For other versions of Dan Dare, see the disambiguation page.
This version of Dan Dare is the title character of his own strip in 2000 AD. Injured in a reactor explosion, the redoubtable space hero was awoken from suspended animation decades into his own future and given cosmetic surgery to restore his damaged face, leaving him looking literally like a new man. Dare was subsequently placed in charge of a group of tough spacers on a mission to explore the so-called 'Lost Worlds'. Along the way he teamed up with a Martian called Monday and fought the evil Biogs, their ruler the Mother Biog and their servants the Shepherds.
After Dare's crew were wiped out and his Space Fortress destroyed, he went on to work on a spaceship under the incompetent Captain O'Grady, where he befriended a doglike alien, Rok. Dare's new ally helped him to defeat his oldest foe, the Mekon, and his minions, the Skash and The Two of Verath.
Despite this temporary victory, Dare eventually found himself under the mental domination of the Mekon. Breaking free, Dare acquired the powerful artifact known as Eternicus, the Cosmic Claw (which he wore as a gauntlet) and challenged the Mekon. However, the Mekon framed him, and Dare had to go on the run from the galactic authorities. His strip ended before he could prove his innocence.
Powers and abilities
AbilitiesBeing pretty darned heroic; making friends easily.
Peak human male.
TransportationSpaceships, including his massive Space Fortress.
This version of Dare, supposedly the original in a revamped form, was abandoned by 2000 AD in 1980. He was last seen being erased from existence by Tharg in the spoof strip 'Tharg's Head Revisited' in 2000 AD prog 500.
- Artists who have worked on this version of Dan Dare include Massimo Belardinelli, Dave Gibbons, Garry Leach and Brian Lewis.
- The writers of this Dare included Chris Lowder, Ken Armstrong and Tom Tully.
- This version of Dan starred in two editions of the Dan Dare Annual, in 1979 and 1980.
- Parts of the series were reprinted by Quality Communications in issues of 2000 AD Showcase and in Dare the Impossible.
- Appearances of Dan Dare (2000 AD)
- Character Gallery: Dan Dare (2000 AD)
- Images that feature Dan Dare (2000 AD)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Dan Dare (2000 AD)
- Dan Dare (2000 AD) quotations
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