dare, pilot of the future, is bored out of his mind – and praying for something to break the monotony of peace. When an unknown alien vessel of biblical proportions arrives in the solar system and obliterates a moon of Saturn in a show of strength, Dare finds himself thrust back into a new adventure that threatens not just earth – but all life in the entire universe!
Cover A: Christian Ward
Cover B: Alberto Fouch
Cover C: Chris Weston Retro Variant
Dan Dare is a British science fiction comic hero, created by illustrator Frank Hampson who also wrote the first stories. Dare appeared in the Eagle comic story Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future from 1950 to 1967 (and subsequently in reprints), and was dramatised seven times a week on Radio Luxembourg (1951–1956).
The stories were set in the late 1990s, but the dialogue and manner of the characters is reminiscent of British war films of the 1950s. Dan Dare has been described as “Biggles in Space” and as the British equivalent of Buck Rogers. Dan Dare was distinguished by its long, complex storylines, snappy dialogue and meticulously illustrated comic-strip artwork by Hampson and other artists, including Harold Johns, Don Harley, Bruce Cornwell, Greta Tomlinson, Frank Bellamy and Keith Watson.
Dan Dare returned in new strips in 2000 AD in 1977 until 1979 and in the relaunched Eagle in 1982 until 1994, then a Dan Dare mini-series published by Virgin Comics in 2007 and 2008, by Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine. Dare’s adventures have continued in Spaceship Away, a specialist magazine created by Rod Barzilay by agreement with the Dan Dare Corporation published three times a year to fairly small circulation.
Titan Comics look like they’re trying for a larger circulation for a character that rightfully stands alongside Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Doctor Who… and Titan publish two out of those three as well.
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