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Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Twelve

Art by Bill Baker

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. In the final part of this twelve-part series, Roger Perry clarifies points made in past chapters, ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Ten

The Glamorous Years

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. After Matthews’ dalliances with Men Only and other projects, Roger recalls how a phone-call out of the blue ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Nine

Eagle Daze 9: Space Wars

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, Roger recalls how Men Only was given a ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Eight

Eagle Daze 8 – TV21, Candy & Lady Penelope

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Here, Roger recalls the creation of Martspress, the company that would publish TV21 in its later, ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Seven

The first issue of Boy's World

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Here, Roger recalls trouble at the top for ‘The Management”, the debut of Boys’ World – and the demise of Ranger… Matthews had ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Six

Swift - cover dated 9th December 1961

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a “Creative Visionary”… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Here, Roger explores his relationship with one particular creator… the man who did most to create Dan Dare… ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Four

Doctor James Hemming and examples of the "What's Your Worry" problem pages that featured in Girl, with artwork by Brian Blake

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a “Creative Visionary”… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Here’ Roger charts ongoing behind the scenes tampering that hampered the editorial tams on Eagle and ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Three

Some of the Dan Dare Team: Frank Hampson, Greta Tomlinson, Frank's father, Robert, Harold Johns and Eric Eden

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a “Creative Visionary”… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others.  Here, Roger charts the takeover of Hulton and the Eagle… His Jealousy Almost Destroyed Eagle 1959 ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Two

David Roberts and Brian Woodford with copies of Top Spot in its varying cover looks. Riding pillion on the motorbike is Eileen Earl (or Earle), who had been Leonard Matthews’ secretary up until the time Elizabeth Flower assumed that role. Montage by Roger Perry

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a “Creative Visionary”… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes (Part One here), is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others.  The comic magazine Top Spot, published in 1958, was certainly Matthews’ brainchild – but it was ... Read More »

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part One

Sun and Knockout comics

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a “Creative Visionary”… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive ten part biography of the man which begins today on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others… 1914 Leonard James Matthews was born in Islington, North London, on Saturday, 10th ... Read More »

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