A Dave Clark Five jigsaw illusyrated by Walt Howarth. Instead of the more normal “340 Pieces” the box lid states the jigsaw features “340 Bits and Pieces”, the name of a big hit for Dave Clark in 1964.

Putting the Pieces Together: The Other Work of some great British comic creators

There are times in a comic artist’s life when work temporarily dries up, or they are offered a more financially rewarding project. Despite the theory that artists are doomed to starve in garrets for their art, the reality is “if the money is offered, take it”. More often than not the project offered is inContinue reading Putting the Pieces Together: The Other Work of some great British comic creators

A magnificent Dan Dare bronze on display during "Yesterday's Tomorrow" event at the British Interplanetary Society in April 2015.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Dan Dare at the British Interplanetary Society

  To co-incide with the 65th anniversary of seminal British picture strip weekly, Eagle, the British Interplanetary Society held a one day conference on Tuesday 14th April 2015 entitled ‘Yesterday’s Tomorrow’. Richard Sheaf reports… A packed programme introduced by the Society’s president, Alistair Scott (who revealed the Eagle had helped him learn English as boy)Continue reading Yesterday’s Tomorrow: Dan Dare at the British Interplanetary Society

Eagle Issue 1, Volume 1 - Cover

British Interplanetary Society to celebrate the Eagle comic and the launch of the career of Dan Dare

  On the 14th April 1950, a generation of spotty kids, some of which would become major players in British aerospace business, picked up an imposing colourful and authoritative weekly magazine (masquerading as a comic) which had been especially designed to introduce them to an exciting technical future, while at the same time preparing themContinue reading British Interplanetary Society to celebrate the Eagle comic and the launch of the career of Dan Dare

In Memoriam: Charles Chilton (1917–2013)

An obituary by Steve Winders Charles Chilton, who died on January 2nd, was one of British radio’s most innovative and successful contributors. Born in London during the First World War, Charles’ father died in action, without ever meeting his son and his mother died suddenly when he was just six years old. Charles was broughtContinue reading In Memoriam: Charles Chilton (1917–2013)

Dan Dare inspired a lifetime of science for Professor Pillinger

Dan Dare fans inspired by his adventures might well be interested in Professor Colin Pillinger’s new book, My Life on Mars. Colin gained his PhD from the University of Swansea, Wales, in the late 1960s , and became one of the lucky few Britons to work on the lunar samples brought back by the ApolloContinue reading Dan Dare inspired a lifetime of science for Professor Pillinger