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Mystery art has Frank Hampson fans a-flutter – but the actual artist remains a mystery

This mystery art got some fans of Frank Hampson excited - but it isn't his, says his son

Browsing the Book Palace website last night, downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf came across this painting, attributed to Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson. “… This is gorgeous painting, probably used for a magazine illustration or advertisement in the late 1950s,” notes the site,”depicting a scene at a British port as travellers disembark from their cruise and have to face the close ... Read More »

Achtung! Commando – a short-lived homage to Britain’s longest-running war comic recalled 

Achtung! Commando Issue One

Despite its longevity, DC Thomson’s last serving pocket library title, Commando, has never gained the kind of fan documentation that other British comics have. Achtung! Commando was a short-lived attempt to change that, published at the turn of the century but lasting just four issues. Edited by comics artist and historian Peter Richardson, only four issues of the Achtung! Commando fanzine ... Read More »

When David Hockney drew for Eagle (sort of!)

David Hockney, one of the most popular and influential British artists of the twentieth century has returned to Tate Britain in London for his most comprehensive exhibition so far, running until May 2017 – but it doesn’t include his entry for an Eagle comic competition in 1952. This exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating ... Read More »

Celebrating “ABC Film Review”, Boys Adventure Blog spotlights the Dan Dare and other comic strips the magazine published

The October 1952 edition of the the ABC Film Review featured this "Dan Dare" strip by his co-creator, Frank Hampson

  When news that the last ever ABC cinema has closed reached the ears of downthetubes writer Richard Sheaf, he began a series of features on its inhouse magazine, ABC Film Review, over on the Boys Adventure Blog, spotlighting some of the comic strips that ran in the monthly magazine. BBC News reported earlier this month how the Odeon-owned ABC cinema on ... Read More »

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Dan Dare at the British Interplanetary Society

A magnificent Dan Dare bronze on display during "Yesterday's Tomorrow" event at the British Interplanetary Society in April 2015.

  To co-incide with the 65th anniversary of seminal British picture strip weekly, Eagle, the British Interplanetary Society held a one day conference on Tuesday 14th April 2015 entitled ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’. Richard Sheaf reports… A packed programme introduced by the Society’s president, Alistair Scott (who revealed the Eagle had helped him learn English as boy) began with Gerry Webb and ... Read More »

Eagle Times Reaches Its Quarter Century (Volume 25, Number One)

Eagle Times Volume 25 Number One - Cover

Eagle Times, the quarterly journal of the Eagle Society, has reached its twenty-fifth year of publication. By far the longest running British comics fanzine, Eagle Times has now been published some six years longer than the weekly comic that it celebrates, the original Eagle which ran from 1950 to 1969. The current issue of the 56 page A4, B&W and ... Read More »

Summer fun with Eagle Times (Volume 24, Number Two)

Eagle Times (Volume 24, Number Two - Cover

The Summer 2011 edition of Eagle Times is available now and features articles by downthetubes contributors Jeremy Briggs and Richard Sheaf. Here’s the line up: Frank and the Newspaper Cuttings: a look at the use by Frank Hampson, throughout his career, of images of newspapers and newspaper cuttings, as a powerful visual aid to storytelling ‘Daan Durf – Piloot van de Toekomst’: Richard ... Read More »

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