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Old 10-04-2014, 03:19 AM   #1
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I'm currently re-reading The Man From Nowhere, and I'm struck at just how good this comic strip could be. The retro-future ship designs and such are enjoyable on their own terms, but the stories themselves are just plain fun adventures.

When I was younger, I was a bit put off by how the artwork would sometimes depict ultra-realistic renderings sometimes side-by-side with rather 'cartoony' characters, but I've come to appreciate that it's using the comic strip medium in a way that only it can - conveying characters in whatever way it needs to, to bring characteristics and personalities alive in that shorthand way that pen and ink can. For example, Sir Hubert and Digby are drawn quite differently, but each has a specific personality that would be lost if done otherwise.

Two things I've never cared for are cute animals and kid sidekicks in entertainment media. Yet here, Stripey and Flamer Spry are vital characters who add to the story, and not seemingly there just to appeal to children.

The technology shown may not be "believably" realistic, but it sure works on paper. The impulse wave transmitters (which send a beam of power to spaceships which is stored in batteries onboard, avoiding having to carrying huge amounts of fuel) is just a neat, simple way to address the problem of traveling the vast distance between planets. I'm sure that it could never really work...but boy it sure sounds plausible! Artificial gravity is supplied by "gravity motors" under the floors. They could simply have ignored these things, but the fact that they're addressed is a nice touch.

Sure, alien civilizations on Mercury, Venus, Saturn etc. sounds silly today, but this was an era when things were just a bit more unknown, and imagination really was the only limit. With the suspension of disbelief, there's a great deal of fun reading to be had in these stories.

I'm not saying every page of every story is an absolute gem (what is?), and after creator Frank Hampson left the strip it sort of nosedives in overall quality, but at its best it really is a fun way to pass time on a rainy day. I highly recommend them!
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Old 10-04-2014, 03:43 PM   #2
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No, you're not. I discovered Dan Dare way back in the 1970's, when my grand bought me a 2nd-hand Eagle Annual. I've been a fan ever since.
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Old 10-04-2014, 05:54 PM   #3
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There are many fans of Daniel Dare here old chap pip pip.
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Old 10-04-2014, 08:22 PM   #4
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There are many fans of Daniel Dare here old chap pip pip.
That is so good to hear!

I'd given up on our American comic books about twenty years ago, but I always find something new to enjoy in the Dan Dare stories when I get the hankering to read something fun.

Intriguing, how so much of my favorite entertainment comes from across the pond. I guess their work is just that good!
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:49 AM   #5
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I think it has the attraction of a bygone age. The machines always were brilliant, I loved the wesland whirlygig and of course anastacia.
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Old 12-04-2014, 04:17 PM   #6
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I've loved it since I was a kid; the artwork is just amazing, although admittedly the stories are a little 1 dimensional sometimes.

If you like Dan Dare, I can recommend a graphic novel by Warren Ellis called Ministry of Space. It's an alternate history of Britain after WWII; the ending is very thought provoking.
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Old 13-04-2014, 03:34 AM   #7
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I've loved it since I was a kid; the artwork is just amazing, although admittedly the stories are a little 1 dimensional sometimes.
That is true, but even those can be endearing in their own way. Like in Rogue Planet: simply changing the food of the Phants suddenly turns them from deadly, ruthless enemies to gentle, friendly allies? But somehow, it works!

I'll keep the graphic novel suggestion in mind. Thanks!
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Old 13-04-2014, 09:24 AM   #8
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I agree with Ben, Ministry of Space is an excellent next step along from Dan Dare!
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Old 17-04-2014, 05:44 PM   #9
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Always loved Dan Dare!
Had the pleasure of working on a test/pilot for Granada TV. Never came to anything!
Check out Ron Thorntons animated TV show- Good Stuff! Also 'Ministry of Space' is Superb!
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Old 22-08-2014, 05:54 AM   #10
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You should check out Spaceship Away

http://spaceshipaway.org.uk/

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Old 06-04-2015, 01:50 AM   #11
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Huge fan of Dan Dare to the point that i ended up making my own series of rockets inspired by it. Though now i think there are replicas available elsewhere so oh well *L*
The tech may not have been workable but It was certainly no less 'real' than most other space opera of the time.




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Old 06-04-2015, 06:24 PM   #12
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Very good work on those 2
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:28 PM   #13
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Thank you. One day ill get around to the rest of the fleet
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Old 10-04-2015, 10:58 PM   #14
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I am a colossal fan of British SF,Fantasy,comics and even music from the
British Invasion of the 1960's,I am the product of that generation.
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Old 16-04-2015, 12:35 PM   #15
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Absolutely in love with DD in all his incarnations from Eagle-2000AD, back to Eagle and the TV series - AWESOME.
Spending lots of evenings with the Haynes Spacefleet Operations Manual. Must build some of this at some point!
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Old 17-04-2015, 03:27 AM   #16
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A couple of paper Dan Dare models I designed. The first is the Cryptosian ship, that I was commisioned to do, and is offered for sale on ecardmodels dot com as the "1950's Starcruiser". The wings are thinner than I planned, but that's how the client wanted them. The second is my unreleased "Stellar Queen". She still needs launch boosters and a launch pad stand.

The last pix are of the Crypt prototype, with the wings as originally intended. The engines were a bit too "blocky", and the colors needed work.

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Old 20-04-2015, 10:53 PM   #17
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I first started reading DD back in 1977 in 2000AD


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Old 21-04-2015, 08:43 AM   #18
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I remember those and the biotronic stickers My Dad was the Electrician for the print works in Gravesend that printed 2000AD and all the Fleetway comics and I had a HUGE stack of those stickers that got stuck everywhere including on the dog!
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Old 29-04-2015, 07:28 AM   #19
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Nice papercraft. Ive never really gotten the hang of making it look that good
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I actually worked for Space Fleet until a Treen plot made the entire organisation into a comic strip.
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