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Fraser of Africa (Eagle Classics)
Fraser of Africa (Eagle Classics)
by S. Beardmore
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork by Frank Bellamy for an adventure series in EAGLE, 23 Mar 2010
Softcover, colour, 64 pages, 9 1/4 in. by 13 in. Stories and artwork begin on page 11. Published in 1990 by Hawk Books in London, UK. Designed by Mike Higgs. The "Fraser of Africa" book was one of a series of four "Eagle Classics" volumes (others were "Harris Tweed" and "P.C. 49" and "Riders of the Range" by different writers and artists) celebrating the 40th anniversary of EAGLE, the British weekly illustrated paper for boys. The "Fraser of Africa" stories were published near the center page of EAGLE in the early 1960's, and were created by writer George Beardmore. The one artist for the full-page colour strip was the legendary Frank Bellamy, who was happy to be relieved of his duties on "Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future," the front-and-second page feature for EAGLE. Before the 'Dan Dare' assignment, Bellamy had been the artist for two complete stories, "The Happy Warrior" and "The Shepherd King" and eight episodes of a third story, "The Travels of Marco Polo" that had appeared on the back page of EAGLE. The book's foreword discusses Bellamy's career in some detail. The three 'Fraser' stories, "Lost Safari" and "The Ivory Poachers" and "The Slavers" are complete in this one volume. The setting was the wild game reserves in East Africa, and thanks to Bellamy's meticulous research and innovative use of colour, the stories fairly leap to life from the printed page. Whether you have other samples of Frank Bellamy's art, or if this book is your introduction to his work, you will enjoy this fine volume.


Riders of the Range (Eagle Classics S.)
Riders of the Range (Eagle Classics S.)
by C. Chilton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book celebrating a Western adventure series in EAGLE, 23 Mar 2010
Softcover, colour, 64 pages, 9 1/4 in. by 13 in. Stories and artwork begin on page 10. Published in 1990 by Hawk Books in London, UK. Designed by Mike Higgs. The "Riders of the Range" book was one of a series of four "Eagle Classics" volumes (others were "Fraser of Africa" and "Harris Tweed" and "P.C. 49" by different writers and artists) celebrating the 40th anniversary of EAGLE, the British weekly illustrated paper for boys. The "Riders of the Range" series was created by writer Charles Chilton, originally for radio. Artists for the full-page colour strip included Jack Daniel, whose artwork is shown in this volume in the 23-page story "The Cochise Affair" and Frank Humphris, the artist for most of the years of publication, whose artwork is shown in the 32-page story, "The War With The Sioux" which includes scenes from the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The main characters were Jeff Arnold and his sidekick, Luke; their adventures appeared for twelve years in EAGLE. The team of Chilton and Humphris produced some of the best-researched and most entertaining Western stories ever published, and this book is an excellent introduction to their fine work.
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Classic Dan Dare: Safari in Space (Dan Dare (Graphic Novel)) (Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future)
Classic Dan Dare: Safari in Space (Dan Dare (Graphic Novel)) (Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future)
by Frank Hampson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artist Frank Hampson ends his weekly work on his creation, 'Dan Dare', 23 Mar 2010
Hardcover with dust jacket, colour, 96 pages, 9 in. by 12 in. Published in November 2009; the twelfth volume in the Classic "Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future" series, published by Titan Books in the UK. This volume contains two stories, "Safari in Space," and the sequel, "Terra Nova," both of which which were originally published in colour on the front and second pages of EAGLE, the British weekly illustrated paper for boys, in 1959. In this volume from Titan Books, there is a page break after the conclusion of "Safari in Space" which allows the reader to look at each front page and second page of "Terra Nova" together. Both stories were written primarily by 'Dan Dare' creator Frank Hampson, and drawn by Hampson and his team of artists. The art and colour work in "Safari in Space" and the first part of "Terra Nova" are among the finest in the ten-year history of the original 'Dan Dare' feature. The last page that Frank Hampson drew for 'Dan Dare' is the first page of the episode of "Terra Nova" in Eagle Volume 10 Number 27; there is no publication date, as there was a printers' strike during July-August 1959. Perhaps as a farewell, the iconic characters that Hampson had created a decade earlier are not depicted in his final page of 'Dan Dare' artwork. Hampson moved on to illustrate a new feature that would later appear on the back page of EAGLE, "The Road of Courage" the Life of Christ, written by soon-to-be ex-editor Marcus Morris (and now published in "Classic Bible Stories" from Titan Books, available from Amazon.co.uk) Artwork for the 'Dan Dare' feature was carried on by Don Harley and other former assistants for Hampson, with the new addition of Frank Bellamy, who was moved to 'Dan Dare' in mid-assignment, after completing just eight episodes of the artwork for "The Travels of Marco Polo" appearing on the back page of EAGLE. Bellamy's artwork also appears in the next two 'Dan Dare' stories, "Trip to Trouble" and "Project Nimbus."


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