in 1974 I purchased a page of original artwork, the second to last page drawn by Frank Hampson for Dan Dare. It was from the story Terranova which I used for my email name many years later.
At some point in the late 70's I went to a book dealer near Crystal Palace in south London. He had bound volumes of Eagle that had been the publishers reference copies. He also had a large stack of original art boards from Dan Dare.
These had all been thrown in a skip when the new publisher moved to a new building and discarded them! I bought some bound volumes and some original art.
Around 1990 I was in a comic book store in NYC with my daughter who was about six years old looking for suitable titles for her, she settled on Archie, at the checkout behind the register I saw a paperback volume of Dan Dare.
It turned out to be the first of the Hawk Book reprints. I put myself on their mailing list and on future visits to the UK I would pick up the volumes as they were published.
The figure was a 12" Brian Bishop USAF Thunderbird action figure made by Dragon Models. He looked so much like Dare I couldn't resist buying it. I had thoughts of changing heads with the Day2Day one.