From The Pages Of The Seminal British Boys Adventure Comic, The Eagle, Comes The Legendary Dan Dare Pilot Of The Future, Created By Frank HampsonFor The First Time On Audio, This Thrilling Debut Volume Comes To Life With A Talented Cast And Full Sound Effects Dan Dare Pilot Of The Future Was Incarnated In The S And Was Truly Original In The World Of Comics Nothing Like It Had Ever Been Seen Before It Was Distinguished By Its Long Complex Story Lines, Snappy Dialogue And Outstanding Artwork Remember The Mekon, Digby, Sir Hubert, Prof Peabody, Hank, Pierre, Sondar And Volstar Here They All Are, Jetting Off On A Thrilling Journey That Would Be Told For Decades To ComeThis First Story, Voyage To Venus, Sets The Scene Having Arrived On Venus In The Spaceship Ranger, Dan And Digby Set Out To Find New Resources To Feed A Starving Earth, But They Are Suddenly Captured And Taken To Mekonta, The Capital Of The Northern Hemisphere Of Venus, And Home Of The Treens, The Humourless Scientific Automations Who Rule The Northern Half Of The Mystery PlanetThere, We Meet The Evil Mekon, Leader Of The Treens, And Sondar, Who Would Become One Of The Good Treens A Deadly Battle Commences With Dan Dare And His Crew Eventually Escaping Back To Earth But He Is Determined To Return To VenusTo Be Continued


3 thoughts on “Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus, Volume 1

  1. Glenn Cook Glenn Cook says:

    With the failed Film project now long gone and as dead as a Martian Dodo this is the next best thing or is it This Movie for you Ears to borrow a phrase from Frank Zappa is the next best thing.Nothing can compare to the brilliance of the story and artwork of the comic reprint books They are the finest comic creation IMHO and British nay English to boot So what we are left with is the story and the performance of the actors and the actual production itself.I must admit I was expecting the worst and hoping for the best and I can say I am pleasantly surprised It is a faithful retelling of the story The story thunders along at a cracking pace with no awkward nor boring pauses, As to the actors once you get past the Dan Dare not sounding like Dan Dare surprise surprise, the actors do their job or should that be jobs well Rupert Degas portrays Digby, Sir Hubert,Sondar, The Mekon, Hank, Pierre, Volatar, The President of the Southern Hemisphere and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all O.K so I lied about the last two but you get my drift This means that Degas is talking to himself in several scenes and in some than once To say I did not realize nor suspect this tells you that Rupert Degas is a terrific vocal actor.Well narrated by Christian Rodska who moves the scenes along Tom Goodman Hill is an adequate Dan Dare all stiff upper lip despite being born in Manchester I seem to recall The only failing here for me is Kate O Sullivan s Prof Peabody who I had imagined to not have a refined English Gel s public school voice and the voice seemed too old for me Nor the Lara Croft type figure I had imagined her to be at all.The Treen voices seemed a little too high pitched alien which took a little getting used to The Therons however sounded spot on as the tale unfolded To my ear sounding like the clear speech of Native Americans to a tee which gave them a real authentic authority and nobility which fits in well with the respect for nature and the environment beliefs Full marks for the producer Peter Rinne Is it any good Yes.Would I pay full price for it No but then again neither would you dear reader Can it match the sheer supremacy of the comic No but then nothing could.Will you enjoy it if you haven t read the comic book Yes.Will you enjoy it if you have read the book YES Recommended.


  2. Paul Magnussen Paul Magnussen says:

    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 The Red Moon MysteryMarooned on MercuryOperation Saturn Part 1 Operation Saturn Part 2 Prisoners of SpaceThe Man from NowhereRogue PlanetReign of the RobotsThe Phantom FleetSafari in SpaceTrip to Trouble


  3. Iain McClumpha Iain McClumpha says:

    Like the reviewer Jet Morgan I was disappointed that there was no part 2, however what we have I love to bits Radio Luxembourg were the first to dramatise Dan Dare, but those recordings apparently no longer exist so there s no possibility of them surfacing on DVD.Then in 1990 the BBC produced a 4 part dramatisation of Voyage to Venus , which was an attempt to make Dan Dare realistic and slightly updated It was faithful to the comic, but the mission logs and update made it feel cold.And now we have this from Orion When I looked at the cover it said read by and I thought, uh oh But then I started listening to it.Okay, it doesn t have the same production standards of the BBC or Big Finish or even Noise Monster but it does feel like a retro production, and that is a big plus The small cast make up for it was pitch perfect performances and create just the right atmosphere There are no concessions to modern slang or military jargon everything is as it was originally written in 1950.If I have one complaint it s the Treen voices In the BBC version they were pitched too high for me they weren t how I imagined them to sound Here they sound mechanical bit weird for reptiles.Finally, as a fan of classic Doctor Who it is so easy to see where Terry Nation got his ideas for that very first Dalek story In that you have a planet with two races at war one peaceful and handsome, the other ugly and warlike The Treen are the emotionless scientific geniuses that would become the Daleks, while the Therons, blonde, tall and peaceful would become the Thals.And did the Mekon become Davros in Genesis of the Daleks For the production I give it a full 5 stars for not doing part 2, nil points