Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future
is a classic British science fiction comic
hero, created by Frank Hampson in the 1950s. It's a sort of Biggles
in space. The Mekon is the arch enemy of Dan Dare. It was distinguished by its long, complex story lines, snappy dialogue and meticulous artwork by Hampson and later Frank Bellamy. Although set in the late 1990s, all the characters talk as if they were in a British film about World War II
Dan Dare was run in The Eagle in several periods 1950-1967 (the original series), 1968-1969 (reprints), 1982-1986 (about the grandson of Dan Dare), 1987-1990 (change to more space opera), 1990-1993 (back to the original concept) and in 2000 A.D 1977-1981 (an 1970s Dan Dare very different from the original). The later stories were illustrated by Dave Gibbons.