Eagle Times Volume 28 Issue 1

Eagle Times revisits the Dan Dare Spacemen’s Club and the work of L Ashwell Wood

Eagle Times Volume 28 Issue 1

The latest issue of Eagle Times, the journal of the Eagle Society is on sale now and includes another feature by our very own Jeremy Briggs on the work of illustrator L Ashwell Wood.

In the issue:

  • ‘I Designed Dan Dare’s Space Cup’ – how a 12-year-old’s design for a Space Cup came to be taken up by Horlicks and was offered to members of the Horlicks Dan Dare Spacemen’s Club on Radio Luxembourg
  • ‘Telling the Story Without Words’ – on Frank Hampson’s ambition to create a comic strip without words, and the two one-page examples from Dan Dare episodes in Eagle
  • ‘Great News Pals!’ – an examination of the mergers that brought some well-known comics to their final resting places
  • ‘PC49 and the Case of the Stolen Easter Eggs’ – the latest in a series of PC49 stories adapted from Alan Stranks’ radio stories
  • ‘In and Out of the Eagle – more in the series presenting collections of Eagle-related snippets
  • ‘Saturday Morning at the Pictures, No 2: The Phantom Empire’ – the second of a new series looking at Saturday children’s cinema matinees of the 1950s
  • ‘Eagle and the Air Speed Record in Cutaway’ – the appearance of air-speed record aircraft in Eagle‘s cutaway centre-spreads
  • ‘The Phantom Fleet as Advertised on TV’ – on the appearance on TV in 1958 of an advertisement for The Phantom Fleet, “the new Dan Dare story in Eagle
  • ‘The Rivals of Jeff Arnold: John Wayne’ – the appearance of the western film star John Wayne in comics and annuals
  • ‘A Spacecraft Mystery’ – requesting knowledge of 1950s aerospace building kits, ‘A-Jet’ and ‘Supersonic’
  • ‘PC49 and the Case Against the Three Howards’ – how the Alan Stranks’ PC49 radio stories are adapted for Eagle Times
  • ‘Rob Conway’ – an examination of the short-lived strip created by Frank Hampson for the first issue of Eagle’
  • ‘Would You Believe It?’ – an article to test readers’ credibility
  • ‘The Sartorians’ – on the natty dress of the characters and races invented by Frank Hampson and his team
  • ‘The Dairy Cutaways of L Ashwell Wood’ – how some specific cutaway drawings (‘The Romance of Ice Cream’ and ‘The Background to Pure Milk’) came to feature in Eagle
  • ‘Dan Dare Pilot of the Future in a New Jigsaw Puzzle’ – a detailed review of the new Dan Dare Limited Edition Jigsaw Puzzle, made by Wentworth Wooden Puzzles and published by Dragon Collectables
  • ‘Still the Happy Warrior’ – a review of the latest reprint of Clifford Makins’ and Frank Bellamy’s Happy Warrior, the Life Story of Winston Churchill

• Membership of The Eagle Society is via Annual Subscription to Eagle Times magazine, which is published four times annually. The Subscription rate for 2015 is: UK £27, Overseas £38 (in £s Sterling, please). Postal applications to: Keith Howard, 25A Station Road, Harrow Middlesex HA1 2UA United Kingdom. If you wish to pay by Paypal (from your Paypal account to the eagle-times hotmail address given below) the Society request an additional payment of £1.50. Enquiries: eagle-times@hotmail.com

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John Freeman

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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