Spaceship Away Issue 8 features a centre spread by Gerald of the Anastasia, Dan Dare's personal spacecraft, in atmospheric flight.

In Memoriam: Eagle artist Gerald Palmer

We’re sorry to belatedly report the passing of comic artist and illustrator Gerald Palmer, who passed away peacefully at his Jersey home on Wednesday, 16th August, 2017, aged 82. Born in 1935 in Jersey, Gerald was encouraged toward an artistic career at school and by fellow artist Edmund Blampied. He went on to study at PortsmouthContinue reading In Memoriam: Eagle artist Gerald Palmer

Derek Pierson in the Eagle in 1966

In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

We’re sorry to report the passing of Derek Pierson, who once self deprecatingly described his comics career as “from Hulton’s to IPC Magazines with Fleetway, taking a chunk of the middle”. Aged 77, he had been ill for some time. A backroom staffer and letterer of immense talent, his description of his working life, from what hisContinue reading In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

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