Mark Gorton offers an entertaining profile of Reverend Marcus Morris and Frank Hampson, comic artist and writer Dan Dare, in this 2018 article, “Future Perfect: Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future”, exploring the genius of two men who turned the seaside town of Southport into the centre of the universe.
“This is the story of how and why,” says Mark, who includes a photograph of the two men at Bayford Lodge, where the original “Dan Dare”was created in later years, taken after the Hulton’s Boys and Girls Exhibition in 1958.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.