Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus Pt. 1

Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus Pt. 1 : Pilot of the Future

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From the pages of the seminal British boys' adventure comic, The Eagle, comes the legendary Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future, created by Frank Hampson. For the first time on audio CD 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 1950s 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 come. This 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 planet. Here 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 Venus...To be continued!show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 124 x 141 x 11mm | 106g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0752898760
  • 9780752898766
  • 1,520,135

About Frank Hampson

Rupert has read over thirty audiobooks from authors such as Peter Carey, Haruki Murakami, Peter Temple and Franz Kafka to children's authors such as Jamie Rix, Derek Landy, Chris Ryan and Darren Shan - he also provided the voice of Pantalaimon in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. His animation work includes Mr Bean, Robotboy, Bob the Builder, Chop Socky Chooks and the Oscar nominated Badgered and he has also performed in over forty radio productions, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Glittering Prizes, Jack Rosenthal's Last Act and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Rupert also appears on television and on stage, most notably in the West End productions of Stones in His Pockets and The 39 Steps. Born in 1918, Frank Hampson always wanted to be a pilot. After serving in the Army during the Second World War, he managed to live his dream as creator and original artist for Dan Dare, first published in the British comic The Eagle in April 1950. Tom's most frequent appearances on the radio have been as Anton in four series of Another Case of Milton Jones and as Archie in Hut 33, both on Radio 4. On TV he's best know for his regular appearances as PC in Ideal, playing Tom in Perfect Day, and for The Office, Broken News, Spoons, Doctor Who, Gideon's Daughter, Never Better, Jonathan Creek and Miss Austen Regrets. His films include The league of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Festival, Fat Slags, The One and Only and Hippie Hippie Shake. On stage, he's best know for playing Peter Cook in Come Again and for creating the role of Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot in the West End. Actress, impressionist and singer, Kate has worked on a sketch show for BBC3 and is currently recording series four of THE BLAGGER'S GUIDE and supplied all female voices/impressions for both 2DTV and HEDZ. In the West End, she has played Cecily Cardew, Mistress Dainty and Magenta from THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. She is also lead singer in The Rocky Horror Band - available for batmitzvahs and masonic dinners.show more

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"Absolutely brilliant ... you get the feeling that they must have had a very good time recording the story." BFKBOOKS.COM "The play's pitch... is good tempered and amusing. A minor joy, albeit a consciously retro one." DEATHRAY "Post-modern... but it all adds to the flavour of the legendary rip-roaring adventures." SFXshow more