Artist Brian Lewis profiled in new Eagle Times (Volume 23, Number Four)

Eagle Times Volume 23 Number Two - Cover

The cover shows the emblem from the Christmas issue of Eagle, 24th December, 1952

The latest issue of Eagle Times for Winter 2010 (Volume 23, Number Four)  is on available now and has the usual intriguing mix of Eagle comic-related goodies to offer, including a profile of the artist Brian Lewis, whose work included strips for Eagle, 2000AD, Countdown and House of Hammer.

Items include:

• Not all Lancashire Lads and Lasses – a brief article on the genealogy of (‘Dan Dare’ creator) Frank Hampson

• The Life of Another Brian – memories about the brilliant illustrator Brian Lewis, who among his prolific output drew ‘Home of the Wanderers’ and ‘Mann of Battle’ for Eagle in the 1960s

• The Incredible Shrinking Fish – a critical examination of the giant sea creatures that appear in the classic ‘Dan Dare’ story ‘The Man From Nowhere’

• Sammy: Swift‘s Space Fleet Cadet – takes a look at the strip in Eagle‘s companion paper Swift that was drawn by ‘Dan Dare’ artists Bruce Cornwell and Desmond Walduck, and drew heavily on the imagery of ‘Dan Dare’

• From Under the 1950s Christmas Tree – taking a look at the various Eagle and ‘Dan Dare’ stencil sets that were available for children in the 1950s

•  Visual memories of the 37th World Science Fiction Convention, Seacon ’79, which was held in Brighton in 1979 – with guests who included Frank Hampson and Arthur C Clarke.

For a full list of contents, visit the Eagle Times blog. The issue also includes a review of Dan Dare – The Biography by Daniel Tatarsky and the Eagle Annuals between 1961 and 1971, published after the takeover of Hulton Press.

• Membership of The Eagle Society is via Annual Subscription to Eagle Times magazine, which is published four times annually. The Subscription rate for 2011 is held at the 2010 rate (UK £23, Overseas £34 – payment in £s Sterling, please).

Early applications for 2011 (ie before 31st December 2010) are offered a discount saving of £2 off the above rates. Postal applications to: Keith Howard, 25A Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2UA. If you wish to pay by Paypal the Society request an additional payment of £1. Enquiries: eagle-times@hotmail.com

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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