A montage of Dan Dare (from an advert in 208 Magazine) and the villain Perranault, from the Horlicks Spaceman's Handbook

Exclusive: Missing episode from 1950s Dan Dare radio show uncovered!

Following up on the addition of a new “guide page” to The Adventures of Dan Dare radio show, which aired on Radio Luxembourg in the 1950s, downthetubes is pleased to present one of the much-sought after episodes, reproduced with kind permission of the Dan Dare Corporation Limited. Episodes of this series are very rare and we are veryContinue reading Exclusive: Missing episode from 1950s Dan Dare radio show uncovered!

Eagle Times v.31 no.3 (Autumn 2018) SNIP

New “Eagle Times” continues to expand coverage of British comics

The latest issue of Eagle Times, the magazine of the Eagle Society (Volume 31 No.3 – Autumn 2018), is out now and includes a number of great features, including one by downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs on Eagle‘s extended family – Girl, Swift and Robin and their 1980s successors. Fellow downthetubes writer Steve Winders has also pennedContinue reading New “Eagle Times” continues to expand coverage of British comics

Loose Talk - Dan Dare Single (Front)

When Dan Dare went Pop: Loose Talk’s first single from 1982

Back in the 1980s, pop-rock group Loose Talk produced a song based on Eagle‘s Dan Dare (in his 1982 re-launch incarnation, not the 1950s original). But there’s a tip of the hat to another SF saga too, in the promotional video… The single was promoted in a July 1982 edition of Eagle, which had 1000Continue reading When Dan Dare went Pop: Loose Talk’s first single from 1982

Cowboy Picture Library 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390

Ride ‘Em, Cowboy! Book Palace has more British western comics, Eagles for sale

Book Palace has a new selection of British Pocket Library comics on offer including scarce, hard to source late issues of Cowboy Picture Library. The last 150 issues of this series – which include art by creators such as Jordi Panalva, also well known for his work on DC Thomson’s still-published Commando comic, had diminishingContinue reading Ride ‘Em, Cowboy! Book Palace has more British western comics, Eagles for sale

Frank Hampson – The Man Who Drew Dan Dare. Image courtesy The Atkinson

Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition opens at The Atkinson, Southport – Launch Report

David Britton of the Eagle Society reports on new exhibition of Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson’s work at The Atkinson, Southport… A reception was held on Thursday evening 20th September at The Atkinson in Southport, to launch three new exhibitions that all have a local relevance. The one of particular interest to our readers isContinue reading Frank Hampson Centenary Exhibition opens at The Atkinson, Southport – Launch Report