Eagle Times marks title’s 70th anniversary year with a bumper edition

Eagle Times Volume 33 No. 2 - Cover

The latest edition of Eagle Times, the magazine of the Eagle Society is out now, a bumper issue mark Eagle comic’s seventieth anniversary year, that includes two two full colour prints featuring Dan Dare – with art by Bryan Talbot – and news of a new initiative to create a larger archive of Eagle-related items at Southport’s The Atkinson gallery.

Eagle Times Volume 33 No. 2 - Eagle Annuals

Perhaps my favourite items of the issue are Joe Hoole’s latest and final look at the Eagle Annuals, this time out focusing on the 1980s releases, and a smashing overview of the career of artist Kenneth McDonough, one of Eagle‘s original artists, by Jeremy Briggs. The latter not only covers his work for the comic but takes a look at his terrific box art work for Airfix, too.

Eagle Times Volume 33 No. 2 - Kenneth McDonough

One great piece of news in this issue is that Southport’s The Atkinson is now seeking to expand its archive of Eagle and Dan Dare-related items, in response to discussion with members of the Eagle Society, led by longtime exhibition organiser David Britton and Frank Hampson’s son, Peter.

If the idea of supporting such a project appeals, which will enable a regular refresh of the permanent Dan Dare exhibit there, among other thing, and you have “stuff”
which you would like to donate, David suggests contacting Stephen Whittle or
Emma Harrison, Principal Managers, at the Atkinson via the gallery’s web site
.

There are so few places where British comics are regularly offered such space, outside of the excellent Cartoon Museum in London and Seven Stories in the North East, so it’s great to hear of the Atkinson’s enthusiasm for this.

Also this issue:

Dan Dare and the B29: Adrian Perkins notes the similarities between the interior of some of Dan’s ships and the B29 bomber

Eagle Times Volume 33 No. 2 - The Story of a Train That Went Nowhere


The Story of a Train That Went Nowhere: David Britton examines an in depth article prepared for Eagle that was never published
• “The Case of the Unwelcome Guest House” – Part Two of the latest Archie Willoughby adventure by Steve Winders
Childhood Memories by Kevin O’Donnell
The White Funnel Fleet: The story of the steamer fleet which operated in the Bristol Channel for eighty years

Eagle Times Volume 33 No. 2 - Studio Notes


• The Dan Dare Studios Ideas Book: Featuring the Phant Interceptor Spacecraft

Eagle Times Volume 33 No. 2 - Charles Chilton and the Indian Wars: Part One


Charles Chilton and the Indian Wars: Part One of David Britton’s examination of the Riders of the Range adventure “The War With Geronimo”
• Jim Duckett’s own review of Steve Holland’s new book, Rocket – The First Space Age Weekly
Donovan: David Gould’s account of the career of the popular performer and his visit to Eagle‘s offices

• Membership of THE EAGLE SOCIETY is via Annual Subscription to Eagle Times magazine, which is published four times annually. Please make cheques payable to the ‘Eagle Society’.

The Subscription rate for 2018 is: UK £29 | Overseas £40 (in £s Sterling, please)

Postal applications to: Eagle Society Membership Secretary Bob Corn, Wellcroft Cottage, Wellcroft, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire LU7 9EF

If you wish to pay by Paypal (from your Paypal account to the e-mail address given below) we request that you make your payment as a GIFT)
Enquiries: membership@eagle-society.org.uk

• Eagle Times is online at eagle-times.blogspot.com

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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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