In the early years of 2000AD, when I used to read it religiously every week, one of my favourite strips - which heavily influenced my nascent attempts at writing fiction - was the comic's rejuvenation of Dan Dare.
Originally a feature of the legendary Eagle comic of the 1950s and '60s, Frank Hampson's iconic 'Pilot Of The Future', Dan Dare, was dusted down, jazzed up and brought up-to-date with modern sensibilities in a new series of adventures in the pages of 2000AD.
Now, finally, decades after they appeared in 2000AD, these tales from the late '70s, that had such an impact on me as a kid, are being released in a 320-page hardback collection.
The 2000AD weekly newsletter has this to say:
Waking from suspended animation after 200 years, Dare is faces an unfamiliar universe filled with terrible new threats, but also including all too familiar ones - such as his old nemesis, The Mekon!As well as the regular edition, 2000AD is offering a limited edition (250 copies) that includes a reproduction of the Dan Dare poster magazine, direct from its webstore.
The first volume of this punk-fuelled space opera features stories from Pat Mills (Nemesis the Warlock), Steve Moore (Doctor Who) and Gerry Finley-Day (Rogue Trooper) with incredible art by Massimo Belardinelli (Sláine) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).