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Eager for Eagle
on 30 March 2010
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.