Archive for the ‘Garth Ennis’ Category


Winners of Comic-Con Exclusives Contest Announced

August 11, 2008

Congratulations to our five Comic-Con Exclusives winners: Richard Norwood, Arlene Wilson, Michael E. Wiggam, Sean Kleefeld, and Alan Vratkovich! Each of you will be receiving an ink variant (limited to 500) and a pencil sketch variant (limited to 250) of the double-size finale of Dan Dare issue #7 featuring a Dave Gibbons wrap-around cover, as well as Grant Morrison’s MBX Sketchbook (limited to 1,000) , which features art and script excerpts from the upcoming Virgin Comics/Perspective Studios animated series.

Thanks to all those who entered, and keep an eye out for more contests in the near future. If you’d like to purchase or view the SDCC exclusives, please visit our Virgin Comics store.


The Mekon Claims #39 on Empire’s 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters – No Comment from Dan Dare

July 10, 2008

In a crippling blow to the valiant Space Fleet captain, Dan Dare’s brainy, green nemesis, the Mekon, has landed an impressive victory on Empire Online’s “50 Greatest Comic Book Characters”. Coming in at #39, the Mekon is lauded for his “nifty weapons” and “emotion-free genius” — the kind of praise normally reserved for the likes of Oppenheimer and Bohr. We can only imagine how vexing it must be for the unsung Dare not only to be envious, but to turn green because of it.

To read the full article click here. To read more about this oh so brilliant and endearing alien, visit our Virgin Comics Store.


Exclusive Dan Dare Trailer Launches on MySpaceTV

June 19, 2008

To celebrate the release of the over-sized hardcover Dan Dare collection, MySpaceTV is airing an exclusive trailer of our doughty pilot of the future. To view the bold, new trailer journey here.

The over-sized hardcover edition collects issues 1 through 3 of Dan Dare, written by Garth Ennis with art by Gary Erskine. Look for it in book stores,, and the Virgin Comics store.


Dan Dare Exhibit At The Science Museum In London

May 1, 2008

A couple of weeks back we wrote about the Dan Dare exhibit at the Science Museum in London and ran Dan Dare: The Legendary Hero contest in celebration of the event. For those of you who can’t make it to London, walks through the main features of the exhibit that opened on April 29th. Check out the article and video here.


Dan Dare: The Legendary Hero Contest Winners

May 1, 2008

Thanks to everyone that entered our Dan Dare: The Legendary Hero. So many of you had such fantastic words about our legendary pilot of the future. It was hard to select just 10 winners to receive the Dan Dare limited edition lithographs signed by Garth Ennis. But rest assured, we actually do have a few more autographed lithos tucked away for a rainy day, so keep your eyes open for future Dan Dare contests!

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite entries:

“Dan Dare is the epitome of everything that is good and British. A real hero for all times. His adventures have deeper meanings linked to international politics, camaraderie and humanity. A great bloke!”—Kevin L.

“So why is Dan Dare my hero? Because he has always represented the highest levels of human behavior, and quietly displayed that in nine years of his creators involvement in Eagle.”—terranova47

“Dan Dare changed our perception of the word ‘hero’. Through his tense and gripping page turning adventures he fought to free us from our chains, allowing us to venture to other worlds.”—Lee F.

“Dan Dare is my hero because he was my dad’s hero. My dad is a bit of a hero (no Mekons fought, but much else to admire) and now the time has come for Dan Dare to be my hero.”—Paul W.

“Our comic market here in Germany is dominated by comic books from the USA, especially superheroes. Of course there are a few German comic characters that are very well known here but they are not as interesting as the ones from the US. Dan Dare is my hero because he is a prototype of the bold starship pilots who save Earth when other people have lost their hope.”—Dirk J.

“Dan Dare is my hero because like me Dan is a veteran. I enjoyed my time in service, even during war, and Dan seems to be the same.”—Garrett B.

“Dan Dare is a hero because under any amount of pressure he is always calm. That to me is the coolest thing about him. If he’s fighting aliens or saving them, he is the one in control.”—Brent S.

“I live my life the same way as Dan Dare and since we are both well educated and use are smarts to avoid needless violence, but when necessary can kick ass with martial arts training.”—Danny D.

“Dan Dare is my hero because he’s proof that someone my age can be a hero too.”—Matt L.

“Dan Dare usually involves elaborate stories of his space travel and galactic battles defending people of the universe.”—Tim K.


Dan Dare at the Science Museum and “The Legendary Hero” Contest

April 4, 2008

While Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, was battling Mekons and brokering peace with alien races in outer space, post-war Britain was reinventing itself as a hi-tech nation back on Earth. This technological revolution is going to be the focus of a free exhibition due to open on April 29, 2008 at the Science Museum, London. Titled Dan Dare and the Birth of Hi-tech Britain, the exhibition is expected to run until October 2009.

Dan Dare has been an icon since 1950. Elaborate stories of his space travel and galactic battles defending people of the universe captivated millions of Britons. 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. Rightfully so, Dan Dare will be at the forefront of the exhibit, representing an unrelenting spirit of adventure and innovation.

The Eagle Times blog confirms that there will be a special display of original artwork, merchandise and memorabilia. Artwork on display will include Frank Hampson’s Dan Dare murals, commissioned by the Science Museum in 1977, and alongside some original artboards from the 1950s/60s Eagle (the latter were acquired by the museum in the 1990s).

In November 2007, Virgin Comics brought Dan Dare out of retirement with Garth Ennis scripting the series and Gary Erskine on art. We couldn’t be happier about this exhibition to celebrate such a legendary hero and are giving away 10 Limited Edition Dan Dare Lithographs signed by Garth Ennis (featuring cover art by Bryan Talbot). All you have to do is send an email to with “HERO” as the subject and tell us why you think Dan Dare is your hero and the ten best entries will win. Contest ends on 4/30 and is open to US residents only—winners will be announced on our blog and newsletter.

Official Exhibit Press Release

EDIT: We couldn’t exclude our worldwide friends for Dan Dare, so keep those emails coming!


Eagle Awards 2008

February 28, 2008

The nominations are now open for the 2008 Eagle Awards and among other Virgin titles, our very own Dan Dare is in the running in multiple categories! Be sure to cast your vote for Dan Dare in Favorite Color Comicbook – American, Favorite New Comicbook, Favorite Comics Hero and Favorite Comics Villain (for The Mekon).

Also, don’t forget to nominate your other favorite Virgin Comics titles and creators. You’ll find the following Virgin talent listed in the pull-down menu of nominees in various categories, but don’t forget that you can write in ANYBODY.

Favorite Comics Writer: Garth Ennis, Mike Carey

Favorite Comics Writer/Artist: Bryan Talbot

Favorite Comics Artist: Pencils: Michael Gaydos

Favorite Comics Artist: Inks: Gary Erskine

Favorite Colorist: Laura Martin

Too bad they don’t have a category for sexiest demon slayer…