No. 55 – Ground Control to Colonel Dare

Dan Dare by Massimo Belardinelli (1938–2007) from prog 1 (1977) v David Bowie (born David Robert Jones, 1947–2016), pictured here in a promotional still from The Man Who Fell to Earth (British Lion Films, 1976)

According to former 2000 AD art editor, Doug Church, Bowie, as he appeared in
Nicolas Roeg’s cult classic The Man Who Fell to Earth, based on the novel of the same name (Gold Medal Books, 1963) by Walter Stone Tevis (1928–1984), was the inspiration for the look of 2000 AD‘s 1977 incarnation of the classic British sci-fi comic book hero.

Dare, created by illustrator Frank Hampson (1918–1985), with Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008) acting as science and plot adviser to the first strip, first appeared in Eagle comic in 1950, with the stories set in the late 1990’s.

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