The new issue of Eagle Times, Volume 26 Number One – the magazine published by the Eagle Society – features an interview article by downthetubes writer Jeremy Briggs entitled “A Thrill Of A Lifetime In 1957“.
“The Thrill Of A Lifetime article in this Eagle Times has perhaps the most unusual back story any comics article that I have ever written,” Jeremy tells us. “It began late on the Sunday afternoon of the 2012 Hi-Ex comics convention in Inverness when an older gentlemen called Bob Pegg spotted artist Graeme Neil Reid wearing a Dan Dare t-shirt.
“If Graeme had not have been wearing that t-shirt, if Bob and Graeme had not been so chatty to each other, if Graeme had not known that I wrote articles for the Eagle Society, and if I had not have been in shouting distance of Graeme at the time, then this article would not have happened.
“This is the story of a 12-year-old Yorkshire schoolboy who won a competition in Eagle comic in 1957 to fly both him and his father to Africa for an all-expenses paid holiday in what today is Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
“That would still be a major prize in any comic or magazine today – imagine what it was like over half a century ago for a schoolboy who had never been further from home than Wales, let alone even seen an intercontinental airliner.”
Other features in this 25th birthday issue include –
Dan Dare Pilot of the Future on Radio Luxembourg – a review of the radio serial, sponsored by Horlicks, that aired five days a week on 208 Medium Waveband from 1951 – 1956. The article includes a story listing and is accompanied by a short article on the origins of the malted milk product known as Horlicks.
Serial Thrillers: The Adventure Serial on British Radio – a review of Charles Norton’s new book about four immensely popular series from the Golden Age of British Radio: Paul Temple, Dick Barton, Dan Dare and Journey into Space.
P.C.49 and the Case of the Circular Tins – a further adaptation from one of Alan Stranks’ famous radio stories
An obituary of Charles Chilton MBE (1917 – 2013), the renowned radio writer and producer, and writer of the ‘Riders of the Range’ strip that ran in Eagle from 1950 until 1962, plus a report on the funeral service held on 11th January, 2013, to commemorate his life.
How I learned to stop worrying and appreciate the genius of John M Burns – a look at the career and varied work of one of the artists who drew Dan Dare for new Eagle in 1990.
When is a Hampson not a Hampson? – on the particular challenge and difficulties of reliably attributing Eagle Dan Dare artwork to its original creator and lead artist, Frank Hampson.
Charles William (Bill) Nuttall – Artist – a former Eagle letterer (Eagle Society member David Gould) provides a biographical review of the early career of lettering artist and illustrator, Bill Nuttall, and his personal recollections of working with Bill at Eagle from the mid-1960s.
Mann of Battle: Part 1 – a look at the World War II strip that ran weekly in Eagle from 1962 – 1964, written by Alfred Carney Allan and drawn initially by Luis Bermejo, then for most of its life by Brian Lewis.
Dan Dare Holiday Special 1990 – the third in a series of articles about Eagle-related holiday specials, this one looking at the only Dan Dare-specific special to be published.
Interviewing Marcus Morris – a photo-illustrated article recounting a visit in 1987 to the home of former Eagle editor Marcus Morris
Lion, King of Picture Story Papers – a review of Steve Holland’s recent book about Eagle’s 1950s’ rival – the comic that eventually swallowed Eagle in 1969.
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