The latest EAGLE Times, from the Eagle Society, is out now and includes tributes to both the late Don Harley, a key member of the “Dan Dare” team for many years, and the Duke of Edinburgh, who was patron, among other things of London’s Cartoon Museum and a fan of the cartoon medium.
Packed with interesting snapshots of internal Eagle comic correspondence, a another highlight of this issue is the continuation of Ernest Reed’s look at the creation of the “Dan Dare” story “The Phantom Fleet“, collected by Titan Books back in 2009. The correspondence not only highlights how much work that went into getting the strip right for publication, but reveals how such materials were developed in a pre-internet, pre-email age, where telephone calls, perhaps, were clearly backed up with correspondence, to ensure there was no confusion about what changes were required.
Steve Winders two-part feature on the last Eagle back page biography strip concludes this issue, a strip telling the story of Walter Raleigh, drawn by Robert Ayton. Steve not only sings the praises of the strip’s writer, Guy Daniel, but also outlines why the biography strips were dropped, with Clifford Makins and Frank Bellamy’s “Montgomery of Alamein” the last such tale – but that occupied the centrespread of the weekly comic, from March 1962, for 18 glorious weeks.
Another Dan Dare adventure “Rogue Planet“, published in 1955 and 1956, is under the microscope in the latest feature on what remains of the Dan Dare Studio Ideas Book, with images of the Phant Walking Tank, perhaps an influence on the designers of Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds when it came to the “Sidewinder” logging machine seen in the episode “Pit of Peril”. It’s an article that does make me wonder how many other elements from “Dan Dare” or Eagle feature in that much-loved TV series!
Also this issue, the “Riders of the Range” strip “The Heir of Duncreiff”, a story that saw the cowboys head to England, and a feature about how the EAGLE Book of Cars and Motorsport inspired some young readers to restore a jeep. Plus, the final instalment of the latest Archie Willoughby adventure, “The Case of the Plastic Cowboys”, by Steve Winders.
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It’s chocks away once again as Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, returns! First published in classic British comic Eagle, this is perhaps the most seminal adventure of one of Britain’s best-loved characters, presented in a gorgeous library edition. When transmissions are disrupted throughout the Solar System and spaceships – including one carrying Sir Hubert – disappear, Dan and Co set out to discover what’s going on.
They find a fleet of huge alien craft containing peaceful aquatic creatures called Cosmobes, who are fleeing from another aquatic race, the warlike Pescods. But the Pescods have a deadly weapon, the ‘Crimson Death’ and they’re heading for Earth! Will Dan and his crew be able to once again save the day?