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Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 2 Terra Nova

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 the story moves into theContinue reading Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 2 Terra Nova

Derek Pierson in the Eagle in 1966

In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

We’re sorry to report the passing of Derek Pierson, who once self deprecatingly described his comics career as “from Hulton’s to IPC Magazines with Fleetway, taking a chunk of the middle”. Aged 77, he had been ill for some time. A backroom staffer and letterer of immense talent, his description of his working life, from what hisContinue reading In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

The first issue of Boy's World

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

Swift - cover dated 9th December 1961

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

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 explores his relationship with one particular creator… the man who didContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Six

"Office boy" Graham Marsh became the public face of "Pete's Page", a weekly feature for Girl that was probably in reality written by Sally Brompton. "I took a load of pix of Graham prior to the series starting where he was sitting, sprawled, lying down, etc, etc, on a park bench in Lincoln Inn Fields," Roger Perry recalls. "There was a point where the Park Keeper was not pleased with our antics and told us to “bugger off”! Graham appeared weekly as "Pete" for at least a year – if not longer – prior to Girl being amalgamated with Princess.

“Eagle Daze” Part Three: WHAM!, the end of Girl, and Max Clifford’s World of Pop

We are pleased to publish Part Three of the memories of Roger Perry – memories of now more than half-a-century ago – of his days at Fleetway Publications working on Girl and Eagle… 1964 Aahhh yes, 1964… It was during this unusual year that a good number of notable events had taken place. On aContinue reading “Eagle Daze” Part Three: WHAM!, the end of Girl, and Max Clifford’s World of Pop