Eagle Issue 1 - 14th April 1950 - SNIP

The Impossible Space Helmet: Why Frank Hampson’s “Dan Dare” drives engineers crazy, but delights us still

Commando artist Keith Page follows up his profile of French artist Hugo Pratt with a look at the work of “Dan Dare” creator Frank Hampson… Anyone can see that Dan Dare’s space helmet just wouldn’t work. How could you possibly insert your head through the neck sealing ring and into that curved glass faceplate? Similarly,Continue reading The Impossible Space Helmet: Why Frank Hampson’s “Dan Dare” drives engineers crazy, but delights us still

Batman #1 SNIP

First issues of Batman and Commando on offer in latest Compal auction

There’s a treasure trove of comics and comic art on offer in the latest ComPal auction, including a coverless Batman #1, a first issue of DC Thomson’s long-running Commando comic, “Charley’s War” art by Joe Colquhoun and Dan Dare art by Don Harley. There are over 300 lots in the May catalogue, with many issuesContinue reading First issues of Batman and Commando on offer in latest Compal auction

Spaceship Away 40 - Cover

New Spaceship Away features Dave Gibbons interview, highlights new audio adventures alongside new strips

The latest issues of the Dan Dare-inspired magazine Spaceship Away – Issue 40 – has just been released, the glossy A4 magazine featuring not one but two all-new “classic” Dan Dare comic strips from Tim Booth. Along with the final episode of “Mercury Revenant” (which has a Christmas themed ending true to the original Eagle)Continue reading New Spaceship Away features Dave Gibbons interview, highlights new audio adventures alongside new strips

Have You Seen All The Twinkle Books?

DC Thomson’s weekly nursery comic Twinkle, “the picture paper specially for little girls”, was one of the great survivors of the British comics industry. Beginning with its first issue dated 27 January 1968, it ran for 1638 issues with the last one dated 5 June 1999, plus 34 annuals covered dated from 1970 to 2003, and a regularContinue reading Have You Seen All The Twinkle Books?

In Review: Spaceship Away Issue 39 – highlights Ian Kennedy, offers new Dan Dare adventures

The latest issue of Spaceship Away, the magazine devoted to Dan Dare, Eagle and its many creators is out now, offering a great line up of strips and features behind a cover by the late Frank Bellamy. Tim Booth continues his new adventures of Dan Dare with “Parsecular Tales” and “Mercury Revenant“in the issue, the formerContinue reading In Review: Spaceship Away Issue 39 – highlights Ian Kennedy, offers new Dan Dare adventures