The Dan Dare bust created by John Fowler for the character's fifitieth anniversary, now at The Atkinson. Photo: Dan Whitehead

Titan Comics announces new Dan Dare title

The Kingfisher sets out for Venus in the first episode of Dan Dare.
The Kingfisher sets out for Venus in the first episode of Dan Dare.

Hot on the tail of the entirely separate Dan Dare Audio Adventures, Titan Comics has just announced a new Dan Dare comic at New York Comic Con. The creative team has not been revealed.

Talking about the new title, which will launch next year, editor David Leach says Titan’s take will take the character created by Frank Hampson and the Reverend Marcus Morris back to his roots, as fondly remembered from the original Eagle comic, who ran for nearly 20 years (and whose adventures continue in Spaceship Away).

“We wanted to bring back the spirit of the classic Dan Dare, that spirit of courage and daring do, Dare’s innate decency and pluck,” he said.

A 1970s dummy for a proposed new Eagle featuring art by Frank Bellamy.
A 1970s dummy for a proposed new Eagle featuring art by Frank Bellamy.

“There have been many different Dares since the original,” he continued, “We’ve had our dark and political Dare, the grandson of Dare and even a sort of space pirate Dare, but this incarnation will be the original Dare – that young, heroic, brave and determined Dare that we came to love.

“We wanted to get back to what made him special in the first place. And what better way to do that in than a rollicking, epic, galaxy-spanning space saga!”

Titan has previously re-published all the of the early Eagle stories featuring Dan Dare as a series of hardback collections, which ended with Frank Bellamy’s contribution to the series.

• Dan Dare #1 hits comic stores in 2017 and will also be available on digital platforms. Retailers will be able to order Issue #1 from Diamond’s February edition of PREVIEWS.

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. 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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