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A great opportunity missed,
This review is from: Eagle Annual: The Best of the 1950s Comic (Hardcover)This is not the Best of Eagle: there is no Jack o'Lantern, no Luck of the Legion, no Tommy Walls, no Peter Jackson True Life Adventures, only one page of Harris Tweed and only one of Storm Nelson (inexplicably printed in faded sepia!). Instead of a wealth of stunning colour pages of comic strip, there is predominantly a rag bag of Editorials, Readers Letters, Mac Hastings articles and lots of Advertisements; together with trite comments which add nothing to the material (some of these are typeset with dropped capitals, some are not). There is at least one error when Mr Tatarsky confuses a one-off Hampson Nativity panel with his later Road of Courage strip. The page size is less then the original, the quality of reproduction is extremely poor and made worse by some spotty-faced graphic designer who has artificially distressed the pages with brown gunge. Their grandfather could have told them that the quality paper the Eagle was printed on does not go brown at the edges. I assume Mr Frewin's valediction was written before he saw a proof copy of the book and trust that he will employ a more competent author and publisher for future reprints. Mr Frewin mentions his archive of original Dan Dare art boards - a book of those would really be worth the title: Best of Eagle.
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Initial post: 18 Nov 2007 16:01:17 GMT
I think this is a fair review apart from a couple of factual errors.
1. The pages of the original comics do go brown at the edges.
2. The photo reproduction in this annual is beautiful. It brings out the colours as well as if not better than the original comics.
Posted on 30 Jul 2008 21:50:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jul 2008 14:33:24 BDT
I agree with your review, based on the copy I just saw at my local US comic shop. I had been planning to buy this book, but when I actually looked through it, it certainly doesn't make a case for being "the Best". Lots of ads and letters, but not much in the way of comics, which is what I thought made Eagle such a fun read.
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