Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare

2 Jan 2019 – 16 Mar 2019

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Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

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The Atkinson

Southport, United Kingdom

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Frank Hampson created ‘Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future’ in 1950, as the front page strip ‘that sold the Eagle’. In a short time it became phenomenally popular, with a million boys waiting expectantly each week for the next episode. Frank Hampson is widely regarded as the most important British comic strip artist of the post-war period and has an international reputation. This exhibition traces his development from his time as a young art student in Southport, through to his ground-breaking work on the Eagle comic and also includes later work, such as his iconic illustrations for Ladybird children’s books.

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