Updated: Jun 29
Dan Dare The Game of The Future, A Pepys Game
First Published: 1953 A Pepys Game, Publisher: Castell Brothers Ltd., St. Cross Street, London
Illustrator or Designer: Based on the work of Frank Hampson
Contents: 44 Cards + Rules Booklet
The pack has 44 cards made up of 4 sets of 11 cards. The four sets are Air Transport (Green), Weapons (Red), Land & Sea Transport (Blue) and Animals (Yellow). In all 4 sets the last three cards are the same: No. 9 - Digby, No 10. Miss Peabody and Sir Hubert Guest and No. 11 Dan Dare himself.
Dan Dare cards: Green: 1 Helicopter, 2 Fire Fighting Appliance, 3 Air Freighter, 4 Thoron Air Boat, 5 Rotor Jet Plane, 6 Space Ship, 7 Treen Bombing Plane, 8 Anastasia, 9 Digby.
Dan Dare cards: Green: 10 Miss Peabody and Sir Hubert Guest, 11 Dan Dare. Red: 1 Early Treen Warrior with Trident, 2 The Disintegron, 3 Paralysing Pistol, 4 Treen Soldier with Hand Projector, 5 Treen Projector, 6 Rear Gun of Treen Reflector Ship, 7 The De-Magnetiser
Dan Dare cards: Red: 8 Thoron Mobile Gun, 9 Digby, 10 Miss Peabody and Sir Hubert Guest, 11 Dan Dare, Blue: 1 Rocket Motor Bike, 2 Gyro Jeep, 3 Sand Sledge on Mars, 4 Earth Tank, 5 Treen Telesender
Dan Dare cards: Blue: 6 Overhead Railway, 7 Atlantine Troop Carrier, 8 Atomic Ocean Liner, 9 Digby, 10 Miss Peabody and Sir Hubert Guest, 11 Dan Dare, Yellow: 1 Treen Tracking Hound, 2 The Venusian Jungle, 3 Mercurian Trained Reptile
Dan Dare cards: Yellow: 4 Red Moon Insect, 5 Venusian Triceratops , 6 Venusian Sea Monster, 7 Venusian Octopus, 8 Treen Fighting Reptile, 9 Digby, 10 Miss Peabody and Sir Hubert Guest, 11 Dan Dare
Rex Pitts wrote an article on the background to the game, Eagle Comic and the 2009 reproduction of the game by Ecotronic at World of Playing Cards.
In 2009 Ecotronic reissued the game as part of their Retro Range.
In 1953 Castell Brothers produced produced four games featuring Eagle magazine characters, two card games (Dan Dare and Riders of the Range) and two party games (Space Ships - The Dan Dare Treasure Hunt and Round Up - The Riders of the Range Action Game). Pepys also produced an Eagle Bond Junior Stationery Set, presumably at the same time.
Many of the team at Eagle also contributed to Girl. The illustrators and writers of Eagle were involved in wide range of other interesting projects from TV and animation to charitable work.
Game & Version Details
Dan Dare - Card Back
Dan Dare - Rules Front
Dan Dare - Rules Back
Riders of the Range
Dan Dare - Rules Inside Back Cover
Pepys Party Games
Dan Dare - Box Back
Dan Dare - Box Top
Dan Dare - Box Side Left
Dan Dare - Box Base
Dan Dare - Box Side Right
Dan Dare - Box Back With Flap