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Dan Dare Pilot of the Future: Voyage to Venus Part 1 (Classic Dan Dare) [Hardcover]

Frank Hampson , Dave Gibbons
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23 April 2004 Classic Dan Dare (Book 1)
It's chocks away and tally-ho, chaps - Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, is back! First published in classic British comic The Eagle, these are the original adventures of one of the best known and loved of British comic characters, presented in a new series of gorgeous library editions from Titan. In the first part of this rip-snorting story, Dan and his crew travel to Venus, hoping to find new resources to feed a starving Earth. But the planet is already the lair of the pint-sized megalomaniac, The Mekon, who has his own plans to conquer Earth! Includes background material exclusive to this book, with rarely seen art pages, an in-depth introduction to Dan Dare, and a new foreword by Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 1st edition (23 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840236442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840236446
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.5 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...classic stories beautifully drawn by a team of dedicated artists headed by Hampson." -- Comic World News February 4th 2005

"Dan Dare's opening adventures retain their vibrant charm and Hanson's colourful vision of the future remains fun." -- Dreamwatch UK Issue 120, reviw by Mike Thomas

"Featuring Frank Hampson's gorgeous full-colour artwork ... as vibrant and thrilling today as they were... in April 1950." -- Reading Evening Post, 6 August 2004

"It's a wonderfully exciting collection of stories, escapism for boys in short trousers stuffed full of catapults and cigarette cards." -- BBC Cult website- review by Nev Fountain, 14 December 2004

Beautifully illustrated by Frank Hampson, these 1950s tales are as enthralling today as they were almost half a century ago. -- GO! Essex Chronicle, September 2004

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our stolen heritage 7 Dec 2009
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Dan Dare, Dan Dare. Can he and his faithful sidekick Digby save the Earth from invasion? Can they defeat the evil Mekon and his Treens, armed with nothing but a stiff upper lip and a good ol' British uppercut to the jaw?

Of course they can, who are you kidding?

Seriously though and all kidding aside, I was marginally too young to read the Eagle from the very beginning, coming in somewhere just before "Operation Saturn". For years, having missed the start of the series was like a toothache; and in the 1980s I even went to the British Library and tried to find the original comics. I was told they'd been stolen! The young librarian (who couldn't even have been born when they appeared) was as indignant as I was: "They're part of our heritage!" he said.

And so they are indeed. When I found that Titan Books were reissuing the whole series and got my hands on the first (this) one, I almost sobbed with joy.

Time dulls the appeal of many things: I listen now to songs I raved about as a teenager and think "Did I really like that?"

But Dan Dare remains as fresh as ever. Only now as an adult can I appreciate the extent of the intelligence and creativity, both literary and artistic, that went into the stories. Indeed, the Mekon is one of those wonderful characters whom, like Gollum, no one ever forgets.

So unless (like St Paul) you have put away all childish things, I cannot recommend this series to you too heartily: may it give you as much pleasure as it has me.

So far it consists of:

Voyage to Venus (Part 1)
Voyage to Venus (Part 2)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE British comic that soared... 10 Oct 2005
There was a time when the distant worlds of Mars and Venus were within touching distance, just a quick hop across space in a rocket. Hell there was little need for a rocket if you had enough gusto and spirit to see you through. The dream and optimism of a future that was not to be, is evoked in spectacular technicolour in these vivid accounts of Britain's favourite ace pilot: Dan Dare. His rocket-ships stream across space with the grace and agility of a Spitfire, whilst a calm head and Boy Scout ingenuity are enough to see him and his faithful northern companion, Digby, through any scrape.
Daring-do and adventure are the name of the game in this collected version of the Eagle comics of the 1950s, where excitement is never reined-in and made slave to scientific impossibilities. Yes there's a cursory appreciation for basic aeronautics, mechanics and playground science in order to lend a certain credibility (Arthur C. Clarke was a consultant on this first space adventure) but ultimately Dan Dare is left to face Silicon River Monsters, Green Martian Men, Magnetic Thought Chairs and of course, the Mekon! One of the most menacing sci-fi bad guys ever created, seriously.
Voyage to Venus is the first part of a two part adventure in which we are introduced to Dan and Digby and the International Space Fleet, (run from good ol' Blighty don't you know) and their bid to reach Venus in a search for alternative food sources for a starving Earth. In some truly darker moments we are taken through scenes of riots on the Earth, before Dan manages to land the first manned flight to Venus where his adventures begin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Artist Gets His Due 10 Oct 2004
Frank Hampson's classic Dan Dare work from the Eagle comic gets the high-quality treatment that it deserves in this re-print; the first of (hopefully) a long series. These stories provided a vibrant shot of colour in the Britain of the 1950s. The beautiful draughtmanship of Hampson's art shines through in this volume. The hard work, care and attention to detail that he put into his Dan Dare stories is emphasised in the foreword, which recounts the creation of the Eagle and of Dan Dare. If the subsequent volumes are of this standard (and volume two would indicate that they will be) then Frank Hampson's creative genius has finally got the treatment it deserves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Party like it's 1999 26 Aug 2010
I discovered Dan Dare a long time ago. That is, almost 30 years ago when Les Humanoïdes Associés (of Métal Hurlant / Heavy Metal fame) published an album of Dan Dare in France. I quite liked what I read then, so I thought I could try and read it in English now. The Christian-sponsored Dan Dare is a Colonel that lives in 1999 (the stories were written in the 1950s) when planet Earth is finally at peace. Dan Dare's work is to pilot spaceships and here has to go to Venus to find if it is possible to develop agriculture there in order to feed the Earth. A whole lot of discoveries and adventures ensue. Frank HAMPSON's team of artists does a great job at drawing and painting, while no less than Arthur C. Clarke was on hand to give a tip or two about the science fiction aspects. A great read, as are the following volumes that I also bought: Classic Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus Part 2: Pt. 2 and Classic Dan Dare: The Red Moon Mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dan Dare saga begins...
A true milestone for all original fans of the Eagle annual. Titan books have produced a great series, just a small amount of colour 'glare' on some of the illustrations in this... Read more
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loved this book. As a fan of Dan Dare it given me great memories of growing up in my youth in Crosby, near Liverpool, and close to "Spaceport" - which was really RAF... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten relevance
Time may gave gilded my memory but in the first story the Atlanteans of the Southern hemisphere of Venus practiced advanced agricultural engineering design and a low friction... Read more
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As someone who began reading Eagle, mid 1950s, and then in my teens mid 1960s re read all the earlier Eagles in my pals collection [every issue alsmost]these reprints [not the... Read more
Published on 22 May 2011 by W. Major
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor printing in places lets it down
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Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Thrud Fan
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