Rare one-shot 1960s Dan Dare zine featuring contributions from Ron Embleton and Frank Hampson, heads to Classic UK Comic Zines digital archive

A new item destined for the Classic UK Comics Zines archive thanks to downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf is a rare edition of the one-shot fanzine published in October 1969, Ultima Thule, thanks to its original editor, artist and Dan Dare fan Andrew Skilleter, today best known, perhaps, for his Doctor Who art. Devoted to Dan DareContinue reading Rare one-shot 1960s Dan Dare zine featuring contributions from Ron Embleton and Frank Hampson, heads to Classic UK Comic Zines digital archive

Carl Giles at work in his garden in 1945, filmed by British Pathé

WebFind: The Legendary Daily Express cartoonist Giles at work – in 1945

British Pathé has posted a short film about Carl Giles, one of Britain’s most-loved newspaper cartoonists, at work in 1945. At this point, Giles was working for Express Newspapers, but some of the very best of the cartoons he produced between 1939 and 1945, many created for Reynold’s News were brought together in 2017 inContinue reading WebFind: The Legendary Daily Express cartoonist Giles at work – in 1945

Authenticity of Frank Hampson art in upcoming Italian auction confirmed

Last month, we reported that Italian auction house Urania is hosting a sale of original comic art and illustration in Parma on 11th May 2019 – and it includes a number of items by British artists including a Dan Dare-inspired artwork by Frank Hampson. When we posted the story, some fans doubted its authenticity, butContinue reading Authenticity of Frank Hampson art in upcoming Italian auction confirmed

The Ladybird Book of Nursery Rhymes, and a photograph of Digby the Cat courtesy Peter Hampson

Who knew Dan Dare’s “Digby” was also a cat?

Eagle fans will know Peter Hampson was his father Frank Hampson’s model for “Flamer” Spry in the original “Dan Dare” strip. But Peter was also called on to help his father when he illustrated for Ladybird Books… and the family cat, Digby, too! “A Ladybird Books fan asked Helen Day of the website Ladybird FlyContinue reading Who knew Dan Dare’s “Digby” was also a cat?

The Spacefleet Helicar, as released for the Dan Dare Picture Card series released by Calvert in 1954. Via EBay

Unearthed: Early Dan Dare designs by Frank Hampson inspired inspired by innovative 1950s inventions

A discovery of an auction item of Dan Dare-related art by Frank Hampson sheds welcome light on the artist and writer’s visionary design work, and how he not only drew on contemporary design but came up with all-new inventions for the “Dan Dare” comic strip for Eagle, some that would become reality. Auctioned in 2017Continue reading Unearthed: Early Dan Dare designs by Frank Hampson inspired inspired by innovative 1950s inventions