Dan Dare Vs Aliens!
“I was at my local comic shop one day and the guy there said, ‘ Dave, I’ve had a great idea for a crossover! You’ve just written Batman Versus Predator, so how about Dan Dare/ Aliens?’
“I got this picture in my head of Dan and Digby on a space station in their bright costumes, coming around the corner of a corridor and there’s this huge, disgusting alien, absolutely drooling. Digby says in his Lancashire voice, ‘ Eh, up, Colonel Dan! Looks like something out of yon American horror comics!’ because Eagle was designed specifically to counter American horror comics. I would have done Dan Dare exactly like Frank Hampson’s Dan Dare, but not to be all ironic.
“I quickly came up with a story and Dark Horse Comics, who own the Alien comics licence, were up for it. But when I got in touch with The Dan Dare Corporation, they weren’t interested. But I’d still like to do it as a 48- page one- off, and I’ve got a perfect artist in mind, so watch this space!”