Dan Dare was a British science fiction comic book hero popular in a 1950s comic, The Eagle. He was known as 'the pilot of the future', the future being envisaged as the 1990s. His arch enemy was The Mekon, ruler of the Treens of Northern Venus.
Dan Dare stories were dramatised 7 days a week for a time in the 1950s by Radio Luxembourg.
Here is a tongue-in-cheek 1950s-style trailer for Dan Dare: