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The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways Hardcover – 25 Sep 2008


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st edition (25 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409100146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409100140
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways is here for today's dads to see how their fathers bluffed their way sp well when it came to the workings of jet planes, steam engines, oil rigs etc. the almost forensic detail in these artworks is a marvel in itself. (FQ)

There's more scientific and engineering marvels to be found in The Eagle Annual of the Cutaways which features some of the Eagle comics' most celebrated artistic impressions of inner workings of buildings, vehicles, tube stations and bridges. (CHOICE MAGAZINE)

This proves you are big enough to show you love him, despite the fact that under his Paul Smith shirt beats the heart of a geeky little boy. (Kerry Fowler GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)

"This book is about enjoying a visual autopsy of the future, as imagined in the past. Best bought for a child, even if it is one hidden inside an adult." (Tom Simonite NEW SCIENTIST)

"Ideal Christmas browsing material for all those ageing space cadets betrayed by history and stranded miserably in the 21st century." (David Sutton FORTEAN TIMES)

A fantastic present for Dad or anyone fascinated by how things worked in the 1950s. Beautifully reproduced from the original colour plates, this book is sumptuous in every sense of the word. Prophetic cutaways of a channel tunnel and a modern family car rub shoulders with classic cars like the Triumph TR2 and gasometers, oil rigs and ten ton trucks. Absolutely fascinating - it'll keep Dad quiet for hours and hours! (GATEWAY MONTHLY)

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Full colour reproductions of the classic Eagle cutaways

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Roberts on 29 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was just given this as a Christmas present and although it's great to see these cutaways reprinted I must say that I felt that the quality of the printing and reproduction was very poor. In some cases the guttering makes it impossible to read the full text descriptions and in other cases the contrast between the text and the background paper makes the text very hard to make out. Additionally some of the reproductions have been badly cropped, cutting off parts of the picture or artist's signature. Generally the impression is that it was thrown together in a hurry and certainly doesn't seem as well presented as the earlier book of Eagle cutaways, which is much more readable.

Having said that it's a great collection of cutaways and certainly brings a lot of memories back, so I'd recommend it as long as you're not too worried about being able to read the text on some of the items. Perhaps when/if this is reprinted the publishers could make a bit more effort to improve the contrast on the text and to change the layout so that the gutter doesn't cut off vital bits of text, in which case the rating would go from 3 to 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shmurd on 2 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book feels like and looks a quality product.

It's a classic coffee table book which you can pick up and put down and enjoy over and over again.

I'm not an Eagle expert and I bought this for my dad and I know he will be delighted with it. I am holding off on giving it to him so I can carry on flicking through it a bit longer.

The colour reproduction is beautiful and really brings out the detail of the artists' work. There are a few problems with the guttering but this does not detract too much.

It would have been nice to have the dates on all work but the drawings are so amazing that I didn't think about the date they were drawn until someone else mentioned it in their review and think it is only the Eagle Connoisseur who will be bothered by this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you remember the Eagle in the Fifties and Sixties this will be a pleasant memory jogger. 176 pages of cutaways, which, after I read Dan Dare was my favourite part of the comic. Maybe the cutaways were the ultimate marketing idea to separate the Eagle from the competition and set parents minds at rest that they were buying more than a weekly comic for their sons.

I thinks it worth say that the book will give you a feel or flavour of the cutaways. Don't expect be able to read every word because the images have been reduced in size. As I recall the originals were not always the easiest to read because of the huge amount of information in the captions, not helped either by being in big blocks of solid type. If you want to see better reproductions search out The Eagle book Cutaways (ISBN 978-0863502859) published by Webb & Bower in 1988 and be prepared to pay over the odds, too.

The publishers of this latest edition of cutaways have taken the trouble to give the impression of an aged book. The cover looks used and throughout the pages have been printed with sepia edges. It all adds up to a bit of warm nostalgia, nicely done, too.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VC10 1103 on 22 Mar. 2013
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When I was 11 and we moved to a new house (1967) the previous owners had left a stack of all the Eagle comics dating from 1950 to 1962. After thumbing through them I started to cut out the cutouts and stick them on my bedroom wall (Oh how I wish I had kept them complete now).

I bought this book to recall all those drawings. Whilst interesting in some respects it has been disappointing in so far, as has already been mentioned in other reviews, the drawings disppear into the guttering of the book spine. The book should have been published in landscape format to enable the reader to have a complete view of each cutaway. some of the illustrations are clipped slightly at the edge and some of the text doesn't stand out from the background colours.

In summary the book is OK but don't expect too much.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 1 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
A shoddy, cheapskate production which is an insult to the reader, the reprinted material and the Eagle artists who created it. The scans are muddy - much poorer in quality than those used years ago by Denis Gifford - and no gutter has been introduced, so that half an inch of each double page spread disappears into the binding. The material isn't dated, themed or indexed - even the page numbering peters out towards the end. The book has all the hallmarks of a couldn't care less publisher and a technically incompetant compiler. If it wasn't a requested gift I would have sent my copy back - it's really that bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2012
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I bought this as a Christmas present for one of my sons who is doing his DEng. It really is a trip back in time to when the main source of child friendly up to date scientific and engineering information and news were comics like the Eagle and not Google!

The book does have some issues with reproduction quality and where the pages meet in the middle of the spine. However for the most part this does not interfere with the enjoyment of what is a gem of a book.

This is great to dip into and would make an excellent present for anyone from 8 to 80 who is interested in technology from the 50's onward.
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