Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future

Dan Dare is a classic British science fiction comic hero, created by illustrator Frank Hampson. Hampson not only invented Dan Dare and his entire world, he also put together the original team of artists and wrote the first two stories. Dan Dare appeared in the Eagle comic story Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future in 1950. Dan Dare was also dramatized several times a week on Radio Luxembourg.

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 the British equivalent of Buck Rogers. Dan Dare was distinguished by its long, complex story lines, snappy dialogue and meticulously illustrated comic-strip artwork by Hampson.

Attention was paid to scientific plausibility.  The science fiction luminary Arthur C. Clarke acted as science and plot adviser to the first strip. The stories were set mostly on planets of the solar system presumed to have extraterrestrial life and alien inhabitants. The first story begins with Dan Dare as pilot of the first successful flight to Venus. 

 

The Audio (below) also deals with the flight to Venus.

 

 


From the Archive.Org:

 

The future!  Earth has squandered its resources and finds itself on the brink of starvation!  Our only possible hope lies in farming Venus.  However, when every expedition sent out is destroyed when it passes through a mysterious field of energy, they call on the only man who can rise above this adversity and save mankind - Dan Dare, Pilot Of The Future!

 

Dan Dare (mp3 audio in 4 parts)

 

 

 

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Eagle Magazine: April 21,1950 thru June 16, 1950 - Issues # 1 thru 10 of Dan Dare’s first appearance in 1950.  Dan Dare is on the first pages.  These are the complete magazines.

First Issue of Dan Dare - April 21 1950

 

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Click Here for the---> Dan Dare Theme Song - part 1

Click Here for the---> Dan Dare Theme Song - part 2  (Words Below)

 

Title:  Elton John’s Song - Dan Dare
This is lyrics from www.lyrics007.com
Music by:  Elton John
Lyrics by:  Bernie Taupin
Available on the album: Rock of the Westies

Can you tell me how old Dan might have done it
If he’d been here now, holy cow
My stars might have been read on the planet Mars
Because I don’t have foresight to see
If we still be together in the twenty first
In the twenty first century

He’s our flying ace, pilot of the future
In an endless space, holy cow
My eyes never saw a rocket that was quite that size
Because I don’t have the energy
To be cat and mouse for the champions
For the champions of destiny


So long captain Dan
I fail to see what motivates your hands
Goodbye restless night
You know I loved Dan Dare, but I couldn’t make his flight
So long, so long


Dan Dare doesn’t know it
He doesn’t know it
He doesn’t know it
But I liked the Mekon