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John Byrne
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Posted: 08 September 2006 at 6:08am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I meant to post this a while back. I was looking at some old DAN DARE strips by Frank Bellamy and found myself reminded of something that had made me smile the very first time I saw STAR TREK.

This two panel sequence is from Project Nimbus, a DARE serial that ran in EAGLE a few years before Roddenberry started pitching ST:TOS to the networks. Note the Space Fleet insignia on Dan's tunic....

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Posted: 08 September 2006 at 11:06am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

That's wild, man.

Perhaps Roddenberry provided Bill Theiss with some...ahem..."reference" material for the costume designs?

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I can't say if there was any actual "referencing". Probably more a case of going to the same well. (The 1939 NY World's Fair was still casting a long shadow, for instance.) But there was much about TREK that reminded me of DAN DARE. Consider these two Space Fleet vessels:

Doesn't seem to me that either would have been too much out of place pulling up alongside the Enterprise.

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Posted: 08 September 2006 at 12:13pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Slightly off the subject...JB, is that second Dan Dare page by Frank Bellamy? (Whoever drew it, it's gorgeous.)

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Posted: 08 September 2006 at 12:37pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Post #1, panel #2, figure on our viewing right: even that face looks familiar. I know I'm seeing more of what I want to see than is actually there, but fun nonetheless. Good catch, JB.
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John Byrne
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Posted: 08 September 2006 at 12:40pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

is that second Dan Dare page by Frank Bellamy? (Whoever drew it, it's gorgeous.)

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Yes it is, and yes it is!

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Posted: 08 September 2006 at 12:58pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Thank you, sir!
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John Mietus
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Posted: 08 September 2006 at 4:42pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Those are fantastic. I've never read any Dan Dare, but that little bit of
artwork is terrific.
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I'm always impressed by the artwork whenever I see a post of it anywhere.  Wow.
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Bellamy's work on DAN DARE was amazing. Even more amazing, however, is that his work on HEROS THE SPARTAN was even better. Some samples:

http://www.alandavis-comicart.com/Bellamy2.html

He also did a life of King David that was spectacular in its own right, as well as and African adventure strip:

http://www.alandavis-comicart.com/Bellamy1.html

His total output is too huge to be contained in a single post. Google his name and see what you find.

(You'll note whose site these images are from, and see that Bellamy is admired by an artist who is himself no slouch at the drawingboard!)

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Posted: 09 September 2006 at 4:39pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

While the insignia coincidence is fascinating, I'm blown away by the artwork. I haven't seen much Frank Bellamy before. That second sample is just beautiful.

Are there collections of DAN DARE available?

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Crap, those images on the Alan Davis site are amazing! You can see a direct
line between Hal Foster, Frank Bellamy and Al Williamson. Or maybe, rather,
just a big circle that those artists stand inside.
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