Dan Dare-d and thousands followed
Remember The Eagle?
It was launched in April 1950 and for a generation of boys became THE weekly bible.
The Eagle, the brainchild of its first editor, Marcus Morris, was revolutionary so far as comic publishing was concerned.
Its front page, featuring the legendary "pilot of the future" - Dan Dare - was created by Frank Hampson and has gone down in comic book history as a classic.
Eagle's other heroes included Storm Nelson, Luck of the Legion, investigator Harris Tweed and cowboy Jeff Arnold of the 6T6 Outfit.
The centre section of each edition was for its time innovative and exciting - cutaway drawings showing how trains, aircraft and ships were built.
Eagle lasted in a variety of formats until interest ran out and it faded away, a shadow of its former self.
This was a comic loved and remembered by tens of thousands, essential playground reading and a trendsetter in comic style and presentation.
*Did you have a favourite comic, one you still remember buying and enjoying in the Fifties? E-mails please.
A fabulous reminder of the fabulous Fifties.
Written by The Editor - 18/06/2001 20:15:52
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