From Malcolm Norton comes this fascinating early version Dan Dare. As Alastair Crompton in "Tomorrow Revisited" recounts, Frank Hampson's original brief from Marcus Morris was to provide artwork and script for the story of a tough young parson named Lex Christian working in the East End.
It was Hampson who added the visual and conceptual flair and turned the parson into an inter galactic adventurer whose own moral code conformed to what Morris wanted as a role model for the flag ship strip in what was to become Eagle comic.
The two pages below represent the halfway house and were dummied up for a long round of visits to possible publishers who might be prepared to put money behind the project.
It was to be a long journey as you can discover when you read this fascinating account of the Eagle comic and the men behind it.
Seriously if you haven't availed yourself of a copy of this book and you are in any way remotely interested in this era of UK comic art you will find this book a truly gripping read.
Dan Dare © The Dan Dare Corporation Ltd. 2011