Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition 2019

In Pictures: Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition at Bourne Hall

For anyone who’s not managed to make it to Southport’s The Atkinson gallery for their superb Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare exhibition, then you might try and make it to Bourne Hall in Epsom, Surrey, instead. Their small but perfectly crafted Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birthContinue reading In Pictures: Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition at Bourne Hall

Eagle Sporting Personalities by Ross - Rom Smith - Eagle 22 September 1950

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

Eagle Volume One Issue 52 - Skippy the Kangaroo. On reaching Europe, Skippy disappeared from the pages of Eagle, replaced by Tintin

Whatever Happened to Eagle’s “Skippy the Kangaroo”?

Not to be confused with the TV show of the 1960s (or its associated comics), “Skippy the Kangaroo” was an odd little humour strip that ran in the first volume of Eagle, and has been dismissed by some fans of the comic as something of a disappointment, its creators something of a mystery to comicContinue reading Whatever Happened to Eagle’s “Skippy the Kangaroo”?

“Dan Dare” for Eagle Volume One, Issue 22 SNIP

“Dan Dare” art and more in Chris Beetles Gallery 2019 Sale

A number of original Eagle comic “Dan Dare” artworks by Frank Hampson and the art team who worked on the earliest incarnation of the strip are currently being offered by the London-base Chris Beetles Gallery, as part of its “2019 Sale” of cartoons and illustrations.Continue reading “Dan Dare” art and more in Chris Beetles Gallery 2019 Sale

Do comics still inspire future scientists and engineers?

Here’s a curiosity from the days of the original Eagle, comic, released around 1959 – an Eagle Presents British European Airways supplement given away with the title, which prompted me to wonder if the comics of today still inspire readers to not only create new comics, but take up jobs in science and industry, too?Continue reading Do comics still inspire future scientists and engineers?