Friday, 30 November 2007

Emulating the Wrong Bit of the 1950s?

Something was nagging at me while reading Garth Ennis and Gary Erskine's revived Dan Dare (which is entertaining enough stuff - a little too much sitting around taking potshots at New Labour's style of politics, perhaps, but Erskine does better than I might have expected in the unfair competition he has to engage in with the memory not just of Frank Hampson's artwork, but with that of Frank Bellamy, Massimo Belardinelli, Dave Gibbons and Ian Kennedy too). Then it struck me.

Everyone is white. Most worryingly, this is true of everyone in Dan's own fantasy idealised England too.

I hope that this turns out to be a plot point, and not just casual sloppiness on the part of Ennis, Erskine and colourist Parasuraman A. It would certainly be an odd assumption given Virgin Comics' Indian base.

Dan Dare issue 1 "Under an English Heaven", script by Garth Ennis, Art by Gary Erskine, colour by Parasuraman A, letters by Rakesh B Mahadik, editor Charlie Beckerman, Dan Dare created by Frank Hampson


Tim Chapman said...

If it is a deliberate plot point, it might seem a little derivative given the punchline of Warren Ellis' Dare-inspired 'Ministry of Space'.

On the other hand, there are still plenty of villages and towns where you're unlikely to see a non-white face. Not so many hi-tech engineering ventures, though.

felneymike said...

I'd like to hope its an "accident", rather than a repetition of the terrible and frankly insulting ending of Ministry of Space (which doesnt even make any sense anyway considering an Indian can be seen "on the board" on the previous page)