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Virgin Comics brings back DAN DARE: PILOT OF THE FUTURE with GARTH ENNIS

August 27, 2007

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GROUNDBREAKING COMIC HEROES TO FLY AGAIN WITH VIRGIN COMICS’ ALL NEW EPIC STARRING DAN DARE: PILOT OF THE FUTURE

London, England – August 27, 2007 – Aviator and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson today announced that Virgin Comics (www.VirginComics.com) will be bringing legendary super hero Dan Dare out of retirement and back into the outer reaches of the galaxy, with an all new Dan Dare comic book series. The new series will be published monthly beginning November 2007 and will be written by legendary comic author, Garth Ennis (author of Preacher, The Boys, Hitman, John Woo’s Seven Brothers and other acclaimed and best-selling titles).

Dan Dare has been an icon since 1950. Elaborate stories of his space travel and galactic battles defending people of the universe captivated post-War baby boomers. Dan Dare’s adventures burst to the forefront of pop culture, selling nearly 1 million copies each week in the pages of the Eagle Comic.

Dan Dare is the quintessential British hero. He’s our Captain America, our Superman, our Batman, he’s all of them rolled into one. He’s the original and the best.” said Garth Ennis, recipient of several National Comics Awards for the best in UK comics and Will Eisner Awards for the best in US comics.

branson-with-dan-dare-aug-22_10_pres.jpgDan Dare is an heroic, thoughtful and fiercely independent character; I was an avid reader of his epic journeys. It is a pleasure for Virgin Comics to be involved with such a legendary character – one of the original great aviators” said Sir Richard Branson.

Dan Dare is the real original Super Hero. In the 50’s, on the front page of The Eagle, he was selling one million copies a week. Today, his impact and appeal to readers across the UK and around the world can be even greater with Virgin Comics. This is a perfect partnership.” said Colin Frewin, CEO of The Dan Dare Corporation. “Superman, Batman and Spider-Man beware – Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future is back to protect us all.

Virgin Comics’ Dan Dare is set in the future, albeit not too many decades from the present day. Colonel Dare is still vibrant and courageous – but now he’s retired. His retirement is a self-imposed exile, the result of his disgust with politics and the post-nuclear warfare that has destroyed North America and much of Asia – leaving the UK as the world’s last remaining superpower. Readers familiar with Dan Dare stories will recognize many of the original cast including a wiser and more experienced Digby; the innovative, brilliant and beautiful Professor Peabody; and of course the enemy of all that is good, the super-intelligent ruler of the Treens – The Mekon, together with a mix of galactic evil beings.

Dan Dare and Virgin are a perfect combination – two iconic UK brands. We are thrilled to be working with Colin and Garth to redefine this quintessential character for a new generation of readers around the world.” said Sharad Devarajan, Virgin Comics’ CEO.

“Dan Dare + Garth Ennis = AWESOME,” explains Gotham Chopra, Virgin Comics’ Chief Creative Officer. “There’s not much more to say because this is a combination that doesn’t require hype – great comic heroes plus great comic writers equal a great time for all of us. Expect nothing less.”


ABOUT VIRGIN COMICS
Virgin Comics LLC is a character entertainment company creating original stories and epic myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded in November 2005 by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Enterprises Ltd., alongside entrepreneurs, Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman. Among Virgin Comic’s titles are the breakthrough new comics and graphic novels: Devi, Ramayan 3392 AD, Seven Brothers with John Woo, and Voodoo Child with Weston and Nicolas Cage. http://www.VirginComics.com

ABOUT THE DAN DARE CORPORATION
The Dan Dare Corporation is the global rights holder in the intellectual property Dan Dare and the Eagle Comic. It represents the film, television, merchandising and publishing rights. The Company produced the highly successful CGI animated series ‘Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future’ in 2001. The $20 million production in LA has now been distributed by Columbia TriStar to over 130 countries worldwide. In October 2007, the book ‘The Best of the Eagle’ will be published worldwide. http://www.dandare.com

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22 comments

  1. Awesome…you guys are so “jammy” – a term used in the U.K to describe someone exceptionally fortunate…

    Dan Dare to be drawn in India – how weird (and amazing) is that ?

