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Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 1 Lost Eagle and Lightning

April 1950 saw the publication of the first issue of the weekly boy’s comic, Eagle. It was an immediate success with its mixture of historical, modern-day and futuristic adventure strips with some humour plus factual articles and cutaways, and, unlike so many of its weekly story paper competitors, it was big, bold and colourful. TheContinue reading Replacing Eagle: The Comics That Didn’t Make It – Part 1 Lost Eagle and Lightning

Art by Bill Baker

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

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. In the final part of this twelve-part series, Roger Perry clarifiesContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Twelve

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

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

Radio 4 re-broadcasts “Eagle” documentary 

Available now on BBC iPlayer for about a month is the Radio 4 documentary Eagle: The Space Age Weekly, hosted by Sir Tim Rice and includes author Philip Pullman amongst the guests, as well as the voices of Marcus Morris and Frank Hampson. The documentary was first broadcast in 2010 and explores the lasting appealContinue reading Radio 4 re-broadcasts “Eagle” documentary