FRANK HAMPSON (1918-1985)

Frank Hampson created ‘Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future’ in 1950, as the front page strip ‘that sold the Eagle’. read more...

Frank Hampson created ‘Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future’ in 1950, as the front page strip ‘that sold the Eagle’. In a short time it became phenomenally popular, with a million boys waiting expectantly each week for the next episode. This was due in great part to the thoroughness of Hampson’s approach, which made the world so vivid. By using family members and studio artists as models, he developed characters that were completely believable as human beings. Similarly, he thought through the technology systematically, designing it to look as if it would work. Intense research, model making and a vast reference library were all employed to this end. Additionally, Hampson also wrote the texts of the early Dan Dare stories – including The Venus Story – considered by fans as a match for the richness of the imagery. When, in 1959, a new publisher refused to sustain the studio that made possible such high standards, Dan Dare came to an end, and Frank Hampson refused to speak of him. However, in 1975, he accepted an invitation to the biannual comics convention in Lucca, Italy. There he was presented with both its Yellow Kid Award and the specially created title ‘Prestigio Maestro’.

The exhibition, ‘Dan Dare & the Birth of High-Tech Britain’, ran at the Science Museum in 2009.

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EVEN AS DAN LEAVES, A FLEET OF THERON MACHINES COMES THUNDERING UP THE HILL by FRANK HAMPSON

EVEN AS DAN LEAVES, A FLEET OF THERON MACHINES COMES THUNDERING UP THE HILL

... AND THERE WE HAVE THE THREE MAIN TYPES OF ATLANTINE SOLDIER, PRIEST AND PEASANT - ALL SERFS OF THE TREENS by FRANK HAMPSON

... AND THERE WE HAVE THE THREE MAIN TYPES OF ATLANTINE SOLDIER, PRIEST AND PEASANT - ALL SERFS OF THE TREENS

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN COLONEL? by FRANK HAMPSON

WHAT IS YOUR PLAN COLONEL?

SHOOTING SHOOTING BACK HOME! WHAT COULDN'T I DO TO A PHEASANT WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS! by FRANK HAMPSON

SHOOTING SHOOTING BACK HOME! WHAT COULDN'T I DO TO A PHEASANT WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS!

DAN AND HIS COMPANIONS HAVE CLIMBED DOWN FROM THEIR WRECKED HELICOPTER THROUGH THE BRANCHES OF A GIANT VENUSION TREE by FRANK HAMPSON

DAN AND HIS COMPANIONS HAVE CLIMBED DOWN FROM THEIR WRECKED HELICOPTER THROUGH THE BRANCHES OF A GIANT VENUSION TREE

SONDAR! DIVE, YOU ASS - DIVE! by FRANK HAMPSON

SONDAR! DIVE, YOU ASS - DIVE!

IT'S NUMBER ONE SHIP, SIR - THE CONTROLLER AND MISS PEABODY by FRANK HAMPSON

IT'S NUMBER ONE SHIP, SIR - THE CONTROLLER AND MISS PEABODY

THE EARTHMEN ARE HERE, O DIRECTOR! by FRANK HAMPSON

THE EARTHMEN ARE HERE, O DIRECTOR!

I'LL KILL THE MEKON IF ANY TREEN MAKES A FALSE MOVE - ROUND 'EM UP CHAPS! by FRANK HAMPSON

I'LL KILL THE MEKON IF ANY TREEN MAKES A FALSE MOVE - ROUND 'EM UP CHAPS!

SEE THIS! PLUMS AS BIG AS MARROWS.  THIS SOIL MUST BE RICH IN VITAMINS. by FRANK HAMPSON

SEE THIS! PLUMS AS BIG AS MARROWS. THIS SOIL MUST BE RICH IN VITAMINS.

SORRY DIG! NOTHING DOING HE'S ALL MINE. TAKE OVER THE SHIP. by FRANK HAMPSON

SORRY DIG! NOTHING DOING HE'S ALL MINE. TAKE OVER THE SHIP.

 

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