• Peter Berthoud

The Perishers

The Perishers Card Game, A Pepys Game


First Published: 1974, A Pepys Game by Castell Larby Ltd. Deer Park Road, London

Illustrator or Designer: Dennis Collins/Maurice Dodd


Contents: 42 Cards + 2 Rules Cards


The Perishers Box Front With Title Card
The Perishers Box Front With Title Card

7 sets of 6 cards. Each set of 6 features a Perishers character with their own colour background, Wellington - Blue, Marlon - Green, Grumpling - Dark Orange, Maisie - Pink, GB Calcutta - Light Orange and (Old) Boot - Red. (Old) Boot's cards all have the same image, the other characters have 7 different images.


The Perishers Cards 1
The Perishers Cards 1

The Perishers Cards 2
The Perishers Cards 2

The Perishers Cards 3
The Perishers Cards 3

The Perishers Cards 4
The Perishers Cards 4

The Perishers Cards 5
The Perishers Cards 5

The Perishers Cards 6
The Perishers Cards 6

The Perishers was a Daily Mirror comic strip that first appeared in 1959. For most of its life it was written by Maurice Dodd and drawn by Dennis Collins. For an excellent history of the strip see this archived page. for a visual bibliography of the many Perishers books visit Tony's Trading .


The copyright notice © DMN/FILM FARE refers to Daily Mirror Newspapers and FilmFair. The former owned the Daily Mirror where The Perishers were published and the latter the film company who produced The Perishers animated series. I imagine that FilmFair was misspelt and under-spaced because somebody got the name confused with Fine Fare a major British supermarket chain of the time.


If the game was intended as a TV tie-in then Pepys must have been disappointed, The Perishers animations weren't screened on the BBC until 1979, five years after the game's release.


Game & Version Details



The Perishers - Card Back



The Perishers - Rules Card 1



The Perishers - Rules Card 2



The Perishers - Box Back



The Perishers - Box Top



The Perishers - Box Side Left



The Perishers - Box Base



The Perishers - Box Side Right



​The Perishers - Box Back With Flap