Last year, Titan Comics announced plans to revive the British sci-fi hero Dan Dare, in a new Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future comic series. Now, details are coming in.
Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future will be written by acclaimed veteran writer Peter Milligan and illustrated by comics newcomer Alberto Fouche, with the series set to make it's debut release on the 11th October.
Many fans know Dan Dare as a 2000 AD character, but he first appeared in the 1950's inaugural issue of British comic magazine Eagle, where the character, Colonel Daniel McGregor Dare, is known for his space piloting skills and moral code.
Dan Dare has appeared in multiple incarnations over the decades, including a radio serial and video games (plus mentions in songs by David Bowie and Elton John). He famously had a stint with 2000 AD, and was most recently seen in comics in Virgin Comics' 2007 series by Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine. Even legendary writer Grant Morrison wrote a Dare series in 1990.
With this new series, Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future appears to be closer to the spirit of the originals than other modern takes, with Titan's official description of the series reading: "When an unknown alien vessel of biblical proportions arrives in the solar system and obliterates a moon of Saturn in a show of strength, Dare finds himself thrust back into a new adventure that threatens not just Earth – but all life in the entire universe!"
Along with Christian Ward, Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future #1 will also have covers by Fouche and a "retro variant" from prolific 2000 AD artist Chris Weston.