The Mekon was the arch-enemy of the British comic book hero Dan Dare, first appearing in 1950 in the Eagle comic. Apart from Dan Dare himself, he is the only character to appear in every one of the numerous versions of the comic strip that appeared in the Eagle and 2000 AD comics. In the 1950s, roughly every other story featured the Mekon.
The Mekon was the ruler of the Treens of northern Venus, although he was ousted from this position at the end of the first story and had no fixed base of operations. Engineered for high intelligence, he had a swollen head and atrophied body, and moved around on a levitating chair. He typically invented new superweapons in the pursuit of his goal, the domination of the universe for the purpose of scientific research; in some stories he also sought personal revenge on Dan Dare (he could sometimes be surprisingly impulsive for a being supposedly without emotion).
The British punk rock band The Mekons took their name from this character.
There is also a Big beat musician called Mekon.
There are various commercial organizations and internet sites whose names contain "Mekon".
- Dan Dare doesn't know it... but I like The Mekon – www.dandare.org.uk
- The Mekon at www.dandare.org
- An Introduction to Dan Dare and The Mekon at www.dan-dare.org
- The Interactive Home of Dan Dare and The Mekon at www.dan-dare.net
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