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THE EAGLE SOCIETY is dedicated to the memory of EAGLE - Britain's National Picture Strip Weekly - the leading Boy's magazine of the 1950s and 1960s. We publish an A4, quarterly journal - the Eagle Times.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Eagle Times Vol 27 No 3

Autumn 2014 Contents
  • 'Frank Bellamy - trademarks and techniques' - on the development of the skills of one of Britain's greatest illustrators and comic strip artists
  • 'The two artists of Jack o'Lantern' - comparing Robert Ayton, the artist who drew the majority of the Jack o'Lantern strip, and Cecil Doughty, the artist who replaced him for the last 30 or so episodes
  • 'In and Out of the Eagle' - another couple of doses of the series presenting collections of Eagle-related snippets
  • 'PC49 and the Case of the Rajah's Ruby' - a text story adaptation from one of Alan Stranks' original BBC radio plays telling the adventures of an East End "copper".
  • 'Comics Unmasked' - a review of the exhibition, subtitled 'Art and Anarchy in the UK', which was held at the British Library from 2nd May - 19th August 2014
  • 'Bellamy at home' - some rare pictures of Frank Bellamy, donated to the Eagle Society by Frank's widow, Nancy Bellamy, some years ago and published in Eagle Times for the first time
  • 'A Table of Cutaways' - a member ranks and discusses his favourite centrespreads from Eagle
  • 'More Art of Tacconi' - as an addendum to the recent series on the artist FernandoTacconi, some more examples are shown from his prolific output for comics and magazines
  • 'Remembering Mission of the Earthmen' - a re-look at the 'Dan Dare' story from Eagle in the early 1960s, drawn by Don Harley and Bruce Cornwell
  • 'Colin Pillinger - farewell to a starman' - the life of the Cambridge planetary science professor, best known for Britain's Beagle 2 Mars mission, as reported by the local press, and recollections by a member of the Eagle Society of the professor's talk to the Eagle Society at Manchester in 2004
  • 'Frank Bellamy's Heros the Spartan' - a review of the recently published book, which reprints all Bellamy's 'Heros the Spartan' strips from Eagle
  • 'Eric Bemrose, Sun Printers and Eagle' - on the part apparently played by Sun Printers (Watford) in the early days of Eagle, before the Bemrose photogravure presses were ready to take on production 
  • 'Eaglewall kits in Eagle' - on the advertising carried by Eagle for the aircraft and naval plastic construction kits produced by Eaglewall Plastics Limited in the late 1950s - early 1960s, including their appearance in 'Eagle Window'
  • 'Rivals of Jeff Arnold: No. 14 - The Cisco Kid' - recalls the origin of The Cisco Kid in a story by O. Henry, through movies, a 1950s TV series (the first filmed in colour) and into comics