Frank Hampson is renowned as creator of Dan Dare and for his strip-cartoon rendition of the Life of Christ. But before he left Eagle he created seven other comic-strip heroes, none of which were published.
Nothing was known about these ‘lost’ strips until after his death, and then it took serious detective work to find even copies of them. However we did find them and you can see them on this site.
The site also contains an appraisal of Dan Dare, an account of Hampson’s last days at Eagle, and how the ‘lost’ strips, intended for that comic, were (legally) whisked away from him.
The Lost Characters [10 pages]
Dan Dare [6 pages]
The Road of Courage [1 page]
Other Published Work [7 pages]
Was he really that good? [3 pages]
Modelling for the strips
The Last Days of Frank Hampson
1918. Born in Manchester on 21st December to Robert and Elsie Hampson
1919 Family moves to Southport
1929. Enrols King George V Grammar School
1936 Joins Post Office
1938 Enrols Victoria College of Arts and Science
1939-45. 1st Lt. RASC
1944. Marries Dorothy
1946. Joins Southport School of Arts and Crafts. Fails his Diploma of Art
1949. Devises Eagle
1950-59. Dan Dare
1959-62. The Road of Courage
1962. Quits Eagle
1963-75 Freelance, in particular Ladybird Books.
1975 Attends Lucca Convention. Voted best in the world
1977 Ewell Technical College
1985 Dies Epsom. Cancer and stroke.