WOKING | ENGLAND By Gum – Dan Dare! In Conversation With Peter Hampson. A celebration of the visionary genius of Frank Hampson, creator of the Eagle’s ‘Pilot of the Future’ Dan Dare. His son Peter Hampson was the inspiration for the character Flamer Spry.

Secrets of Frank Hampson’s life and work will be revealed, including his intensive studio process using costumes, props and photography, and his subsequent later struggles and international acclaim.

Who is Flamer Spry in Dan Dare Pilot Of The Future?

Christopher Philip ‘Flamer’ Spry was a young cadet in the Astral Space Academy, who became an unofficial member of Dan Dare’s crew on a number of later missions.
He was introduced into the Dan Dare comic-strip in Eagle on May 24th 1954 as a character close to readers’ age and with whom they could identify.

Orginal painted artwork by Frank Hampson, Dan Dare ‘Voyage to Venus’, Eagle, Vol. 1 No. 14, 14 July 1950, page 2.
Frank Hampson, Dan Dare ‘Voyage to Venus’, Eagle, Vol. 1 No. 14, 14 July 1950, page 2. From his debut mission to find food supplies for a starving Earth, Dan Dare and his faithful batman Digby arrive on Venus, only to be be captured by the Treens and encounter their malevolent leader, The Mekon. In the penultimate panel, Digby says what would become a recurring exclamation, ‘By Gum!’.
Eagle, Vol. 7, No. 34 published 24 August 1956. "Dan Dare Pilot Of The Future: Rogue Planet". Showing Dan Dare in an exchange with Flamer Spry, in the first panel. Flamer Spry was a character introduced by Frank Hampson that was based on his son, Peter.
Eagle, Vol. 7, No. 34 published 24 August 1956. "Dan Dare Pilot Of The Future: Rogue Planet". Showing Dan Dare in an exchange with Flamer Spry, in the first panel. Flamer Spry was a character introduced by Frank Hampson that was based on his son, Peter.

Fundraising Talk for The Lightbox Gallery. Hosted by co-curator Paul Gravett, author of Great British Comics and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die!

Part of the Cor! By Gum! Zarjaz: The Story Of British Comics So Far exhibition.

Admission £12


Illustration: A detail from an illustration by Frank Hampson from the front cover of Eagle, Volume 7, Number 34. Published 24 August 1956.

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