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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

Derek Pierson in the Eagle in 1966

In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

We’re sorry to report the passing of Derek Pierson, who once self deprecatingly described his comics career as “from Hulton’s to IPC Magazines with Fleetway, taking a chunk of the middle”. Aged 77, he had been ill for some time. A backroom staffer and letterer of immense talent, his description of his working life, from what hisContinue reading In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

Roger Perry in the Girl office in early February 1965. The newspaper headline refers to the Labour government's decision to cancel two jets - a decision that would have grave implications of the British aerospace industry, noted in our coverage of the British Interplanetary Society's Dan Dare themed event earlier this year. A self-portrait with the Rolleiflex sitting on the window sill and using the self-timer!

Eagle Daze Part Four: Pop Stars, Knickers and a Dodgy Cup of Coffee

We are pleased to publish Part Four of the memories of Roger Perry – memories of now more than half-a-century ago – of his days at Fleetway Publications working on Girl, Eagle, WHAM! and other titles… Of Braces and Bin Fires If you’ve already read Part Three of Eagle Daze, you’ll have read about some ofContinue reading Eagle Daze Part Four: Pop Stars, Knickers and a Dodgy Cup of Coffee

"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 half page Roving Reporter strip from a 1963 issue of Eagle featuring Roger Perry's alter ego, "Larry Line"

“Eagle Daze” – Part One: When an Eagle became ensnarled in a Mirror’s Net

We are pleased to publish 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… When an Eagle became ensnarled in a Mirror’s Net “Halfway through 1962, a weekly news magazine in London appeared with its front page fully devoted to aContinue reading “Eagle Daze” – Part One: When an Eagle became ensnarled in a Mirror’s Net