Dan Dare Radio Luxembourg recording rarity offered on eBay

Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future dubbing copy acetate vinyl record

A rare 10” Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future dubbing copy acetate vinyl record used in the making of some of the 1950’s radio shows for Radio Luxembourg – one of just eight known to exist – is being offered for sale on eBay.

Part of a number of Dan Dare and EAGLE-related items on offer previously owned by a major fan of the character and comic.

“From what Dad and others have said, his record was used in the making of some of the 1950’s radio shows,” says seller Derek Thomas. “The music and background effects were recorded on acetates and then played during the recording of each show.”

These were recorded onto wax discs which were then sent to Radio Luxembourg for broadcast.

The record is single sided with two tracks – “Radio Location” and “Naval Splendour”.

Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future dubbing copy acetate vinyl record
Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future dubbing copy acetate vinyl record
Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future dubbing copy acetate vinyl record

“Dad told me this is only one of eight in existence,” says Derek.

It’s in good condition for its age,” he adds. “… It plays without any jumps, it is quite crackly though.”

(“Radio Location” was also used in The Prisoner, in the episode “The Chimes of Big Ben”).

Derek has posted a recording of it on YouTube, for interested buyers.

Radio Luxembourg’s 208 and View magazine for December 1954
Radio Luxembourg’s 208 and View magazine for December 1954

The item is being offered with a copy of the Radio Luxembourg’s 208 and View magazine for December 1954 with listings for Dan Dare “The Mekon on Mars” episodes.

Radio Luxembourg’s 208 and View magazine for December 1954 - Listings Page
Radio Luxembourg’s 208 and View magazine for December 1954 - Listings Page - Dan Dare

The acetate is just one of the first of several items on sale, including rare badges and models, Eagle items, with more being added in coming days.

Check out the Dan Dare: Pilot Of The Future Radio Luxembourg 10″ dubbing acetate on eBay here

More about Dan Dare on Radio Luxembourg here on downthetubes – including a link to a recording of one of the very few surviving episodes of the show

With thanks to Julian Knott for The Prisoner information

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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