short biography of Dan Dare comic strip, appeared in the Croatian youth
Plavi Vjesnik (Blue Messenger) in 1965.
(Inset: Don Harley)
COMIC STRIP CHAMPIONS (59)
I AM ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN
space flyers in
the history of the comic strip, and the best known comic strip hero in Plavi
Vjesnik, where you
can see me in a series of episodes from September 1959. I am a child of English comic
strip. In my creation, there have been many layout designers and artists but in my
personal profile the following information is most important: I was born in 1950 under the
artistic brush of Frank Hampson, the content was created by two
graphic artists - Bruce Cornwall and Eric Ind. Frank Hampson was later replaced by
(inset) and then by the famous Frank
Bellamy and other creators who work very meticulously.
Vjesnik Cover Page
No. 437, Feb. 2, 1963
PILOT OF THE FUTURE
THE PHANTOM FLEET
The same cover appeared in The Eagle, Dec. 27, 1958, Vol. 9 No. 52. It
was also reprinted in the Hawk
Books Eight Deluxe Collector's Edition published in 1993.
For larger front
and back scans, click
(aka Plavac) first published on October 1, 1954 in the
city of Zagreb, Croatia by the publishing house "Vjesnik". It carried Dan Dare comic strip for many years and it was the
magazine's main feature. Plavac went out of business in 1973 with issue
979. For my scan of issue #965, click
then 19 years later, a vain attempt was made at resurrecting Dan Dare
in Croatia. Plavi
Zabavnik appeared in 1992 with six issues, then Plavi Vjesnik with two issues in 1999 (nos.
980, 981) and again with only five issues in 2001 and one in 2002. The magazines carried Dan Dare's:
Red Moon Mystery and The Man from Nowhere. For front page
scans of all of the above issues, click
Check out the excellent
Comic Station (CWCSt) by Zvonimir Tosic - Zagreb, Croatia.
Zvonimir has a fascinating
of Plavi Vjesnik magazine.
another historical background on Croatian comics and Plavi Vjesnik,
please see: CROmics
- A HORROR STORY TOLD WITH FONDNESS
jointly created by Marcus Morris and Frank Hampson (the creator of Dan Dare)
was published in the UK from 1950
to 1969 and from 1982 to 1993.
It featured Dan Dare, Doomlord, Computer Warrior and other strips.
Dan Dare was
launched in issue no. 1 of Eagle, dated April 14, 1950 (see the first front
cover on the right). The meticulous
development in terms of concept and illustration has ensured that his
character - or at least the name - will live on into this millennium.
aside from being published as Den Deri in Croatian
Youth Magazine Plavi Vjesnik,
the comic strip made it to at least eight other countries. For
details, please click here.
Dan Dare radio
show was broadcast in Spain from 1954-58 under the name of Diego
Valor. Between 1951-56, Radio
Luxembourg transmitted the English language version of Dan Dare,
which could be heard all over the World.
were plans over the past 40 years or so to make a Dan Dare movie, but these
never materialized. The closest Dare got to
the big screen is Dan Dare CGI-animated TV show, produced by Foundation Imaging,
and which premiered on the Fox Kids Network
for Latin America
on December 23, 2001. The show is owned by Dan
Dare Corporation (Colin Frewin) and Channel
5 in the U.K. which bought it for £15m. Dan Dare
became a Saturday morning TV fixture in the U.K. since July 6,
2002. The show has been purchased by 50 other countries.
is what Marcus Morris had to say in his
The Best of Eagle
(1977) editorial: "Eagle had a fairly short life, from 1950
to 1970, by which time it had been merged with Lion. But
its most successful life was even shorter, from 1950 to
Some of the Eagle artists are still around: Geoffrey Bond
and Martin Aitchison of "Luck of the Legion",
Don Harley and Greta Tomlinson of the Dan Dare artists, but
that's about all. It did start up 52 years ago!
May 11, 2016
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