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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (24 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845764137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845764135
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.7 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Frank Hampson's Dan Dare is the most thrilling and accomplished work ever published in the comics form in Britain." - Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials"

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Frank Hampson was perhaps best known as the creator and original artist for Dan Dare, but he also illustrated a number of children's books for Ladybird. Dan Dare was first published in the British comic The Eagle in April 1950, and was last published as an ongoing series in 1996 - although Dan had undergone more than a few changes by then.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Willmer VINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I got into Dan Dare through my grandad who was a big fan. Even despite it's age I'm always struck by how fresh these comics are. The characters are well fleshed out and ever amusing. The landscapes seem exotic and spellbinding even in an age where we are used to multi million dollar special effects. However, it's the fantastic plot lines that really keep Dan Dare alive. As I was reading through 'Rogue planet' I couldn't help but feel relieved that I had the next issue reprouced on the next page. Having to wait a whole week for the next issue, for the resolution of the cliffhanger must have been murder!

And it's so British as well. Not that I have a problem with comics from overseas but there's something so funny about having a character proclaim: 'It's not the Phants I'm worried about - it's food! Oh, for a Bob's worth of Fish an' chips!' as Digby does. Would you get the stiff upper-lipped-ness of Dare in a marvel comic? Would an alien ever be referred to as 'one of those chaps'? I think not!

Dan Dare is a weird mixture of the future that never will be and a past that never was (if that makes sense!). It's so funny, so vibrant I think it's a classic that has - and will continue - to stand the test of time. Go and buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike in NZ on 20 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
Eagle comic was founded by Marcus Morris and the first issue came out in 1950. Its heyday was from 1950 to the early 60s and its most famous character was Pilot of the Future: Dan Dare.

Rogue Planet ran from late 1955 to early 1957 and it was immediately my favourite of the Dan Dare stories. Waiting a week between issues was difficult but added to the expectation when the next issue was due. It is the second part of a trilogy: Man from Nowhere, Rogue Planet and Reign of the Robots and the trilogy is generally rated as the best of Dan Dare.

The quality of the artwork is amazing, such detail and vibrant use of colour by Frank Hampson who wrote and illustrated many of the Dan Dare stories as well as some other Eagle strips.

It is best to read the whole trilogy starting with the Man from Nowhere if you can but Rogue Planet can also be read by itself without missing anything of the central story where the planet Cryptos is invaded by the Phants from Phantos. I suspect there are some allusions to WW2 in terms of the invading forces, and their worst force the Kruels is reminiscent of the Gestapo or SS though no explicit violence above a fist fight is included in the strip. Dan and company manage to solve the situation; if only real conflicts could be solved so easily. The length of the story really rates this volume as a graphic novel, more than just a comic strip.

The quality is way beyond what I have seen of more modern comics and Dan and Co are all honest and ethical heroes.

It is great how these have endured. Dragon's Dream did a version of the trilogy in the early 80s where they commissioned Frank Hampson to draw an additional panel to replace the Eagle comic logo and make the stories less episodic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
`Rogue Planet' is the ninth book in the series of Dan Dare reprints from Titan Books and it follows on directly from the eighth book `The Man from Nowhere'. Dan and his friends are shot down as they approach the peaceful Crypt home world and lose contact with Flamer Spry. The rest of the book is devoted to how they manage to survive numerous alien perils and eventually work out how to defeat the aggressive Phants.

Additional extras include 'Two Passports to Palestine' by Frank Hampson about his experience in the Middle East, `Reflections on the Road of Courage' by Andrew Coffey about Hampson's landmark series, a 'Who's Who in Dan Dare' for those too young to have enjoyed it first time round, and `What has gone before' an essential summary of what happened previously in the `Man from Nowhere'. 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 Rogue Planet set was originally published in Eagle from 02/12/1955 (Vol 6, no 48), to 15/02/1957 (Vol 8, no 7). Frank Hampson is the lead artist setting the style with help from Don Harley. The print quality and colour fidelity is generally good although there is occasionally some faint alias patterning clearly visible in the flat colours where the de-screening in the scans of the half-tone originals has not been totally effective. 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.
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Rogue Planet brought back the excitement of childhood Friday afternoons, reading the Eagle on the way home from school. It was just a fast-moving story then, but now I appreciate the bright colours, the details in the drawings, the superb insight into future technological developments, the vivid imagination behind the story and the humour. I smile at the skill with which the reader is encouraged to follow the cliff-hanger at the end of the episode by buying next week's copy to continue the story! It is great to have the next episode on the next page and not have to wait seven suspenseful days.

Recommended without reservation for Dan Dare fans, young and old
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