Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare

New Frank Hampson exhibition opens in Southport, launch event next week

Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan DareFollowing up on our earlier post, an exhibition of art by Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson has just opened at The Atkinson, in Southport, Lancashire – where both the character and Eagle comic were “born” in the 1950s – and a special opening event will take place next week.

Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare continues until 16th March 2019 and there will be a an opening bash on Thursday 20th September between 6.00 and 8.00pm, where Frank’s son Peter will be saying a few words to mark this special occasion.

A sketch of Dan Dare by Frank Hampson
A sketch of Dan Dare by Frank Hampson
Frank Hampson's Spaceship Computer
Frank Hampson’s Spaceship Computer

The exhibition covers all aspects of Frank Hampson’s career including his early sketches, artwork for Ladybird Books and of course, Dan Dare.

Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare Saturday 15th September 2018 – Saturday 16th March 2019 – For more about the exhibition visit The Atkinson web site

• The Atkinson is at Lord Street, Southport PR8 1DB. The Museum and galleries are open Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm | Check all opening times here | Web: www.theatkinson.co.uk | Find The Atkinson on Facebook: TheAtkinson | Follow The Atkinson on Twitter @AtkinsonThe | Watch The Atkinson video channel on Youtube: AtkinsonThe

• Read Dan Whitehead’s 2016 review of the permanent Frank Hampson exhibition at The Atkinson

• There’s more about the original creation of the Dan Dare bust by John Fowler here on DanDare.org and the fiftieth anniversary art here on the official Frank Hampson web site, which also has a feature on the birth of Dan Dare and Eagle here

• The Old Bakehouse in Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport – the original studio used by Frank Hampson and his team to produce the 1950’s Dan Dare strips – is not open to the public but has been recently restored

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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