Dan Cooper (comics)

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Dan Cooper
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Created byAlbert Weinberg
Publication information
PublisherLe Lombard, Fleurus, Novedi, Dargaud
FormatsOriginal material for the series has been published as a strip in the comics anthology(s) Tintin magazine.
Original languageFrench
Publication date25 November 1954
Creative team
Writer(s)Albert Weinberg, Jean-Michel Charlier
Artist(s)Albert Weinberg

Dan Cooper (also known as Les Aventures de Dan Cooper) is a Franco-Belgian comics series about a fictional Canadian military flying ace and rocketship pilot.

The comics series was conceived in 1954 as Tintin magazine's answer to the Buck Danny series published in the rival Spirou magazine. It was written and drawn by the Belgian Albert Weinberg (1922–2011); however, a handful of the stories were written by Jean-Michel Charlier instead. As per the Franco-Belgian comics tradition, after being serialized in a weekly comic book magazine, each completed storyline would appear as a published album.


Dan Cooper is a test pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Early story-lines featured futuristic science-fiction themes such as piloting a rocketship to the Martian moon Deimos; however later stories were more rooted in present-day themes.

Speculative connection to D. B. Cooper[edit]

A 1972 FBI composite drawing of D. B. Cooper

Although fairly obscure in the English-speaking world since it did not appear in English translation, the comics series nevertheless gained a small measure of notoriety in 2009 in the United States as a result of speculation concerning the identity of the 1971 airplane hijacker who came to be known as D. B. Cooper, but who had actually identified himself as "Dan Cooper." Cooper boarded a flight from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington, claimed to have a bomb and demanded $200,000 in cash. He obtained the cash when the plane landed for refueling, and jumped from the Reno-bound airplane somewhere near Portland. Cooper was never apprehended or identified despite decades of FBI investigations, and the only evidence recovered outside the plane was a few thousand dollars in ransom cash buried or lost on a sandbar in the Columbia River.

The Cooper Research Team led by Tom Kaye, working in cooperation with Seattle-based FBI agent Larry Carr, speculated that the hijacker may have chosen an alias based on the fictional character. Kaye and colleagues suggest the hijacker may have been exposed to the comics while on a tour of duty in Europe, or that he may have been of French-Canadian origin. Some of the comics storylines seemingly match aspects of the D. B. Cooper case, including jumping out of a plane with a parachute, as well as a ransom being delivered in a knapsack.[1][2]


Year Title Publisher
1957 Dan Cooper 1 - Le triangle bleu Lombard/Dargaud
1958 Dan Cooper 2 - Le maître du Soleil Lombard/Dargaud
1959 Dan Cooper 3 - Le mur du silence Lombard/Dargaud
1960 Dan Cooper 4 - Cap sur Mars Lombard/Dargaud
1962 Dan Cooper 5 - Duel dans le ciel (written by Jean-Michel Charlier) Lombard/Dargaud
1963 Dan Cooper 6 - Coup d'audace (written by Jean-Michel Charlier) Lombard/Dargaud
1964 Dan Cooper 7 - L'escadrille des Jaguars (written by Jean-Michel Charlier) Lombard/Dargaud
1965 Dan Cooper 8 - Le secret de Dan Cooper Lombard/Dargaud
1966 Dan Cooper 9 - 3 cosmonautes Lombard/Dargaud
1967 Dan Cooper 10 - Fantôme 3 ne répond plus ! Lombard/Dargaud
1968 Dan Cooper 11 - Acrobates du ciel Lombard/Dargaud
1969 Dan Cooper 12 - Tigres de mer Lombard/Dargaud
1969 Dan Cooper 13 - Le mystère des soucoupes volantes Lombard/Dargaud
1970 Dan Cooper 14 - Panique à Cap Kennedy Lombard/Dargaud
1970 Dan Cooper 15 - Les hommes aux ailes d'or Lombard/Dargaud
1971 Dan Cooper 16 - SOS dans l'espace Lombard/Dargaud
1971 Dan Cooper 17 - Ciel de Norvège Lombard/Dargaud
1972 Dan Cooper 18 - Les pilotes perdus Lombard/Dargaud
1973 Dan Cooper 19 - Apollo appelle Soyouz Lombard/Dargaud
1974 Dan Cooper 20 - L'affaire Minos Lombard/Dargaud
1975 Dan Cooper 21 - Objectif Jumbo Lombard/Dargaud
1976 Dan Cooper 22 - Crash dans le 135 Lombard/Dargaud
1979 Dan Cooper 23 - Opération Jupiter Lombard/Dargaud
1979 Dan Cooper 24 - Azimut zéro Fleurus/EDI-3
1980 Dan Cooper 25 - Le canon de l'espace Fleurus/EDI-3
1980 Dan Cooper 26 - Opération Kosmos 990 Fleurus/EDI-3
1981 Dan Cooper 27 - Programme F-18 Hachette/Novedi
1981 Dan Cooper 28 - F-111 en péril Hachette/Novedi
1982 Dan Cooper 29 - L'aviatrice sans nom Hachette/Novedi
1982 Dan Cooper 30 - Pilotes sans uniforme Hachette/Novedi
1983 Dan Cooper 31 - Navette spatiale Hachette/Novedi
1984 Dan Cooper 32 - Viking connection Hachette/Novedi
1985 Dan Cooper 33 - Target Hachette/Novedi
1985 Dan Cooper 34 - "Silver Fox" Hachette/Novedi
1986 Dan Cooper 35 - Dragon Lady Hachette/Novedi
1987 Dan Cooper 36 - L'avion invisible Hachette/Novedi
1989 Dan Cooper 37 - La vrille Dargaud
1990 Dan Cooper 38 - Pilotes fantômes Dargaud
1990 Dan Cooper 39 - L'otage du Clemenceau Dargaud
1991 Dan Cooper 40 - Alerte sur le "Clem" Dargaud
1992 Dan Cooper 41 - L'œil du tigre Dargaud
2004 Dan Cooper (Hors Série) 1 - Mystères et secrets Loup
2004 Dan Cooper 2 - Le maître du Soleil - Épilogue B.D. Club Genève
2005 Dan Cooper (Hors Série) 2 - Échec et Mat ! Hibou
2006 Dan Cooper (Missions) 1 - Les paras Hibou
2006 Dan Cooper (Hors Série) 3 - Les intrus Hibou
2008 Dan Cooper (Hors Série) 4 - Tous azimuts! Hibou
2010 Dan Cooper (Hors Série) 5 - L'île aux géants Hibou


  1. ^ "In Search of D.B. Cooper: New Developments in the Unsolved Case". FBI. March 17, 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-12-11. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  2. ^ Randy Boswell (November 24, 2011). "FBI-backed team finds Canadian link to famous '70s plane hijacking". National Post. Retrieved 2011-12-09.

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