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Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 1 Lost Eagle and Lightning

April 1950 saw the publication of the first issue of the weekly boy’s comic, Eagle. It was an immediate success with its mixture of historical, modern-day and futuristic adventure strips with some humour plus factual articles and cutaways, and, unlike so many of its weekly story paper competitors, it was big, bold and colourful. TheContinue reading Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 1 Lost Eagle and Lightning

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Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

In January’s initial downthetubes tribute to the late Ron Smith, pages of original artwork – that had earlier appeared on eBay – were presumed to have been for the artist’s own speculative adventure comic project. This confusion arose from the related paperwork, involving Ron Holland, who – rather than the renowned 2000AD illustrator – wasContinue reading Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

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When Ron Smith drew for Eagle

2000AD and DC Thomson artist Ron Smith may not have been a name immediately associated with the original Eagle comic, best known for “Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future” – created by Frank Hampson and his team – “Riders of the Range”, “Luck of the Legion” and many more incredible strips. But in fact, RonContinue reading When Ron Smith drew for Eagle

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Essential British Comics Reference: Bear Alley Books’ “Ranger The National Boys’ Magazine”

Online discussion about where a piece of art by the talented British comic artist Ron Embleton (TV Century 21, Look and Learn, Ranger, World of Wonder) might have been published prompted Bear Alley Books publisher Steve Holland to remind me about his excellent reference work, compiled with David Slinn – Ranger The National Boys’ Magazine. The huntContinue reading Essential British Comics Reference: Bear Alley Books’ “Ranger The National Boys’ Magazine”

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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