Pixels Away! Early Dan Dare computer games in the limelight, courtesy of Kim Justice

Top YouTube games vlogger Kim Justice has released “The Story and Games of Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future”, a retrospective look at the computer games featuring Eagle’s space hero.

The video introduces Dan Dare to Kim’s wide audience, then covers the Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future, The Dan Dare Adventure, Dan Dare II: Mekon’s Revenge and Dan Dare III and Gaiares games, exploring titles released on the Spectrum, C64, Amstrad and even the Mega Drive.

“Dan Dare, one of the UK’s great comic heroes, also has some of the best tie-in video games under his belt,” Kim enthuses.

Some of the games gained plenty of attention when first released, no doubt helped by Oliver Frey’s striking covers featuring the space hero for CRASH and Zzap 64.

Oliver Frey’s cover art for Zzap 64 Issue 36, published back in early 1988. There’s more about Oliver’s career here on downthetubes

Kim regularly makes documentaries about old computer and video games, mostly with a European slant – it’s all about the ZX Spectrum, the Commodore Amiga, the C64, plenty of great companies like Ocean Software, rises and falls, tales of technological and bureaucratic disaster… all sorts. Plus Sega and Sony too.

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There’s more about artist Oliver Frey’s career here on downthetubes

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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