Friday, January 21, 2011

Tomorrow Revisited

Of all the classic British adventure strips, Dan Dare of the original Eagle is the one that the public often most fondly remember. Quite understandable, considering the care and dedication that Frank Hampson and his team put into each set of pages.

In 1985, Alistair Crompton wrote The Man Who Drew Tomorrow, telling the story behind Dan Dare and the man who created him. Now the author revises and expands the subject with Tomorrow Revisted: A Celebration of the Life and Art of Frank Hampson, a hardback with over 200 pages.

On the website of the publishers of the book, Crompton writes:
...when PS Publishing invited me to update the work, the Hampson family was happy to collaborate, for which I am grateful. I believe Tomorrow Revisited tells the whole story of Frank’s career, and I hope some of my readers share the rage and disgust I feel over the way Frank was ousted from Eagle in 1962. The outrageous corporate firing did irreparable damage to his health, and scoured out of him a great deal of his talent."

The book promises to be a must-have for all Eagle enthusiasts. Here's a brief rundown:

• Your chance to study some of the artwork of the best strip cartoon storyteller in the world.
• How Frank Hampson created Dan Dare
• His contribution to UK’s most missed comic EAGLE
• His ‘lost’ strips published for the first time
• Photographs, sketches, models and other reference tools he used to create the
• Some of his best artwork, reproduced as it was meant to be seen, so much more complete than in comics.
• Voted best strip cartoon storyteller since the end of WWII by a convention of his peers, and awarded a Yellow Kid at Lucca in Tuscany in 1975

A full-colour illustrated biography by Alastair Crompton.
208 pages with colour on almost every page
11” x 8” hardback.
Price £29.99 ($49.99)
Available on Amazon where you can check out the five-star reviews.


Anonymous said...

Frank Hampson's art remains as breathtaking today as it did back when it was first published... how many of us can claim to have achieved such greatness?

Peter Richardson said...

Absolutely brilliant book, not just in terms of the superb reproductions of some of the best of Hampson's original artwork but also in terms of Alastair Crompton's ability to really engage his reader with what is a truly fascinating story.

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