    I worked on one aborted TV pilot in the UK (very briefly) and met Frank Hampson (its creator) a couple of times – it was my all time favourite comic strip.

    And as for a film, strikes me that Shekhar Kapur should pester Branson to direct it…I would…

    cheers,
    R


  2. I started a blog to publish a short story every day for an entire year and today’s story is about a Comic Book Nerd.

    It’s at http://topwritecorner.com/2007/09/03/comic-book-nerd/
    and I hope you like it. Cheers!


  3. Having seen how badly Colonel Dare has been mishandled in the past, it’s with a degree of cautious optimism that I greet the news of his latest revival. Hopefully Garth Ennis can find a way to capture the optimistic, heroic decency of the character, without feeling the need to weigh him down with political and emotional baggage, as Grant Morrison did in his otherwise excellent interpretation in Revolver magazine. Dare is the product of a particular time, and in trying too hard to make him relevant to a new age, many writers have lost touch with what makes him great.

    All that said, I can’t wait to see this latest version of Dan Dare. Spaceships Away!


  4. […] Virgin Comics brings back DAN DARE: PILOT OF THE FUTURE with GARTH ENNIS August 27th, 2007 GROUNDBREAKING COMIC HEROES TO FLY AGAIN WITH VIRGIN COMICS ALL NEW EPIC STARRING DAN DARE: PILOT OF THE FUTURE London, England August 27, 2007 Aviator and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson today announced that Virgin Comics (www.VirginComics.com) will be bringing legendary super hero Dan Dare out of retirement and back into the outer reaches of the galaxy, with an all new Dan Dare comic book series. The new series will be published monthly beginning November 2007 and will be written by legendary comic author, Garth Ennis (author of Preacher, The Boys, Hitman, John Woos Seven Brothers and other acclaimed and best-selling titles). Dan Dare has been an icon since 1950. Elaborate stories of his space travel and galactic battles defending people of the universe captivated post-War baby boomers. Dan Dares adventures burst to the forefront of pop culture, selling nearly 1 million copies each week in the pages of the Eagle Comic. Dan Dare is the quintessential British hero. Hes our Captain America, our Superman, our Batman, hes all of them rolled into one. Hes the original and the best. said Garth Ennis, recipient of several National Comics Awards for the best in UK comics and Will Eisner Awards for the best in US comics. Dan Dare is an heroic, thoughtful and fiercely independent character; I was an avid reader of his epic journeys. It is a pleasure for Virgin Comics to be involved with such a legendary character one of the original great aviators said Sir Richard Branson. Dan Dare is the real original Super Hero. In the 50s, on the front page of The Eagle, he was selling one million copies a week. Today, his impact and appeal to readers across the UK and around the world can be even greater with Virgin Comics. This is a perfect partnership. said Colin Frewin, CEO of The Dan Dare Corporation. Superman, Batman and Spider-Man beware Dan Dare Pilot of the Future is back to protect us all. Virgin Comics Dan Dare is set in the future, albeit not too many decades from the present day. Colonel Dare is still vibrant and courageous but now hes retired. His retirement is a self-imposed exile, the result of his disgust with politics and the post-nuclear warfare that has destroyed North America and much of Asia leaving the UK as the worlds last remaining superpower. Readers familiar with Dan Dare stories will recognize many of the original cast including a wiser and more experienced Digby; the innovative, brilliant and beautiful Professor Peabody; and of course the enemy of all that is good, the super-intelligent ruler of the Treens The Mekon, together with a mix of galactic evil beings. Dan Dare and Virgin are a perfect combination two iconic UK brands. We are thrilled to be working with Colin and Garth to redefine this quintessential character for a new generation of readers around the world. said Sharad Devarajan, Virgin Comics CEO. Dan Dare + Garth Ennis = AWESOME, explains Gotham Chopra, Virgin Comics Chief Creative Officer. Theres not much more to say because this is a combination that doesnt require hype great comic heroes plus great comic writers equal a great time for all of us. Expect nothing less. ABOUT VIRGIN COMICS Virgin Comics LLC is a character entertainment company creating original stories and epic myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded in November 2005 by Sir Richard Bransons Virgin Enterprises Ltd., alongside entrepreneurs, Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman. Among Virgin Comics titles are the breakthrough new comics and graphic novels: Devi, Ramayan 3392 AD, Seven Brothers with John Woo, and Voodoo Child with Weston and Nicolas Cage. http://www.VirginComics.com ABOUT THE DAN DARE CORPORATION The Dan Dare Corporation is the global rights holder in the intellectual property Dan Dare and the Eagle Comic. It represents the film, television, merchandising and publishing rights. The Company produced the highly successful CGI animated series Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future in 2001. The $20 million production in LA has now been distributed by Columbia TriStar to over 130 countries worldwide. In October 2007, the book The Best of the Eagle will be published worldwide. http://www.dandare.com http://blog.virgincomics.com/ La resea del preview de Diamanod: Cita: […]


