Eagle Times, the quarterly journal of the Eagle Society, has reached its twenty-fifth year of publication. By far the longest running British comics fanzine, Eagle Times has now been published some six years longer than the weekly comic that it celebrates, the original Eagle which ran from 1950 to 1969.
The current issue of the 56 page A4, B&W and colour fanzine is Volume 25 Number 1 and includes features on Luck of the Legion, the French Foreign Legion strip by writer Geoffrey Bond and artist Martin Aitchison that ran in Eagle from 1952 to 1961, the Dan Dare story from 1958, The Ship That Lived, about Dan's spaceship Anastasia, and the air pirate tale Sky Buccaneers written by Edward Cowan and drawn by José Ortiz which appeared ten years later.
In addition there are articles on the connection between artist Roger Dean and Eagle, the 1930s and late 1960s work of Eagle's main cutaway artist L Ashwell Wood, and colour photo features on the 1980 Eaglecon convention and Dan Dare toy figures from the 1950s to the modern day.
downthetubes contributors Richard Sheaf and Jeremy Briggs provide features on the exhibition celebrating the work of John Ryan, artist of Eagle's Captain Pugwash and Harris Tweed, as well as the Eagle cutaways of the Dan Dare artist Bruce Cornwell who passed away as the issue was at the printers.
Our congratulations go out to Eagle Times editor Howard Corn and his production team of Tony Crowley, David Gould, Will Grenham, Keith Howard, Nigel McMurray and Adrian Perkins on reaching their silver anniversary.
Eagle Times is published four times annually and is available via membership of The Eagle Society. The subscription rate for 2012 is: UK £27, Overseas £38 (in Pounds Sterling). Postal applications to: Keith Howard, 25A Station Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2UA, United Kingdom.
More details of both the magazine and the society are available on the Eagle Times blog.