50 years ago today, Apollo 11 and its crew of three – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – blasted off from Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral. 10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration series of articles marking the Apollo 11 mission, featuring contemporary British comics and illustrationsContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: Take Off!
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
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
The latest issue of Constant Scale, the journal of the Airfix Collectors Club, features an article by downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs about the 1950s and 1960s Eagle comic cutaways by artist Roy Cross, the Club’s Honorary President.Continue reading Eagle Cutaways by Roy Cross recalled in Constant Scale magazine
The latest issue of the Airfix Collectors’ Club magazine Constant Scale is out with an updated version of downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs article on Eagle/Swift artist Roy Cross’ Airfix “Dogfight Doubles” kit series getting the cover. The article originally featured on Steve Holland’s Bear Alley over five years ago, but Constant Scale editor Jeremy BrookContinue reading “Constant Scale” offers artist Roy Cross “Dogfight Doubles” guide