Writer/Artist: Albert Weinberg (1922-2011)
Dan Cooper is a test pilot in the Canadian
airforce. In the early stories, Cooper
became involved in futuristic attempts at space exploration, and led the first space mission to reach the satellites
of Mars. Later stories became more grounded in present-day events, but occasional episodes would pit Cooper against mysterious blue-skinned humanoids observing
Earth from space.
from "Tintin" Magazine
There are over 40 Dan Cooper
graphic novels to date. We are only listing those that contain science fiction elements, followed by their
number in the sequential order of the series.
Le Triangle Bleu [The Blue Triangle] (#1)
(TI Nos. 323-370, 1955; Lombard, 1957)
Le Maître du Soleil [The Master Of The Sun]
(#2) (TI Nos. 394-443, 1956-57; Lombard, 1958)
Le Mur du Silence [The Wall Of Silence]
(#3) (TI Nos. 445-475, 1957; Lombard, 1959)
Operation Jupiter (#4) (TI Nos. 476-506, 1958; Lombard, 1979)
Cap sur Mars [Destination Mars] (#5) (TI
519-564, 1959; Lombard, 1960)
Les 3 Cosmonautes [The 3 Cosmonauts] (#10)
(TI 760,-790, 1963; Lombard, 1966)
Le Mystere des Soucoupes Volantes [The Mystery Of The Flying Saucers] (#14) (TI Nos. 903-930, 1966; Lombard, 1969)
Panique à Cap Kennedy [Panic At Cape Kennedy]
(#15) (TI Nos 945-962, 1967; Lombard, 1970)
SOS dans l'Espace [SOS In Space] (#17)
(TI Nos. 996-1017, 1968; Lombard, 1971)
Apollo Appelle Soyouz [Apollo Calling Soyuz]
(#20) (TI Nos. 1086-1106, 1969; Lombard, 1973)
Le Canon de l'Espace [The Space Cannon]
(#25) (Fleurus, 1980)
Operation Kosmos 990 (#26) (Fleurus, 1980)
Dan Cooper © 2001 Albert Weinberg. All rights reserved.
Dan Cooper was originally serialized in
the weekly "Tintin" magazine,
starting in 1954.
The stories were first collected as graphic novels by Editions du Lombard, except for "Operation Jupiter"
(#4) which was only collected in 1979. In total, Lombard published 23 Dan Cooper
In 1979, the series was continued by Editions Fleurus,
which published 3 more albums.
In 1981, Dan Cooper moved to Editions
Novedi (distributed by Hachette), which published 10 albums. The series
was taken over by Dargaud in 1988, and
sequentially continued with 6 more albums (as of 1994).
Albert Weinberg (1922-2011) began his comics career by working
as an assistant to Victor Hubinon (Buck Danny) on a book devoted to the War in the Pacific
("Tarawa") and on the series
Blondin & Cirage. From 1949
to 1956, he wrote and drew two space / science fiction series for "Heroic-
Albums": Luc Condor and Roc Meteor.
Weinberg joined the editorial team of
"Tintin" in 1950, for which
he created two science fiction series, the remarkable Alain
Landier and Dan Cooper. Another character Weinberg created for "Tintin"
was blonde tour guide Vicky in 1970.
(Dan Cooper met Vicky in the spy-oriented "L'Affaire Minos" (#21) which took place in Athens. In
1971, Weinberg created Knut Andersen for "Pif" and soon after, Barracuda
for the German magazine "Zack".
From 1949 to 1956, Albert Weinberg wrote and drew the science fiction series Roc Meteor for "Heroic- Albums".
Roc Meteor is a fearless adventurer who
explores new worlds and protects Earth from various extra-terrestrial threats, including a Martian invasion.