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Eagle Annual: The Best of the 1960s Comic [Facsimile] [Hardcover]

Daniel Tatarsky
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1 Oct 2009
From Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, to PC 49, Harris Tweed, Extra Special Agent and Jeff Arnold in Riders of the Range, The Eagle carried numerous strips right from its launch in 1950 through to the sixties. The fourpence-halfpenny weekly also featured plenty of sports coverage and the famous 'cutaway' diagrams of battle ships, steam trains, light aircraft, etc. Taking over the publishing licence from Egmont and Titan, we now have the opportunity to step up the current vogue for 'retro-futurism': rather than simply re-run straight facsimiles of the comics, the Eagle Annuals of the 1950s and 60s will be drawn from the vast Eagle archive and feature the strips as well as individual drawings/artwork, original advertisements and a present-day narrative. The idea is to create a superior object of desire for boys, lads and dads everywhere.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Facsimile edition edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752888951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752888958
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 22.3 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best of the 1960s EAGLE comics in one annual.

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Daniel Tatarsky is a veteran of the Subbuteo World Cup and author of FLICK TO CLICK, an illustrated history of Subbuteo. He was also editor for the ANNUAL of the 1950s.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eager for Eagle 30 Mar 2010
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Founded in 1950, Eagle's heyday was definitely the magazine's first ten years, but it survived until 1969, this being an anthology from its second decade. The cover promises the Rolling Stones, Dan Dare, the Space Race and the 1966 World Cup. Well, Dan Dare is obviously going to be there with his pipe and fair play British Commonwealth in outer space; but the Rolling Stones article is, in truth, very short and accompanied by a grainy photo of those Jurassic rockers back when they were dangerous, young and romantic. World Cup analysis is also very staid, without the brashness and commercialism of modern football, from the time when it was still a sport rather than a money-making industry. The most interesting article of all, however, is a truly remarkable one predicting that by the late 1980s people will have little computers linked up to the televisions in their own homes and that you'll be able to play games, find things out, do the shopping with it, etc. There is even a quite accurate picture showing someone using this fantastic sci-fi device! Worth buying this book just to see that.

The first 1950s anthology that came out before this one started off by trying to sneer at the outmoded values of that time, but the editor of this one has wisely decided not to be judgmental about the past, although you do find out when they dropped stories that had become too archaic, for example Luck of the Legion. Some of the famous cutaways are also included, though you can now get a separate collection exclusively of them. The book is well-made in a glossy, slightly-smaller-than-the-original format. One plus is that everything in both anthologies comes from magazines, not annuals, so it compliments rather than duplicating, any original annuals you might have. As a child I was suspicious of such worthy publications with their obvious educational agenda, but as an adult I find them endlessly informative, entertaining and readable! Recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Wow. I'm impressed! Following Tatarsky's 1950's 'not fit to wrap chips in shudder effort' this 1960's book is wonderful. It's almost as if the author has actually read and listened to the CONSTRUCTIVE (honest!) reviews and given the reader what they want. Bright and informative this book benefits from showing some of the wonderful strips Eagle was famous for. Luck of the Legion and lots of those wonderful true life adventures so well draw and illustrated. Included is an extract of a C S Forrester's Hornblower strip based on his book the Happy Return. Which for me was a joy to discover? That is the key to this book there are so many 'gems' that bring a smile to the reader's face. Unlike the 1950's book this one has much less of the boring 'Mug's' (Eagle reader's) exploits and stories and those really "bum clenching adventures of the staff eating curry type" expositions which bored the pants off the reader THEN never mind now. There seems to me to be an air of lets put some stuff from the comics that were actually relevant and of interest to the reader. The book is almost like finding and opening an old chest in your attic and rediscovering a treasure trove of long lost brilliant items.
Did I mention the good selection of 'cutouts' in this book ??
The book's cover is an improvement too, imho. Bright and attractive though I imagine some may disagree.
One very minor nit picking quibble is why is it titled the best of the 1960's ANNUAL when clearly it's from the comic and not the annuals? And why is the cover price so expensive when let's face it most of the writer's and comic staff will be long gone. I do hope that the publishers try to give some of the large cover price to those whose work is shown?
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5.0 out of 5 stars As if it were 2 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
As if it were yesterday
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories of the 1960's 12 Nov 2010
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Excellent book.,
I would have been about Nine years-old in 1960. and like most boys was an avid reader of comics in this pre "Video-games","Internet","Multi-channel TV" era.,
The main coverage of this book is the first half of the decade 1960-1965 and will be of great interest to anyone interested in popular 1960's culture. See alsoThe Eagle Annual of the Cutaways
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jansy 15 Jan 2010
By Jansy
Format:Hardcover
I bought Eagle Annual: THE BEST OF THE 1950s COMIC. (NOT THE 1960s version). Excellent for anyone who had Eagle as a child in the '50s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of nostalgia 14 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
A good memory jogger for those missing the days when things seemed so much simpler.
Well presented.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eagle Annual 1960 8 Jan 2010
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Lots of content but just lots of single pages without complete magazine reprints, just single articles. And because of the reduced size from the original are hard to read. Disappointing.
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