Daniel McGregor Dare was the Interplanet Space Fleet’s chief pilot. He was born in Manchester in 1967 but the 1980s Eagle comic would later reveal that Dan was a World War Two fighter pilot brought forward in time – the purists went mad! With his distinctive eyebrows, Dan was a man of honour who would rather die than break his word.
Dan’s sidekick, Albert Digby, was a chubby chap who provided comic relief in the Dan Dare comic strip but who was every bit as brave as Dan himself and was fiercely loyal to Dan and the Space Fleet. Dan named his spaceship the Anastasia after Dibgy’s Aunt.
Sir Hubert Guest was the Controller of the Space Fleet. He himself was a veteran space pilot and had been on the first missions to the Moon and Mars. Always immaculate, he had a neatly trimmed military-style moustache.
Other friends and allies of Dan included Professor Jocelyn Peabody, Hank Hogan and Pierre Lafayette, two of the Fleet’s best space pilots and an inseparable double act, and Sondar, a Treen who fought on Dan’s side.
During his adventures, Dan and his friends encountered many enemies but none was as evil as the cold, logical Mekon and his Treens, reptilian inhabitants of Venus. The Mekon returned to plague Dan Dare time and time again.