On 14th April 1950, following the end of World War Two and with the UK still in the grip of rationing, a splash of colour came into everyone’s lives with the launch of Eagle comic and the character Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future. 900,000 people bought the first issue. Now in the grip of another national crisis, we can enjoy the exploits of Dan Dare once again.
Exactly 70 years later on 14th April 2020 ‘ComicScene’ – the fastest growing magazine about comics – will launch worldwide in print and digital a special anniversary issue with articles on Eagle and three picture strips in the original style of 50’s Dan Dare in a special ‘Spaceship Away’ supplement.Editor of ComicScene Tony Foster said today “We wanted to celebrate 70 years of UK comic history with a milestone edition of ComicScene. It could be argued without Eagle and Dan Dare and the work of publisher Marcus Morris and creator Frank Hampson we wouldn’t have seen Doctor Who, Star Wars and comics like 2000AD, Judge Dredd and even US comic classics like Watchman and the original format of Dark Knight. Eagle influenced a generation of comic books and stories like never before. This Collectors Item of ComicScene tries to capture that, as well as exploring what comic creators are up to today.”
The magazine will be available as a 110 digital issue and 80 page print issue by post on 14th April, distributed exactly 70 years after the launch of the original Eagle. It can be ordered at www.getmycomics.com/comicscene. Tony goes on to explain, “The magazine is sold in newsagents across the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and Australia. Unfortunately the Virus from Venus means this issue will come to newsstands a little later this year but Dan Dare won’t be beaten and the wonders of digital and mail order will win the day!”
The magazine features articles on 50’s Dan Dare, Dan Dare in 2000AD, Dare by Syfy ‘Happy’ writer Grant Morrison and artist Rian Hughes, 80’s relaunched Eagle, the Dan Dare audio adventures, a free pull out Eagle and Dan Dare supplement and new Euro and Indie comics. There are also picture strips that wouldn’t have been out of place in the original and revamped Eagle including Judge Dredd co creator John Wagner on ‘Rok of the Reds’, Gentleman Jack meets Dick Turpin style adventures in ‘Flintlock’, golden age comic ‘Captain Cosmic’ and the crazy ‘Whackoman!’You can order the magazine now in print and digital from £5.99 at www.getmycomics.com/comicscene with enhanced school and library packs with extra comics at https://comicscene.org/comicscene-online-store/
Cover jpeg by Martin Baines
Eagle and Dan Dare appear by kind permission of the Dan Dare Corporation.