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Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 3 Eureka

This series of articles by Jeremy Briggs covers the dummy comics that were created through the years as potential ‘modern’ versions of the original Eagle comic from the 1950s and 1960s, none of which ever made it to newsagents’ shelves. Lost Eagle and Lighting from the 1970s are here and Terra Nova from the 1980sContinue reading Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 3 Eureka

The Marvel UK Bullpen, mid-1993. Pictured here are Andrw Currie, Andy Lanning, Bryan Hitch, Martin Griffiths and Liam Sharp. Colourist and artist Steve Whitaker was also a regular in the basement, as was Edmund Perryman, among others

Tube Surfing: Marvel UK Memories, Alan Moore, Gene Ha – and Captain Pugwash!

Here’s a quick round up of comics-related news items, recalling Marvel UK, Alan Moore‘s partnership with Gene Ha on Top 10, a look at some gorgeous Doctor Who art and more… • The brainchild of Melvyn Bragg, Opening Shot was an arts programme for Channel 4. One episode, first broadcast 10th August 1993 and foundContinue reading Tube Surfing: Marvel UK Memories, Alan Moore, Gene Ha – and Captain Pugwash!

Eagle Issue 1 - 14th April 1950 - SNIP

The Eagle at 66: A Boy’s Eye View

On a day that marks the sixty-six years since Eagle first appeared on the nation’s bookstalls, we’re delighted to present this article by David Slinn on the enormous impact the boys’ paper made on its debut in April 1950. Not least later on, leading to his own career in publishing; initially, as a freelance letteringContinue reading The Eagle at 66: A Boy’s Eye View

A re-imagining of Jim Kenner's possible cover for the first issue of Boys' World, alongside the actual cover (left), had Jim Kenner had his way...

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Seven

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Here, Roger recalls trouble at the top for ‘The Management”, the debut of Boys’ World – andContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Seven

John Ryan Artwork Exhibition in Rye

Two characters that were created for the first issue of Eagle comic in April 1950 have entered the British public’s collective consciousness. The first is Eagle’s most well known character, the spaceman Dan Dare, but the other, whilst well known, is rarely associated with Eagle. Artist John Ryan created the humorous pirate Captain Pugwash forContinue reading John Ryan Artwork Exhibition in Rye