At least the art still exists. The artwork for Dan Dare, one of the greatest British comics ever created (the proper original one, that is, not any of the crap re-makes) SHOULD have been locked away in a vault and used to produce cheap paperback volumes of the complete stories which should have been kept in print forever, like Tintin.
Instead the boards ended up being stolen from an unsecured store-room, or rescued purely by chance from a skip one day. The only reprints of Dan Dare are occasional, incomplete, re-shot from comics printed in the 50's and published at a prohibitively expensive price by Titan. A company tied up with some American outfit called, er, DC.