Frank Hampson often used models to help him illustrate produce his pages, sometimes making friends or family dress up and pose as the characters of Dan Dare. When he was tasked with illustrating The Road Of Courage on the back page of Eagle comic Max Dunlop, a sculptor at the Dan Dare studio, crafted him a life size head of what he believed Jesus would look like. Frank could move this around and draw it from different angles so his comic strips had a better sense of realism.
|The actual sculpture, next to a panel drawn at a similar angle from a January 1961 copy of Eagle.|
The head is now up for sale on ebay with a starting price of £260, but so far has failed to attract any bids. It is a heavy piece so is only available to buyers in the United Kingdom who can pick the head up from it's current home in Devon.