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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”?

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Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 3 Eureka

This series of articles by Jeremy Briggs covers the dummy comics that were created through the years as potential ‘modern’ versions of the original Eagle comic from the 1950s and 1960s, none of which ever made it to newsagents’ shelves. Lost Eagle and Lighting from the 1970s are here and Terra Nova from the 1980sContinue reading Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 3 Eureka

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Clean Living! How Britain’s “Arrow” comic helped promote healthy teeth in the 1960s

I recently came across copies of a 1960s promotional comic, Gibbs Ivory Castle Arrow, which had a roster of creators that’s as impressive as regular comics of the period such as Eagle – including Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan and John Michael Burns. Gibbs Ivory Castle Arrow – called simply Arrow in its editorial – ranContinue reading Clean Living! How Britain’s “Arrow” comic helped promote healthy teeth in the 1960s

The October 1952 edition of the the ABC Film Review featured this "Dan Dare" strip by his co-creator, Frank Hampson

Celebrating “ABC Film Review”, Boys Adventure Blog spotlights the Dan Dare and other comic strips the magazine published

  When news that the last ever ABC cinema has closed reached the ears of downthetubes writer Richard Sheaf, he began a series of features on its inhouse magazine, ABC Film Review, over on the Boys Adventure Blog, spotlighting some of the comic strips that ran in the monthly magazine. BBC News reported earlier this month howContinue reading Celebrating “ABC Film Review”, Boys Adventure Blog spotlights the Dan Dare and other comic strips the magazine published

The first issue of Boy's World

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

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 recalls trouble at the top for ‘The Management”, the debut of Boys’ World – andContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Seven