DAN DARE: THE 2000 AD YEARS Vol­ume Two

Claw and or­der

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Pub­lisher re­bel­lion

Writ­ers/artists Var­i­ous

“Burn, you dev­ils!” That’s the kind of in­ter­plan­e­tary diplo­macy dis­played in this con­clud­ing col­lec­tion of Dan Dare’s punk-era ad­ven­tures. And that’s on a good day.

Comic book clas­si­cists may have shared such sen­ti­ments, see­ing Frank Hamp­son’s clean-cut star pi­lot re­born as a blaster-happy tough nut. But for all that these 2000 AD sto­ries stamp on the post­war de­cency of Ea­gle they’re en­dur­ingly thrilling, push­ing each page to the ab­so­lute limit of imag­i­na­tion and in­ci­dent.

The first half wraps up the Le­gion Of The Lost Worlds saga (imag­ine In­glou­ri­ous Bas­terds glass­ing Star Trek in a pub ruck), pit­ting Dare against deadly dop­pel­gangers, space worms and sub-aquatic Love­craftian hor­rors. This run show­cases some of the most dy­namic work of Dave Gib­bons’s ca­reer.

Dare’s re­vamped again in the fi­nal arc, rigged out in a Cap­tain Marvel-style cos­tume and given a Cos­mic Claw, no less. You feel the char­ac­ter de­tach­ing for­ever from his ’50s ori­gins – but also a pang that the strip, abruptly axed (thanks a lot, Tharg!), had the sim­ple dig­nity of an end­ing stolen from it. Nick Setch­field

The 2000 AD strip was meant to end with their ver­sion of Dare can­celling his own ex­is­tence in a time warp.

He re­gret­ted buy­ing the Trump glove.

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