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Dan Dare - The Ship That Lived by Frank Hampson - Original Cover

Dan Dare - The Ship That Lived

Original Cover


Eagle front cover to the short 12-episode DAN DARE story, "The Ship That Lived" (episode 10, 4th April 1958). The story so far . . . "On the Lava Plain near the Flame-belt which girdles Venus, a desparate effort is being made to save Dan Dare's famous old spaceship, Anastasia, from the dread Silicon Mass which is like a fluid glass mountain. The Mass moves about on the hot quick-sands, devouring any known substance which comes near it. Dan and his friends have succeeded in jerking 'Old Annie' free with veteo-cranes, huge jet-lifters brought from Mekonta. As the cranes move towards firm ground, the Silicon Mass surges up like a living monster cheated of its prey . . .


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About Frank Hampson

Frank Hampson was only thirteen when he got an assignment to draw sketches for Meccano Magazine. At the age of twenty, he started studying at the Victoria College of Arts & Sciences. During World War II, he served in the Royal Army Service Corps and became a lieutenant. At the end of the war, freshly married, he started attending the Southport School of Arts and Crafts and tried to make a living doing freelance jobs. He met Marcus Morris, a vicar, who had ambitions for founding a national Christian magazine, The Anvil, with a special emphasis on material for youngsters. Eventually, Morris employed Hampson full-time, and they created Eagle, the magazine that featured the popular 'Dan Dare' comics, 1950. Hampson started out doing all the work single-handedly, but soon gathered a large crew of hard-working artists around him, including artists Desmond Walduck, Harold Johns, and Donald Harley, as well as writers Alan Stranks and Arthur C. Clarke. The years between 1955 and 1959 were the heyday of the Eagle studios. In addition to 'Dan Dare', Hampson has worked on a variety of other strips for Eagle, such as 'The Great Adventurer', 'Tommy Walls', 'Rob Conway' and 'The Road of courage'. After this, Frank retired from the 'Dan Dare' strip, leaving it to Frank Bellamy. In 1975, he was given an award recognizing his work at the Comic Festival in Lucca. Text (c) Lambiek