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

Doctor James Hemming and examples of the "What's Your Worry" problem pages that featured in Girl, with artwork by Brian Blake

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

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 ongoing behind the scenes tampering that hampered theContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Four

"Office boy" Graham Marsh became the public face of "Pete's Page", a weekly feature for Girl that was probably in reality written by Sally Brompton. "I took a load of pix of Graham prior to the series starting where he was sitting, sprawled, lying down, etc, etc, on a park bench in Lincoln Inn Fields," Roger Perry recalls. "There was a point where the Park Keeper was not pleased with our antics and told us to “bugger off”! Graham appeared weekly as "Pete" for at least a year – if not longer – prior to Girl being amalgamated with Princess.

“Eagle Daze” Part Three: WHAM!, the end of Girl, and Max Clifford’s World of Pop

We are pleased to publish Part Three of the memories of Roger Perry – memories of now more than half-a-century ago – of his days at Fleetway Publications working on Girl and Eagle… 1964 Aahhh yes, 1964… It was during this unusual year that a good number of notable events had taken place. On aContinue reading “Eagle Daze” Part Three: WHAM!, the end of Girl, and Max Clifford’s World of Pop

A 1962 issue of Girl - a very different-looking title compared with its earliier, strip-led format

“Eagle Daze” – Part Two: The Fall of Eagle and the Rise of Max Clifford

We are pleased to publish Part Two of the memories of Roger Perry – memories of now more than half-a-century ago – of his days at Fleetway Publications working on Girl and Eagle… 1963: A New Home brings about a “Cleansing of the Slate” On Monday, 25th November 1963, the editorial staff of Juvenile Publications very suddenly found themselves inContinue reading “Eagle Daze” – Part Two: The Fall of Eagle and the Rise of Max Clifford