Dan Dair (LUG April 1963 -
A digest size monthly comic
containing three stories Hampson's Dan Dare, Richard Jenning's Storm
Nelson (also from the UK Eagle comic), and Andrea Lavezzolo's Kinowa, an
Italian cowboy/indian strip. An unknown Italian artist drew the covers.
Only 12 monthly issues were released, although publisher's remainders
were bound in sets of four with new covers and re-released as
"albums", and numbered 1 to 3.
This was LUG's first venture
into SF, and it was not received very well.
They re-printed the first three
Dan Dare stories to appear Dan Dare Pilot of the Future (nos 1-7) , The
Red Moon Mystery (nos 7- 9), and Marooned on Mercury (nos 9-12).
Soft cover, digest size, colour
covers, black and white strips
Dan Dare Pilote du Futur (DPE
1982 and 1983)
This book appeared in three
different forms and was based on the UK Hamlyn edition of Dan Dare Pilot
of the Future (1976 - which in turn had re-printed Dan Dare stories from
the Eagle Annuals). In 1982 the French publisher took the Hamlyn
original and re-printed half of it as Dan Dare Pilote du Futur Vol. 1
and the second half as Dan Dare Pilote du Futur Vol. 2. A year later
(1983) they also released a full (single edition) version called, with
typical Gallic ingenuity, Dan Dare Pilote du Futur.
Stories published in Volume 1
Les Hommes du PSATP (The Men of
L'aigle a deux tetes (The Double Headed Eagle)
Le Feu de Ciel (The Fire in the Sky)
Operation Triceratops (Operation Triceratops)
Un Satellite en or massif (The Solid Gold Asteroid)
L'ennemi invisible (The Unseen Enemy)
Stories published in Volume 2
The Vanishing Scientists
Soft cover (all versions), colour strips
Dan Dare - 4 Jours a Sauve la Planete (Edition Humanoide 1977)
A large size book re-printing
two Dan Dare stories.
La Lune Rouge (The Red Moon
Safari dans l'espace (Safari in Space)
Hardback, colour strips,
interesting Foreword by Pierre Couperie.
1) All the above French versions
were also distributed to Switzerland and Quebec.
2) Although Dan Dare was not a
tremendous success in France, the Eagle's companion comic for girls
(entitled Girl) was. This comic ran uninterrupted in France from
1958-1965 under the title Ligne, and many of its UK characters were left
unchanged (apart from their name - of course). The publishers of Ligne
regularly re-issued the comic in half yearly volumes in hard covers.
3) Eagle fans might also like to
know that two of Geofrey Bond's "Luck of the Legion" Eagle
novels (originally published in the UK during the 1950s) were
re-published in France in 1968. These were issued in the Signe de Piste
series as numbers 194 (Les Tigres de Chai-Fang - click here to see the
and 198 (La Garnison Phantome- click here to see the cover http://www.sdp-livres.com/im_sig/sig_198.jpg).
provided by Steve
Taylor, Luxembourg, June 13, 2002.)