Eagle Times celebrates the original Eagle comic which was published between 1950 and 1969 and everything associated with it. It is also Britain’s longest running comics fanzine.
The current issue, Volume 26 Number 2 is now available and features:
- Leslie Ashwell Wood’s 1953 Coronation Procession – In the month during which Her Majesty celebrated the 60th Anniversary of her Coronation, downthetubes’ Jeremy Briggs takes a look at the story behind one of Eagle’s commemorative centre page illustrations, Televising the Coronation Procession, illustrated with reference pictures and with Ashwell Wood’s previously unseen sketches
- The Spacesuit as Art – Brett Gooden, author of the book Spacesuit: a History Through Fact and Fiction, explores the conceptual origins and development of spacesuit illustrations as they appeared in science fiction books, comics and films
- The Fighting Cheyenne – Eagle v Hollywood – Howard Corn tells how the tragic story of the 1500 miles trek across America by Cheyenne Indians was portrayed in Eagle’s Riders of the Range story ‘Last of the Fighting Cheyenne’ and how John Ford’s movie Cheyenne Autumn portrayed the same events
- Dan Dare in the Eagle Force Mystery – Jeremy Briggs takes a look at the mystery surrounding some (supposedly) Dan Dare artwork, which appeared on the front endpaper of Daniel Tatarsky’s Dan Dare: The Biography in 2010
- Johnny Frog – Steve Winders takes a look at the final strip that George Beardmore wrote for Eagle, which ran in 1964, an historical b&w strip set in the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and illustrated by Ron Embleton
- Paul Carpenter – The Man Who Was Jeff Arnold – Steve Winders looks at the Canadian post-war actor, who played cowboy Jeff Arnold in Charles Chilton’s Riders of the Range BBC radio show
- Mann of Battle – in the second part of his article, about the Second World War adventure strip, which ran in Eagle from 1962-64, Steve Winders examines the Eagle Annual stories
- The Wrong Plane! – Geoff Green shows how an illustrated article on ‘The Story of Flight’, which appeared in Dan Dare’s Space Annual 1963, included an aircraft recognition error
- Weston-Super-Dare – David Britton’s excellent colour photo shows how Dan Dare’s Space Ship (towed by a donkey) arrived on the beach at Weston-Super-Mare in the 1950s
- PC49 and the Case of the Counterfeit Copper – another of Alan Strank’s famous BBC radio plays, specially adapted as a text story for Eagle Times by Keith Howard
- 2013 Eagle Society Gathering – a photo illustrated report on the event held at Leamington Spa in April 2013and organised by John Swann.
• Membership of the Eagle Society is via Annual Subscription to Eagle Times magazine, which is published four times annually. The subscription rate for 2013 is: UK £27 Overseas £38 (in £s Sterling, please). Postal applications to: Keith Howard 25A Station Road Harrow Middlesex HA1 2UA United Kingdom. If you wish to pay by Paypal (to the eagle-times hotmail address below) we request an additional payment of £1.50. Enquiries: email@example.com.
• There is more information about the Eagle Society and Eagle Times on the Eagle Times blog: http://eagle-times.blogspot.co.uk
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