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When Eagle first appeared the main comic strips were 'Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future' by Frank Hampson, 'P.C.49' by Alan Stranks and Stroum Gould and 'Rob Conway', 'Tommy Walls' and 'The Great Adventurer' by Frank Hampson.

A copy of issue 1 in near mint condition would be worth around 250 today.

In April 1969 Eagle joined up with Lion comic.

In the Bibliography section you can see a number 1 edition of the new series of Eagle from 1982 with the free "Space Spinner" that came with it.

My god what a trip down memory lane, just hearing the names of Johnny Red and Charlies war, brings back a flood of good memories. I read eagle and can remmeber how much the comic was improved after these stories joined it, Charlies war was just so beautifully accurate and since I am now a pilot, Johnny Red obiously appealed. Great stuff, I think I will dig up my old eagles and have another read, haven't touched them for years.... - David Walker

There were two comics called The Eagle. The first ran for 991 issues from 14th April 1950 to 26th April 1969. The second was launched in 1982. Dan Dare was the only thing both comics had in common. Alastair Crompton wrote a biography of Frank Hampson called The Man Who Drew Tomorrow. It includes some photographs of Frank Hampson's team which were used as the bases for the artwork in the strips. Sadly Frank Hampson made very little money from Dan Dare and rarely got the credit he deserved. - Clive Huggett

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What I remeber best about the Eagle was the sectioned and labelled drawing published each week of a British technological triumph. I can not swear to this but I think the same drawing was used every week it was only the numbered lables that changed. so the same drawing would represent HMS Arc Royal, A Calder Hall Nuclear Power Station or the De Havilland Comet. It was just that number 22 would change from Main deck aft hoist to control rod actuator to cabin pressurising unit.

I agree the art work of Frank hampson was brilliant looking back on it. at the time I wondered why he sometimes chose to paint Dare and Digby in shades of purple. Incidentally for dan Dare fans everywhere it's shown on channel 5 on Saturday mornings. - John

I Just wanted to add some history to the Eagle pages you have on here. Little known is that in 1988 a comic was released called *WILDCAT* it ran for 12 issues and one special edition before merging with the Eagle in 1989. From then you see late 1989 Eagle issues having both logos on the fornt cover, later vanishing back to the standard Eagle Logo. - David Wildish

I seem to remember the Eagle was edited by a clergyman and was meant to combat the tide of american Gothic horror comics then on sale. Perhaps shown best on the back page where there was sometimes a serial ofa Saint's life. I seem to remember them doing St Patrick and making it very exciting. Does anyone remember the detective Harris Tweed? Even stranger was the tie up with the Walls ice cream company which gave a whole page over to Tommy Walls. After eating a Walls ice cream Tommy would make the lucky walls sign (a 'W' mad by touching the two thumbs together and extending the forefingers. This would give him tremendous powers to jump onto theroof of a shed. I remember being rather disappointed that after eating an icecream and making the lucky walls sign Idid not get any of these powers. - John

What more can be said about this best-of-all comic? Superlatives are not enough. Dan Dare was/still is my hero/role model! Voyage to Venus, Red Moon Mystery, Operation Saturn, Sondar, Mekon, Digby, Vora, Blascoe, Black Cats. Then as afters - Luck of the Legion (blond English) - with Corporal Trenet (moustached Frenchman)and a fat trooper called ?Bimbo? (Italian?), Jeff Arnold Riders of the Range, the Silver Fleet, PC 49, Harris Tweed and yes, I tried the Tommy Walls W sign a few times and nothing ever happened! Shame, really. Perhaps I didn't believe hard enough! What a lucky time for kids - eagle, Wizard, Hotspur, Rover, Mickey Mouse Weekly and the end of rationing of sweets! They still all live in my attic much to my wife's dismay and lack of understanding! - Dave Peet

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