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Filling in the Gaps: who remembers the 1960s custom comic, “Signal”?

Regular readers will recall our coverage for a custom comic Ivory Castle Arrow, published in the early 1960s featuring art by Don Harley and John Michael Burns as part of promotions for The Signal Club, a product of Unilever‘s marketing machine to encourage sales of its toothpaste. But that title wasn’t the company’s first toothpaste-inspiredContinue reading Filling in the Gaps: who remembers the 1960s custom comic, “Signal”?

Dan Dare - Reign of the Robots Designs

Rare Dan Dare concept art unearthed from classic story “Reign of the Robots”

Eagle co-creator Frank Hampson’s son Peter Hampson recently dropped us a line to tell us about some recently-discovered Dan Dare concept sketches, now online on the artist’s official web site. The art, designs for the story “Reign of the Robots”, was given to Pip Warwick (a sculptor who created several ceramic Mekon heads in the 1970s)Continue reading Rare Dan Dare concept art unearthed from classic story “Reign of the Robots”

Personalised Thunderbirds Collector’s Edition Book

“I Just Love It” gift company launches personalised Thunderbirds comic collections

Gift company I Just Love It has launched a range of personalised hardback and softback Thunderbirds-inspired books utilising strips from several sources – and a Gerry Anderson Collector’s Edition that offers other strips, too. Seven new personalised books are now available, re-packaging collections previously published by Egmont UK, priced at £14.99 each. The books offer different collectionsContinue reading “I Just Love It” gift company launches personalised Thunderbirds comic collections

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

Some of the Dan Dare Team: Frank Hampson, Greta Tomlinson, Frank's father, Robert, Harold Johns and Eric Eden

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

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 charts the takeover of Hulton and the Eagle… HisContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Three