This is the eleventh book in the series of Dan Dare reprints from Titan Books. Dan and his friends have successfully defeated his old nemesis the Mekon, recovered Anastasia, and settled into the boring old routine again. But life is not that simple because two lots of warring aquatic Aliens invade from outer space.
Additional extras include an 'Introduction' by Jeff Wayne, 'The Life and Work of Frank Bellamy' by Paul Holder (Frank Bellamy was my favourite artist out of all those who worked on Eagle), a 'Who's Who in Dan Dare' for those too young to have enjoyed it first time round, and a Dan Dare Christmas story from the Eagle Annual 5 (1956) 'Operation Plum Pudding'. All the books also include a 'Checklist' of all the main Dan Dare stories, when they were published, who they were written by, and which artists were involved.
The Phantom Fleet set was originally published in Eagle from 25/4/1958 (Vol 9, no 17), to 27/12/1958 (Vol 9, no 52). The print quality and colour fidelity is excellent, and my only remaining wish is that the pages could have been as big as the old 1950s Eagle page was. As it is older eyes need glasses to read the smaller lettering and appreciate all the superb detail of the drawing.
This is a definite trip down memory lane for the sixty-year-olds among us, and I was reminded also of many of the surrounding happenings at the time I first read these particular stories. So I found it was a very welcome 2012 Christmas present.