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?

Peter Hampson and Stephen Whittle at the launch of “Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare” at the Atkinson, Southport. Image courtesy The Atkinson

Dan Dare and Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibitions Closing Soon

Two Frank Hampson Centenary exhibitions, one at The Atkinson in Southport, the other at Bourne Hall in Ewell, are both coming to an end in March. Time’s running out if you haven’t seen them yet. And while we’re talking about Frank, his son, Peter Hampson, has pointed us in the direction of a new book byContinue reading Dan Dare and Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibitions Closing Soon

Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition 2019

In Pictures: Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition at Bourne Hall

For anyone who’s not managed to make it to Southport’s The Atkinson gallery for their superb Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare exhibition, then you might try and make it to Bourne Hall in Epsom, Surrey, instead. Their small but perfectly crafted Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birthContinue reading In Pictures: Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition at Bourne Hall

Dan Dare Concept art for the original Eagle SNIP

Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson centenary exhibition opens in Ewell, Surrey

One hundred years after his birth, another exhibition commemorating Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson‘s work has just opened at Bourne Hall Museum in Ewell, Surrey. The museum just a hop and a skip from Bayford Lodge, Epsom, where he lived and worked for over 35 years. The exhibition will until 12th March 2019. Although notContinue reading Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson centenary exhibition opens in Ewell, Surrey

Frank Hampson Exhibition - The Atkinson 2018 - Sign

In Pictures: The Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare Exhibition

An exhibition of art by Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson at The Atkinson, in Southport, Lancashire – where both the character and Eagle comic were “born” in the 1950s – is on now until March, and it’s well worth a visit. The exhibition covers all aspects of Frank Hampson’s career including some of his early sketches, artwork for Ladybird Books and ofContinue reading In Pictures: The Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare Exhibition