Haynes to publish Dan Dare Spacefleet Operations Manual

British publisher Haynes is following up its successful fictional guides to the workings of Thunderbirds and Wallace & Gromit with a Dan Dare Spacefleet Operations Manual, written by Rod Barzilay with illustrations by Graham Bleathman.

Dan Dare Spacefleet Operations Manual Promotional Cover only, subject to change
Dan Dare Spacefleet Operations Manual – Promotional Cover only, subject to change

Set for release next June, this innovative Haynes Manual will take a detailed look inside the spaceships, space stations and various other craft that played such a huge part in bringing the excitement of space travel to the Dan Dare stories featured in Eagle.

Beautifully illustrated with cutaway artwork by Graham Bleathman and supported by fabulous contemporary comic-strip art, Haynes tells us this  will be “the ultimate technical guide to the spaceships of Dan Dare and a wonderful addition to every comic fan’s bookshelf”.

The book includes:

  • An  introduction by Dan Dare and brief history of world government
  • New discoveries, including cutaways of impulse drive and gravity motors
  • Spacefleet and civilian spacecraft, including cutaways of all major craft
  • Bases, space stations and defence craft, including Spacefleet HQ
  • Alien craft including the Mekon’s craft and feature on Dan Dare’s own ship, the Anastasia
  • New drive systems and what the future holds

Rod Barzilay will of course be well known to many downthetubes readers as the founding editor of the Dan Dare-inspired comic magazine Spaceship Away, while Graham Bleathman’s art has graced a huge range of newspapers and magazines, from cutaways of Thunderbirds and other Gerry Anderson craft to the workings of Walford’s famous  square from EastEnders.

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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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