The frankbellamy.blogspot.com reports there’s now another chance to own a spread of ‘Heros the Spartan” from Eagle.
Offered on eBay, the page in question is Episode 12 from the “Eagle of the Fifth” story written by Tom Tully, drawn by Frank Bellamy, published in Eagle cover dated 25th May 1963 (Volume 16:11).
“Someone smart has not stored it on a wall in sunlight,” notes Norman Boyd over on the frankbellamy.blogspot of this 50-years-plus old art.
“It was this piece, when I saw it in the original, that convinced me that poor Bellamy must have been very frustrated by the later run of Eagle comics which really muddied his colours. Just compare, say ‘Happy Warrior’ to ‘Montgomery of Alamein’ to ‘Heros the Spartan’.”
As an example of Bellamy’s mastery of layout and use of colour on these Heros double page spreads for Eagle in the 1960’s take some beating.
• View the art on eBay; biding ends on 22nd February 2016
• The Heros the Spartan collection are still available from Book Palace.