Dan Dare
Dan Dare: The Solid Space Mystery
Medium: comic
Year: 1960
Keywords: Dan Dare, SF, rubbish
Writer: Eric Eden
Artist: Don Harley, Bruce Cornwell
Country: UK
Format: 24 two-page episodes, The Eagle Vol.11 No.53 to Vol.12 No.23
Website category: Comics
Review date: 5 July 2021
dan dare
It's official. Dan Dare's scripts have degenerated to the general level of 1960s UK boys' adventure comics. Once again, there's nothing here. It's a runaround with the Mekon and fighting and escapes and zzzzzzzzz sorry, fell asleep there.
GOOD THINGS
The title's intriguing. Cool concept, because it's so unintuitive.
Harley and Cornwell draw some amazing spaceships. Dan Dare has the greatest ships ever.
DISAPPOINTMENTS
I'm still unimpressed by the art. Dan's look of, uh, surprise? is disgraceful at the big Mekon reveal.
Dan and Digby must have spent years and years travelling back by Zylbat from that distant galaxy in the previous story... yet everyone's the same age. No attempt is made to account for this and no one notices that this should be an issue, despite having previously faced the same thing in Reign of the Robots.
Bloody hell. I'm not saying that this series had ever been perfect, but Odhams Press needed shooting.