David Roberts and Brian Woodford with copies of Top Spot in its varying cover looks. Riding pillion on the motorbike is Eileen Earl (or Earle), who had been Leonard Matthews’ secretary up until the time Elizabeth Flower assumed that role. Montage by Roger Perry

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

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 (Part One here), is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others.  The comic magazine Top Spot, published in 1958,Continue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Two

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

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 ten part biography of the man which begins today on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others… 1914 Leonard James Matthews was born in Islington,Continue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part One

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Battler Britton Returns!

Battler Britton is the next IPC character to see revival through DC Comics Wildstorm imprint, in a five-issue mini series from writer Garth Ennis, illustrated by Colin Wilson, with painted covers by Garry Leach. The first issue will go on sale in specialist comic stores from 6 July 2006. “Battler Britton – England’s Fighting AceContinue reading Battler Britton Returns!