Featured here is Dave Gibbons specially commissioned and truly stunning cover for the first collection of the “Dan Dare” strips from 2000AD.
This Dan Dare: The 2000AD Years collection – the first of two – is the first time stories of the space hero as he appeared in the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic have been brought together.
When 2000AD launched in 1977, a rejuvenated, hard-edged Dan Dare was the lead strip in the first issue, alongside other classic strips such as “Invasion”, “Flesh” and “Harlem Heroes”, the latter drawn by Gibbons, who would later make 2000AD’s version of Dare, first seen in Eagle in the 1950s, very much his own.
While Belardinelli’s artwork might not have sat well with fans of the original Dan Dare stories, its distinctive appearance certainly helped give 2000AD a unique look on newsagents shelves that helped ensure its long lasting success that continues to this day.
Belardinelli would draw “Dan Dare” for 23 issues, before, after a short break for the strip, Dave Gibbons took over as artist.
The 2000AD incarnation of Dan Dare was last seen in Prog 126, his fate uncertain (2000AD have no plans for more stories, even though Dave Gibbons says he’d love to draw a Dan Dare/Aliens crossover!), and reprinting of the strips has long been delayed.
Last year, Rebellion announced they were planning to release the first of a two-volume “Dan Dare” series featuring the five main stories published comprising a total of 47 episodes, with an additional six standalone stories.
Volume One of Dan Dare: The 2000AD Years will include the artwork of Dave Gibbons and Massimo Belardinelli, with scripts by Pat Mills, Steve Moore, Gerry Finley-Day, and more.
The hardcover collection will be available from 5th November 2015 from all good book and comic book stores, as well as online retailers and digitally from 2000AD’s webshop and apps.
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• Although the Dan Dare story was left open in Prog 100, artist Gavin Aslett, created his own conclusion to the 2000AD incarnation with a 36-page strip, “Journey Through Time“, which has been praised by fans of the 2000AD Dan Dare. Read our story on this conclusion here
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