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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #39, The Mekon
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, The Mekon

Take that, Dan Dare. You may be the one who gets to save mankind all the time, but it�s your arch-enemy, the mega-meloned Mekon who makes our list! And rightly so � certainly, when Empire was growing up, we used to flick nonchalantly through Dan Dare stories until the Mekon turned up, usually making threats that ended with some variation of �I will kill you/blow you up/take your mother, Dorothy Dare out for a seafood dinner and then never call her again, Dan Dare!� As created by Frank Hampson, The Mighty Mekon of Mekonta is an emotion-free genius, always coming up with nifty weapons (a weaponised black hole is one of his latest whizzes) with which he spectacularly fails to kill Dan Dare and his chubby pal, Digby.

FIRST APPEARED IN THE DAN DARE, PILOT OF THE FUTURE COMIC-STRIP IN EAGLE (1950)
CREATED BY FRANK HAMPSON

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A giant swollen green head to accommodate his mighty, over-sized genetically engineered Venusian brain; a levitating chair to hump his atrophied limbs around on. Oh, and lots of evil plotting.
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The Mekon has yet to be brought to the big screen, though there has been talk of a Dan Dare movie, with Garth Ennis working on the script. We�re sure it�ll be CG if it ever happens, but we�d love to see someone in heavy-duty prosthetics, to be honest. And that man is... David Thewlis.
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Elton John�s song, Dan Dare, Pilot Of The Future, contains the Bernie Taupin-penned line, �Dan Dare doesn�t know it� but I like The Mekon!� In retaliation, Dare produced a single containing the line, "Elton John doesn�t know it... but I like his partner, David Furnish."
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