Colonel Dan Dare Pilot of the Future

Athro

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Colonel Dan Dare Pilot of the Future - a British Icon from the 1950s
This hero is often overlooked if not forgotten but was a role model for many children growing up in the 50`s and 60`s
He certainly made me aware of Space Travel and exploration which I avidly keep up to this day
So. due to a lack of Dan Dare figures or busts, I decided to create one my self using very simple materials such as green felt,2 pieces of wood a flat oval wooden base - head printed off from my computer and pasted onto thick card red and golden 4mm tape and 2 drawing pins plus gold cord for the cap braid and a simple pipe carved from wood and painted
I have given him a DFC ribbon as opposed to the Saturn ribbon he would wear ( my salute to the RAF in the 50`s )
This then is my humble tribute to a great and iconic space hero from the past
 

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AAAh, The Eagle, Hotspur, Valiant and Victor, full of all the Empire Heroes - The Wolf of Kabul, Alf Tupper, Captain Hurricane, Matt Braddock - all right wing racist imperialists, now, of course, the stuff I was brought up on! ( Graduating to WE Johns & GA Henty )
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Nice work Colin and memories brought back for me too.
I still have in my possession two original Eagle comics, an original Eagle hardback annual and best of all an original Dan Dare stopwatch complete with a turning spaceship second hand!

I'll try and post some pictures - if I can remember just where the items are stored...... :upside:

Thanks for sharing.
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My proudest Dan Dare Possession is the Dan Dare Radio Station boxed an in full working order
I have also bought all the Eagle Annual and Comics in reproduction book form not to mention the complete annuals and comics on CD that I am working my way through
I dont think Frank Hampson realised what an icon he created that has endured for nearly 70 years
 

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My favourite comic back in the 50 was the Eagle. The artwork of the eagle on the cover is an icon in its own right. When I was a kid Mum and Dad bought my brother and me a check jacket each with the Dan Dare Space Fleet's logo on them! Dan Dare, Tommy Walls, Luck of the Legion and those great cutaway drawings in the centrefold........Happy Days. A few years ago someone ran an advertisement on the television using the Dan Dare characters Dan, Digby and Professor Peabody. I recognised them straight away, but I guess they were lost on most of the viewing audience at the time.
 
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