60 Years of Dan Dare


Celebrating the continuing popularity of the iconic British Space Hero whose first appearance in the Eagle was published in April 1950, Historian Duncan Nott (Resonance FM) talks to a quartet of artists who have created new adventures for the lantern jawed pilot in more recent years.

Panellists include:

  • Garry Leach drew Dan’s return to print in 2000AD, ten years after the end of the original Eagle, in the late 1970s and more recently covers for Virgin comics’ revival of the ‘Pilot of the future’ in 2008.
  • Rian Hughes drew the Eagle inspired comic The Science Service in 1989 and then the Mekon’s final revenge in the Thatcherite satire Dare in the adult comics Revolver and Crisis a year later.
  • Gary Erskine drew Dan Dare’s most recent official comic book adventures in the Virgin Comics periodical of the same name.
  • John Freeman is a comics historian and writer. He previous wrote The Science Service and now writes the strip Ex Astris in the 00s Dan Dare magazine Spaceship Away.
  • Rod Barzilay is the editor and one of the writers of Spaceship Away, a Dan Dare fanzine that has continued the original adventures of Spacefleet where the 1950s Eagle left off for the past seven years.

Screening Times

10:30am - Sat, 1st May 2010