The latest issue of Eagle Times (Volume 22, Number Three) features an article by downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs on Danny Dare (“Dan Dare’s Number One fan”), who appeared in Wham! in the 1960s.
The cover art illustration for the issue is by Gerry Embleton and features ‘Dan Dare’ from the ‘new’ Eagle published in the 1980s.
The full contents of the Autumn 2009 issue are as follows:
• What’s in a Name?
The first part of a look at the career of multi-talented artist Gerry Embleton, who contributed to the original Eagle as well as drawing the revamped ‘Dan Dare’ for ‘new’ Eagle in 1982
• The Eagle art of George William Backhouse – a review of the career of the artist, concentrating on his work for Hulton Press.
• Dimworthy and Co.
An exploration of the schoolboy comic strip series from the 1960s Eagle
• The Rivals of Jeff Arnold, Part 2
‘Steve Larrabee’ from Lone Star comic
• Danny Dare
A review of the 1964 comic strip about ‘Dan Dare’s Number One Fan!’, created for Wham! by Leo Baxendale and later drawn in part by Dan Dare artists Bruce Cornwell and Don Harley
• Colour Printing in Eagle
A brief account of the four-colour photogravure process used to produce Eagle, with examples of the colour separations and print combinations that led to a page of ‘Dan Dare’
• Journey into Space: The Host
A review of Julian Simpson’s new radio play featuring the latest adventure of Charles Chilton’s Jet Morgan and his team of space explorers
• John Ryan (1921-2009)
An obituary of the creator of Captain Pugwash and Harris Tweed (Eagle), Lettice Leefe (Girl) and Sir Boldasbrass (Swift), plus John Ryan Remembered
• The Musical George Backhouse
Illustrating Master Melodies of the World for Amalgamated Press in the 1930s
• PC 49 and the Case of the Murderous Mouse
The third and concluding part of the story adaptation
• Lost Continuity in the Dan Dare strip
Commentary on an apparent inconsistency in the fictional Dan Dare timeline
• Hulton’s Merchandising
An example of an Eagle and Girl merchandising advertisement that appeared in the trade magazine Games and Toys in 1954
• Another Eagle dummy?
• Pop Music during Eagle Times – 1966
To get a copy you’ll need to become a member of The Eagle Society. Membership is via Annual Subscription to Eagle Times magazine, which is published four times annually.
The Subscription rate for 2009 is: UK £22, Overseas £34 (in £s Sterling, please)
Please apply by snail mail to: Keith Howard, 25A Station Road, Harrow Middlesex, HA1 2UA United Kingdom
• More information on Eagle Times and the Eagle Society at Eagle Times