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Pilot of the Future
Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, was a popular character published in England's Eagle magazine.
Dan Dare was created by Rev. Marcus Morris, an Anglican minister. The "Dan Dare" character was an Anglican. The character was originally conceived as an Anglican chaplain.
From: "Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future" homepage on Dan-Dare.net website (http://www.dan-dare.net/Homepage%20Home%20NoF.htm; viewed 8 May 2006):
The "Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future" science-fiction strip-cartoon series was created by the genius that was Frank Hampson, and it first appeared in issue number one of the weekly British boys' magazine "Eagle" on April 14, 1950. Eagle was founded by the Rev. Marcus Morris (who took on the role of editor) together with Frank Hampson from ideas they had worked on in 1949 and early 1950.
Eagle was much more than just a comic, hence my referring to it as a boys' magazine, since it also contained educational features such as historically accurate strip-cartoons and "cut-away" diagrams of the-then-latest technologies, and it conveyed a fun yet socially responsible attitude throughout its pages (which was not surprising really, given that the editor was a young clergyman at the time). Indeed in the early planning phases of Eagle, Dan Dare was actually "Chaplain Dan Dare of the Interplanet Patrol", such were the Christian ideals of the co-founders. Dan the "Chaplain of the Future" became Dan the "Pilot of the Future" during the final planning stage to ensure a much broader commercial appeal...
The adventures of Colonel Daniel MacGregor Dare of the Interplanet Spacefleet (to give him his full title) appeared on the first two pages of Eagle in full colour every week, and they were devised and illustrated by Frank Hampson with the assistance of his team of hand-picked artists and fellow scriptwriters. Production standards for the series were incredibly high: Frank created a huge reference library of photos, diagrams, illustrations and models to ensure complete consistency and realism; Arthur C. Clarke was a scientific advisor to the team in the early years; Alan Stranks (who had previously created the P.C. 49 radio series, which itself had a strip-cartoon series in Eagle) and the Rev. Chad Varah (who later went on to found The Samaritans) also provided scriptwriting assistance.
Webpage created 8 May 2006. Last modified 8 May 2006.
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