Dan Dare Rocket Gun information and price guide. Dan Dare is a British science fiction comic hero who was created by illustrator Frank Hampson. Hampson also wrote the first stories. Dare appeared in the Eagle comic story Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future from 1950 to 1967. The stories follow the adventures of Dare, an astronaut who is sent on missions to other planets. They are notable for their futuristic settings and super-science.
Dan Dare was one of the most popular comics characters of the 1950s and 1960s and he remains popular today. A number of toys were produced including a number of Dan Dare ray guns in various forms. We take a look at the Dan Dare Rocket Gun along with a price guide. (Click to view current Dan Dare Ray Guns on ebay)
Did you know? The Space Patrol Rocket Dart Ray Gun, made by US Plastics in the 1950s became the same pistol also became the Dan Dare Rocket Gun made by Merit in England
The Dan Dare Rocket Gun Safety Model
It was produced by Merit in the 1950s and there appears to have been several different types created featuring different colour style guns: silver, copper and black. The copper gun appears to be the rarest of three colour guns. The gun featured the words Dan Dare along the barrel, Rocket Gun along the side and Planet Space Fleet on the grip.
It came with two safety rockets for firing. The rockets appeared on the cover as different colours, but in most sets we have seen they were mainly red, but we have seen green rocket versions. These rockets had a compartment for secret messages. The rockets had a sucker at the end.
The version below features a green rocket as well an the usual red.