DANIEL MACGREGOR DARE, O.U.N.
BORN: 1967 in Manchester, England. Son of William Dare
and Jean Dare (nee MacGregor).
HOBBIES: Cricket, fencing, riding, painting, model making.
QUALIFICATIONS: Space Pilot Class 1.
ANCESTRY: Dan Dare comes from a family of warriors. An
Ensign of Horse, Jacob Dare, fought in Cromwell's regiment at
the battle of Edgehill. Captain Richard Dare of the 43rd Foot
fought at Waterloo, where he sustained injuries that resulted
in the loss of a leg. Dan's father, William Dare, was a noted
climber and explorer, and became the first man to fully explore
the Matto Grosso of Brazil. William Dare disappeared whilst employed
as a test pilot by Cosmic Space Lines. Dan's mother's side of
the family too had fighting blood in its veins. Her ancestors
had fought under Prince Charles in the 1745 Rebellion.
EDUCATION: At the age of twelve Dan entered the Rossall
School, Lancashire, where he was a rather high-spirited pupil
initially. He did, however, calm down and eventually became head
boy of the school. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge where
he read Modern Science. Under an international exchange he entered
Harvard University (U.S.A.) where he undertook research in astrophysics.
After leaving university he joined the Interplanet Spacefleet
as a cadet. He served his time on the Moon run, then completed
his long-distance training as a co-pilot on the Mars run. He was
promoted to Captain - Space Pilot Class One, and later to Colonel.
He was eventually appointed Chief Pilot and in that capacity undertook
his many perilous missions.
Awarded the "Order of the United Nations" for leadership
of the Venus Expedition in 1996. After defeating the Treen invasion
of Theronland on Venus, and freeing the Treens from The Mekon's
despotic rule, he was granted full citizen rights of the planet.
Dan is a natural leader and a man who inspires those around him
to give of their best. His word is his bond no matter how treacherous
his adversaries are.
SIR HUBERT GASCOIGNE GUEST, K.C.B., O.M., O.U.N.,
BORN: 1943 in England.
HOBBIES: Swimming, riding, chess, writing a Technical
History of Interplanet Spacefleet Organisation and Structure.
QUALIFICATIONS: Controller of the Interplanet Spacefleet.
EDUCATION: Educated at Shrewsbury and Oxford University.
Ex-R.A.F. Together with Dan's father he helped to pioneer space
travel and served on the crew of the first successful manned rocket
to the Moon. Commanded a ship on the first expedition to Mars
under Admiral Grosvenor.
Sir Hubert prefers action to sitting behind a desk and when he
can takes part in active service missions. He joined Dan on the
first expedition to Venus and proved himself to be as quick and
agile as a man many years his junior. He is a fatherly figure,
loved by those who serve under him. He has the knowledge and experience
to know when to listen to advice and rarely "throws rank".
Affectionately known to his men as "'Orrible 'Ubert".
HENRY ("HANK") BRENNAN HOGAN
BORN: Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
HOBBIES: Boxing, car racing, photography, baseball.
QUALIFICATIONS: Space Pilot Class 1.
An efficient pilot with a hatred of red tape. Known for his love
of informal dress and his slightly rebellious nature. Served with
Dan on the first Venus expedition where he more than proved his
worth. He is tall, angular and bespectacled, yet in a fight he
is a tough customer. Hank is always cheerful and has a natural
optimism that makes him a good companion to have if the going
BORN: Treenland, Venus.
HOBBIES: Human psychology, advanced mathematics.
Sondar holds an important position in the Treen
Spacefleet. Was the first Venusian Ambassador to Earth. Originally
a supporter of The Mekon, he began to question the actions of
The Mekon and thus was considered to have a brain fault. After
being exposed to the philosophy of the Earthmen he began, slowly,
to realise that the totally scientific life he had been leading
in the service of The Mekon was evil. After Dan Dare and Sir Hubert
Guest saved his life he bean to develop a loyalty to the spacemen.
He even eventually developed a sense of humour, which causes him
to emit a strange, mechanical laugh. He designed the "Anastasia",
Dan's private two-seater spaceship-cum-aircraft and his scientific
knowledge has been of great use on more than one occasion. He
has taken part in many of Dan's adventures, including those on
Mercury and Venus.
CRISTOPHER PHILIP ("FLAMER") SPRY
BORN: Middlesex, England.
QUALIFICATIONS: Still a Cadet at Astral College.
"Flamer" is a high-spirited youth who finds the rigid
discipline of Astral College quite a burden. He is particularly
gifted at telecommunications.
He accompanied Dan and Co on several of their later adventures.
One of his most notable achievements was his skill in imitating
the voice of The Mekon in order to destroy the Elektrobots in
the "Reign of the Robots" adventure.
STRIPEY (Pictured with "FLAMER" above)
First encountered by Dan and Co on the planet Cryptos during
the "Rogue Planet" adventure, Stripey became very fond of Digby
and also "Flamer", becoming rather like a loyal pet.
He is a highly intelligent creature and proved to be an invaluable
member of the team, helping in the defeat of the Phants. He accompanied
the team back to Earth where once again he proved his worth in
the struggle against The Mekon and his army of robots.