Eagle 1950 – 2020 exhibition opens at Southport’s The Atkinson gallery on Monday, after lockdown deferral

The Eagle Exhibition (Eagle 1950 – 2020)

A celebratory exhibition dedicated to Eagle comic opens at The Atkinson, Southport on Monday, continuing until September.

The Eagle Exhibition (Eagle 1950 – 2020), that was originally planned to open in April, organised in partnership with the Eagle Society and run concurrently with their planned (but sadly, cancelled) 70th Anniversary Dinner, was postponed during the lockdown. 

The Gallery has now reopened and the exhibition will now run for a shortened period, from 27th July until 5th September 2020.

Eagle was created here in Southport 70 years ago, featuring Dan Dare, Captain Pugwash, PC49, Riders of the Range and much more, telling the story of the comic in all its incarnations – from 1950 to the present day.

The Eagle Exhibition (Eagle 1950 – 2020)

With the help of David Britton of the Eagle Society, the Atkinson has created an exhibition to celebrate the anniversary, featuring original artwork by numerous contributing artists as well as original memorabilia.

If you were lucky enough to see previous Eagle, Dan Dare and Frank Hampson-related exhibitions at The Atkinson, you’ll know this will most certainly be a treat, so I’d urge you to try to see it if you can!

Dan Dare and Eagle Memorabilia Sought

Photo: Dan Whitehead
Photo: Dan Whitehead

As we previously reported in our recent coverage of the latest issue of Eagle Times, 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.

Eagle: 1950 – 2020 runs from Monday 27th July until 5th September 2020. More information here on The Atkinson web site | Plus, don’t forget you can also see a ‘Dan Dare’ display in The Atkinson’s museum, Between Land & Sea

Check out our review of the previous Frank Hampson exhibition at The Atkinson

Read Dan Whitehead’s 2016 feature on the permanent Dan Dare exhibition at The Atkinson

With much thanks to David Britton of the Eagle Society

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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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