This version of the fella has almost universally been villified but i really can't see why.
Sure, he's nothing like the original, but i'm guessing he was never meant to. 2000AD was launched off the back of Action and they knew their target audience sure wasn't those that read the Eagle.
So, in both titles, we got gritty action from gritty heroes. And Dare was no different at all, if anything the Belardinelli version of the character could've been redrawn as Dredd or John Probe and the tale would've to read alright.
As i've said before, it was Massimo's brilliant design work of the Biogs that made Dare the best strip for me from the off.
He was slowly nudged out by Dredd, until that is Dave Gibbons came on board as artist and the story arc of the Lost Worlds saga began.
How i loved it.
The clunkiness of the Flying Fortess, the excellent Eagle scout craft (complete with comic logo. A nice touch. Gibbons?), Hitman, having page on on the cover and some brilliant story ideas along with some brilliant art.
Here's a classic from 25 March 1978. Only 3 months from the cut-off of my 10 year parameter for this Blog, but what a great way to start to finish things.