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Hello everyone,

Welcome to the latest issue of SPACESHIP AWAY. Original Dan Dare studio artist Don Harley starts us off with the cover art from Terra Nova, and a centrespread showing Frank Hampson's imaginary meeting with Frank Bellamy before the handover. Frank Bellamy mentioned it in a 1970s interview.

We reflect on the coming festive season in Tim Booth's continuing story Mercury Revenant, and there is another exciting episode of his Parsecular Tales saga.

In the first article, The Ron Turner/Vargo Statten Connection, Philip Harbottle tells us about the cover art produced for John Russell Fearn's novels.

Charles Chilton's Journey into Space story continues with the 3rd episode of The World Next Door.

Andrew Darlington revisits Dan Dare in new Eagle 1982-1989. This is complimented by a new piece of art, Dan Dare meets Dan Dare, by Don Harley. It also includes a very detailed story list of the period.

Nick Hazard and his team finally land on the Planet of Doom in Episode 3, drawn by Ron Turner and coloured by Martin Baines.

In the last article, Alan Vince looks at the career of Eric Eden, artist, writer and model maker who worked on Dan Dare in the 1950s and 1960s.

Concluding with our regular humour strip and memorabilia, may I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas . . . Des Shaw


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