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Out Now: Eagle Times Volume 29 No 3 (Autumn 2016)

The new Eagle Times, the magazine of the Eagle Society, is out now, with articles about Frank Hampson‘s art, Martin Asbury‘s film storyboard work, Jeff Arnold’s hat – an informative piece about real western headgear, according to downthetubes contributor Steve Winders –  Eagle‘s coverage of sport, two pieces by Steve about the “Island of Fire” and “Deep Sea Doctor” strips and the regular ‘In and Out of the Eagle‘ features.

There’s also a tribute to the late Roger Perry, who contributed several articles to downthetubes and was a regular contributor to Eagle Times.

Here’s the full rundown:

  • Artist of the Future‘ – an exploration of some of Frank Hampson‘s inspirations and visionary ideas that he brought to the ‘Dan Dare’ strip
  • Jeff Arnold’s Hat‘ – a comparison of the hats worn in the ‘Riders of the Range’ strip in Eagle with those of the real “Wild West”
  • Deep Sea Doctor‘ – an examination of the “real life” adventure of Wilfred Grenfell as told in strip form on the back page of Eagle in 1952, written by R.B. Saxe and drawn by Norman Williams
  • In and Out of the Eagle‘ – more episodes in the series presenting collections of Eagle-related snippets  
  • PC49 and the Case of the Stolen Half Crowns‘ – a new PC49 story, based on the characters originally created for radio by Alan Stranks
  • Martin Asbury (part 2) Storyboardman‘ – a look at the prolific work of former ‘Garth’ artist, Martin Asbury as a storyboard artist on over fifty mainstream movies
  • 1954. The Eagle is Changing‘ – on the many changes to Eagle around its fifth year of publication
  • More Eagle Miscellany’ – a collection of notes on Eagle history, largely gathered from conversations with former Eagle contributors, guests at Eagle Society Dinners
  • Shadow Artists‘ – on the various artists who took over from or stood in for the principal artists of many of the strips in Eagle 
  • Marcus Morris: The TV and Radio Star‘ – on the various radio and television appearances of Eagle’s Editor, during Eagle‘s times and later
  • The Earth Stealers’ – recollections of the ‘Dan Dare’ strip that ran in Eagle from December 1961 to March 1962
  • Island of Fire‘ – a look at Richard Jennings’ colour strip, which appeared in Eagle in 1962 (and would later be reprinted in TV21 Annual, in edited form, as ‘Volcano Island’)
  • Playing the Game’ – how Eagle covered sport in the early days
  • Roger Perry, 1938-2016‘ – an obituary of the former Hulton Press photographer and Eagle contributor (he was the model for Eagle‘s ‘Roving Reporter’), and who, following his professional retirement, contributed many articles to Eagle Times about Eagle, Hulton Press and the people who worked there

This issue’s cover picture is from from Eagle No 5 (12 May 1950). It may have been based on a photograph of a prone USAF pilot that appeared in National Geographic magazine the previous year.

• Membership of THE EAGLE SOCIETY is via Annual Subscription to EAGLE TIMES magazine, which is published four times annually. The Subscription rate for 2016 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) we 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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