Of course in the real world there are plenty of awful things which no matter how many half full bottles you have they will never make it any better.
But the optimist in me always wins through and it is how I like my science fiction.
He was simply the best.
A clean cut brave chap who put loyalty and truth and fair play above all else and when faced with evil dealt with it in an honourable way.
Today those attributes wouldn’t count for much in many films but back in the 1950s with the backdrop of the Second World War that sort of hero could still be presented to young boys who lapped it up.
Of course he encountered the not so nice aliens but even these could be won over and usually their defeat was at the hands of a mixed bag of races from across the Galaxy.
He was created by Frank Hampson and appeared in the Eagle Comic from 1950 into the 1960s.
Nor is that all for I should have added that these models were made by Howard Love who like me has a long held fashion for all things Eagle.
His wife Ann, "Howard made them a few years ago from clay, air dried and painted. He remembers getting the first magazine, and it was by copying the drawings of Frank Hampson that he became interested in drawing. this lead him into studying Art at College, and working in a design studio, before going into teaching"
Now you can't saying fairer than that, .......... not only did Dan Dare save the world umpteen times but set Howard off on his successful artistic career
Pictures; models of some of the people featured in the Dan Dare stories, courtesy of Howard Love.