  5. Mekons away!!!

    and it’s a Virgin release, no less!!

    Cheers,

    Tommy B


  6. very cool


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  8. but where and how can we buy it can see one place on ebay only???


  9. where can i buy the dan dare comic ? as a teenager in the 1950S i loved to read the eagle.all the best david salmon


  10. Where can I buy the new Dan Dare commic


  11. DAN DARE #1 IS AVAILABLE AT ALL COMIC SHOPS & http://virgincomicsstore.com/dandare1.html


  12. I don’t live near any specialist comic shops and WHSmith inform me that they won’t be stocking it or supplying it as wholesalers to any newsagents…..so what does one do? Is it possible to subscribe?
    As a long term Dan Dare/Eagle enthusiast (50 years plus) it saddens me to see the “Dan Dar jinx” once again threaten to scupper a new project due to distribution/circulation problems.
    Roger Coombes


  13. Both my newsagent and Smith’s say they can’t get it either.

    So where can this be bought in the UK ?

    I tried to buy online from the Virgin comics store and you gusy want $20 in postage!!!


  14. HI PLEASE TRY THE FOLLOWING STORES IN THE UK…

    Gosh – London

    Forbidden Planet(s) – Glasgow and London

    OK Comics – Leeds

    They Walk Among Us – London

    Page 45 – Nottingham


  15. Here is the complete list: http://blog.virgincomics.com/2007/12/13/where-to-buy-dan-dare-in-the-uk/


  16. […] haven’t yet read the revival of the Dan Dare comics, which are apparently now darker, set in the days that follow the old series, where things […]


  17. Three and a half months since my previous post and I still haven’t found a stockist in the UK. Those you suggested either don’t list it or their websites are a year or more out of date. The new Dan Dare is therefore still unobtainable in the UK. Next thing we’ll hear is that it has folded due to “insufficient demand”!


  18. Attn: Roger Coombes.

    Try:

    Martin Kravetz
    Mega-City Comics
    020 7485 9320
    shop@megacitycomics.co.uk

    I’ve been getting my Dan Dare there for a few months. They also have back issues and subscription.

    LF


  19. Thanks for the update LF


  20. WTF?! Virgin Comics released a “Collector’s Edition” hardback of the first three issues of the Ennis Dan Dare, then a couple months later is soliciting for a hardcover edition that collects the entire series (1–7).

    What a rip-off!!!

    No mention that the rest of the series will be available in “Collector’s Editions…” So if you already bought the first collection, apparently you threw that money away, because now you need to get the other hardback as well.

    What a scumbag trick, and if it’s not, what bad marketing, not saying whether they are going to be releasing more “Collector’s Editions” to collect the rest of the series.



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