Friday, August 9, 2013

Dan Dare's Space Book (1954) part 1

This is the first of a couple of posts about Dan Dare's Space Book (1954). Dan Dare was a very famous British comic strip hero in the 1950s and 1960s. His space adventures led many a child to dream of piloting a spacecraft and fighting aliens.

For more about Dan Dare see here:

Morris, Marcus and Hampson, Frank. Dan Dare’s Space Book. London : Hulton Press Ltd. (69 p.) 27 cm.
An "annual" devoted to the fictional hero Dan Dare with fictional stories and comic strips. It also includes a number of non-fiction articles about space flight including an essay by Arthur C Clarke "Is Space Travel Possible?" with illustrations by Chesley Bonestell. Also an essay with photographs about the V-2 testing at White Sands, NM.

The reason this book is being showcased is the non-fiction space content.  The creator of Dan Dare, Frank Hampson was a dedicated space flight advocate.  In fact today instead of highlighting pictures I was to share his introduction to this book:

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