Eagle Adventure Special #1 - Cover

Eagle Flies Again, thanks to Hibernia Comics

Eagle Adventure Special #1 - Cover

The Eagle Flies Again. 34 years ago this month, classic British adventure comic the Eagle was relaunched under the stewardship of Barrie Tomlinson and David Hunt. It featured an enviable lineup of characters and creators and ran for nearly 12 years, creating a new generation of Eagle fans. Now, the Eagle is back!

Hibernia – who have published a number of British strip collections in recent years, regularly covered on this site – has just announced its first Eagle Adventure Special, an anthology reprint of classic stories from the Eagle featuring tales from writers like John Wagner, Alan Moore and Alan Hebden and artists as varied as Ian Kennedy, Jim Baikie, José Ortiz and John Burns.

The line-up of strips included – led by a terrific Dan Dare story, “Mekon Minefield”, drawn by Ian Kennedy – is an excellent mix from the much-loved comic, with a splendid mix of carefully chosen stories from editor David McDonald, lovingly restored with considerable skill by Richard Pearce.

While not comic strip, the photo strip is a bit of a gem – “The Collector – Trash” is written by Alan Moore. Also well worth a look is “If You Go Down to The Woods Today”, a humorous one page story featuring splendid, mind-bending art by José Cassonovas.

I hope there will be more of these – I’d long ago suggested to several publishers that they should consider reprinting, at the very least, some of the ‘new’ “Dan Dare” Eagle strips, so I’m delighted is dipping its toe in the water on that front with this Special.

This is a great looking collection – buy it while stocks last… and Bring Back Doomlord!

• Buy Hibernia Comics collections from www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia

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Read Ian Wheeler’s review of this book

The Strips

A page from the Dan Dare story "Mekon Minefield", drawn by Ian Kennedy
Dan Dare: “Mekon Minefield”, drawn by Ian Kennedy
Eagle Adventure Special #1 - Comrade Bronski
Comrade Branski – Written by Alan Hebden, art by Carlos Ezquerra
"Dolebusters: Night of the Werewolf", written by John Wagner, drawn by John Burns
“Dolebusters: Night of the Werewolf”, written by John Wagner, drawn by John Burns
Doomlord - Servitor Vek, drawn by Jim Baikie (writer unknown), lettered by Steve Potter
Doomlord – Servitor Vek, drawn by Jim Baikie (writer unknown), lettered by Steve Potter

 

The Collector - Trash! written by Alan Moore - one of the modern Eagle's many photo strips
The Collector – Trash! written by Alan Moore – one of the modern Eagle’s many photo strips
News Team by Alan Hebden, drawn by Jose Ortiz
News Team by Alan Hebden, drawn by Jose Ortiz

 

"The Amstor Computer - Dead or Alive", written by Ian Mennell, art by Cam Kennedy
“The Amstor Computer – Dead or Alive”, written by Ian Mennell, art by Cam Kennedy

 

If You Go Down to the Woods Today ..., drawn by José Casanovas, writer unknown
If You Go Down to the Woods Today …, drawn by José Casanovas, writer unknown

 

The Eagle Adventure Special and all its contents are reproduced with the kind permission of the Dan Dare Corporation Ltd.

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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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