Peter Pan - Gibsons Editions
Updated: Jan 24
Peter Pan Card Game, Pepys Series
First Published: 1988, by Gibsons Games, London
Illustrator or Designer: Charles A. Buchel
Contents: 44 Cards + Folded Rules Sheet
Peter Pan - Box Front
Peter Pan features 11 characters from J.M. Barrie's book: Mr Darling, Mrs Darling, Starkey, See, John, Nana, Captain Hook, Wendy, Peter Pan, The Wolf and The Crocodile..
Each of the characters has 4 identical cards.
Peter Pan cards: Mr Darling, Mrs Darling, Starkey, See, John, Nana, Captain Hook, Wendy, and Peter Pan.
Peter Pan cards: The Wolf and The Crocodile.
Peter Pan was introduced as a new addition to the Pepys range by Gibsons Games when they took over the brand in 1984. It is unrelated, except in its theme, to the 1953 Disney film tie-in "Peter and the Pirates" by Pepys and also a completely different game to Pepys' 1939 Peter Pan.
The 1939 Pepys Peter Pan rule book features this notice on the inside front cover:
"By permission of, and in collaboration
with the original Publishers of Peter
Pan card game,
H.P GIBSON & SONS LTD.
The H.P. Gibsons game that this notice refers to was Peter Pan, published by Gibsons and printed by Thomas de la Rue in around 1912. Pepys had sought permission to use the same title for their own game. So the 1988 Peter Pan was a new version of an old game for Gibsons and an old title with a completely new design for Pepys.
In their reissue Gibsons retained all but two of the original characters, a Mermaid and "Slightly" and simplified the numbering of the cards. The original illustrations by Charles A. Buchel were faithfully reproduced.
By 1988 all Gibsons Games bore barcodes on their boxes. I haven't seen any other version of this game, some copies do vary slightly in the shade of green used in the boxes, card backs and rules but no more than is usual between production runs. If I find a version with noticeable differences I will add an example to this page.
There is no full address for Gibsons given in the game just "London".
To compare the original 1912 Gibsons version with this Pepys branded version visit World of Playing Cards.
Game & Version Details
Peter Pan 1988 Edition
The address for Gibsons Games is simply "London"
Box Back, Green
© H.P.Gibson & Sons Ltd., London
The box is unvented.
Made in the E.E.C.