Good to see the 'forgotten era' of Dan Dare will be back in print next month in 'Dan Dare: The 2000 AD Years Vol 1'. The first issue of 2000 AD came out when I was a humble art student and it became cult reading in the common room. Dan Dare had become a hero for the seventies, a more violent testosterone driven man than the old school Brit of the original Eagle comic.
Then came the return of dare's arch enemy,The Mekon, and a stunning cover by the late Mike Western. A few years later, I worked with Mike's son Pete Western, who got his dad to draw me my very own Mekon (see above).
Although the later Dan Dare 2000 AD strips by Dave Gibbons have been reprinted, this new graphic novel from 2000 AD will feature the first two stories for the first time since the seventies.