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Dare Perfect Paperback – 24 Oct 1991


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  • Perfect Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Macdonald (24 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853862118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853862113
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,308,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the most successful and prolific designer/illustrators of the past 20 years" [Roger Sabin, Eye magazine].

Rian Hughes is a graphic designer, illustrator, comic artist, author, and typographer. From his studio, Device, he has produced watches for Swatch, Hawaiian shirts, logo designs for Batman and Spiderman, an iconoclastic revamp of British comic hero Dan Dare, and collaborated on a set of six children's books with Geri Halliwell. A retrospective monograph, "Art, Commercial" was published in 2002. Recent books include "Cult-ure: Ideas can be Dangerous", "Lifestyle Illustration of the 60s", and his book of burlesque art, "Soho Dives, Soho Divas". His comic strips have been collected in "Yesterdays Tomorrows", which was launched at the ICA, London. He has an extensive collection of Thunderbirds memorabilia, a fridge full of vodka, and a stack of easy listening albums which he plays very quietly.

A portfolio of recent work and more information can be found at rianhughes.com

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This is a strip story featuring British classic hero, Dan Dare, previously serialized in "Revolver 1-7" and "Crisis 56". This story takes place in an alternative future Britain, in which the Prime Minister is a tyrannical figure whose Unity Party reigns over a divided crypto-fascist country.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jezs69" on 7 July 2003
Format: Perfect Paperback
This is the complete story originally published in the UK's 'mature'comic "Revolver" back in 1990.
Based on Frank Hampson's 1950s creation,Morrison reveals an ageing retired Dare living in an England far removed from the green and pleasant land portrayed in "The Eagle".
This England has parallels with the 1980s;mass unemployment,a gaping North/South divide,food shortages and an uncaring power hungry government led by a female Prime Minister (an obvious characterization of Margaret Thatcher.
Bullied into becoming the new figurehead for the upcoming election,Dare is forced to confront the true nature of this government by his old comrade Digby after the apparent suicide of their mutual friend Jocelyn Peabody.
Unlike most "updates" of classic comic book heroes,Morrison has not tried to make Dare more gritty;rather he has changed his environment and he produces a sombre,sad tale in which we can feel sympathy for Dan Dare,a man no longer sure of his place in the England around him.
Morrison reintroduces old characters and villains with the Mekon making an eventual appearance.
However traditional Dare fans may be upset and shocked at the outcome of their battle and how Morrison interprets the final fate of Colonel Dan Dare.
Rian Hughes'graphic art-deco style supports the story very well, his colours allowing Dare's red and green uniforms to contrast well against the bleak scenery.Old Dare fan's shouldn't expect the painted pictures that Hampson was renowned for.
Although it's a short story (only 80 pages,with 4-5 large panels per page),this is a must for any Dan Dare fan and a good read for the 'mature' comic book book fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Roberts on 1 Dec. 2011
Format: Perfect Paperback
I just wanted to add one comment to the other reviews. Morrison has noticed one key element in the original Dan Dare stories which is the prominence given to Food and Eating in several stories. Thus the original Venus story Classic Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus Part 1 is centred upon the idea that the Earth is dying from a Malthusian crisis and only food imports from Venus save us. ROGUE PLANET Classic Dan Dare: Rogue Planet is entirely centred upon the different foods consumed in the system of Los. The warlike, fascistic Phants are converted by consuming the pacifist food of their Crypt prey. And of course there was the running jokes about Digby`s greed. (There`s probably a PhD thesis to be written (already written?) about how this all relates to Frank Hampson`s own High Anglicanism)

Here Morrison brings food to the fore again, brilliantly linking it to the sinister, perversly strange fruit of GOBLIN MARKET by Rossetti, with nightmarish results. It is this observation of the precise details of a particular mythos that is Morisson`s forte. He knows how to at once reinvigorate and subvert, which is why this book is such a masterpiece.

(PS As an eight year old I read ROGUE PLANET as it appeared in 1956/7 with a passion that has never left me. RESPECT! Grant Morrison)
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Format: Perfect Paperback
This is the complete story originally published in the UK's 'mature'comic "Revolver" back in 1990.
Based on Frank Hampson's 1950s creation,Morrison reveals an ageing retired Dare living in an England far removed from the green and pleasant land portrayed in "The Eagle".
This England has parallels with the 1980s;mass unemployment,a gaping North/South divide,food shortages and an uncaring power hungry government led by a female Prime Minister (an obvious characterization of Margaret Thatcher.
Bullied into becoming the new figurehead for the upcoming election,Dare is forced to confront the true nature of this government by his old comrade Digby after the apparent suicide of their mutual friend Jocelyn Peabody.
Unlike most "updates" of classic comic book heroes,Morrison has not tried to make Dare more gritty;rather he has changed his environment and he produces a sombre,sad tale in which we can feel sympathy for Dan Dare,a man no longer sure of his place in the England around him.
Morrison reintroduces old characters and villains with the Mekon making an eventual appearance.
However traditional Dare fans may be upset and shocked at the outcome of their battle and how Morrison interprets the final fate of Colonel Dan Dare.
Rian Hughes'graphic art-deco style supports the story very well, his colours allowing Dare's red and green uniforms to contrast well against the bleak scenery.Old Dare fan's shouldn't expect the painted pictures that Hampson was renowned for.
Although it's a short story (only 80 pages,with 4-5 large panels per page),this is a must for any Dan Dare fan and a good read for the 'mature' comic book book fan.
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By mr s lavens on 2 Dec. 2014
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Fantastic graphic novel!
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