The first edition of the Eagle Society’s Eagle Times for 2019 is out now, and offers an exclusive interview with cutaway and comic artist Peter Sarson, plus features on the The New Eagle cutaways – and the long-running weekly comic, Look-In.
Peter Sarson was a major ‘cutaway’ artist on the new Eagle in the 1990s and both this interview, and the cutaways feature, are the work of downthetubes contributor Jeremy Briggs, offering terrific insights into the work that went into this hugely popular feature.
Cutaways, which ran in so many British comics, including the original Eagle, Lion, Look and Learn and more were positively inspirational at one time – and it’s great to learn more about how some were put together. The articles are a great follow up to the features in the last issue of Eagle Times, also by Jeremy, which included an interview with 1980s cutaway artist Lionel Jeans.
As we’ve previously reported, Eagle Times has expanded its coverage of British comics beyond the original Eagle, and while you’ll still get articles on the 1950s and 60s comic, the magazine is exploring the history of other great British comics, too. Jim Duckett’s introduction to the weekly comic Look-In, which ran for 23 years, is the latest example.
Of course, its core coverage remains Eagle-focused, and includes features on the “Marco Polo” strip, a “Back Page” strip that never was item on Lawrence of Arabia. And an investigation into “The Little Big Horn” – but my favourite item this issue is a fascinating item pondering Dan Dare’s possible influence on the Russian space program in the 1950s, thanks to a chance encounter between Russian Embassy staff and a young Eagle reader, Chris Stock, at a rural British garage…
IN THIS ISSUE…
• Was Dan Dare Instrumental in Russia’s Contribution to the Space Race? by Chris Stock
• Lawrence of Arabia – The Backpager That Never Was by Andrew Coffey
• A Look at Look-In by Jim Duckett
• “The Travels of Marco Polo” (Part One) by Steve Winders</>
• Eagle‘s Cutaways – The Centrespreads by Jeremy Briggs
• Drawing the Centrespreads – An interview with artist Peter Sarson by Jeremy Briggs• Dan Dare – Acting His Age – a short piece about actors mooted to play Dan on TV
• Charles Chilton and the Indian Wars (Part Four) by David Britton
• “The Case of the Counterfeit Constable” – A new Archie Willoughby adventure by Steve Winders
• Membership of THE EAGLE SOCIETY is via Annual Subscription to EAGLE TIMES magazine, which is published four times annually. The Subscription rate for 2019 has been frozen at the 2018 rate: UK £29 | Overseas £40 (in £s Sterling, please).
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.