• Peter Berthoud

Dan Dare

Updated: Sep 22

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


Dan Dare Box Front With Title Card
Dan Dare Box Front With Title Card

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: 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-Magnetis

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: 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: 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

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.


Eagle Masthead - 16 May 1952
Eagle Masthead - 16 May 1952

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. The influence of this talented group of individuals needs more space than I have available here. A separate feature on the artists and writers of Eagle and Girl with their links to other Pepys games, will follow in due course.









Game & Version Details




​ Dan Dare - Card Back



​Dan Dare - Rules Front



Dan Dare - Rules Back


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Dan Dare - Box Back



​ Dan Dare - Box Top



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​ Dan Dare - Box Back With Flap